Mastodon Reveal New Album Details, European Dates with Metallica Confirmed

Atlanta-based heavy rock masters MASTODON have confirmed details behind their upcoming Reprise Records album scheduled for release in early 2009.

The seven-song strong, 50 minute tour de force entitled CRACK THE SKYE, was recorded at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta and produced/mixed by Brendan O'Brien (Rage Against The Machine, Springsteen, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, etc.). CRACK THE SKYE follows their massively acclaimed 2006 epic BLOOD MOUNTAIN, which was voted the #9 in Rolling Stone Magazine's "Top 50 Album's of 2007" and the #1 Album of The Year in Decibel Magazine. Greater accolades were bestowed upon them last year when MASTODON were named "Best Metal Band" in Rolling Stone magazine's Annual poll, and "Best Band On The Planet" by the UK's Kerrang! magazine.

Tracklisting for CRACK THE SKYE is as follows:

1. Oblivion
2. Divinations
3. Quintessence
4. The Czar
(I) Usurper
(II) Escape
(III) Martyr
(IV) Spiral
5. Ghost of Karelia
6. Crack The Skye
7. The Last Baron

As with each of their previous releases, the packaging for the new album will be as bold and breathtaking and the music contained within. Multiple packaging formats are expected. Details to be revealed in the near future. Until then, MASTODON has been asked to support label-mates Metallica in Europe this coming Summer 2009. Confirmed dates are as follows: 

  • June 14 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, FIN
  • June 15 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, FIN
  • June 17 Spektrum Oslo, NOR
  • June 22 Datch Forum Milan, ITA
  • June 24 Palalottomatica Rome, ITA
  • July 13 Palacio de Deportes Madrid, Spain
  • July 16 Hallenstadion Zurich, SWITZ
  • July 20 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
  • July 22 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
  • July 23 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
  • July 27 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN

As previously announced MASTODON are about to begin an extensive tour of the UK and Europe between October 27 through December 7. Additional details on CRACK THE SKYE to be unveiled soon.

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