Atlanta-based hard-rock iconoclasts MASTODON will be the featured musical guests on CBS‘ “The Late Show with David Letterman” airing on Friday, May 15 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Check local listings for details.
On May 5, MASTODON will release two versions of the band’s new album, “Crack The Skye”, on vinyl. The first is a standard high-quality vinyl issue with beautiful full-size album artwork. There will also be a special deluxe edition mastered and pressed on two discs at 45 rpm for maximum audiophile fidelity housed in a gatefold sleeve available in a very limited edition, one-time-only pressing. This edition will also include the complete album on CD.
“Crack The Skye” sold 41,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart.
MASTODON’s 2006 CD, “Blood Mountain”, came in with just over 24,000 units — significantly more than the 8,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2004’s “Leviathan” — which put it at No. 32.
“Divinations”, the new video from MASTODON, is available below. The clip was helmed by director Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober; METALLICA’s “All Nightmare Long”), who previously worked with MASTODON on the “Sleeping Giant” video, and it depicts the bandmembers on a rock ‘n’ roll mission, trudging through the frozen tundra. “We’re climbing a mountain looking for a creature named Brent,” guitarist Bill Kelliher told HeadbangersBlog.com. “We were mountaineers — explorers, like in John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’.”
“It’s a really fun video,” added guitarist and vocalist Brent Hinds. “I’m an old cavemen trapped in a block of ice. Explorers find me and they put the flying V [guitar] up to the ice and it melts me. I grab the guitar, do the solo and then I kill them.”