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Catch Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal Live at the Hammerstein

May 9th, 2017

Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the four guys in MastodonTroy Sanders (vocals and bass), Brent Hinds (vocals and guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (vocals and drums)—have been touring and releasing music, each with equal acclaim, for more than 15 years now. The Atlanta quartet (above, performing “Show Yourself” live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) just put out their seventh full-length, Emperor of Sand (stream it below), at the end of March. “Drawing as much from their past as well as their present, Mastodon refuse to go extinct just shy of two decades of music-making,” according to Exclaim. “Emperor of Sand is at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting.”

Longtime friends Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Hughes formed Eagles of Death Metal (below, doing “Speaking in Tongues” live in Paris) almost 20 years ago in the Southern California desert, making what AllMusic calls “classic bluesy rock with tongue-in-cheek humor” off and on ever since. Their most recent release, Zipper Down (stream it above), arrived in 2015. “Sexy, fierce and occasionally very, very silly, this is an album made to be played on jukeboxes in backwater biker bars the world over, loudly,” per NME. And with a new album on the horizon, Eagles of Death Metal team up with Mastodon to play the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night. Chicago trio Russian Circles open the show.


Headbanging Good Times at SummerStage

May 20th, 2015

Mastodon and Clutch – SummerStage – May 19, 2015

Mastodon – SummerStage – May 19, 2015
About 30 minutes into their set last night at SummerStage, Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor pulled a classic rock-concert move during a Brent Hinds guitar solo: He stood up, with one foot on his stool and one on the kick drum and begged the crowd to get louder. To be fair to the Central Park crowd, it’s not like they weren’t already going crazy for the Atlanta metal band. But this was a rock show, and this was Mastodon—you can always give them a little more.

Mastodon have been around for 15 years or so now, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost a step. In fact, the opposite is the case because the band members are playing better than they ever have. And while precision might not be the sexiest thing to crave at a metal show, Mastodon have got it in spades. Their four-part vocal harmonies and dueling guitar parts are as crisp as ever.

There’s just no hesitation in the way that the guys in Mastodon play, which is why that precision didn’t cost any fun. Hinds and guitarist teammate Bill Kelliher spent plenty of time headbanging on the edge of the stage with bassist Troy Sanders. The set still felt loose and was about as loud as you’ll ever hear SummerStage get. That pleased the longtime fans who, when they weren’t popping balloons with cigarettes or playing Ring Around the Rosie with their heavy metal–T-shirt-wearing kids, were still banging their heads along with the band. —Sean O’Kane | @Sokane1

Photos courtesy of Greg Pallante | gregpallante.com


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.


Mastodon – Terminal 5 – May 15, 2014

May 16th, 2014

Mastodon - Terminal 5 - May 15, 2014

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com