Mastodon Release Groovy New Single “Teardrinker” via Insane Music Video

In early September, Atlanta stoner-metal world-conquerors Mastodon announced their new studio album, Hushed and Grim, while at the same time releasing it’s breakneck first single. Now, the band have released a second song from that record, this one titled “Teardrinker,” via the kind of music video that proves why these guys are more interesting than all of their many imitators.

The “Teardrinker” video starts the way a Twilight Zone episode might — the members of Mastodon each get a ticket from a mysterious figure, which they use to enter an old derelict building. Inside the building awaits a nondescript box with armholes in it. Each member of the band reaches into the box and retrieves a gem — and that’s where things get conceptual, bizarre, and huge. Each member’s gem gives them insight into a different symbolic dimension, with the recurring theme being the release and/or gathering of tears. The imagery builds to a fevered pitch that finally explodes in a psychedelic waterfall. It’s the kind of video that plenty of bands would kill to make, if only they had the appropriate music to back it up. Of course, the harmonious trip that is “Teardrinker” feels right at home behind this footage, proving once again that Mastodon are kings of their craft.

Check out “Teardrinker” below:

Mastodon’s Hushed and Grim drops October 29th via Reprise Records, and is available for preorder. According to the band, the record is “a collection of our authentic emotions pulled from our real life experiences and we can not wait to share them with you!”

Check out the full tracklisting and cover art below:

1. Pain With An Anchor
2. The Crux
3. Sickle And Peace
4. More Than I Could Chew
5. The Beast
6. Skeleton Of Splendor
7. Teardrinker
8. Pushing The Tides
9. Peace And Tranquility
10. Dagger
11. Had It All
12. Savage Lands
13. Gobblers Of Dregs
14. Eyes Of Serpents
15. Gigantium

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Words by Chris Krovatin