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Mastodon will drop a new album on June 24, and the band – one of the finest in contemporary metal – previewed the album with a new single this week. “High Road,” the first track to see light from the forthcoming “Once More ’Round the Sun,” is stuffed with what you would expect from Mastodon – thick, dense lockstep guitar riffs, a grandiloquent melody, and a rhythm section that sounds like it’s preparing for a lengthy battle. An instant classic, then.

Expect to hear “High Road” in the company of some Mastodon classics when the band headlines a show Monday in the Town Ballroom. Gojira and Kvelertack open the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 advance, $34 day of show (www.ticketfly.com).

- Jeff Miers