Emperor of Sand

Emperor of Sand
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 31, 2017 (2017-03-31)
RecordedOctober – December 2016[1][2]
Studio
Genre
Length51:11
LabelReprise
558742-2
ProducerBrendan O'Brien
Mastodon chronology
Once More 'Round the Sun
(2014)
Emperor of Sand
(2017)
Cold Dark Place
(2017)
Singles from Emperor of Sand
  1. "Show Yourself"
    Released: February 3, 2017
  2. "Steambreather"
    Released: August 25, 2017

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".[3]

Background

Emperor of Sand is Mastodon's seventh studio album.[4][5] The album was recorded at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia and mixed at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles.[4] The band worked with record producer Brendan O'Brien, whom they collaborated with on their 2009 album Crack the Skye.[4] The songs were recorded as originally arranged, then they revisited each track to edit and refine the sound.[4] Drummer Brann Dailor completed his drum tracks and began drafting lyrics while guitars and bass were being recorded by other band members.[4]

Scott Kelly of Neurosis and Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth both appear as guest vocalists on "Scorpion Breath" and "Andromeda" respectively.[6] Kelly has appeared as a guest vocalist on every Mastodon studio album since Leviathan (2004).[7]

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