Based on the information Mastodon's Brent Hinds just gave Spin about the band's upcoming fifth LP, the Atlanta metal quartet's target demographic is people on PCP:
"It's a jump-on-your-bed, get naked, and go streaking kind of record. ... We've got a song about fighting, there's a song about lifting heavy stuff, there's a song about people on meth creeping around in trees trying to get the best wood grain out of a tree to sell it at Lowe's for [drug] money... The album is kind of silly. We're taking the piss out of things."
Mike Elizondo produced the disc, likely because he's Warner Bros.' new in-house staff producer and senior VP of A&R. This is the same Mike Elizondo who cowrote 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady," and produced Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine. This man was in the studio with the band who wrote a concept album about hallucinating on a Blood Mountain. This is going to be interesting. And Hinds is definitely amped for the release. "I haven't had this feeling about a Mastodon record since [2004's] Leviathan," he said. "It's just f------ awesome." Here's a little "Blood and Thunder" from that disc for reference:
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