According to the Instagram of drummer Brann Dailor, both he and guitarist Bill Kelliher are working on new Mastodon material.
Dailor originally said in an interview earlier this year that the band would like to start working on a new album post-Emperor Of Sand tour cycle, which was tragically cut short right around the passing of longtime manager Nick John.
“We’re always a work in progress, trying to figure out what we’re going to do next. We’re letting the ideas just come and setting them to the side for future work, and once in a while just sort of saying out loud what those ideas might be — whether they’re collected onstage when we’re doing soundcheck or if they are something that gets worked on backstage.
You hear somebody noodling, and you’re like, ‘Oh, what’s that?’ Whenever the ears perk up to either [guitarists] Brent [Hinds] or Bill [Kelliher] doing something backstage, that’s always a nice little surprise.
Once we get home, and we decompress from the Emperor Of Sand tour cycle, sometime early next year, we’ll start dumping out the riffs and seeing what’s new and seeing what’s fresh and what we’re digging on, and then we’ll just start working — do what we normally do.”
It'll also be interesting to see if guitarist and vocalist Brent Hinds participates in new Mastodon album. Hinds said in an interview in September that his "next thing that’s gonna happen for me is I’m not gonna play music for a year or two. I need to go regather myself" and that "I can still play music. If people want me to play good music they need to let me go for a year." Whether or not he was actually serious about going on a personal hiatus remains to be seen, but a Hinds-less Mastodon would be a very interesting situation.
New Mastodon – it's happening.