On of­fer is “a wild evening of in­tel­li­gent heavy mu­sic”.

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The Amer­i­can metal gi­ants wrap up the tour­ing of a record made un­der con­sid­er­able stress, in­clud­ing fam­ily ill­ness, their own health is­sues and bat­tles with so­bri­ety. Drum­mer Brann Dailor looks at the past and to the fu­ture.

How close did Mastodon come to break­ing up dur­ing the mak­ing of the band’s cur­rent lat­est al­bum, 2017’s Em­peror Of Sand?

It was never re­ally on the ta­ble. Mastodon is the light­house that re­ally got us through those past few dif­fi­cult years, and ev­ery­thing in the last few months as well.

Yes, we were sorry to hear about the death of the band’s man­ager, Nick John. It’s a nice touch that fans are be­ing in­vited to do­nate to can­cer char­i­ties in his hon­our.

Nick died of pan­cre­atic can­cer and there have been no strides to­wards a cure for that. It was re­ally bru­tal way to go, and we loved the guy so much.

Em­peror Of Sand was the band’s first full-blown con­cept al­bum since Crack

The Skye in 2009. Mastodon pos­i­tively thrive as sto­ry­tellers.

Some of my favourite al­bums are the ones with a tale be­hind them, such as The Lamb Lies Down On Broad­way [Ge­n­e­sis] or Abi­gail [King Di­a­mond]. It’s great to im­merse your­self in a record the way you would a book.

Scott Kelly of Neu­ro­sis joins you this time out. What’s his role in the show? We’ll play for over an hour, take a breather and then come back out and do all of the Scott stuff and maybe some other things.

Did Mastodon choose their two sup­port acts, Kvel­er­tak and Mu­toid Man?

Yeah, we did. If you’re a fan of Mastodon you’re prob­a­bly into those two bands as well, and hav­ing them out on the road with us makes for a wild evening of in­tel­li­gent heavy mu­sic.

With the end of the Em­peror Of Sand cam­paign in sight, are you al­ready mak­ing plans for the next record? Yeah. There are a lot of riffs fly­ing around. I don’t want it to be com­mer­cial in any way. Let’s go a lit­tle bit more ex­per­i­men­tal. DL

The tour con­cludes in Bris­tol on Jan­uary 26.

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