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Mastodon sound like Mastodon on second new song from forthcoming album

Mastodon - Once More Round The Sun

Earlier this week, American metal band Mastodon unveiled another new track from their upcoming album Once More ‘Round The Sun, the follow up to 2011′s The Hunter and Mastodon’s sixth full length release to date. The new track is called “Chimes At Midnight” and is the second single from the new album.

Back in April we were introduced to a track titledHigh Road”. I wasn’t impressed at all with High Road. After giving it its fair share of spins over the past few months, I can’t help but feel the same way. Some may disagree, but I feel the track is a bit uninspired and even boring at times.

That being said, as the lead single, it certainly will not be the strongest track on the album. It’s a very accessible song, though- which may help to rope in those who are unfamiliar with the bands previous work. Perhaps that’s the reasoning behind it being chosen as the first peek at the final product?

“Chimes at Midnight” has definitely renewed my excitement for this album, however. Admittedly, I’ve always been a bit of a Mastodon fanboy but it’s a thoroughly enjoyable track – although it is worth pointing out that it sounds exactly like what you would expect to hear on a Mastodon album. There aren’t very many surprises here, and they don’t deviate far from their established sound, but if you’re a fan of that sound, this shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing; this track delivers.

The eerie sounding intro and outro sections bookend this riff fueled piece; and the band’s prog tendencies shine through. There are plenty of hooks that kept me interested for the duration, and the production value could not be any better. If Chimes at Midnight is any indication, this should be a solid release, and will have a spot in my collection.

Once More ‘Round The Sun is set for release on June 24th through Reprise Records.

Which of the new tracks is your favorite? Take a listen to both and let us know in the comments!