Mastodon have debuted the second single, “Show Yourself,” off their forthcoming new release, Emperor Of Sand, which drops via Reprise Records on March 31st. Emperor Of Sand, their eighth album, follows-up to 2014’s Once More ‘Round The Sun and can be pre-ordered at www.mastodonrocks.

Emperor Of Sand was recorded in Kennesaw, GA with producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine) at The Quarry Recording Studio. Cover art and inside gatefold images can be seen below and was created by Alan Brown, aka Medusawolf.

This release sees the band return to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. “Emperor Of Sand is like the grim reaper,” says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. “Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, ‘How much time is left?'”

“We’re reflecting on mortality,” adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. “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.”

Mastodon kick off a Spring U.S. headline tour in support of Emperor Of Sand beginning April 14th in Missoula, MT, with support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles.

Emperor of Sand Track Listing:

01. Sultan’s Curse
02. Show Yourself
03. Precious Stones
04. Steambreather
05. Roots Remain
06. Word To The Wise
07. Ancient Kingdom
08. Clandestiny
09. Andromeda
10. Scorpion Breath
11. Jaguar God

Tour Dates (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles):

04/14 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
04/15 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
04/16 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
04/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
04/20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
04/21 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
04/23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex
04/24 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
04/26 – Kansas City, KS – Uptown Theater
04/27 – St. Louis, MO – Pageant
04/28 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
04/29 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville Festival #
04/30 – Ft. Myers, FL – Fort Rock Festival #
05/02 – Washington, DC – Fillmore
05/03 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
05/04 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
05/05 – Concord, NC – Caroline Rebellion Festival #
05/06 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
05/08 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
05/09 – Portland, ME – State Theater
05/11 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
05/12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/13 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
05/14 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
05/16 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theater
05/17 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05/18 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
05/19 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
05/20 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

# indicates festival date. All other dates are headline shows.

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