Not that Mastodon has ever been accused of being anywhere close to normal, drummer Brann Dailor's new band is just plain odd. The band kind of sounds like a hybrid of technical metal and 80s video game soundtracks thanks to the precision drumming and synth driven style. Think that's odd? How about the band's "backstory":
“The album envisions a future five billion years from now, where the impending collision of galaxies creates a new order of planets,” the band explains. “Where cold, distant moons pledge alliance to new suns and expanding gas giants implode into black holes. Ancient drones, forever adrift, record toxic tales of love between dying stars. Where lifeforms in suspended animation, dream among the ice rings of Saturn and cosmic war wages among gods and planets. It is in this universe that Arcadea reign supreme as the last surviving space wizards since the final extinction.”
Well, alrighty then. Here's a taste of what Arcadea is all about.