Mastodon is one of Rock’s best heavy metal bands these days. As such, they are always busy with music. Often, that means recorded tracks that don;t make the cut for a particular album although they were recorded in the sessions for the album. Those are popularly known as outtakes. It makes complete sense that a band with the creativity of Mastodon should have good music that didn’t make initial cuts but are too good to ignore. Enter in Cold Dark Place.
On September 22, Reprise Records will release a four-track EP from Mastodon. The songs included here are: “North Side Star”, “Blue Walsh”, “Toes To Toes”, and “Cold Dark Place”. With the exception of “Toes To Toes”, three of the listed tracks are songs recorded for the Once More ‘Round The Sun (2014) album but were shelved as outtakes. The remaining track, “Toes To Toes” was recorded for 2017’s Emperor Of Sand album but shelved.
Cold Dark Place is a fan interim release for the songs that never saw proper release as they were meant.