Mastodon Lands Atop Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums Chart with Crushing New Double-LP ‘Hushed and Grim’ (Listen)

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Released on Oct. 29, Hushed and Grim is the eighth studio album from hard rock/metal kings Mastodon, and the band’s first since 2017’s Emperor of Sand.

With an epic running time of more than 86 minutes, it clocks in as the band’s longest opus to date, and that’s saying something — this is an ensemble of rockers known for songs of crushing depth, sonic adventurousness and sky-high ambition.

Thus far, the album has earned mostly rave reviews, and its solid reception was confirmed by placing at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums Chart, an accomplishment also reached by Emperor of Sand four years ago.

The 15 songs that make up Hushed and Grim come from a place of deep reflection and personal loss, a tribute of sorts to the band’s longtime manager, Nick John, who died in 2018 after a fight with pancreatic cancer.

Per a news release, the album was recorded in their hometown of Atlanta over the past year and produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel) Their most ambitious body of work to date, the 15 disparate tracks cover a wide confluence of textures that include rock, psychedelia, punk, metal, alternative, and prog interwoven by their innately expressive musical interplay of these virtuosic musicians. An atmospheric canvas very real of loss, loneliness, and longing permeates through the trio of cathartic vocals as they musically say goodbye to old friend, confidant, and longtime manager the late Nick John by architecting a magnum opus that bears the influence of his eternal memory.

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Below, Mastodon breaks down the story behind Hushed and Grim:

The weeks ahead have plenty of activity in the works from Mastodon. The band will perform on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Nov. 23, shortly after launching a big co-headlining tour alongside Opeth.

That trek begins on Nov. 16. The dates:

Nov 14 Daytona Beach, FL Welcome to Rockville (festival date, not with Opeth)
Nov 16 Asheville, NC Arena
Nov 18 Boston, MA Wang Theater
Nov 19 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
Nov 20 New York City Hammerstein Ballroom
Nov 21 Washington, DC Anthem
Nov 23 Nashville, TN The Ryman Auditorium
Nov 24 Atlanta, GA The Eastern
Nov 26 Austin, TX ACL Live
Nov 27 Dallas, TX Southside Music Hall
Nov 28 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre @ Sugarland
Nov 30 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
Dec 01 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
Dec 02 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Dec 04 Salt Lake City, UT Union
Dec 05 Denver, CO Mission Ballroom

Stream Hushed and Grim below.

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