Drummer Reveals That Mastodon Is Back In The Studio

Mastodon is back in the studio working on new music, according to a post from drummer Brann Dailor on Instagram. Dailor -- who reported last August that the band was gathering ideas for its next LP -- uploaded a picture of guitarist Bill Kelliher in the studio with the caption: "New music? Yep." Asked last summer about the direction of the band's next studio effort, Dailor answered, "We're always a work in progress, trying to figure out what we're going to do next. We're letting the ideas just come and setting them to the side for future work." Dailor added, "Once we get home, and we decompress from the Emperor Of Sand tour cycle, sometime early next year, we'll start dumping out the riffs and seeing what's new and seeing what's fresh and what we're digging on, and then we'll just start working." The new disc will follow up 2017’s Emperor Of Sand, which contained the Top Five rock radio hit "Show Yourself." But Mastodon will take a break from the studio early in the new year to head out on the road across the U.K., Ireland and Europe on a 25-date trek.