The Masonic Temple is one of the most outstanding buildings in Midtown Detroit. The regal Neo-Gothic architecture and cathedral-like design makes it a prime tourist attraction for Motor City. Part of this historic building’s appeal is the theatre and its massive stage. The stateliness of this structure and the 55 by 100 foot theatre platform made it the perfect pick for Mastodon and Opeth to bring their co-headline tour. The bands rolled into town on a cool Spring evening last week and brought Denver’s own Khemmis with them. Having three currently hot and popular bands under one roof is every modern metalhead’s dream.Continue reading →
Absolute legend of stoner doom and sludge metal, Matt Pike has lifted off with his first solo album entitled Pike vs The Automaton (MNRK Heavy). Being known well for his work in Sleep and High on Fire, Matt takes all of the things he loves from those projects as well as other influences to put together a fantastic psychedelic rock album. Groovy, heavy, and really something for everyone can be found here to be enjoyed.
Considering the progressive nature of Atlanta genre dodgers Mastodon, the only real surprise regarding the band’s choice to record an eighty-eight minute double album is that it’s taken them this long to do it in the first place.
This is not a drill! Matt Pike of High on Fire/SLEEP and Brent Hinds of Mastodon are apparently working on some music together! The photo was posted by Hinds on Instagram and then shared on the High On Fire Facebook account. Mastodon is working on new music, with a new album expected in late 2020 or 2021. High on Fire is still touring behind their epic 2018 album Electric Messiah (eOne Music) The caption teased “something special for all you guys! Stay tuned for more photos,videos&tunes Who knows what these guys are kicking up together, be it music for their respective bands, or some new supergroup. But it might be really amazing in any case when you get these two greats of guitar together. Continue reading →
Me And That Man, the Satanic roots music project from Behemoth frontman Adam Nergal Darski has dropped a new video and single for the track ‘Surrender’! The song comes from their upcoming second album New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.1, on March 27, 2020. The record release will be celebrated with a special record release show in London on the same day, including special guests from the album. Pre-orders are live at the link below. Watch the clip now!
Covers are a funny thing in music. Nowhere else in art is this level of flattery both respected and derided. Copies or recreations of painting or sculpture are often labeled as “influenced by” or worse, a forgery. All the remakes Hollywood keeps ramming our eyeholes with are mostly flaming hot garbage at summertime in New York City. With cover songs, the best ones are often not a note for note recreation of the original, unless it is an underrated artist or a little known song. From ‘Yesterday” to ‘Cum On Feel The Noise’, Covers have earned a place in our musical culture not only as a novelty. Others can take a well-known song and take it to new heights. Mastodon has done some stellar covers (‘The Bit’ from Melvins, ‘Emerald’ by, Thin Lizzy) and has now added all-time classic rock anthem ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin to the mix. Done in tribute to their late manager Nick John on the Stairway To Nick (Reprise Records) 10″ single for Record Store Day 2019, since Nick was a massive Zep fan. Tragically he passed away after a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2018. Mastodon will donate the proceeds from this release to research for that very disease. You can actually say they did it “because Nick John would have wanted it that way”. And you’d be right. He’d be touched. Continue reading →
After emerging from the muddy underground in a wonderful muck of sludge, prog, hardcore, and doomy weirdness out of Atlanta in the early aughts, Mastodon built up a strong reputation after their crucial third album, Blood Mountain (Reprise). They were not shy about embracing their proggier side, and they never needed a push over the edge to go fully away from most conventional types of metal they were known for at the time. Their second major label album came at a time of transition that would alter the course of the band and see them leave the underground and embrace a different path. That change led to the creation of Crack The Skye (Reprise) which is now ten years old.
People so often complain that a band isn’t playing their town on a tour. Every announcement is met with requests to play Billy from Stoke’s bedroom – though that would be sweet – and never satiates the audience size. Spare a thought for the people of Norwich who have had to go for years without seeing the glory of Mastodon in their city. As such, tonight’s event is packed out from the moment doors open, and anticipation is at an extreme high.Continue reading →
Nick John who’s reputation as a brilliant band manager in the heavy music world was surpassed only his reputation as a person, has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. John worked for The Rick Sales Entertainment Group, known for their long association with acts like Slayer, Mastodon, and Gojira. Nick helped bring both the latter bands to a higher level of success in the last decade. Mastodon’s Brent Hinds posted a remembrance on his Instagram account, and many other artists and Nick’s colleagues in the business followed suit. We send our sympathies to Nick’s family, friends, and the many lives he touched at this time. Continue reading →
The world is awash with Heavy Metal supergroups. But the pool of mega-star filled bands that actually delivered anything of real quality, however, is shallow indeed. Luckily, Legend of the Seagullmen might just be one of the weirdest super groups to deliver an album drowning in quality.Continue reading →