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Photos: Mastodon + The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Manchester Academy – 06 February 2012

February 7th, 2012

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – as far as touring line-ups go, the combination of Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang has set the bar for 2012. Given that Mastodon put out the Thrash Hits Album of 2011, The Dillinger Escape Plan put out the Thrash Hits album of 2010, and Red Fang are one of our favourite up’n’coming crushers, it’s gonna take one heck of a tour to top this.

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Video: Did Mastodon blow the entire video budget for The Hunter before they got to ‘Dry Bone Valley’?

January 24th, 2012

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That’s not a rhetorical question we’re posing up there in the blog title. Having just watched Mastodon’s latest video – this time for ‘Dry Bone Valley’, the third single off of their superb fifth studio album, The Hunter – we can’t help but think that the Mastodon boys might’ve blown the entire video budget for this album with the tits’n’trips antics of the ‘Curl of the Burl’ video.

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Sonisphere Festival 2011: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

July 27th, 2011

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Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here.

All our work from Sonisphere Festival 2011 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.

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Interview: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher – “You’ve got be hip without trying to act hip.”

March 16th, 2009

In this second part of the interview with Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, we talk about their forthcoming fourth album, Crack The Skye, staying hip and making sure his kids learn to swim. Bill also explains his wonderful current state of facial hair

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This is the longest the band has been without releasing a new record. What have you been doing?

“We’ve never had this much time off touring before. Normally we’ll just take two months off to write and record but this time we took a whole year. I bought a bunch of microphones and we got an eight-track recorder for our rehearsal space and we started plugging away riffs and writing skeleton songs with drums and guitars. We even started adding some vocals. We’ve never done stuff like that before.”

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Interview: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher – “I’ve been sober for four months.”

March 9th, 2009

Ahead of the release of Mastodon’s fourth album, Crack The Skye, Raziq Rauf caught up with guitarist Bill Kelliher for a chat. In this first part he spoke of his 2008 hospitalisation and he gave us a lovely Sonisphere exclusive.

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You’ve been announced as part of the fantastic Sonisphere lineup. Are you planning anything special?

“We got to meet Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy and he was one of the coolest fucking guys I’ve ever met – we just joked around and talked shit. Brent and I picked up acoustic guitars with Scott and we played ‘The Emerald’ together and it was great. He even gave me his email! We were talking about having him onstage to play with us at Knebworth and we’ll play ‘The Emerald’. We’ll have three guitar solos from three different guitar players up there and we’ll extend it. He seemed joyous about it.”

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Mastodon release video for ‘Divinations’ ahead of Crack The Skye

March 7th, 2009

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Showing the band trawling through a snowy, mountainous terrain, the epic, doom-laden video for the band’s recent single, ‘Divinations’ is a masterclass in what to do when your label gives you some cash and a camera.

The prog-metallers are decked out in some cool shades and parkas and they use ropes as they venture into the wild to slay a SNARLING MANIMAL. The ropes are pretty cool, but not as cool as the icy beard that Brent Hinds is sporting.

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