Mastodon – Hushed And Grim Lyrics & Tracklist

English 1K October 29, 2021

"Hushed and Grim" stands as Mastodon's monumental eighth studio album, a magnum opus released on October 29, 2021, via Reprise Records. Breaking new ground, it marks the band's debut double album, a testament to their creative depth and sonic ambition. Notably absent is Scott Kelly of Neurosis, whose vocals have been a staple since Mastodon's inception, his withdrawal from the public eye unveiled only in August 2022.

In a poignant tribute to their late manager Nick John, who succumbed to cancer in 2018, the album's thematic core resonates with his memory, a lyrical homage woven into its very fabric. Renowned artist Paul Romano, known for his evocative Mastodon covers, crafts a mesmerizing visual narrative. The album artwork, a stunning creation by Romano, portrays a dormant tree morphing into an ethereal figure, arms outstretched in a haunting embrace. Within its gnarled branches, the visage of Nick John peers forth, his spirit forever intertwined with the band's legacy.

Rich in symbolism, the cover unfolds a tapestry of imagery, each element laden with meaning. A stag, a rabbit donning a crow mask, and a menagerie of creatures populate the scene, invoking a sense of mysticism and introspection. Notably, a hyena, adorned with a mask reminiscent of Thalia and Melpomene, gazes directly at the viewer, hinting at the album's introspective journey. Surrounding the central tree, additional panels reveal a tableau of archetypal motifs—a hawk with an exposed heart, wintering wolves against Byzantine backdrops, and the enigmatic presence of "The Hanged Man" amidst a spring storm.

As listeners delve into the depths of "Hushed and Grim," they are invited on a transcendent odyssey, where music and art converge to explore themes of loss, rebirth, and the inexorable passage of time. It stands not only as a testament to Mastodon's musical prowess but also as a heartfelt tribute to a beloved figure whose influence reverberates throughout the album's haunting melodies. Below you can find a to z all track details, with lyrics and videos.

Hushed And Grim album Cover

Hushed And Grim album cover

Cast & Crew

  • Artist/Band
  • Release Date
  • October 29, 2021
  • Producer(s)
  • David Bottrill
  • Writer(s)
  • Bill Kelliher, Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Troy Sanders