A Wayward Word's Worth

November 4, 2011

Mastodon’s beastly inspiration

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 2:35 am

Metal craftsmen literally work against the grain on new album. By Kyle Mullin for The Sacramento Press, Nov. 1 2011

Amongst the buzz saw riffs lies a tale twisted as knotted lumber’s grain. It was chiselled, grinded, and chipped at until the words surrounding that deep woods howl splintered as if to catch beneath your skin.

That, at least, could be one way to look at the fresh cut tune “Curl of the Burl,” from the latest album by heavy metal craftsmen Mastodon. The song’s title refers to the bloated burr growths swelling under the bark of injured hardwood trees. Such deformities hold a special beauty to certain artisans.

“There’s a group of people in the Pacific North West… They get hopped up on meth, get in their trucks and go into the woods with their chainsaws to hunt for the burl in various trees,” Mastodon singer and bassist Troy Sanders says of the strangely gnarly prey these rabidly fiendish predators work to uproot and mow down.




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