Often known for their explosive live performances, progressive metal band Mastodon will release their first ever live concert album this Spring.
It was announced on the bands website that the album, entitled “Live At The Aragon,” will drop on March 15. It is a CD-DVD set which was recorded at an October 19, 2009 gig at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom during the Crack The Skye tour.
As was the trend following Crack The Skye’s release in March of 2009, the live recording captures an early performance of the entire album, but also includes some older tracks:
From 2006’s “Blood Mountain” comes “Circle of Sasquatch.” From the 2004 water-epic “Leviathan” comes “Aqua Dementia.” And from the bands first full-length, 2004’s “Remission,” comes two songs: “Where Strides The Behemoth” and “Mother Puncher.” The CD will also include a cover of the Melvins “The Bit.”
The DVD will contain a 58-minute “tour film” featuring movies that were projected on a screen behind the band during live performances.
A limited-edition deluxe version of the album is also being offered. It will include a “Mastodon guitar Pick Tin (with embossed picks)” and a reproduction of a tour laminate.
The band recently announced via it’s Facebook that they were in the process of recording a new album:
“Hello all. We are currently in the writing process for the next album. Lot’s of riffs have been collected!”
With this announcement and the impending release of “Live At The Aragon,” it’s a safe assumption that the Crack The Skye-era has ended and the band will be focusing on new projects.
“Live At The Aragon” official trailer: