Mastodon, featuring Epiphone signature artist Brent Hinds, have announced they will appear at the 12th annual Nova Rock Festival next year June 14-17 at Pannonia Fields in Austria. Green Day, Linkin Park, Blink-182, and many more are on the bill. Go here to get tickets.

The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Brent Hinds Flying V Custom has received fantastic reviews including the prestigious Gold Award from the editors of Guitar World as well as a glowing review from the man himself in an interview with GW last summer.

"For five days in a row---from one in the afternoon to midnight---I've been playing the new GTO stuff, which goes from very melancholy to cascading to distorted to clean," says Hinds, "And this guitar's shining like a diamond.  I emphasized to them that I'm gonna wank, spank, slobber, bleed, bend, crunch, and crush all over this f***ing thing and the guitar's gonna need to be able to handle the monster behind it. But I've been playing the piss out of it and the guitar didn't break a sweat on the tuning issues, going from Drop A to drop B to standard 440."

And for sure I'll be recording with my new signature Flying V... while standing on a chair with a werewolf mask on. And that's not a joke; I really do that. I never sit down to record. You can't sit down and play a Flying V, everyone knows that.  But Epiphone, if I could give them all a hug or a Valentine's card I would!"

You can almost still hear the echo of the mic drop. Visit your local Authorized Epiphone Dealer while you still can before they are all sold out and read our own hilarious interview with Mr. Hinds here.