The Hunter (Includes Mastodon Wristband and DVD) [Amazon Exclusive]
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Shorter, sharper, more to the point, better? Probably not, just different. It does require less of an effort from the listener and so if you have less time to spare you can blast a few songs out and be satisfied. There is heaviness, there is groove, and there is occasionally a hint at their old grandeur. It's all there just different and if you want something in the style of their old albums go and buy their old albums just don't ignore The Hunter.
Black Tongue: Falling drums are a particular highlight of the track, there is certainly a swagger not seen before.
Curl of the Burl: My four year old loves this track and with good reason, the groove is tremendous and annoyingly memorable. Pop? a bit. Good? oh yes.
Blasteroid: Funny lyrics, well delivered. Most accessible vocals ever.
Stargasm: Feels a bit more like the grander Mastodon of old, Has a nice wide open space feel to it as well.
Octopus has no Friends: An interesting track which verges on the brink between repetitiveness and sublime genius.
All the Heavy Lifting: The drums are on fire on this track which cements the guitars in place.
The Hunter: Acoustic haunting introduction pulled together by the understated drumming guides in Mastodon's gentle thoughtful track. Delicate and haunting.
Dry Bone Valley: This song has a `leviathan' feel to it, just with lyrics that are a bit more pop.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kids love it.
It a great way to introduce the kids to hard rock while mum's out!
Although I'm not sure what I'm going to tell them about Stargasm.
Bought it thinking they would be the next big thing - how wrong I was!Published 3 months ago by Dan Smith
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
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 on 23 April 2014 by Book wyrm