Mastodon and Clutch Headline SummerStage Tomorrow Night

May 18th, 2015

Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the guys in MastodonTroy Sanders (vocals and bass), Brent Hinds (vocals and guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar), Brann Dailor (vocals and drums)—have been touring and releasing music, both with acclaim, for close to 15 years. Their sixth full-length, Once More ’Round the Sun (stream it below), came out last summer. “While the rest of heavy music’s luminaries follow in their wake,” wrote Spin, “Mastodon’s sound—and their ambition—is bigger than metal.” The Atlanta four-piece (above, doing “The Motherload” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) is currently out on the road with Clutch as part of their Missing Link tour.

Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals) formed Clutch (below, doing “Earth Rocker” for Rubber Tracks Live) 25 years ago in Germantown, Md. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows and been their own brand of rock (think: the Venn Diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More with a little bit of go-go swing). But despite putting so much emphasis on their stage performances, they still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material, including their 10th full-length, the well-received Earth Rocker. Per Pop Matters, “Clutch craft addictive and contagious songs, no matter their density. Clutch’s aim here was to try something different, and in stripping Earth Rocker of its fat, the band has revealed even more imaginative and powerful artistic muscle.” Catch both bands tomorrow night at SummerStage in Central Park. Swedish doom-rockers Graveyard open the show.