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A THERAPY FOR PAIN

Continuing to turn personal tragedy into concept album triumph, MASTODON have overcome family tragedies to emerge more united than ever. TERRORI ZER talks to guitarist BILL KELLIHER about new album ‘EMPEROR OF SAND’

MASTODON

It’s been a torrid eighteen months in the Mastodon camp. No strangers to tragedy and adversity, each member has experienced death upon death; drummer Brann Dailor’s brother Brad tragically passed away on a hunting trip back in 2010 which inspired ‘The Hunter’ and sprawling epic ‘Crack The Skye’ told the tale of his sister’s suicide. However, new opus ‘Emperor Of Sand’ chronicles perhaps the most difficult era in the band members personal lives. Back in 2014 guitarist Bill Kelliher finally turned a corner in his battle with alcoholism. Having relapsed umpteen times and even spent his 40th birthday in rehab, fate dealt a cruel blow when Bill’s mother was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Many addicts would, understandably fall off the wagon in such tragic circumstances yet Bill weathered the storm to take care of his family.

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I bloody love The Obsessed’s new album – it’s packed with grooves and riffs and isn’t one-dimensional in the slightest. I recall getting psyched when Relapse announced they had signed the band and since the news landed, plotting with the label about putting Wino and his band on the cover. It seems like aeons since they recorded the album last summer, but as Wino explains in our cover feature, a lot has been going on since that recording session. Go and read all about it now! And if you haven’t heard the album, please go check it out – it’s well worth the twenty-plus year wait since ‘The Church Within’. I always remember Wino and co. sticking out like a sore thumb when I saw them in Nottingham’s Rock City opening for Prong and Life Of Agony in support of that album – a sea of audience confusion greeted them, but the drive and honesty that oozed from the trio that night had a long-lasting impression on me, and I cannot wait to see them on our shores again soon, I hope. So, as always enjoy the issue in your hands. Every month Kez and the writing crew pour blood, sweat and tears into the issue to make it the best we can. It’s tough times out there, we have no crowd-funding hype machines behind us, just passion, belief and, frankly, stubbornness. And of course, enjoyment in the music. Take care and see you next month! Adios Darren Sadler
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