Atlanta-based hard rock behemoths MASTODON recently recorded a four-song session for the U.K. radio station Xfm. They played "Divinations" and "Oblivion" from their new album, "Crack The Skye", "Colony Of Birchmen" from "Blood Mountain" and a cover of the MELVINS' "The Bit".
The entire session is now available for streaming at this location.
According to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS, "Crack The Skye" is on track to move between 35,000 and 40,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
MASTODON's 2006 CD, "Blood Mountain", came in with just over 24,000 units — significantly more than the 8,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2004's "Leviathan" — which put it at No. 32.
Video footage of MASTODON's in-store performance on Tuesday, March 24 at Criminal Records in Atlanta can be viewed at The Silver Tongue.
"Divinations", the new video from MASTODON, is available below. The clip was helmed by director Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober; METALLICA's "All Nightmare Long"), who previously worked with MASTODON on the "Sleeping Giant" video, and it depicts the bandmembers on a rock 'n' roll mission, trudging through the frozen tundra. "We're climbing a mountain looking for a creature named Brent," guitarist Bill Kelliher told HeadbangersBlog.com. "We were mountaineers — explorers, like in John Carpenter's 'The Thing'."
"It's a really fun video," added guitarist and vocalist Brent Hinds. "I'm an old cavemen trapped in a block of ice. Explorers find me and they put the flying V [guitar] up to the ice and it melts me. I grab the guitar, do the solo and then I kill them."