A 75-minute documentary on the making of MASTODON‘s latest album, “Emperor Of Sand”, can be seen below.
Says the band: “Earlier this year we released a 12-part series showing the making of ‘Emperor Of Sand’. We’ve cut it all together, added over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage and turned it into a documentary!
“This is a deep look into the making of the album and the inspiration behind the music. With the Grammy nominations ‘Emperor Of Sand’ has received this week, we thought it was the perfect time to release it. We hope you enjoy the documentary. If you do, feel free to share it!
“Thanks to Jimmy Hubbard helping us put this together!”
Released this past March, “Emperor Of Sand” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The follow-up to 2014’s “Once More ‘Round The Sun” was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON‘s hometown, with producer Brendan O’Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album “Crack The Skye”.
“Emperor Of Sand” found MASTODON returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjured the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass.
“‘Emperor of sand’ is like the grim reaper,” said drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. “Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, ‘How much time is left?'”
“We’re reflecting on mortality,” added bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. “To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It’s seventeen years in the making, but it’s also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.”
In September, MASTODON released a new EP featuring four previously unreleased tracks. “Cold Dark Place” was made available digitally and on CD on September 22 via Reprise Records, followed by the release of a limited-edition ten-inch vinyl picture disc on October 27.