Grammy-Award-winning hard rock quartet Mastodon has confirmed their return to live action with an extensive tour of the U.K. and Europe beginning in Belfast at The Ulster Hall on January 14th 2019. This tour includes a show at London’s prestigious Brixton Academy on January 25. Support on all dates will be Kvelertak and Mutoid Man. Tickets on sale Friday October 26th @ 10am from www.ticketmaster.ie, www.ulsterhall.co.uk and Ulster Hall Box Office, Katy’s Bar & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300.
Additionally, promoters for each show will be making donations to one of the following three charities, The TJ Martel Foundation, Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of the bands long time manager, Nick John, who passed away last month from pancreatic cancer. For further details, go to: mastodonrocks.com.
One of the most internationally respected and influential heavy rock bands of their generation or any other, Mastodon continue to push forward musically, lyrically, compositionally and have become a genre unto themselves as a result. Their current acclaimed album, Emperor Of Sand, has won a 2018 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Metal Performance” for the track “Sultan’s Curse”The Atlanta rock band was also nominated in the “Best Rock Album” category for Emperor of Sand. This marks Mastodon’s first Grammy win following their previous five GRAMMY® nominations to date. The album also landed the #1 spot in METAL HAMMER Top 100 Albums Of The Year, and Mastodon picked up ‘Best Live Band’ at the 2017 Metal Hammer Golden Gods. Emperor of Sand remains both a critical and commercial success for the quartet. Not only did it become the group’s third release to bow in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, but it also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rock chart as well as #1 on the Physical album chart. Emperor of Sand was released to widespread praise:
“That Mastodon are capable of channeling personal tragedies into madcap sci-fi fantasy is impressive, but on Emperor Of Sand they finally harness their musical ambitions as well.” – Pitchfork
“Their most ambitious album in years – Mastodon is one of the most beloved heavy bands on earth.” – Rolling Stone Magazine
“Mastodon has an innate ability to be both accessible and really friggin’ far out at the same time.” – Revolver Magazine
“The music of Emperor Of Sand is an emotional statement in itself. Fury and invention coexist, and rage, while palpable, isn’t the sole or dominant characteristic… metal that soars with authority and intellect. Emperor Of Sand stands as another arresting work by Mastodon, which may very well be contemporary metal’s most compelling group.” – Wall Street Journal
Check out Emperor Of Sand here
As previously announced, Reprise Records have released a pair of exclusive 12” vinyl picture discs as part of our on-going “Picture This” series. Brann Dailor’s solo track “Red Death” is one of the 6 songs found on DC Comics’ Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition collection which comes with a poster and 32-page comic book and limited to 4,000 copies worldwide. Mastodon’s groundbreaking 2014 album Once More Round The Sun released as part of the “Picture This” series as a two disc 12” set in a limited edition of 2,000 pieces worldwide.
VIP upgrades will available and can be found at www.mastodonrocks.com/tour.