By: Staff –
Mastodon will release their anxiously awaited ninth full-length album, Hushed And Grim, on October 29, 2021 via Reprise Records. It is available for pre-order at all digital retailers and in vinyl and physical configurations here. Closing a four-year gap, this notably marks the heavy rock quartet’s first double album and first new record since 2017’s Emperor of Sand, which netted the Atlanta band a GRAMMY Award in the category of “Best Metal Performance” — their first win for the five-time nominees.
Over the past year, the group recorded Hushed And Grim in their hometown, collaborating with producer David Bottrill [Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel] behind the board. As their most ambitious body of work to date, it consists of 15 tracks, surveying sonic landscapes of rock, psychedelia, punk, metal, alternative, and prog threaded together by the innately expressive musical interplay of these four virtuosic musicians. At the same time, an atmosphere of very real loss, loneliness, and longing permeates through the trio of cathartic vocals as they musically say goodbye to old friend, confidant, and longtime manager the late Nick John by architecting a magnum opus that bears the influence of his eternal memory.
Opening up this world, the band shared a new track entitled “Pushing The Tides.” Its gnashing riffs and pummeling rhythms steamroll towards an expansive refrain uplifted by a ghostly chorus melody. Watch the new video below.
For as much as Hushed And Grim is steeped in one of the darkest periods of the band’s career as each member experiencing personal grief, its light shines through in a fully realized manifestation everything Mastodon is right now.
Once again, Mastodon have drafted in revered artist Paul Romano (Remission, Leviathan, Call of the Mastodon, Blood Mountain, Crack The Skye) whose evocative images adorns the cover of Hushed And Grim. The album artwork will also be featured on a new line of official Mastodon merch, including various fan bundles and product combinations that are available in the band’s store today. Click here to view the collection. Click here for details.
Hushed And Grim represents the next step on Mastodon’s endless path of natural evolution. They’ve once again progressed exponentially as songwriters and musicians who transcend genres while unapologetically refusing to conform and preserving the integrity that transformed them into an iconic and influential forces in modern rock music. By removing boundaries and creating in a free form they evolved with a combination of newfound melodic confidence and their signature musical intricacy intact. In the end, Hushed And Grim is hard-hitting, hypnotic, and heart-wrenching.
Hushed And Grim Tracklisting: VINYL
1. Pain With An Anchor
2. The Crux
3. Sickle And Peace
4. More Than I Could Chew
1. The Beast
2. Skeleton Of Splendor
4. Pushing The Tides
1. Peace And Tranquility
3. Had It All
4. Savage Lands
1. Gobblers Of Dregs
2. Eyes of Serpents