When: Sat., April 17, 7:30 p.m. 2010
Time away from the road hasn't been common in the last year for Brann Dailor, the drummer for Atlanta's Mastodon, one of the few American metal bands to be commercially and critically successful in the last 20 years. Last March, Mastodon released Crack the Skye, its fourth LP and its second for major label Reprise Records. It performed well, especially by the standards of its own genre, nearly cracking the Billboard Top 10 and earning this (reductive and untrue) proclamation from Rolling Stone: "Mastodon are the greatest metal band of their generation—no one else comes close."
The gargantuan album also inspired a series of headlining tours in which the Georgians would play the album from start to finish against a dramatic backdrop of video focused on Rasputin, the Romanov advisor and the album's central character. After a short break, the band would return and play a full second set, mining their rich discography for the faithful. The band's Cat's Cradle performance last May was more exhilarating than exhausting, with riffs, storylines and highlights to keep you in continual motion. Such shows serve as a testament to Mastodon's determination to break the stylistic restrictions of their genre stylistically: Their music is an unapologetic mix of prog, hardcore, metal and folklore, with a bit of Southern rock and country; live, they up the ante. And for the next six weeks, Dailor and the three men in front of him will take that show on the road again. Lucky for them, they're bringing inspiration in the form of three openers—Baroness, Between the Buried and Me and Valient Thorr.
"We always have a pretty long list of bands that we are stoked on and that we like and that we want to take out," says Dailor. "You want to go out and do your best when somebody awesome just got done melting everybody's face. You're like, 'Yeah, we've got to do that."
Baroness won't make this show, but the Tar Heel favorites will. —Grayson Currin