Atlanta heavy metal band Mastodon knocked it out of the park with their 2009 album Crack the Skye, earning legions of new fans and rave reviews of their sophisticated sound. In September Mastodon is set to release their new album entitled ‘The Hunter’, and in a competition hosted on Soundcloud they’re inviting fans to step forward and play lead guitar or drums on the track Curl of the Burl.
Fans download stems without the lead guitar or drums (a 441 MB ZIP file), record their version, then upload it to Soundcloud for everyone to hear and vote on. The winner will receive a new MacBook Air notebook, $50 to spend in Mastodon online store, a message from the band and a 1-year pro Soundcloud account. The band will select the winner based on originality and skill. The prize listing notes that one of the ‘losers’ will even receive an empty bag of chips (no idea whether it’ll be signed by the band or not). The competition closes on September 9.
Augmented Reality Cover Art
The fun doesn’t stop there, when the new album’s cover art is viewed through a webcam it creates an augmented reality experience where the viewer appears to be wearing a 3D version of the trippy animal head sculpture.
If you have Spotify, check out the official Mastodon Spotify playlist.