Mastodon
The Hunter


4.5
superb

Review

by Edwin Damen USER (1 Reviews)
September 20th, 2011 | 64 replies | 13,394 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mastodon continue to challenge themselves, and doing so without losing any bit of consistency.

17 of 17 thought this review was well written

I absolutely love Mastodon. And even though I only saw them live once -with quite some mechanical failures on stage, I feel like they've been a big part of my life. Leviathan was one of the first metal albums I listened to. Two years later, Blood Mountain became the holiday anthem for both me and my friends, when we went on vacation through Europe for the first time. And Crack the Skye, well... Crack the Skye is kind of an oddball in a whole lot of ways. The point is, Mastodon are back. NOT doing what made them so great since their debut, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Two songs into The Hunter, you'll notice that this isn't the same Mastodon we've come accustomed to in the past years. The second song, Curl of the Burl, was released a couple months prior to the album's release. And with it came skepticism and hesitance about the band's possible new direction, mostly because of its rather conservative structure. After hearing the album in full, it's safe to say that those early presumptions were misplaced. Mastodon have found a way to blend the progressive and technical aspects of Crack the Skye with the more experimental approach of Blood Mountain. Come to think of it, those two albums could be replaced by Leviathan and Remission respectively, which shows an interesting cycle within the band's discography.

Anyway, while The Hunter lacks the 13-minute epics we've come to expect from the band, The Hunter makes up for it with variety. Songs like Creature Lives, Stargasm, Spectrelight and the previously mentioned Curl of the Burl all show a very different side of the band. It more than before reeks of Kyuss, Baroness and even Pink Floyd or The Sword. Mastodon took their time to look over the fence, discover what's on the other side and see if they can do it as well. And boy, they can.

Surprisingly, the result is cohesive and rather straightforward. Which in this case is a good thing. It shows that the band have successfully managed to stray of the crazy experimental path that was set by Blood Mountain, while still retaining their signature style of playing heavy metal. In short, they've continued to challenge themselves, and doing so without losing any bit of consistency.

So what does all that make this album? A compilation album? Another interesting experiment? A show-off? Or maybe even a magnum opus? You can call it whatever you want. I call it an amazing addition to one of the most impressive discographies of any band out there, both in number and quality.

In a little less than two months I will go on a world trip, on my own. First stop, the US. Boston, to be exact. November 21st, I'll see Mastodon at the House of Blues to not only kick my journey off, but with that, another chapter in my life.


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    BugZoid (4)
    The sound of expansion....

    drewcordova (4)
    Brief, accessible, songs with thundering drums and crunching riffs. The Hunter is a must f...

    Will C. (4.5)
    "The Hunter" offer listeners another chance to hear a new side of Mastodon, reinvented bas...

  • tsomitso (4)
    Four albums after the magnificent “Remission” and Mastodon still manage to create some...

    Nicholas Johnson (5)
    The Hunter will some day be launched into space, and will be deemed responsible for billio...

    Jake C. Taylor (3.5)
    How exactly does a band supplant old for new, or prog for succinct? They simply don’t....

    Adam Thomas STAFF (4)
    The workhorse chronicles...

  • Eli Kleman EMERITUS (4)
    "The Hunter" is everything a great metal album should be, as Mastodon have shed their more...

    BigHans (4.5)
    Masto-pop? You bet your ass....

    Dakota West Foss (4)
    I'm not exactly sure what a Stargasm is, but I'm pretty sure I just had one....


Comments:Add a Comment 
kanker
September 20th 2011



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is in fact my very first review. So please... be gentle.

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
September 20th 2011



3663 Comments


As gentle as a giant?

BigHans
September 20th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

good job for your first, in the future I would avoid using the first person narrative so much, but thats just me.

kanker
September 20th 2011



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome, got a pos!

@ BigHans Thanks, I wasn't entirely sure about the first and last paragraph. I left them in because I thought it would make the review more... special.

BigHans
September 20th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah its not the worst thing ever just a piece of advice. this is better than my first review here, which sucks pretty hard.

Tyrael
September 20th 2011



20394 Comments


this is better than my first review here, which sucks pretty hard.

Nahh, your first was all right

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

BigHans
September 20th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Tyrael, but I read it again today and its almost embarrasing to me.

Tyrael
September 20th 2011



20394 Comments


It's better than most of my early reviews ;]

BigHans
September 20th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I think we can all agree that nobodys first is going to be a masterpiece.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2011



7160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Mine was really good, me thinks.

I'll agree with Hans on this one. Too much first person narrative (avoid it completely in the future), but still acceptable.

Digging: Lord Mantis - Death Mask

Tyrael
September 20th 2011



20394 Comments


Mine was really good, me thinks.

Yes, yes it was

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
September 20th 2011



3663 Comments


My first review was a little too hyperbolic, great review btw.

HeyBrosef
September 20th 2011



296 Comments


good first review, but you need to get more in-depth with describing what it sounds like and what about it makes it good. a lot of your descriptions were just comparisons to something else.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2011



7160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

@Tyraelxy: You should check it out. I speak the truth. lol

kanker
September 20th 2011



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@greg84 Allright, I'll keep that in mind next time... I mean: that's something to keep in mind next time. haha

@HeyBrosef & TVATS thanks.

pedro70512
September 20th 2011



1847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, though you were very general about the
actual music. Just a taste thing I suppose. Having
Mastodon as your first review will get you views and
cred, too. Nice job. Pos!

Gyromania
September 20th 2011



14647 Comments


This is that good, eh?

krig9412
September 20th 2011



791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid first review.

Also, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE OLD ARTWORK?!

Crymsonblaze
September 20th 2011



7310 Comments


hunt for ogres and dwarves

lionslicer!!!

ShadowRemains
September 20th 2011



19427 Comments


flojo



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