Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have released a music video for their song “Clandestiny”. The animated clip was directed by Brazilian-born motion designer Ariel Costa of BlinkMyBrain.
“Clandestiny” is taken from MASTODON‘s latest album, “Emperor Of Sand”, which came out in March 2017. 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.
MASTODON won a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in January at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The band got the nod for the song “Sultan’s Curse” from “Emperor Of Sand”, with the latter also being nominated for “Best Rock Album.”