Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the four guys in Mastodon—Troy 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.