Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Switches To ESP

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Whoa, didn’t see this one coming. Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher’s Gibson signature models have been some of the coolest guitars Gibson has released in years, but now Bill has switched to ESP with two new sigs, the ESP Bill Kelliher and the LTD BK-600. ESP writes; “We’re proud to announce that Bill Kelliher of world-renowned American metal band Mastodon has joined our family of endorsed artists. But equally big news is that we’re also announcing the introduction of two new Signature Series models: the ESP Bill Kelliher and the LTD BK-600. Visitors to our booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville later this month will be able to check out Bill’s new signature guitars in person. They will be available at ESP dealers later this year.” Read More …

Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V Custom

Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V

It’s here at last: the Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V Custom! Brent has well and truly earned his right to have a bitchen signature guitar, and he’s combined two of the coolest things ever: Silverburst (the most metal of guitar finishes) and the Flying-V. The guitar also includes Brent’s signature Lace Hammer Claws humbucking pickups. Here’s the press release and some video. Read More …

REVIEW: Gibson Bill Kelliher Halcyon Les Paul

Bill Kelliher Halcyon Les Paul

Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher’s first signature instrument was the Gibson Golden Axe Explorer, a visually stunning instrument that combined classic explorer looks with an eye-catching golden brown sunburst finish and Kelliher’s signature Lace Sensor Dissonant Aggressor passive humbucker pickups. The Golden Axe is already becoming quite hard to find because these limited edition beasts are very much coveted, not just by Mastodon fans – they achieve the rare feat of crossing over to guitar fans in general – and anyone who gets one tends to hang onto it. The new Bill Kelliher Halcyon Les Paul follows a similar track, kitting out a classic Les Paul design with a few of Kelliher’s own personal touches and in the process creating a guitar that will please all sorts of players, whether they’ve heard of Mastodon or not.

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Mastodon Australian Headlining Tour!

 

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File this in the ‘About Fucking Time’ folder: Mastodon have just announced their first-ever headline tour of Australia. They’ve been here before but with festivals, supports (SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER!), festival sideshows etc. But as Troy Sanders told Music Feeds earlier this year, the band has yet to actually headline their own shows down under. He said the band hoped to make it down in 2015 for their own run of dates. And now it’s happening! Here’s the press release. Read More …

REVIEW: Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

Mastodon Once More Round The SunIf I may be indulged with an overwrought metaphor, being a Mastodon fan is kind of like driving along the coast and gazing out the window: the view in the near field keeps changing – buildings, beach, cliffs – but the view out to the horizon remains more or less the same, give or take a few clouds or whatever. Whatever Mastodon does, it has a certain emotional, ragged-yet-anthemic quality which is always there, but sometimes the more up-front aspects are expressed in a psychedelic, unpredictable way and sometimes the attitude is more blatant and direct. Thus far Crack The Skye is the epitome of the more abstract approach, while The Hunter went for directness, especially in terms of groove. Now Once More ‘Round The Sun further refines the latter approach, but this time the melody is cranked up to 10. A great example is the chorus of “The Motherload.” It’s practically arena rock – albeit a rather skewed, dark take on arena rock. “High Road” does a great job of building upon the sound established on The Hunter, while “Chimes At Midnight” returns to some of the more moody-then-chaotic moments of Crack The Skye but without quite the same level of sophistication. Read More …

Mastodon Releases New Track ‘High Road’

Mastodon-high-road-artPRESS RELEASE: Mastodon has unveiled a brand new song “High Road” from their forthcoming album, ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN, produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains, Deftones). Go to: www.mastodonrocks.com to listen now. Mastodon band members had this to say about the new song: “I wrote that on a day off while we were on tour in Luxembourg. I was sitting in this rainy city on a Sunday, and nothing was open. I felt like I needed to write something to reflect how I was feeling. I started banging on a guitar. I was thinking Neurosis and The Melvins low-tuned with a little more pop sensibility for the chorus.” — Bill Kelliher Read More …

TC Electronic Announces Mastodon TonePrints

MastodonforFacebook.110144PRESS RELEASE: TC Electronic is announcing a TonePrint package of epic proportions, featuring Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher and Troy Sanders of metal/prog rock giants Mastodon! This package of TonePrints is available immediately and for free at www.tcelectronic.com/mastodon-toneprints or through the free TonePrint app for Android and iOS. Kicking of the Mastodon TonePrint package is lead guitarist Brent Hinds, who delivers three TonePrints: VibeChange, Mother Slapper and Clean Toes. VibeChange is a Chorus TonePrint that Brent created specifically to gel well with mastodon’s signature clean passages.  This dynamic chorus will make any clean riff shine brilliantly. The “Clean Toes” chorus is sure to rock your socks off! Read More …

INTERVIEW: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher

Mastodon’s Crack The Skye is a hard album to top. Heavy, progressive, psychedelic, multilayered, complex – any concept album that knits together such disparate elements as Rasputin and astral travel has gotta be followed up by something pretty big. Just like Crack The Skye, The Hunter finds Mastodon doing what they do best – combining lyrical and musical creativity – yet the approach is different, the songs are shorter, the themes less interwoven and the results more eclectic. The Hunter is a crucial album for the band. After the strength and influence of Crack The Skye, The Hunter has to prove it wasn’t a fluke – it just has to. Guitarists Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds are one of the most interesting and creative duos in modern metal, and I spoke with Kelliher a week before the album’s release. But first we have even more important matters to discuss, about a shared interest… 

(Oh, and, uh, language alert.)

Before we get into talking abut the album, there’s something I wanted to ask you because we both have this in common: what do you think about the new Star Wars Blu-ray and all the changes they’ve made?

Y’know, I’m a fuckin’ Star Wars fanatic. I’ve got all the tattoos, all the toys… It’s like Beyond Thunderdome with the fuckin’ toy collection. I didn’t really know what was going on with the Blu-rays until I paid attention. I don’t really watch too much TV. And I turned the TV on and saw a commercial for it. My buddy had just told me about the spoiler – Darth Vader saying ‘Noooooo!’ as he’s throwing the emperor off the fuckin’ thing, and he was like ‘Fuck all that, it’s a bunch of bullshit. Can’t they just leave it alone? But I’m gonna buy it anyway.’ And after I saw the fuckin’ commercials, the advertising for it on television, I was like, ‘Man, it looks so awesome!’ I’m not gonna lie, I was completely sucked in by George Lucas once again. Just the little scenes that they showed on television, I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve got to watch the whole thing.’ I’ve already seen the movies like fifty trillion times. I’ve got them on every format – Beta, VHS, LaserDisk – you name it. I’ve got every version. And it’s a shame that they had to fuck with the originals. They should have a Blu-ray of just the original movies separately if you want to watch those. Don’t fuck with it, man. Don’t put fuckin’ Hayden Christensen in where Darth Vader’s ghost was at the end of Jedi! What the fuck is that? Everybody aged except for him? What the fuck does that mean? Why? That’s just a sell-out. It makes me mad! I can go off on that shit. I was like, ‘What is that, a Walmart fuckin’ special?’ Maybe they should have done a young Yoda. Maybe Phyllis Diller or somebody could have done that. I don’t know. It’s ridiculous!

But the thing is, when people always ask me, ‘What do you think of the new movies,’ well, they’re fuckin’ horrible, but then again I’m not an 8-year-old boy any more. And when I was an 8-year-old boy – my kids are young, my son’s name is Harrison, for god’s sake – my other son’s name is Cohen, so I’m a little nerdy with the sci fi stuff. But the thing about Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, they’re still cool to me when I’m 40 years old. The new movies to me, they’re horrible. The fuckin’ fart scenes, where one of the creates farts, the whole Jar Jar thing, it’s fuckin’ retarded. But my kids, they think it’s awesome. They’re like, ‘Wow, this is the coolest thing ever.’ And when they watch Star Wars they think it’s kind of boring. They know the characters and they’re interested, but movies have changed so much since when we were kids. I tried to watch that movie Transformers when it came out a couple of years ago, on a small television on our tour bus, and I could not even watch it, because a) there’s way too much shit going on, because kids these days need to see like 50 bazillion laser beams and explosions happening on a TV screen at once rather than an actual story, and, like, feelings and script going on. It’s just all about the action and something happening on the screen. And I couldn’t watch it. I was like, ‘I’ve got to turn this off. This is shit.’ Everything’s in focus, everything’s CGI, it doesn’t look real, I just can’t stand it. So who am I to say anything about movies these days? Let them release it. I don’t have a Blu-ray player but I’ll probably buy one just so I can watch the movies again and boo at the parts they redid.

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