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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick review of DVD bonus materials and music, September 27, 2011
This review is from: Hunter (Limited Deluxe Edition) (CD+DVD) (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. The full sonic assault is occasionally melded once again with spaced slower movements, making the album as a whole flow as a timeless voyage.

Overall, the album is not as urgent or edged as "Blood Mountain" or earlier releases, but certainly a work of art from masters of the craft. A great addition to the Mastodon body of work.
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2011 3:13:33 PM PDT
Perhaps you should have waited those few days after you listened to the album before writing a review. I could care less what's on the DVD. You gave the album 3 stars without even really hearing it first. That seems kind of unfair.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 3:48:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2011 4:08:11 PM PDT
You make a valid point given your interest in the music only, but many of us thrive on the video content. The title of my review makes it quite clear what I am providing. And yes, I am a huge Mastodon fan. I have even had the lucky privilege to share a few drinks with Brent one night before a show. However, I'm going to go ahead and amend my initial review to reflect the entire package as I have now listened to it sufficiently. 4 stars. cheers

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 5:21:03 PM PDT
It's cool holmes. I enjoy good extra content myself despite what I said originally about not caring what's on the dvd. When I read reviews about albums I tend to care more about the actual music rather than the bonus content. Your review of the bonus material was pretty insightful, however, so I may just opt for the regular addition with regards to what you had to say about it. Cheers to you as well. :D

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 7:45:35 AM PDT
Tony Bullard says:
Thanks for this! I had already bought the digital album, and then found out of the studio doc. Since I LOVE studio docs, I considered buying this in addition. Now that i see it's not very long, I'm going to pass. Thanks for writing this!

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 8:22:48 AM PDT
G. Fadie says:
I was slightly disappointed in the "Making of..." documentary too. In the first few seconds you learn that they're wrapping up and the album is almost done. I wondered if they were going to tell the rest of the story in flashback. But no. There's a brief segment with Brent lamenting that he did not dress warm enough on an unexpectedly cold day, a number of stills in the studio and then it's over. OK well like everyone else I buy the product for the music so I'm not angry or anything. But I feel it's important to point out that they seem to have thrown this together at the last minute so that that could offer a deluxe package for 5 bucks more. The Deathbound video is definitely the best part and I am glad there is track by track commentary.
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