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Mastodon have never really done anything the “conventional” way. The Atlanta-based band formulated their own brand of highly-skilled hard rock over a decade ago when others were rehashing 80s metal, and went on to mastermind a string of complex concept albums while much of the music world was centered on making digestible singles. The fact that Mastodon has received an outpouring ... Read more in Amazon's Mastodon Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B005F908RQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fifth studio album by the American metal band. Produced by Mike Elizondo, the album debuted at #19 in the UK Albums Chart. It was titled 'The Hunter' in honour of singer and lead guitarist Brent Hinds' brother, who died in a hunting accident while the band were making the record.

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It's the summer of 2007. This writer is in Norway for the inaugural Hove Festival alongside another journo who says, confidently, that he doesn't like metal after scanning the line-up and spying several riff-heavy acts. While it's true that many of these bands are missed, it takes one performance to have him reassessing his not-for-me standpoint on metal: Mastodon, then supporting their third LP Blood Mountain, blow everyone away.

The Atlanta four-piece, now on their fifth studio effort, have that effect on the listener - they're having such a great time that these thunderous songs can't fail to connect like a hammerblow. They might be bonkers of lyric, full of fantasy mumbo jumbo, but the band is unashamedly committed to its complex-of-composition craft, and the results have frequently stunned ever since their 2002 debut, Remission. They are the most ambitious, most fearless, most fun heavy metal band to have breached the mainstream since the genre oozed its way out of the Midlands in the 1970s.

The Hunter only furthers the band's impressive reputation for widening heavy metal's horizons. During its writing, bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders told the BBC that he was "ecstatic" about this album, and that he couldn't wait to record it. Drummer Brann Dailor told AOL that the record was "like a super-heavy Led Zeppelin". And both Sanders' zeal and his bandmate's succinct summarisation come through loud and clear across these 13 tracks. Anyone hoping that Mastodon would leave their proggy tendencies behind might be disappointed, though, as numerous numbers take turns for the unexpected. (The title-track, closer The Sparrow and The Creature Lives, in particular, are sure to summon images of the band clad in Rick Wakeman-style capes.) But fans of the band have become accustomed to these tangents, and it must be stressed that The Hunter plays things rather more straight-faced than its immediate predecessor, 2009's concept LP Crack the Skye.

Although The Hunter is actually a little longer than Crack the Skye, it's much leaner - the towering riffs of All the Heavy Lifting cut through cleanly, and the stoner-rock crunch of Curl of the Burl is mightily satisfying. At times the themes seem lifted straight from the swords and sorcery of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings; but one look at Mastodon surely makes it clear that these are not men of our time. They stand aside from fashion and the folly of passing trends, making music that appeals to their own scattershot minds. And they make it superbly loudly.

Yet, for all of its convention-eschewing oddness, their envelope-pushing material has struck a chord with many a listener. And The Hunter, with its monstrous choruses, powerful percussion and jaw-on-the-floor fret-work, is sure to connect with anyone who's previously rocked out to their wares just as easily as it will absolute beginners. Don't like metal? You might just love Mastodon.

--Mike Diver

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2011
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The year is 2011 and Mastodon have released their fifth full-length studio album The Hunter; an album which has the completely unenviable task of having to follow up the band's previous album Crack The Skye from 2009, which was a bold and defining moment in the band's career that deservedly won the band a wider audience and that cemented many new fanships worldwide.

When the band announced that unlike their previous three albums, the album would not be a concept album and furthermore they were using both a different producer and even a different artist to handle the album artwork, many feared that the band might be deliberately trying to distance themselves from the style we have all come to love; luckily that is not entirely the case, they only wanted to make the album fresh and original while still managing to retain much of the signature Mastodon sound.

Opening with the storming pair of pre-released track `Black Tongue' and lead single `Curl Of The Burl,' the album is magnificent from the get-go. Rather than attempt to outdo Crack The Skye in terms of progression, Mastodon have completely shifted their focus to other elements within their sound and expanded on those. The Hunter is direct and immediate, seeing more straight-forward song structures, cleaner vocals and steadier beats than any album in their esteemed career, even the guitar and bass sounds are the cleanest and least sludgey on any Mastodon record to date.

For many fans; the words `straight forward,' and `steady beats,' may seem troublesome when used in conjunction with Mastodon. Especially if like me, you got into the band for their complexity and astounding virtuoso musicianship particularly in the drumming department.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2011
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mastodon know their reputation, its a strong one, few mistakes, altered sounds, maintained brilliance, it isnt easy to please the world, they all but do it, i know their reputation also, for me, when a new album is on the way i hear myself say, album of the year. This year there was a feast of albums to hang your drool off, well on paper anyway, trivium, anthrax, opeth,machine head,metallica and lou reed, well im clearly kidding with that last choice there, arent i?
Anway, i leapt on this album the day it arrived in my paw, it flew into my cd player and i was away again, on the first few spins i wasnt sure if i loved it or needed more, on repeat spin its a classic , end of review, you wish.
This album was teased as a return to heavy, it isnt that heavy, its spacey as sin at times, i dont know much about pink floyd, there are notions and sounds and ideas thieved from their table perhaps but i love it, boy i love it.
The album is very different than crack the skye, some fans have since found fault in that album, i havent, in time the same thing may happy with this but i dont envisage that happening with me, the year isnt over but for now i will say this is my album of the year hey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cubby Kovu on 14 Feb. 2012
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The Hunter is Mastodon's 5th studio album now and the band have rapidly changing their style the last couple of albums finishing with last albums proggy concept album Crack the Skye. The hunter doesn't so much pick up from where they left off as more sort of jumps to a whole new platform.

in essence it is Mastodon but this album feel faster and more hectic than the last album and more like Blood Mountain ( at least in crushing weight)

The Guitar tones have an intense crushing weight to them which pummels you down.
The vocals no longer growl they more melodically shout and sing.
Many of the songs have very catchy hooks to them Such as Stargasm which has numerous hooks the Guitars and downtuned and have an immense weight to them and the Chorus is a singalong (almost) chorus'your on Fire'.
The Drums are played by an octopus it sounds like which is awesome too just listen to 'Octopus has no friends' possibly one the more crazy drum songs with fills left right and centre.

In terms of overall style this album sounds much like the album Master of reality but Sped up and heavified with some added drug inducingness. The cover of the album kind of somes up the whole album, intense hectic, crazy.

Definatly worth a shot for the more adventurous people out there.
I would say get it on vinyl if you can though as there is less compression which is the one downside of this album while NOT quite compressed beyond all belief is a a bit noticeably compressed which might by why it feels so intense so it might be deliberate, However I find the vinyl edition has just a bit more space so you can enjoy though spidery leads and cymbal/hithat fills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Powell on 7 Jan. 2012
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Each time I've bought a Mastodon album I've been a little unsure whether or not I like it, but having made the investment I always return just in case that first listen didn't do it justice and after a few listens I've gone from being unsure to loving it. The Hunter is no exception. Having loved Crack The Skye I guess I was expecting more of the same, surely they had finally found their sound. Silly me, Mastodon don't do more of the same, they evolve (Unlike their namesake). And that is what has happened here. Yes, this is still Progressive Heavy Metal, but they have now moved on again. The songs are more succinct, the growls have nearly completely disappeared and singing has taken their place (Whether that will be the case on stage we'll find out next month). The lyrics are still bonkers, but let's face it it's always been the music we've really loved and the musicianship here is still top notch. A couple of years ago when I first went to see Mastodon I played some of Crack The Skye in the office and couple of old wrinklies said 'They only play that loud to cover up the fact that they can't play'. I not so politely pointed out them that these guys know their way around the fret board and skins as well anybody and better than most. That's why their albums are so fascinating, each time you come back you discover more, and that's the case with all truly great albums. This one didn't get album of the year in Classic Rock and Kerrang for nothing. Hell, it might even get 2011's album of the year from me, it's either this or Opeth's Heritage. Buy it, your investment will be rewarded.
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