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MASTODON/SPLATTERHOUSE MYSTERY SOLVED! PLUS: A LOOK AT THEIR AWESOME SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF CRACK THE SKYE

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Yesterday Vince speculated that there may be new Mastodon music in the trailer for the forthcoming video game Splatterhouse. Then we got an e-mail last night from composer Howard Drossin, who explained all:

“The music featured is not by Mastodon. It’s mine. I’m the composer on the game. I really appreciate that you thought it might be Mastodon. They are a big inspiration and I respect them enormously. I post the trailer on my blog as well if you’re interested.”

Howard also contributed music to the recent Afro Samurai video game, and from what I can tell from our brief e-mail exchange, he’s a very chill, humble dude. Be sure to check out his website. And thanks for setting us straight, Howard!

After the jump, more Mastodonews.

So: Mastodon, like most bands, want you to buy a physical copy of their new album. But we live in a digital world, and that’s easier said than done. So the band – like so many others – is creating a special super duper deluxe edition of the CD. But here’s the thing: while so many of said super duper deluxe editions actually suck donkey balls, the Crack the Skye one actually looks pretty bad ass.

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It would seem the band is drawing on Tool’s 10,000 Days for inspiration – not surprising, given that Mastodon are known Tool fans. And that’s fine by us – I think Vince spent more time studying that 10,000 Days art than he ever did any proper school subject.

In addition to the CD and awesome album art, this one-pressing-only set also comes with a behind the scenes DVD, a making-of photo gallery, track by track band commentary, and a Paul Romano lithograph. It costs about forty bucks but I think it’s totally worth it – in fact, I just ordered mine. Check it out here.

-AR

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