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May 7, 2012 – (Burbank, CA) – Mastodon have announced that they hit the road in Europe, performing both major festivals, including Pinkpop, Sonisphere, and Nova Rock, as well as headlining shows beginning May 23rd and continuing through the end of June. Mastodon will also perform at both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. in August. Mastodon have always commanded a high press profile abroad and THE HUNTER continues to amaze fan and critics alike. Kerrang! Magazine, the UK’s leading hard rock publication has nominated Mastodon in both “Best Album,” and “Best Video: “Curl Of The Burl” at this year’s Kerrang! Awards set for June 7th, in London. Click here for further info.

Mastodon are touring in support of their critically acclaimed current album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more. A video for the current single, “Dry Bone Valley,” shot live at London’s Brixton Academy, has been posted here. Another live video clip from the same show for “All The Heavy Lifting,” is being readied for release now. Details to be revealed soon.

The band travels to Europe a few days after performing at this year’s Rock on the Range Festival on May 20th. Mastodon have been on the road since early April co-headlining a triumphant U.S. tour with Swedish metal band Opeth and special guest Ghost that wraps on May 12th with a show in Mastodon’s hometown Atlanta at The Masquerade. As ever, the press remains in thrall of Mastodon’s powerful presence:

“Sinewy tendrils that wrap around your ankles and pull you into the deep end. by the time the band closed out the show with the almost-pretty “The Sparrow,” it was hard not to feel like you had been a part of something grand in scale.・- GuitarWorld.Com

“Mastodon came out heavy from the start and stayed in that gear for most of its set. The impressive Mastodon does a lot of things in double — the dual vocals of Brent Hinds and Troy Sanders, the synchronized guitars of Hinds and Bill Kelliher and the drumming of Brann Dailor, who often sounds like two people…all of which kept the mosh pit in motion.” —  Pittsburgh Post Gazette


“Like the beast it’s named after, Atlanta’s Mastodon makes a hell of a racket. In just over a decade, the band has released five albums and each has been better than the last, culminating in 2011’s The Hunter.” – Dallas Observer


Mastodon on the road with Opeth:

05/07    Minneapolis, MN    Brick – Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20

05/09    Washington, DC    The Fillmore – Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50

05/10    Charlotte, NC       The Fillmore – Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50

05/11    Myrtle Beach, SC  House of Blues – Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20

05/12    Atlanta, GA          Masquerade Music Park – Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 7:50 | Mastodon 9:20


Rock on the Range Festival:

05/20     Columbus, OH       Crew Stadium


European and Canadian tour dates:

05/23    Oslo, Norway            Valle Hovin

05/25    Lisbon, Portugal         Bela Vista Park / Rock in Rio Lisbon (w/ Metallica, etc.)

05/26    Madrid, Spain            Getafe Sonisphere

05/27    Landgraaf, Holland      Pinkpop Festival

05/28    Werchter, Belgium       Boutique Festival (w/ Metallica, etc.)

05/30    Yverdon, Switzerland   Sonisphere at Rives du Lac (w/ Metallica, etc.)

06/01    Bavaria, Germany        Rock In Park Clubstage

06/02    Nurburgring, Germany  Rock Am Ring Clubstage

06/03    Warsaw, Poland          Ursynalia Festival

06/06    Horsens, Denmark        Open Air

06/07    Sölvesborg, Sweden     Sweden Rock Festival

06/08    Zagreb, Croatia           Rokaj Festival

06/09    Muenster, Germany       Vainstream Festival

06/10    Nickelsdorf, Austria       Nova Rock Festival (w/ Metallica, etc.)

06/13    Bergen, Norway           Bergen Calling

06/15    Copenhagen, Denmark   Copenhell Festival

06/16    Gothenburg, Sweden     Metaltown

06/17    Seinäjoki, Finland          Provinssirock

06/19    Tallinn, Estonia             Rock Café

06/20    Riga, Latvia                 Palladium

06/23    Roeser, Luxembourg      Rock A Field Festival

06/24    Eindhoven, Holland        Effenaar

06/25   Amsterdam, Holland       Melkweg Max

06/27   Rome, Italy                  Atlantico

06/29   Werchter, Belgium          Rock

06/30    Belfort, France             Eurokennes

07/14    Ottawa, ON                 Ottawa Bluesfest

07/15    Quebec, QC                 Festival D’Ete Quebec

08/25    Reading, England           Reading Festival

08/26    Leeds, England              Leeds Festival




MASTODON:  Troy Sanders — Bass Guitar / Vocals
Brent Hinds — Guitars / Vocals
Bill Kelliher — Guitars
Brann Dailor — Drums / Vocals

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