No new Mastodon album in three years has left a pretty substantial hole in our hearts. But the band is back with a new record, Emperor of Sand, due March 31 on Reprise. Judging by just the album cover, they're aiming for something sludgy and heavy, as it features the same font as their first series of LPs. "Sultan's Curse" doesn't fuck around, delivering an incredibly aggressive riff from the jump, giving way to melody as it goes on. The band can craft dreamy solos that'll whisk you away just as easily as a crunchy riff, making for a great dynamic experience. Prepare for the Emperor.

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