|Emperor of Sand|
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 31, 2017|
|Recorded||October – December 2016|
|Label|| Reprise |
|Singles from Emperor of Sand|
Emperor of Sand is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Mastodon. The album was released on March 31, 2017 through record label Reprise Records. The album's first single, "Show Yourself", peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in 2017. The second single, "Steambreather", peaked at number 18 on the same chart. It was ranked on several year-end lists, including at number three on The Independent's "Top 20 Rock & Metal Albums of 2017".
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Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2000. The group is composed of Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (guitar), and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals). Mastodon has released seven studio albums, as well as a number of other releases. The band's 2002 debut album, Remission, garnered significant critical acclaim for its unique sound. Mastodon's second full-length release, Leviathan, is a concept album based on the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Three magazines awarded the record Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer.
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Scott Kelly of Neurosis and Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth both appear as guest vocalists on "Scorpion Breath" and "Andromeda" respectively.Kelly has appeared as a guest vocalist on every Mastodon studio album since Leviathan (2004).
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The concept and story in Emperor of Sand follows a desert wanderer who has been handed a death sentence.Themes of death and survival are woven into the song's lyrics, which were inspired by experiences members of the band had when family and friends were recently diagnosed with cancer.
"At the end of the story, the person simultaneously dies and is saved," Dailor said. "It's about going through cancer, going through chemotherapy and all the things associated with that. I didn't want to be literal about it. But it's all in there. You can read between the lines."
"We're reflecting on mortality," bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders said in a statement. "To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives."
Troy Jayson Sanders is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor. He is also active in Killer Be Killed and Gone Is Gone, as well as being the current touring bassist for Thin Lizzy.
Emperor of Sand was released on March 31, 2017 through record label Reprise.A snippet of "Sultan's Curse" was previewed on the band's website on January 25, 2017, and the full track was released on January 27. The album's first single, "Show Yourself", was released in February 2017. Its second single, Steambreather, was released in August 2017.
"Show Yourself" is a single by American progressive metal band Mastodon, off of their studio album Emperor of Sand. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in 2017, making it their highest charting song to date.
"Steambreather" is a song by American heavy metal band Mastodon. It was the second single off of their album Emperor of Sand, the follow-up to first single "Show Yourself". As of October 2017, it had peaked at number 18 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
Following the album's release, the band embarked on a tour in the United States from April 14 to May 20, 2017, with support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles.
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Emperor of Sand was well-received by contemporary music critics upon its initial release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 78, based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Amongst the more positive articles was Calum Slingerland's review for Exclaim! . In it, Slingerland stated that "Drawing as much from their past as well as their present, Mastodon refuse to go extinct just shy of two decades of music-making. Emperor of Sand is at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting."Anita Bhagwandas was also highly positive in a four-star review for NME , saying "Metal needed this album. It needed a record that’s doomy, heavy and magnificently multilayered, and Mastodon’s seventh album is exactly that." Reviewing that album for Consequence of Sound , Katherine Turman wrote "From the incendiary solos of “Word to the Wise” to the evocatively personal/universal lyrics (“The throne of maladies/ It’s right in front of me/ Your malignancy”), Emperor of Sand proves cathartic for the listener and, hopefully, for the band members as well." Rob Sayce wrote the review for Rock Sound suggesting that "Few bands out there twist metal into such bewildering, bewitching shapes, and – somehow – there’s little sign of their well running dry."
In the review for AllMusic, critic Thom Jurek was more critical of the album, claiming "Emperor of Sand is not perfect; it doesn't attain the glories of the first trilogy. That said, it's easily on par with The Hunter and stronger than Once More 'Round the Sun, while being more diverse than any record they've cut. Arguments about quality should go beyond the aesthetics to embody process and honesty, which are what ultimately matters. In order to be true to themselves, Mastodon had to make Emperor of Sand at this time. There was no other option. As such, its urgency, sophistication, and emotional heft make it a necessary entry in their catalog."Jordan Blum of PopMatters similarly concluded that "Emperor of Sand is by no means a bad album, but there's little here that the band hasn't already explored." Contributor Saby Reyes-Kulkarni wrote the review for Pitchfork declaring "Mastodon haven’t gone past the point of no return in pursuit of accessibility. If anything, Emperor of Sand proves the opposite. Musicians often rationalize losing their edge by talking about “maturity.” Mastodon can now feel free to use the word without lying to their fanbase."
|Exclaim!||Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums of 2017|
|Loudwire||25 Best Metal Albums of 2017|
|Metal Hammer||100 Best Metal Albums of 2017|
|Revolver||20 Best Albums of 2017|
|Rolling Stone||20 Best Metal Albums of 2017|
In 2018, the first track of the album, "Sultan's Curse", won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album, but lost to The War on Drugs' A Deeper Understanding .
The album sold around 43,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, making it their best selling album, as Crack the Skye debuted at number 11 with 41,000 copies in its first week.
All tracks written by Mastodon.
|1.||"Sultan's Curse"||Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Brann Dailor||4:09|
|2.||"Show Yourself"||Dailor, Sanders||3:03|
|3.||"Precious Stones"||Hinds, Sanders||3:46|
|5.||"Roots Remain" (titled "Eons" on the vinyl version)||Sanders, Dailor, Hinds||6:28|
|6.||"Word to the Wise"||Sanders, Dailor||4:00|
|7.||"Ancient Kingdom"||Dailor, Sanders, Hinds||4:54|
|9.||"Andromeda" (featuring Kevin Sharp)||Sanders, Dailor, Kevin Sharp||4:05|
|10.||"Scorpion Breath" (featuring Scott Kelly)||Sanders, Scott Kelly||3:19|
|11.||"Jaguar God" (featuring Mike Keneally)||Hinds, Dailor, Sanders||7:56|
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