Pink Colored Vinyl Reissue To Benefit Fourth Annual Ten Bands One Cause
Ten Bands re-issue their albums on pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the 4th year for the initiative that has raised funds for Gilda's Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from cancer at the age of 43 in 1989. 2017's pink vinyl releases come from Metallica, Mastodon, Portugal. The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Lord Huron, Dustin Kensrue, Lucinda Williams, Four Year Strong, Blue October and GWAR.
Emperor Of Sand finds the mighty Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. The album was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, GA with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who first worked with the band on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye. The majestic album artwork was created by Alan Brown aka Medusawolf.
"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."