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Good news old school Mastodon fans! It looks like Mastodon’s upcoming album is going to be stripped back along the lines of 2004’s Leviathan. Straight from the horse’s mouth over at Noisecreep [via ThePRP]:

“It doesn’t seem as proggy. There’s moments, but it seems more riff-oriented. It seems a little more stripped down. [2004’s] ‘Leviathan‘ was a little more stripped down, and it feels like that to me. Everything always changes once you go in the studio, but at the moment it seems like a really super-heavy Led Zeppelin or something. It has a lot of that [John] Bonham-esque groove to it, but really heavy and dark. I really like playing like that, and when it goes into those parts, I’m psyched.”

As cool as that sounds and how amazing the album will undoubtedly be, Crack the Skye, their most progressive and ambitious album, was my favorite release of theirs. While it didn’t have earth-shattering jams like “Blood and Thunder” or “The Wolf is Loose” (from Blood Mountain), it was a front-to-back adventure… but after touring on the record for the last two years and playing it in its entirety countless times, I’m sure they’re dying to play something different, and I can respect a band that tries to avoid making the same record twice.

It’s too early to tell when it’ll be out, but hopefully this new music will see the light of day later this year!

– JR

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