Hard rock giants Mastodon are coming back to the UK next year with a handful of dates at some of the country's best venues, including Barrowlands in Glasgow and the Manchester and Brixton academies.
A decade into a career that has seen the Atlanta four-piece bring sludge metal to the mainstream through five albums, including three US Billboard Top 40 hit records, Mastodon are stronger and noisier than ever. Their last record, 'The Hunter', released just a fortnight ago, has already eclipsed their earlier records hitting No 10 in the US and breaking the UK Top 20.
Metal bands rarely get the credit that their song-writing merits but Mastodon continue to buck the trend, earning plaudits for their complex compositions, intricate arrangements and fastidious production. And it has paid off with many outside the heavy rock fraternity finding plenty to like in the music, reflected in appearances on network shows like David Letterman and leading to a reputation for fearless, fun, hard rock.
Too often, progressive metal is thought of as abrasive, attritional and, well, hard work. But Mastodon have made a lie of this. There is a lot of noise and, yes, a lot of shouting, but, musically, they're the real thing. Their live shows are legendary affairs; a bruising rollercoaster blend of thrills, raw vocals, theatrical overdose and, of course, quite a lot of shouting.
Mastodon kick off their UK tour at Bristol Academy on 5th February, followed by gigs in Manchester, Glasgow, Norwich and Birmingham, before the final date of the tour at the Brixton Academy on Saturday 11th February 2012.
We will have tickets for all dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 14th October priced £20 for Brixton and £17.50 for all other dates.