Mastodon Bill Kelliher by Anne Erickson

The Atlanta-based progressive metal band’s latest album, Once More ‘Round the Sun, entered the Billboard Top 100 Albums chart at No. 6 this week, making it Mastodon’s highest chart debut ever.

The band’s sixth studio album also entered the charts in the Top 10 in most European markets and top 20 in most remaining territories. Once More 'Round the Sun is also the No. 1 rock/metal album in the U.K.—another first for the guys.

Mastodon guitarist and ”Golden Axe” Explorer creator Bill Kelliher says he took a “less is more” approach to the guitar lines for Once More 'Round the Sun.

“There have been some records we’ve done where I’m laying tons of guitars all over the place, and not to say I didn’t do that again, but every time I went into the studio, I tried to get the best guitar tones possible and really focus on that,” he told Catch the full interview here.

Mastodon recorded Once More 'Round the Sun in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Rush and more. It’s the follow-up to Mastodon's The Hunter, which also made the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.

In other Mastodon news, the band will perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Sept. 15, in Hollywood, Calif.

Mastodon photo by Anne Erickson