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The Hunter

MastodonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B005DKLPF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Hunter, the follow-up to 2009's critically embraced Crack The Skye, was recorded in the band's hometown of Atlanta as well as in Los Angeles with producer Mike Elizondo. As with all of their albums, Mastodon, which is bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor, decided to take a completely different tack and musical approach to the music on this album. The band feels confident that fans will be excited and fulfilled by what they will hear.

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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different ... Yet Still Great September 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Hunter is the long-anticipated follow-up to 2009's Crack the Skye, one of Mastodon's finest achievements in their career. After exploring the limits of progressive songwriting with complex arrangements, excellent vocal melodies, and a perfect balance between heavy and melodic passages, the band decided to pursue a different musical style with their new release.

This album marks an important step in the band's evolution. It was mixed and produced by Mike Elizondo whose resume includes non-metal artists like Dr Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent. Worry not, though, the mix is spectacular and the sound clarity amazing (though I prefer the more dynamic production on their earlier work by far). However, Elizondo has definitely pushed Mastodon into writing shorter and less complex songs with heavier emphasis on melodic chord progressions and hook-filled arrangements. There is not a single song that reaches six minutes; the writing is more immediate and to the point. Actually, many of the songs are around the three-minute mark, with "Blasteroid" being even shorter: a punk-infested drive, simple yet powerful guitar work, and melodic vocals balanced out by aggressive singing make up the composition.

The stylistic change in the band's sound and style cannot be entirely attributed to their new producer, however. They also have a new cover artist and they've changed their method of writing. While albums like Blood Mountain and Crack the Skye were painstakingly composed and took a long time to produce, The Hunter was recorded in only a few weeks. Also, the songs were largely written on the road while the band was on tour with Alice In Chains. The album sees Mastodon liberating themselves from conceptual boundaries.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick review of DVD bonus materials and music September 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Some initial words on the DVD content of the Limited Edition version: If anyone is expecting a long "making of" documentary like the one included in the "Crack the Skye" package, you may be a little disappointed. Yes, it does include such a program, but it is very short compared to the previous release, clocking in at only a few minutes. Beyond that, a song by song commentary is also included, but it is only Brann Dailor sitting outside on a chair (presumably at night time), giving his thoughts on each track. No other band members appear in these segments. The music videos included are the "Black Tongue" clip, which was available online for some time and is essentially just the artist creating the album cover's wood statue/head. Also included is the totally hilarious "Deathbound" video, which is a grand violent spoof of the old children's show, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood". Oddly, again Brann is the only one who appears, and only in the very beginning before the puppet mayhem begins. The remaining video is billed as a "psychedelic visualizer", and it is only for one track, the song "Stargasm". For some reason I believed that this trippy screen production would accompany the whole album, much like the website version, but sadly it does not. That wraps it up. No official video to "Curl of the Burl" or anything else. I don't want to express that anything here was not well done, but there is just not enough content compared to the previous release.

As for the album itself, at first take the songs are shorter and perhaps less developed than those on "Crack the Skye", but the brutal intricate beauty is well intact. Brann's drumming is truly epic in scope.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastodon - The Hunter September 27, 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a really fun album to listen to in the car
Published 2 days ago by Jason B McKenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Gods
Mastodon has quickly grown into the best metal/progressive metal band this side of early Metallica. Reminiscent of RUSH with the quality of musicianship and writing, Mastodon has... Read more
Published 24 days ago by chad j gribbons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band and album
Great album of a great band, I have the first track broken thogh, some times that hapens, but the worst was DHL breaking the case.
Published 1 month ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This was my first Mastodon album and it hooked me right away. I kept playing Curl of the Burl on repeat 24/7.
Published 1 month ago by Hayden Clifford
4.0 out of 5 stars The prog-metal Beatles?
After their upward climb with three concept albums, each increasingly progressive (LEVIATHAN, BLOOD MOUNTAIN, and CRACK THE SKYE), Mastodon lightened things up with THE HUNTER. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Autonomeus
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid entry from a talented band.
While the album isn't as heavy or aggressive as previous ones, it's certainly worth listening to a few times, even for those who aren't fans of Mastodon.
Published 2 months ago by Dillon. G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy on the order of "Tormato"
It's well known that Mastodon loves Yes among many other great bands, and there's a comparison there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katherine F.
5.0 out of 5 stars hard & funky
A great choice for the hard rocker. My brother in law loved it. I liked it too . If you like their other stuff this is a must have.
Published 3 months ago by kellydolls
5.0 out of 5 stars Newer Fan
I didn't start listening to Mastodon until "Crack The Skye", so I get that some people might be upset with the way they've been changing their music, but I personally loved... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ayane R
5.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT get Better
You got to understand, I wasn't a big Mastodon fan until Crack the Skye. That's when it started for me, and when I got The Hunter, at first I thought... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jason Francis Smith
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52-58 minutes, depending on if you get the two bonus tracks.

It's awesome, get it!
Sep 28, 2011 by Andrew |  See all 4 posts
Standard Edition artwork
No, go for the the alternate cover. I agree, it's better cover art. I didn't want the extras either, so I got the standard edition anyway.
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