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The Hunter (Includes Mastodon Wristband and DVD) [Amazon Exclusive]

Mastodon Audio CD
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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 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B005LBD70I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mastodon recorded their first demo in June 2000 and played numerous dates with bands as far ranging as Cannibal Corpse, Queens Of The Stone Age and Morbid Angel. The crushing demo and powerful live shows earned them a record deal with Relapse records, and in August the band released its debut EP Lifesblood. Technically complex, rhythmically pummeling and instilled with groove, the disc earned Mastodon a loyal following even if it didn’t exactly pay the rent. In October 2001, Mastodon entered the studio with producer Matt Bayles to record their full-length debut, Remission, a striking blend of stoner metal, hardcore, prog-rock and, southern rock taht set the metal world ablaze. But it was the raging turmoil and pulverizing elegance of 2004’s Leviathan, again recorded with Bayles, that made Mastodon one of the most lauded new groups.
2006’s Blood Mountain was surreal, progressive and unflinchingly heavy. Mastodon crafted an album that’s musically sophisticated yet primal, a disc where every new passage, regardless of how slow or fast, leads to the culmination of an epic adventure. And the diversity is astonishing. “Capillarian Crest” alternates between jazzy tendrils and moshpit-rattling ferocity, sounding like a fierce amalgam of Motorhead, King Crimson and Rush, “Hunters Of The Sky” is a surging, off-kilter race with drums s tumultuous as Keith Moon and “Pendulous Skin” is expansive and celestial, with guitars reminiscent at times of Deep Purple and Pink Floyd. However, it was 2009’s Crack The Skye album that bought all those prog rock influences crashing to the service.
Produced by Mike Elizondo (Avenged Sevenfold), Mastodon’s 5th full-length album The Hunter marks a return to the raw, fast-paced sound of old, eschewing the psychedelic path of it’s predecessor. Lyrically the album pays tribute to guitarist Brent Hinds’s older brother--a lifelong hunter--who tragically passed away last year.

BBC Review

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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--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastodon - The Hunter 26 Sep 2011
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful 23 Nov 2011
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different again, great again 28 Sep 2011
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Mastodon rank amongst my favourite bands, but I have to say I was apprehensive at this release. I had mixed feelings over the two singles released, Black Tounge and Curl of the Burl. The former sounded awesome. The latter was a fairly simple catchy and radio friendly heavy rock song. I liked it.. but a band capable of the progressive metal of former albums doing something so straightforward was a bit weird.

I needn't have worried. Yes the songs are shorter and more straight forward, but this is still unmistakable Mastodon. It is a diverse album, there is no central concept or style. Many of the songs do have a kind of "space rock" feel though, perhaps thats what characterises The Hunter. Its a bit all over the place, it fits well, as Mastodon definately have a madcap side.

There are a few tracks which I appreciate, but arn't quite to my taste. But, there some real stand outs that rank alongside anything theyve done. All the Heavy Lifting, The Hunter (echoes of Penduluos skin and the Czar), Black Tounge, The Sparrow are early favourites. Spectrelight is a song that could sit easily on their early, heavier albums.. it's another highlight, lifted even higher with Neurosis' Scott Kelly on vocals.

If I have any criticism, it would be that the production was a bit too sanitised. The vocals in particular are heavily processed. I also do miss the more prog side of the band.

In all this is a worthy addition. Looking forward to many repeated listens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunter 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
Amazing album like everything mastodon has released give it a few listens and you will be hooked.

Creature lives is unlike any song mastodon has done but it is one of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. M. Rutland
5.0 out of 5 stars More great work from this band
I like their previous albums and this one is probably more 'accessible' for people who haven't listened to this kind of genre. It's great though, definitely a grower.
Published 6 months ago by Book wyrm
1.0 out of 5 stars Brick Wall of Sound
Compressed / brickwalled sound ruined it. I'm old school, raised on vinyl. CDs should sound better but they don't. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jehannum
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!
This is a masterful album. Awesome in its scope. Fell in love with it as soon as I heard it!!!!!
Published 17 months ago by Plight1632
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
I just love the music its so good. One of my better cd's ;)
I don't have much to say just I am happy for this thats all.
Published 17 months ago by Jan from Norway
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
I've never heard Mastodon before, but boy was I missing some big sounds. Bought this album and immediately fell in love with it. Crack the Skye is even better.
Published 17 months ago by Ryu
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Published 18 months ago by 12345
4.0 out of 5 stars great music, terrible production.
4* for the music mastodon have come up with here, 2* for the production. in my opinion, the music is just as good as crack the skye, although the songs aren't written in the epic... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastodon release yet another astonishing album.
Mastodon - The Hunter is a magnificent example of modern metal. A truly world class release and the best album of last year. Best band in the world? Quite possibly.
Published 22 months ago by DJSATAN
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love it, or you should
OH NO Mastodon have gone pop but you know what it doesn't sound as bad as it could have. Yes ok they are trying to increase their fanbase, but when the songs are as good as these... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2012 by Anoosh Falak Rafat
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