Congrats to Epiphone's Brent Hinds and his band Mastodon on the release of their new album, Emperor of Sand and be sure to visit the website for info on the special limited vinyl release which includes your very own coloring book version of the album cover. The Emperor of Sand tour kicks off April 14 at the Wilma Theater in Missoula, Montana in May with stops in Epiphone's hometown of Nashville, Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, New York, and an appearance on Austin City Limits before the band heads to Europe for the summer.  Eagles of Death Metal will open all of the U.S. tour dates.

Check out our priceless interview with Mr. Brent Hinds on his critically acclaimed Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Brent Hinds Flying V Custom ("Man, I love Epiphone--you got that right?") and watch his self-directed clip which captures the moment that Hinds received his prized Epiphone custom signature model in the mail (along with all those precious packing bubbles). "I love Flying Vs and I love my Epiphone," said Hinds. "It's perfect and it's cooler than all the other guitars."

Hinds is not shy on what he needs from a guitar. “I emphasized to (Epiphone) that I’m gonna wank, spank, slobber, bleed, bend, crunch and crush all over this #@$#@ thing and the guitar’s gonna need to be able to handle the monster behind it,” Hinds told Guitar World. “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.”  Case closed, we'd say. Visit your Authorized Epiphone Dealer today and look for Mastodon's Emperor of Sand when you go shopping on Record Store Day.