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May 23, 2011 16:39 ET

Mastodon in the Studio With Producer Mike Elizondo Recording Follow-Up to Ground-Breaking Concept Album "Crack The Skye"

Band to Hit the Road for European Tour in June; Mastodon's Version of ZZ Top Classic Featured on "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" Soundtrack

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2011) - Heavy rock innovators MASTODON are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their ground-breaking concept album "Crack The Skye," one of the most critically lauded albums of the past decade:

"Mastodon are the greatest metal band of their generation -- no one else comes close." -- Rolling Stone Magazine

"Unpredictable, intelligent metal." -- Spin Magazine

"Thunderous, disciplined and expansive...the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon's music makes 'Crack The Skye' sonically unforgettable." -- Time Magazine

The band is currently recording at Doppler Studios in their hometown of Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo. Drum tracks have been previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary Sound City Studios where Nirvana's masterwork "Nevermind" was recorded.

Mastodon can also now confirm a pair of new songs -- "Blasteroids," and "All The Heavy Lifting" will be featured on the new disc which will be release later this year.

As with all of their albums, Mastodon, which is bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer Brann Dailor, will take a different tack and musical approach to the music on this outing. Check for studio updates.

Immediately following their current recording sessions in Atlanta, Mastodon will head to Europe for a summer-long tour that includes all dates on this year's Sonisphere Festival as well as the Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring, Roskilde Festivals and more. The band will also play a one-off show at The Gorge in Seattle on July 30th with Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Meat Puppets. All of Mastodon's upcoming tour dates are below.

06/04Rock Im ParkNurnberg, GER
06/05Rock Am RingNuremburgring, GER
06/06GurensoanHamburg, GER*
06/07FZMDortmund, GER*
06/08Die RohreStuttgart, GER*
06/10Sonisphere FestivalWarsaw, POL
06/11Sonisphere FestivalPrague, CZE
06/12Norwegian WoodOslo, NOR
06/13GrieghallenBergen, NOR
06/17Sonisphere FestivalAthens, GRE
06/19Sonisphere FestivalIstanbul, TUR
06/21Sonisphere FestivalSofia, BUL
06/22INmusic FestivalZagreb, CRO
06/24Sonisphere FestivalBasel, SWI
06/25Sonisphere FestivalSan Marino, ITA
06/26GraspopDessel, BEL
06/28PatronaatHaarlem, HOL
06/29MetropolHengelo, HOL
07/01Roskilde FestivalRoskilde, DEN
07/02Sonisphere FestivalHelsinki, FIN
07/03Glav ClubSt. Petersburg, RUS*
07/04Arena MoscowMoscow, RUS*
07/06Colos-SaalAschaffenburg, GER*
07/08Sonisphere FestivalAmneville, FRA
07/09Sonisphere FestivalStockholm, SWE
07/10Sonisphere FestivalKnebworth, UK
07/12C-ClubBerlin, GER*
07/13Metalcamp FestivalTolmin, SLO
07/14Hegyalja FestivalTokaj, HUN
07/16Sonisphere FestivalMadrid, SPN
07/30The GorgeSeattle, WA

*denotes headlining show

Lastly Mastodon has just confirmed that their version of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" will be included on the original soundtrack for "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" soundtrack. This sought-after Mastodon rarity has only been available as a limited edition color vinyl 7" single released this past Record Store Day. The album will be release on June 14th.

More Mastodon news to be revealed shortly. Until then. contact Rick Gershon at Warner Bros. Records Publicity: 818-953-3473 /

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