Mastodon Aim For Super-Heavy Led Zeppelin Sound

04/13/2011
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(Gibson) The 2009 album, Crack the Skye, set the bar pretty high for Atlanta-based metal outfit Mastodon, but the group seem up to the task of repeating the feat. Currently, the members of Mastodon are hard at work writing a follow-up to their modern metal classic.

Drummer Brann Dailor told Noisecreep.com, "We've got a ProTools rig set up and [guitarist] Bill [Kelliher's] been learning how to use that. We're recording bits and pieces and stringing up three or four riffs together and testing them out. It's super-heavy and it sounds killer, so it's doing what it's supposed to do. It's doing what every other Mastodon song has done for us. We really just try to play music that we dig and that's bad-ass. Our approach has always been exactly the same, and we've learned that we need to do it that way. Otherwise, it's just not right."

Mastodon have earned a rep for being at the "prog" end of metal, but it sounds like their new material is more straight-ahead. "It seems more riff-oriented. It seems a little more stripped-down," said the drummer. "[2004 album] Leviathan was a little more stripped down, and it feels like that to me… At the moment it seems like a really super-heavy Led Zeppelin or something. It has a lot of that Bonham-esque groove to it, but really heavy and dark." more on this story

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