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"Mastodon is the greatest band of their generation — no one else comes close." — Rolling Stone
Art is a cyclical beast. The same can easily be said of Grammy Award-nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon. The Atlanta group's four members recognize the importance of life's omnipresent cycles on their sixth full-length album, Once More ‘Round the Sun.
The album orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of the band's signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves.
The very title says something slightly different for each Mastodon member. "Quite literally, Once More 'Round the Sun means a year-in-the-life," explains drummer Brann Dailor. "Lyrically, we were discussing things that happened to us recently, whereas in the past we looked further back for inspiration. It's about 365 days in this band. It was a tough and strange journey. We happened to be in the middle of completing a full rotation musically as everything else was going on."
Once More 'Round The Sun is the follow-up to 2011's The Hunter, which brought the band major American commercial success, debuting at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. Many of their songs feature progressive concepts and unique instrumentation with a mix of clean vocals and harsh screams.
Mastodon singer and bassist Troy Sanders told Paste magazine about Once More 'Round The Sun's cover artwork, which was created by Oakland-based artist Skinner. "It's a work of art for sure. It's...very eye opening, very striking. It's from another dimension and a lot of our music is geared toward that idea — taking you to another planet on songs. It's out there, and I think it's incredible."
|1. Tread Lightly|
|2. The Motherload|
|3. High Road|
|4. Once More 'Round The Sun|
|5. Chimes At Midnight|
|6. Asleep In The Deep|
|7. Feast Your Eyes|
|8. Aunt Lisa|
|9. Ember City|
|11. Diamond In The Witch House|