Mastodon Shares New Single – “Sickle and Peace”


Prog metal masters Mastodon have shared a new single – “Sickle and Peace” – their third from their upcoming new album Hushed and Grim, due out October 29th, 2021 via Reprise Records. The new video for “Teardrinker” was directed and directed and edited by Lorenzo Diego Carrera for his company a YHELLOW Production. Comprised of fifteen tracks and dedicated to their late manager Nick John, Hushed and Grim is the first new Mastodon full-length studio album since 2017’s Emperor of Sand (Reprise). That album was Ghost Cult’s album of the year for 2017. Hushed and Grim was produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel). The band also announced a co-headline tour with Opeth and tickets are on sale now. Watch the video fo r”Sickle and Peace”right now! Continue reading


FESTIVAL RECAP: Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Blue Ridge Amphitheater – Danville, Virginia


Massive music festivals are commonplace now, but they were far and few between fifty years ago. They are hard to produce well, but can be great moments in time for fans and musical artists. For every Lollapalooza, Wacken, and Ozzfest, we have Altamont, Woodstock 1999, and Fyre Fest as well. No festival sets out to fail or do harm and hurt the trust of fans, but sometimes that happens. Blue Ridge Rock Fest, as it turns out, became a perfect storm of too many fans, too small a town, to support those fans. Purpose Driven events had put on severa

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Mastodon Shares New Single and Video for “Teardrinker”


Prog metal masters Mastodon have the second new single and video in the last few weeks, “Teardrinker,” from their upcoming new album Hushed and Grim, due out October 29th, 2021 via Reprise Records. The new video for “Teardrinker” was directed and directed and edited by Lorenzo Diego Carrera for his company a YHELLOW Production. Comprised of fifteen tracks and dedicated to their late manager Nick John, Hushed and Grim is the first new Mastodon full-length studio album since 2017’s Emperor of Sand (Reprise). That album was Ghost Cult’s album of the year for 2017. Hushed and Grim was produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel). The band also announced a co-headline tour with Opeth and tickets are on sale now. Watch the video for “Teardrinker” right now! Continue reading


Aftershock 2021 Announces Running Order and Onsite Experiences


Coming up next week in Sacramento, California, the sold-out Aftershock Festival has announced their full weekend performance times and running order, Onsite Experiences, and Food & Beverage Offerings for the four day long music fest. Metallica will headline two nights with The Original Misfits, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Anthrax, Machine Gun Kelly, Rise Against, Volbeat, Testament, Gojira, Mastodon, Seether, Mudvayne, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Mammoth WVH, and tons more bands. It takes place October 7-10 Festival at Discovery Park!

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Opeth and Mastodon Book a Co-Headline Tour


Two progressive metal legends Opeth and Mastodon have booked a co-headline tour for 2021 The two bands last toured together in the USA in 2011, with Ghost as the opener on their first national tour. The late year North American this fall will have direct support from Zeal & Ardor kicking off in Asheville, North Carolina on November 16th and wrapping in Denver, Colorado on December 5th. The pre-sale takes place tomorrow with the general on sale Friday, September 17th, 2021. Opeth continues to tour behind 2019’s In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast) and Mastodon will soon release their new album Hushed and Grim.

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Mastodon Announce New Album and Release New Single and Video for “Pushing the Tides”


Prog metal masters Mastodon have officially announced their new album, Hushed and Grim, due out October 29th, 2021, via Reprise Records. Comprised of fifteen tracks and dedicated to their late manager Nick John, Hushed and Grim is the first new Mastodon full-length studio album since 2017’s Emperor of Sand. That album was Ghost Cult’s album of the year. Hushed and Grim was produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel). Watch the video for the killer new single “Pushing the Tides” right now! Continue reading


Bonnaroo Festival 2021 Cancels Following Flooding and Heavy Rains from Hurricane Ida


Tough news for the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, as they have been forced to cancel this year’s event, citing flooding from heavy rains. Last year’s event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival had already lost some featured performers such as Lana Del Ray, Janelle Monáe, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, due to pandemic fears, but has set to host a lineup that still boasted Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Run The Jewels, Primus, Mastodon, Remiwolf, Tyler The Creator, Deadmaus Uncle Acid And the Deadbeats and many more. The festival, which was to celebrate 20 years this year, was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and originally, they were not going to allow fans to roll their tickets over to a second year in 2022. Read a statement from the organizers about the cancelation and refunds here:

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Faith No More Replaces Limp Bizkit at Aftershock Festival


 

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

With Limp Bizkit cancelling all of their 2021 concerts and festivals, Faith No More has stepped in to headline the Thursday night lineup of Aftershock Festival. Also appearing that night, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Knocked Loose, Death Angel, Fit For A King, and Oxymorons.

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Mudvayne, Atreyu, Crown The Empire, and Afterlife Added to Voragos Cruise and Destination Festival


Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach has announced Mudvayne, Atreyu, Crown The Empire, and Afterlife to the lineup for the private island festival and 5-day rock cruise coming in early 2022. The recently reunited Mudvayne (who continues to partner with Danny Wimmer Presents for their first live performances after a 12-year hiatus), Atreyu, Crown The Empire and Afterlife. Mudvayne will play both on board and at Lunasea Beach and will replace Chevelle who regrettably have to cancel their VORAGOS Lunasea Beach appearance due to a conflict with their upcoming touring schedule. All other previously announced acts will be appearing, including Rob Zombie, Mastodon. and more.

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Mastodon Performs a New Song – “Skelton of Splendor” and Rarities at Their Unplugged Livestream


Mastodon aired their incredible livestream event – Mastodon – Captured Live at the Georgia Aquarium this past week on July 15th, 2021 you can watch the replay through tonight, July 18th. In addition to some deep cuts, and their nautical themed tracks given the setting, the band played a brand new song from their upcoming, as yet untitled, new album. “Skeleton of Splendor” is dedicated to the bands’ late manager Nick John, who died in 2018 from Pancreatic Cancer. In fact the entire new album is dedicated to Nick, as described by Brann Dailor and Troy Sanders. Continue reading