MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds says that his comments about “hating” heavy metal were taken out of context.

In a June 2016 interview with Guitar Player, Hinds appeared to come clean about his attitude towards metal, and he didn’t mince words. He was quoted as saying: “I never really liked heavy metal in the first place. I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that. I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal. And then I met Brann [Dailor, MASTODON drummer] and Bill [Kelliher, MASTODON guitarist], and they were really, really, really into heavy metal. And ever since then, I’ve been trying to get MASTODON to not be such a heavy metal band, because I fucking hate heavy metal, and I don’t want to be in a heavy metal band.”

But now, in a brand new interview with disc jockey Eddie Winters, Hinds appeared to distance himself a bit from his previous comments, saying: “[The Guitar Player quote] was taken out of context. I said ‘I fucking hate most heavy metal,’ is what I said. I don’t like a lot of it. There’s a lot of cookie-cutter bullshit out there, in my opinion, and I don’t like it. So I was just being honest. And they just took the ‘a lot’ out and just put ‘Brent Hinds hates metal.'”

He continued: “These guys, I mean, they need people to come by and visit their web site, and how are they gonna do that without taking people’s quotes out of context? They’ve gotta somehow sell magazines, so I can understand why they’re doing it. But just keep me out of it. I don’t really do that many interviews because of that kind of stuff.”

MASTODON‘s as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2014’s “Once More ‘Round The Sun” album was once again helmed by famed producer Brendan O’Brien, who first collaborated with the band on their 2009 groundbreaking concept album “Crack The Skye”.

MASTODON recorded the new disc at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia before moving to Henson Studios in Los Angeles for the mixing stage. Songtitles set to appear on the disc include “Show Yourself”, “Precious Stones” and “Your Own Blood”.