Mastodon plans box set, keeps touring despite health setbacks

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This Tuesday, Nov. 18, Mastodon fans will be able to wrap their giant tusks around a vinyl box set of the Atlanta band's entire discography. Hitting stores via Relapse Records, the collector's edition will be limited to a one-time, 1,000-copy pressing, complete with nine 180-gram LPs spanning the group's entire career, including the final vinyl pressing of the band's debut EP, Lifesblood, as well as covers of songs by the Melvins, Thin Lizzy and Metallica. Bonus swag includes an embroidered logo patch and a custom Mastodon turntable mat.

If you're not one of the lucky 1,000 to snag the box set, don't fret: The foursome is set to release its next full-length, Crack the Skye, in January 2009. Paste recently talked to the band about the making of the forthcoming release, as well as about the history and mythology behind it.

Those looking to catch the band live have nothing to worry about, either: Despite guitarist Bill Kelliher's recent hospitalization, the tour-happy band will remain on the road until 2009 is half over.