MASTODON recently spoke with Kerrang! about their upcoming double album “Hushed And Grim” and touched on what inspired their latest effort.
Sadly, a great deal of the inspiration behind the new MASTODON double-album is drawn from the death of the band’s manager Nick John, who passed away in 2018 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
According to MASTODON, the album will explore the experiences of grief and processing it, with drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor saying: “‘Hushed And Grim‘ is a mood. It’s about grief, about guilt, about all those fun feelings. It’s awful seeing your friend suffer like that and knowing there’s nothing that you can do. If you know, you know…”
Bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders later added: “It’s about taking the factual, brutal darkness of a life’s moment, then really trying to navigate through and beyond it. Writing and recording this record was like grief counselling for me: started out feeling horrific, came out feeling fantastic. Even if we wanted to write a happier record, we couldn’t. Our band doesn’t work that way. We can’t just shovel all of the darkness aside and say that everything was great.”
The band also revealed that several guests will appear on the effort, including SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayill on the track “Had It All“, which also finds the mother of Troy Sanders guesting on French horn. Blues guitarist Marcus King guests on the song “The Beast“, while MUNICIPAL WASTE drummer Dave Witte appears on the track “Dagger“.
You can catch MASTODON out supporting the album this fall on the below co-headlining tour with OPETH:
11/16 Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville.com Arena
11/18 Boston, MA – The Wang Theatre
11/19 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
11/20 New York City – Hammerstein Ballroom
11/21 Washington, DC – The Anthem
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/24 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
11/26 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/27 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
11/28 Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
11/30 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
12/01 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
12/02 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
12/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
12/05 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom