New Mastodon video for “Asleep In The Deep”

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Mastodon remains a band that continues to impress and entertain me. They have just released a new video for the track “Asleep In The Deep” off of their 2014 release Once More ‘Round The Sun.

MASTODON PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ASLEEP IN THE DEEP”  

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Mastodon teams up once again with Once More ‘Round The Sun‘s cover artist Skinner to push the boundaries of psychedelia as far as they can. Skinner is the mastermind behind “Asleep in the Deep” The video tells the psychedelic and epic journey of a house cat who unknowingly travels into a bizarre gypsy catacomb where it encounters a giant bullfrog, a three-headed evil rat king, cat gnomes, cheese slaves and a warrior squirrel. ‘Asleep in the Deep’ is directed by Atlanta-based director, Video Rahim, and co-directed by Special FX guru, Shane Morton (Head of SPFX Make-Up on Adult Swim’s Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell) and Skinner. Hey Beautiful Jerk, a NYC-based design and visual effects boutique, provided creative direction and all post production services. The creator and co-director of “Asleep in the Deep”, Skinner, has this to say about the video:

“This concept was birthed out of my curiosity about what a cat really does at night while we are asleep,” says Skinner. “Where do they go? Cats have a very mysterious myth to them and I thought it would be cool to explore that, as little nocturnal heroes. I decided to put a sort of Joseph Campbell hero myth spin on it and add some Jodorowsky psychedelia as well. I’m more than excited about the way it came out! I love it!”

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Mastodon is excited to have a limited webstore exclusive bundle to celebrate the video premiere, which includes the “Asleep in the Deep” t-shirt and larger-than-life 24″x36″ old school movie-style poster printed on 100# text paper.  Both the “Asleep in the Deep” shirt and poster feature the exclusive art by Skinner. This is a pre-sale item.  Bundles will begin shipping by July 1st.

Order your limited web store exclusive bundle today:

http://shop.mastodonrocks.com/asleep-in-the-deep-bundle.html

 

Mastodon will spend their summer overseas performing at all the major European and South American festivals, including Belgium’s Pukkelpop, the prestigious Reading and Leeds Festival in England, and Brazil’s Rock in Rio Festival. They will also support Metallica for two shows in Russia.Please see below for of Mastodon’s upcoming tour dates.

June 19             Clissonm FRA                           Hellfest

June 20             Vitoria-Gasteiz, SPA                  Azkena Rock Festival

June 22             Pratteln, SWI                             Konzertfabrik Z7

June 24             Luxembourg, LUX                      Rockhal Club

June 26             Dublin, IRE                               Olympia

June 27             Cork, IRE                                  The Savoy Theatre

June 28             Belfast, N. IRE                          Ulster Hall

July 1               Malmo, SWE                             KB Hall

July 2               Roskilde, DEN                           Roskilde Festival

July 3               Turku, FIN                                 Ruisrock

Aug 7                Montreal, QC                             Heavy Montreal Fest

Aug 12              Oslo, NOR                                Oya Festival

Aug 14              Dinkelsbuehl, GER                    Summer Breeze Fest

Aug 15              Hamburg, GER                          Elb-Riot Festival

Aug 16              Dornbirn, AUT                           Bregenz Conrad Sohm

Aug 18              Cologne, GER                           Essigfabrik

Aug 19              Berlin, GER                               Kesselhaus

Aug 20              Charleville Mezieres,                  FRA Cabaret Vert

Aug 21              Hasselt, BEL                             Pukkelpop Shelter Marquee

Aug 25              St. Petersburg, RUS                  SKK Arena (w/ Metallica)

Aug 27              Moscow, RUS                           Olympysky (w/ Metallica)

Aug 29              Reading, ENG                           Reading Festival (The Pit Stage)

Aug 30              Leeds, ENG                               Leeds/Reading Festival (The Pit Stage)

Aug 31              Istanbul, TUR                            100% Metal Headbangers

Sept 2              Thessaloniki, GRE                      Principal Theater Club

Sept 3              Athens, GRE                              Gazi Hall Entertainment Stage

Sept 5              Reykjavik, ICE                           Rokkjotnar Festival

Sept 25             Rio de Janeiro, BRA                   Rock in Rio Festival

Sept 27             Sao Paulo, BRA                         Anhembi (outdoor)

Sept 28             Santiago, CHI                            Comes Louder Festival

As previously announced, Mastodon are featured on THE GAME OF THRONES MIXTAPE, Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2, with their new original song, “White Walker,” which is available here: https://soundcloud.com/catchthethrone.

Expect additional Mastodon news to be revealed soon. Until then, go to: www.mastodonrocks.com

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MASTODON:
Troy Sanders — Bass Guitar / Vocals
Brent Hinds — Guitars / Vocals
Bill Kelliher — Guitars
Brann Dailor — Drums / Vocals

      it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s MASTODON!!!!

     -the Hellion

 

MASTODON & CLUTCH: NEW DATES ADDED TO THE MISSING LINK TOUR‏

ADDITIONAL DATES ADDED TO MASTODON & CLUTCH

THE MISSING LINK TOUR

 

GRAVEYARD WILL SUPPORT / BIG BUSINESS TO SUPPORT WHERE NOTED

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February 17, 2015 – (Burbank, CA) – As previously announced, Mastodon and Clutch join forces for THE MISSING LINK TOUR along with special guests Graveyard and Big Business – each taking part of the tour as support.Together, this night of heavy rockwill be one of the heaviest and most exciting concert events of the year. Shows have been added in Honolulu on April 4th (tickets are on sale now) and Detroit on May 23rd (tickets on sale Feb 20th).

 

Neil Fallon (singer of Clutch) responded: “When we first announced the Missing Link itinerary it was received with a lot of excitement. It also received a good deal of consternation regarding the lack of a Detroit date. Myself included.  So, we’re happy to announce that there is now a Detroit gig on May, 23rd at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater. See ya there.”

 

Support will be provided by Big Business, who recently supported Mastodon throughout a sold-out European tour. Sweden’s Graveyard will then take over the main support slot, starting in Los Angeles on April 29th and continuing throughout the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH onMay 24th.  Tickets are on sale now.

 

Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship as fans will recall Clutch frontman, Neil Fallon, contributed vocals to “Blood And Thunder” (from Mastodon’s 2004’s Leviathan) so their fans can expect surprises in store throughout the tour as they rumble across North America. THE MISSING LINK TOUR will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show onApril 24th in Vancouver, May 10th in Pittsburgh, May 15th in Bethlehem, May 16th in Baltimore and also the final night of the tour, May 24th in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows.  For further info on Mastodon, go to: http://www.mastodonrocks.com/.  For further info on Clutch go tohttp://www.pro-rock.com

Revered Maryland rockers Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the 4 original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. Clutch released their tenth and latest studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date.

 

Mastodon’s sixth studio album, the universally praised, ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN, entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at the #6 position on June 24, 2014, also their highest chart debut of their career.  ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN has rightfully been placed in many Year End Critics & fan BEST OF 2014 lists including those in Rolling Stone, Revolver, Magnet, Decibel, CMJand many more. At present Mastodon has remained on the CMJ Loud Rock charts for the 26th week in a row. When OMRTS was placed No. 8 on Rolling Stone‘s “Top 20 Metal Albums of 2014” list, they summed up the success of the album stating, “The bold hooks and sharply defined riffs of Mastodon’s sixth studio full-length makes it easy to hear this album as their evolution from prog-sludge wizards to straight-ahead hard rockers – but the reality is actually far more, er, complex… Ultimately, the best part of Sun is Mastodon’s ability to make hooky and visceral music without sacrificing either their metallic muscle or their innate weirdness.”

 

Clutch’s Earth Rocker reached #1 on the Rock Chart and #4 on iTunes’ overall Top 100 album chart. Earth Rocker was awarded “Album of The Year” by Metal Hammer and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year”. Rolling Stone further enthused:  “Four Maryland lifers – road dogs who’ve been grinding since the early Fugazi administration, cranking out  seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs and singer Neil Fallon’s nerdy, piss-taking wiseass lyrics – release their hardest rocking set to date. Look for a go-go break (and some clever punning on the phrase “drop the bomb!”) on “D.C. Sound Attack!” Inspirational verse: “If you’re gonna do it/ do it live on stage/ or don’t do it at all.”

 

Clutch is currently working on their follow up to Earth Rocker which will be released in 2015.

 

Confirmed dates for THE MISSING LINK TOUR are as follows:

 

 *Mastodon Closes The Evening.  **Clutch Closes The Evening

# indicates newly added tour date.

 

# Apr 4             Honolulu, HI                The Republik (not part of THE MISSING LINK – on sale NOW)

Apr 16              *St. Paul, MN                 Myth

Apr 17             * Winnipeg, MB               The Burton Cummings Theatre

Apr 18              *Saskatoon, SK              O’Brian’s Events Center

Apr 19             * Edmonton, AB               Expo Centre

Apr 21             * Calgary, AB                   MacEwan Hall

Apr 23             * Vancouver, BC              Commodore Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

Apr 24              **Vancouver, BC             Commodore Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

Apr 25              *Portland, OR                  Roseland

Apr 26              *Seattle, WA                   Showbox SODO

Apr 28             *Oakland, CA                   Fox Theater

Apr 29              *Los Angeles, CA           Palladium

Apr 30             *Tempe, AZ                     Marquee Theater

May 01             *Las Vegas, NV              House of Blues

May 02             *Salt Lake City, UT         The Complex

May 03             *Denver, CO                   Red Rock’s Amphitheatre

May 05             *San Antonio, TX            Kapone’s Ballroom

May 06             *Oklahoma City, OK        Diamond Ballroom

May 08             Atlanta, GA                      Shaky Knees Festival

May 09             *Raleigh, NC                    Lincoln Theatre Street Stage

May 10             **Pittsburgh, PA               Stage AE

May 12             *Clive, IA (Des Moines)   7 Flags

May 13             *Milwaukee, WI                Eagles Ballroom Club Stage

May 15             **Bethlehem, PA              Sands Event Center

May 16             **Baltimore, MD               Pier Six Pavilion

May 17             *Boston, MA                    House of Blues

May 19             *New York, NY                Central Park Summerstage

May 20             *Niagara Falls, NY           Rapids Theatre

May 21             *London, ON                    London Music Hall

# May 23           **Sterling Heights, MI   Freedom Hall – (Tix on sale Feb 20)

May 24             **Columbus, OH              LC Pavilion

 

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

     -the Hellion

Mastodon Announce Spring Headlining Tour

MASTODON ANNOUNCE SPRING HEADLINING TOUR

 

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH

 

BAND COMPLETING WORK ON UPCOMING NEW ALBUM IN NASHVILLE WITH PRODUCER NICK RASKULINECZ

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February 3rd, 2014 – (Burbank, CA.) – Ending weeks of speculation Mastodon have announced that they will hit the road for a headlining spring tour with support from Gojira and Kvelertak. The tour kicks off April 28th in Seattle and criss-crosses the U.S. before culminating in a performance at the Rock On The Range Festival on May 18th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7th.

 

Mastodon have been in the studio in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling StoneSpinRevolverDecibel and many more. More details about the new album will be announced soon. Until then, stay tuned to www.mastodonrocks.com. Details on the release of Mastodon’s anticipated 6th studio effort will be revealed soon.

 

Mastodon’s upcoming spring U.S. tour dates are as follows:

 

04/29    Portland, OR                             Roseland Theater

05/01    Oakland, CA                             Fox Theater

05/02    Los Angeles, CA                       Nokia Theater

05/03    Las Vegas, NV                          House of Blues

05/07    Minneapolis, MN                       First Avenue

05/08    Chicago, IL                               The Riviera Theater

05/09    Pittsburgh, PA                          Stage AE

05/12    Buffalo, NY                               The Town Ballroom

05/13    Washington, DC                        9:30 Club

05/15    New York, NY                           Terminal 5

05/16    Boston, MA                              The Palladium

05/17    Philadelphia, PA                        Electric Factory

05/18    Columbus, OH                          Rock On The Range

The recently released Mastodon Live At Brixton is available now. This live concert experience is available as an audio-only version and a live digital video version directed by Ryan Mackfall (Crashburn Media) (both featuring the full 97-minute performance) and is available from all digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. The full set-list is as follows:

 

 

Dry Bone Valley

Black Tongue

Crystal Skull

I Am Ahab

Capillarian Crest

Colony of Birchmen

Megalodon

Thickening

Blasteroid

Sleeping Giant

Ghost of Karelia

All The Heavy Lifting

Spectrelight

Curl of the Burl

Bedazzled Fingernails

Circle of Cysquatch

Aqua Dementia

Crack The Skye

Where Strides The Behemoth

Iron Tusk

March of the Fireants

Blood and Thunder

Creature Lives

 Click here to order Mastodon Live At Brixton.

TICKETS ONSALE NOW for the 6th Annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL‏

TICKETS ONSALE NOW for the 6th Annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL

This Year Featuring:

ROB ZOMBIE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, MASTODON, AMON AMARTH, MACHINE HEAD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, BEHEMOTH AND MANY MORE

The 72-Hour Get Off Your Ass Deal Starts TODAY – Get $20 Lawn Tickets NOW!

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Tour Starts June 29th in San Bernardino, CA

The time has come! Tickets are on sale at 12pm Noon across all markets for ALL 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL tour stops. Get your tickets NOW at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com. Additionally, today is the kick off for the 72-hour $20 Get Off Your Ass ticket deal! Act now – for the next 72 hours (through Monday, March 25thget off your ass and get $20 lawn tickets for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL (while supplies last, excluding Boise, ID market). Get your 72-hour Get Off Your Ass tickets at the official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL website –http://rockstarmayhemfest.com.

On Monday, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the world’s biggest hard and heavy music touring festival announced its electrifying sixth-year lineup at the official press conference, which took place at the legendary Whisky A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. An impressive 3.8 mile processional of custom motorcycles and carriages ushered this year’s artists from the Hollywood Palladium all the way to their final destination at the Whisky. Fans, press and industry came out in droves to witness what proved to be an amazingly unprecedented event. Check out some exclusive footage on the official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL YouTube page now: http://youtu.be/XjZUtzcLmtE. Also, make sure to check out photos and interviews that took place at the press conference via RollingStone.comLA Weekly, and FUSE TV now!

Artists performing on the 2013 thunderous fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON andAMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well asBEHEMOTHJOB FOR A COWBOYEMMUREBORN OF OSIRISMOTIONLESS IN WHITEBUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSSHUNTRESSTHROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June). The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to perform on most dates.

Sponsors for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include title sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and stage sponsors JAGERMEISTERMUSICIANS INSTITUTE, and SUMERIAN RECORDS. Festival sponsors include IBANEZ GUITARS,

ZIPPOMETAL BLADE RECORDSNAPALM RECORDSSQUATCH SNACK STICKSFUCK CANCER and KEEP A BREAST. Media partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE and ZUUS MEDIA.

In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of various interactive activities that will only add to the festival experience.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing awesome surprises for all attendees.  Rockstar will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated as THE ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.

Addition to the festival’s music and arts, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE and the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival have partnered to create the Rockstar Mayhem Independent Artist Scholarship! This scholarship fully covers tuition and material fees for a two quarter IAP certificate (Room, Boarding and Travel are not included.) The application period runs from March 18 until June 1, 2013. Applicants must visitwww.mi.edu/mayhem-rock-festivalscholarship to enter.

The tour will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada as it makes its way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on August 4th, 2013. Dates and venues are listed below. Fans can go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com to keep up with additional details as they are released.

 

Tour dates are as follows:

 

Date    City                             Venue

6/29     San Bernardino, CA     San Manuel Amphitheater

6/30     Mountain View, CA    Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/2       Boise, ID                    Idaho Center Amphitheatre

7/3       Auburn, WA                White River Amphitheater

7/5       Phoenix, AZ                Desert Sky Pavilion

7/6       Albuquerque, NM        Isleta Amphitheatre

7/7       Denver, CO                 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

7/10     Toronto, ON                Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

7/12     Burgettstown, PA         First Niagara Pavilion

7/13     Scranton, PA                Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

7/14     Darien Center, NY       Darien Lake PAC

7/16     Mansfield, MA            Comcast Center

7/17     Bangor, ME                 Bangor Waterfront

7/19     Camden, NJ                 Susquehanna Bank Center

7/20     Saratoga Springs, NY   SPAC

7/21     Hartford, CT                The Comcast Theatre

7/23     Holmdel, NJ               PNC Bank Arts Center

7/24     Bristow, VA                 Jiffy Lube Live

7/26     Noblesville, IN            Klipsch Music Center

7/27     Tinley Park, IL             First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/28     Clarkston, MI DTE      Energy Music Theatre

7/30     Atlanta, GA                 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

7/31     Tampa, FL                   Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

8/2       Austin, TX                   Austin360 Amphitheater

8/3       The Woodlands, TX    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/4       Dallas, TX                   Gexa Energy Pavilion

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL STAGES AND ARTISTS:

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE

ROB ZOMBIE

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

MASTODON

AMON AMARTH

MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE               JAGERMEISTER STAGE

CHILDREN OF BODOM                                             MACHINE HEAD

BEHEMOTH                                                                   JOB FOR A COWBOY

EMMURE                                                                        BUTCHER BABIES

BORN OF OSIRIS                                                         BATTLECROSS

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE                                         HUNTRESS

THROWN INTO EXILE

SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE

CITY IN THE SEA

3 LOCAL OPENERS

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THE SIXTH ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ARTIST LINEUP‏

THE SIXTH ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ARTIST LINEUP

ROB ZOMBIE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, MASTODON, AMON AMARTH, MACHINE HEAD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, BEHEMOTH AND MANY MORE

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Tickets Go On Sale Friday March 22nd at 12 Noon

Tour Starts June 29th In San Bernardino, CA

(BEVERLY HILLS, CA) March 18th – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the world’s biggest hard and heavy music touring festival announces its electrifying sixth-year lineup. Artists performing on the 2013 thunderous fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOMand MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTHJOB FOR A COWBOYEMMUREBORN OF OSIRISMOTIONLESS IN WHITEBUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSSHUNTRESSTHROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June).

All tickets go on sale March 22nd at 12:00 Noon local venue time via

www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com.  The tour will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada as it makes its way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on August 4th, 2013. Dates and venues are listed below.

Get a sneak peak of new FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH music here.

A rock icon and auteur filmmaker with insight and unlimited vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of music, film, and publishing. Now, the seven-time Grammy nominated recording artist releases his fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which streets April 23, and includes the first single, “ Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town,” along with such tracks as “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga,” “Lucifer Rising,” “Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures” and a heavy-duty cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band.” Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is the first release on his new label, Zodiac Swan, through T-Boy Records/UME. Zombie’s also written and directed his 6th feature film, “The Lords of Salem”, in theaters April 19th (Anchor Bay).

After three gold albums in a row and ten consecutive top ten radio singles, Five Finger Death

Punch continue their evolution in 2013 by releasing a new single in early May, followed by their fourth studio album in June.  FFDP are set to perform live at this year’s Revolver Golden

Gods Awards show in Los Angeles on May 2 and will warm up for Mayhem playing this summer’s most prestigious European festivals, amongst them UK’s Download Festival and

Germany’s Rock am Ring and Rock im Park.

The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to

perform on most dates.

Sponsors for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include title sponsor

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and stage sponsors JAGERMEISTERMUSICIANS

INSTITUTE, and SUMERIAN RECORDS. Festival sponsors include IBANEZ GUITARS,

ZIPPOMETAL BLADE RECORDSNAPALM RECORDSSQUATCH SNACK STICKS,

FUCK CANCER and KEEP A BREAST. Media partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE and

ZUUS MEDIA.

In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival

activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph

signing sessions and a slew of various interactive activities that will only add to the festival

experience.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing awesome surprises for

all attendees.  Rockstar will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated as THE

ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.

Addition to the festival’s music and arts, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE and the Rockstar

Energy Drink Mayhem Festival have partnered to create the Rockstar Mayhem Independent

Artist Scholarship! This scholarship fully covers tuition and material fees for a two quarter IAP

certificate (Room, Boarding and Travel are not included.) The application period runs from

March 18 until June 1, 2013. Applicants must visit www.mi.edu/mayhem-rock-festivalscholarship

to enter.

Fans can go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com to keep up with additional details as they are

released.

Make sure to check out this brand new video announcing the official 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival line up and stay tuned to Mayhem TV for more video updates and features coming soon!

Tour dates are as follows:

Date City Venue

6/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater

6/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/2 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre

7/3 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater

7/5 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion

7/6 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre

7/7 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

7/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

7/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion

7/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

7/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC

7/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center

7/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront

7/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center

7/20 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC

7/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre

7/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

7/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live

7/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center

7/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

7/30 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

7/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

8/2 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater

8/3 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL STAGES AND ARTISTS:

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE

ROB ZOMBIE

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

MASTODON

AMON AMARTH

MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE               JAGERMEISTER STAGE

CHILDREN OF BODOM                                MACHINE HEAD

BEHEMOTH                                                   JOB FOR A COWBOY

EMMURE                                                        BUTCHER BABIES

BORN OF OSIRIS                                           BATTLECROSS

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE                               HUNTRESS

THROWN INTO EXILE

SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE

CITY IN THE SEA

3 LOCAL OPENERS

About ROCKSTAR – Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles –

from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in

over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action

Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. New from Rockstar for 2013, Rockstar Energy Water is a

non-carbonated and sugar free enhanced water beverage that is now available throughout the

U.S. in three refreshing flavors. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com

Find us at: www.facebook.com/rockstar – www.twitter.com/RockstarEnergy

www.instagram.com/RockstarEnergy – www.youtube.com/Rockstar

ABOUT LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT:

Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company,

comprised of four market leaders: www.Tickmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and

Live Nation Network. www.Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the

world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites.

Live Nation Concerts produce over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally.

Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists.

These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing

solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation

delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit

www.livenation.com/investors .

http://www.rockstarmayhemfest.com/

 

MASTODON – Crack The Skye review

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I first became aware of Mastodon when I saw the artwork on Remission their first release. I have been a fan ever since, enjoying each release more and more. I was asked to review Crack The Skye by my friend Josh Reece, so here goes!

Crack The Skye is the fourth studio release by Mastodon. It was released on  March 24, 2009. According to the band this album represents the element of aether, which is represented by the souls and spirits of all things, a theme closely related to the context of the album. Because the elements of fire, water and earth have already represented by the band’s first three albums Remission, Leviathan and Blood Mountain, respectively, the element of air is the only classical element which has yet to be represented by a Mastodon album.

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” (featuring Scott Kelly)
7. “The Last Baron”

“Oblivion” opens the CD an ominous sounding guitar intro and progresses into a fast paced yet groove laden track that is easy to listen to and truly enjoyable. “Divinations” starts rather eerily to me and kind of makes me feel on edge. This edgy feeling stays with me through the song. While not unenjoyable it kind of reminds me of when the Joker appears on screen in the Dark Knight film. “Quintessence” is easily my favorite track on this record. I enjoy the progression of this track and the vocal track which is not quite in your face. This song kind of lulls me into a kind of altered state, which is the sign of a great song in my opinion. “The Czar” in its entirety (all five parts) is reminiscent of one of the many epic Rush songs that I so love. I can listen to this in its entirety time and time again. “Ghost Of  Karelia” has a kind of whirling effect that is greatly enhanced by listening to it with good pair of headphones. “Crack The Sky” features Scott Kelly from the band Neurosis on vocals. I enjoy this track as it is a bit harder and gets your blood pumping. A good track to put in your CD player in your vehicle, roll down the windows, and hit the gas. “The Last Baron” a 13 minute opus closes this masterpiece of a CD with an all out audio assault. I was reading about the themes of this CD and came across where Brann Dailor said, “There is a paraplegic and the only way that he can go anywhere is if he astral travels. He goes out of his body, into outer space and a bit like Icarus, he goes too close to the sun, burning off the golden umbilical cord that is attached to his solar plexus. So he is in outer space and he is lost, he gets sucked into a wormhole, he ends up in the spirit realm and he talks to spirits telling them that he is not really dead. So they send him to the Russian cult, they use him in a divination and they find out his problem. They decide they are going to help him. They put his soul inside Rasputin’s body. Rasputin goes to usurp the czar and he is murdered. The two souls fly out of Rasputin’s body through the crack in the sky(e) and Rasputin is the wise man that is trying to lead the child home to his body because his parents have discovered him by now and think that he is dead. Rasputin needs to get him back into his body before it’s too late. But they end up running into the Devil along the way and the Devil tries to steal their souls and bring them down…there are some obstacles along the way.” He also said, “My sister passed away when I was a teenager and it was awful, and there’s no better way to pay tribute to a lost loved one than having an opportunity to be in a group with my friends and we make art together. Her name was Skye, so Crack the Skye means a lot of different things. For me personally, it means the moment of being told you lost someone dear to you, [that moment] is enough to crack the sky.” A deep and meaningful CD for sure. Like I said put on a good pair of headphones, or crank it up in your vehicle and be transported to a different plane of existence.

Thanks again to Josh Reece for reminding me that this excellent record was in my collection. I have been enjoying it as of recent.

Here’s a link to one of my favorite tracks:

“Quintessence”

Thanks,

the Hellion