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Watch Mastodon Mix Metal and... Twerking?!?

With "The Motherload," the Atlanta rock outfit creates one of the most captivating visuals of the year by bringing together shredding, circus freaks and loads of booty

Miley may have brought twerking to the mainstream, but Mastodon is bringing it to metal.

After their awesomely nerdy "High Road" video, the Atlanta rockers have unleashed another unexpected visual with "The Motherload," the latest single off their Once More Round the Sun LP. Sure, the video kicks off like your typical heavy-metal affair: Scenes of the band slaying in a dimly-lit stage alternate with disturbing, occult images of what look like freak show performers hobbling around the backstage of a circus. So far, your typical metal vid.

But then...twerking! And not one, not two, but dozens of video-vixen booties shaking amid the creepy freaks. The juxtaposition between the snake-skin woman and a thong-clad dancer is as captivating as it is bizarre, making for one of the most unexpectedly brilliant videos of the year. Just wait for a gaggle of twerkers to join the band in a garage performance at the end.

"The Motherload" is the latest single off Mastodon's Once More Round the Sun album, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200—the band's best chart position yet. The track follows "High Road," a Top 25 hit on the Mainstream Rock charts, and we think this video is the perfect way to garner further attention (and new fans!) for the metal favorites.

First it was Nicki, then it was J.Lo and Iggy, and now, in an unexpected musical twist, Mastodon has solidified that 2014 really is the year of the booty. Watch above.

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