Mastodon‘s seventh studio album, Emperor Of Sand, debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, selling 43,000 copies in its first week of release. This is the Atlanta-based heavy rockers’ third Top 10 album, following 2014’s Once More ‘Round The Sun and 2011’s The Hunter, which bowed at Numbers Six and 10 respectively. Emperor Of Sand also bowed at Number One on the Top Album Sales chart.

Bassist Troy Sanders told us the band couldn’t be more pleased with the CD’s early buzz: [“I mean, we’re excited that we’re able to keep doing this, so we’re very glad that the four of us are still enjoying making music together after 17 years. As always, we’re extremely proud of everything that we put together, so it’s just another Mastodon record that we feel is solid, and we’re just fortunate to be able to still do it.”] 

  • Emperor Of Sand features the Number Eight rock radio single “Show Yourself.”
  • Mastodon kicks off a spring U.S. headline tour in support of Emperor Of Sand on Friday (April 14th) in Missoula, Montana, with support from Eagles Of Death Metal. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including Carolina Rebellion on May 5th.
  • Each pair of tickets purchased online for Mastodon — excluding festival dates and a May 6th gig in Philadelphia — includes a choice of a physical or digital copy of Emperor Of Sand that can be redeemed on the set’s release date.