Mastodon
The Hunter


3.5
great

Review

by Systemunfolded USER (12 Reviews)
April 19th, 2012 | 29 replies | 3,032 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blasteroid? Stargasm? I suppose next it'll be Constipllation

9 of 11 thought this review was well written

Mastodon's inexplicit metamorphosis to the field of prog metal has unveiled the bands greatest works. Crack the Skye was undoubtedly a classic upon first listen. It brought fans out of the earth and oceans, and instead, took it far away on a journey to the cosmos. Indeed the band has redefined evolution when it comes to the many forms of music they play in each of their albums, where at one moment you could be headbanging to heavy riffs from Remission, and the next moment you'll be grabbing some shut-eye from the more mellow side of the band. In the end, the emotion expressed in all The Hunter's predecessors is mixed in such a way that you'll be attracted back to them every time.

The Hunter on the other hand is the first album by the band that isn't quite meant to take you on a journey, or at least not in the same bold fashion the band had become used to (or so we thought). The hunter was an album built purely off of pride, and well-deserved pride at that. While Mastodon doesn’t seem to be as fond of putting faith into them, they still manage to put together a creative album that shows the band is still retaining some form of imagination.

One of the first things you'll notice about this album that automatically makes it different from every other one is the bands immediate entrance. If you remember the Jurassic Park Tyrannosaur yelling at in the beginning or Remission, or the climactic rise to prog in Crack the Skye, then you'll understand what changes the band is making. The very first track Black Tongue brings you to what is considered once again the neo-Mastodon of heavy metal. Although the track shows the return of the rapid paced drumming, and proves the band is still good with production, that's about all it does. It does take a little bit for the album to take off. I can tell you that right now. The very next track Curl of the Burl goes on to prove that any theories about Mastodon’s rapidly approaching lack of faith are indeed true. The track slips and falls over itself so many times, it almost isn't even worth looking into. Black Tongue didn't contain too much to be excited about, but even it held up better than this track. Luckily, this would be about as far as Mastodon goes without their heads. From here on, it would be a wild ride.

Blasteroid was the first track I heard off this album. Considering I am a huge fan of Mastodon, I automatically liked it. But now that I’ve delved into this album more and more, I can see just how much of a rocking track this is. The intro riff is magical, and the clean vocals (which are still active on this album from Crack the Skye) truly compliment the verse. The chorus on the other hand brings back beautiful memories of the olden days of sludge. Screaming at the top of his lungs, Brent takes away the song nicely. The song is short, but at the same time, it is sweet and to point. Probably one of the best this album has to offer, even in its limited time slot.

Once The Hunter grows on you a bit, you'll find that the album starts getting more hypnotic as you approach the halfway point of it. The Octopus Has No Friends, (thumbs up if you think this should've been the next single, instead of Dry Bone Valley) exemplifies the not-quite-so-trance-like of Mastodon, but damn it's cutting close. The self-titled track of this album is also another highlight, as well as the best description offered yet of how Bill Kelliher would perform if he was on more drugs than Ozzy. This progresses so nicely and calmly, therefore admitting the title of longest track on the album. Creature Lives is yet another good example of the hypnotic, brain-stirring side of Mastodon that we didn't get enough of in the previous album. With one of the most seizure inducing intro's to any of Mastodon's songs, and breaking off softly into a small interlude of mellow guitar and bass, you'll find that this track will suck you into an inescapable void of self-preservation. I mean, just listen to the verse, and listen as the guitars behind this majestic voice blare in. And my god what is that? A solo? Indeed it is. Another highlight of an album that just needed to be explored thoroughly to truly appreciate.

The Final track of this album The Sparrow, is probably the most nostalgic track of the album. Not in itself of course, but the fact that every Mastodon album has at the end of it, the most mellow and intriguing song of the album. This may not be a thirteen minute instrumental masterpiece like most fans would be familiar with, but it comes relatively close to the appropriate mood, and is easily the most impressive display of Mastodon on this album. It is definitely the best way to end the album, to say the least.

The Hunter is often a misperceived album. Either it is overrated, or terribly underrated. I personally feel as though the album falls right in the middle of the playing field. It's certainly the worst Mastodon album to date, but it's still pretty good. Dry Bone Valley is a weak track in origin, and it kills me that this was selected as the next single along with the other worst track on the album Curl of the Burl. The bringing of Scott Kelly into Spectrelight was alright, but in the end, unnecessary. And on top of all that, the drumming is severely recycled on this album. You could recognize the same drum loops on every track. And I would be a bit biased if I didn't say that a few of the riffs on this album weren't weak, especially in Stargasm, which don't me wrong, is a beautiful track. But it doesn't give off the energy you'd expect from a track with such a bold name. Although Mastodon is clearly rejecting their obvious track, they still construct a decent album that's worth enjoying more than once.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThroneOfAgony
April 19th 2012



3485 Comments


Review is pretty unnecessary honestly, but rating is correct. Pos



Archelaos
April 19th 2012



241 Comments


Good review. I have one pointer for you (although if you want to come across as less formal and more casual, you can avoid this advice): try to avoid starting sentences with conjunctions.

foxxxyroxxx
April 19th 2012



496 Comments


man its just the curl of the burl

KILL
April 19th 2012



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

exit light

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Tyrael
April 19th 2012



20740 Comments


'thumbs up if you think this should've been the next single, instead of Dry Bone Valley'

lololol

YankeeDudel
April 19th 2012



9305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Octopus is def single material. Its poppy as fuck and I love it. The whole crowd was drunkenly singing the chorus last week.

Digging: Bedhead - WhatFunLifeWas

BallsToTheWall
April 19th 2012



44164 Comments


Blastoise

macadoolahicky
April 19th 2012



1835 Comments


This has a lot of "I"-statements, but it's still a nice review. "Black Tongue" and "Stargasm" are probably my favorite tracks here.

ThroneOfAgony
April 19th 2012



3485 Comments


what is a Constipllation?

ThroneOfAgony
April 19th 2012



3485 Comments


no 

figure337
April 19th 2012



420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Blasteroids is easily one of the lesser songs on here but you state your reasoning well here. Pos'd.

Mike08
April 19th 2012



601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

any thoughts on bedazzled fingernails? cause its my favorite song on the album

Emyay
April 19th 2012



5804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Worst songs on the album are:

Blasteroids
Creature Lives
The Sparrow

Kinda funny how you say that mastodon is obviously rejecting their best track. Octopus is a great song, but so is Dry Bone. Dry Bone, in their opinion, makes for a better single. I don't necesarily agree, but I'm not butthurt about it.

Emyay
April 19th 2012



5804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I think the only thing we can agree on is that Octopus is a good song.

You didn't mention All the Heavy Lifting and The Hunter which are two of my favorites along with Stargasm and Octopus

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012



4382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

@Mike08
I agree. Bedazzled Fingernails is my favorite song of the album next to Black Tongue.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012



4382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

@System
This is a good review, mate, Have a pos.

Ovrot
April 19th 2012



10468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Creature Lives is the best song

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

ThroneOfAgony
April 19th 2012



3485 Comments


I love Bedazzled Fingernails the most

ThroneOfAgony
April 19th 2012



3485 Comments


Either that, or Stargasm

ThroneOfAgony
April 19th 2012



3485 Comments


YOU'RE JUST THE CURLL OF THE BUUURRRL



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