Mastodon have reportedly been hard at work on their eighth album, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s Emperor of Sand, and have a new song set to appear on the soundtrack to the Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face the Music. The Atlantan prog-metal titans are also celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and hopefully have big things in store to commemorate that milestone.
In the meantime, Gone Is Gone — the atmospheric alt-metal supergroup featuring Mastodon singer-bassist Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar — have resurfaced with a moody, trudging new single, “Everything Is Wonderfall,” which they jointed describe as “a mantra. A meditation.” True to the band’s lineup, the song sounds much like Queens of the Stone Age crossed with Mastodon, a mix of soaring, hooky melody, prog-tinged, metal-leaning riffery and post-rock textures. Check it out below.
Gone Is Gone announced their presence in 2016 with the release of a debut self-titled EP, which they built on the following year with 2017 album Echolocation and another EP, Phantom Limb. The band dropped a hypnotic, surreal music video for the latter EP’s title track in 2018, and have played a few shows afterward. Then, in late 2019, they dropped the Pink Floydian standalone single “No One Ever Walked on Water.”
The band is just one of the Mastodon members’ many side projects. Sanders also plays in the metal supergroup Killer Be Killed, alongside Sepultura and Soulfly founder Max Cavalera, former Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato and Converge drummer Ben Koller. Mastodon singer-guitarist Brent Hinds played in Giraffe Tongue Orchestra with members of Dillinger and Alice in Chains, and also has a surfabilly band called Fiend Without a Face. Drummer-vocalist Brann Dailor, meanwhile, leads the synth metal outfit Arcadea.