Atlanta metal band Mastodon have released their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Calm and sinister, via Reprise Records.
As Troy Sanders explained Heavy consequence, the new double album is deeply personal for Mastodon. The late band manager Nick John served as the inspiration for the set, as the band recounted their battle with pancreatic cancer.
âIt has been monumental in our existence,â says Sanders. âAlmost as important, if not more important, than being the manager of our group, he was our dear friend. I always called him my friend before I called him, ‘Oh, he’s our manager too.’ That’s kind of how our relationship worked, not just with me and him, but all four in the group. He got us back in 2004 and, without compromising anything at all, took us to a lot of bigger and better stages all over the world, so we wouldn’t have the careers we have without him.
Having said that, the Calm and sinister is not all “darkness and misfortune.” Sanders adds, âThe record is not meant to bring people up and make them sad and cry. But, there is a depth to the album, and the meaning of the album will hopefully translate to a lot of people and be very accessible and hopefully touch people in a good way.
The album’s first single, “Pushing the Tides,” arrived in September of this year and served as the first piece of music for the release. The track was the classic Mastodon, with dark riffs, mountainous rhythms and a strange melody.
Before the full release of Calm and sinister, Mastodon unleashed two other tracks: “Teadrinker” and “Sickle and Peace”.
The group also announced a headlining tour with Opeth, which will begin Nov. 16 in Asheville, North Carolina. Tickets for the release, which is supported by Zeal & Ardor, are available here.
To buy Calm and sinister of Amazon. Stream the full album below, followed by our recent video interview with Troy Sanders.