The monolithic rockers Mastodon are excited that the long-awaited follow-up to their 2011 album The Hunter is almost done and will be out this summer. And what better way for fans to dig into a new record than with the recently unveiled Mastodon Black Tongue beer?
The double-black IPA was created by the UK company signature brew and is currently available on Mastodon’s website. And lyricist and drummer Brann Dailor said the concoction will soon be available at U.S. specialty stores.
Signature Brew, which has already created beverages for Enter Shikari, Ed Harcourt, and others, held a meeting with Mastodon when the band was in England last summer for the Reading and Leeds festivals. "They’re big fans, and they found out we’re into fancy-pants beers," Dailor told Yahoo Music. "We talked about beer with them, tasted a bunch of different types, and discussed what we liked and didn't like. The idea was to come up with something suitable for our sound."
Before the band stumbled out of the "tasting room," they agreed their beer should be a double-black IPA, a strong, flavorful and smoky brew composed of citra and magnum hops with Carafa Special 3 Malt. Signature called it a "palate crusher," their "biggest and most powerful creation to date."
Or, as Dailor put it: "It’s got 8.5 percent alcohol, so it'll get you drunk. You need to be careful."
The label design for Black Tongue was created by Brooklyn-based artist David Cook, who has worked with Mastodon, Baroness and others heavy hitters.
Those who can’t wait for Mastodon’s yet-untitled next album can down bottles of Black Tongue while watching the recently released Mastodon DVD "Live at Brixton,"which was taped February 11, 2012 during the band's tour for The Hunter.
"I like it because the set list has a lot of variety," Dailor said. "There are, like, 23 songs on there and that's a lot for us since we don't really do any talking between songs. We figured we paid for a 10 camera shoot, so we might as well release it. We put all our eggs in that Brixton basket, but it paid off. We had a balloon drop and our friends in Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang helped us sing "Creature Lives" at the end, which was cool."
As for their upcoming record, Mastodon have recorded 15 songs with producer Nick Raskulinecz and are currently laying down vocals. Dailor expects 10 or 11 of the tracks to make the record, which he says is gloomier and creepier than The Hunter, but features some beautiful, spacey moments.
"The subject matter will be a mirror image of what’s transpired over the past year it has taken us to write the album," Dailor said. "Some people close to us have died and that darkness seeps in and finds its way into the art. It’s that age-old therapy thing. You sink it all into this and then you don't have to go to therapy. You've put your demons to rest and now other people can enjoy your pain."
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