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Release date: 27 September 2011
Style: Progressive stoner metal

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01. Black Tongue
02. Curl Of The Burl
03. Blasteroid
04. Stargasm
05. Octopus Has No Friends
06. All The Heavy Lifting
07. The Hunter
08. Dry Bone Valley
09. Thickening
10. Creature Lives
11. Spectrelight
12. Bedazzled Fingernails
13. The Sparrow
14. The Ruiner [limited-edition bonus]
15. Deathbound [limited-edition bonus]

The best Stoner / Sludge Metal album of 2011

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Staff review by
BitterCOld

Rating:
8.1
With The Hunter, Mastodon are out of their element. Or rather out of elements. Fortunately, after releasing albums loosely themed about fire, water, earth, and air, the Georgia quartet ignored Metalstormers' pleas for a Captain Planet album to tie it all together.

So as for the new album, the immediate TL;DR is this: If you were expecting Leviathan 2.0 or Remission MMXII, you'll likely be disappointed. If you were cool with Crack The Skye, it's a safe bet you will enjoy this one as well.

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published 28.09.2011 | Comments (38)

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Ace Frawley - 08.10.2011 at 14:44  
Rating: 9 Fantastic album - I love it. Rock and roll as it should be.
John Shock - 13.10.2011 at 00:35  
 
Written by Unhealer on 27.09.2011 at 05:24

Not a single song I didn't like, awesomeness all over, some rather experimental songs, interesting lyrics, great production, fun, hook, heavy, soft, prog, vocal harmonies all over...
This album is great, now I have another candidate for best of the year.

Agree! ...Totally...this could be my favorite album of all time too! ...In my opinion, it's in my top 20 already! ...I think it is my favorite by these days! Mastodon, you're one of my favorite bands!
RockeRoy - 14.10.2011 at 16:20  
 
Written by JD on 21.09.2011 at 20:47

I like it, another crazy album from these psycho dudes.

Why Brent Hinds's voice always reminds me of Ozzy's, I'm I the only one?

I agree, they are aware of it themself to, they talked about it in an interview after crack the sky. they said i is realy good to imitate famous vocalists. But i think the ozzyish vocal comes pretty natural to him.. sounds cool:)
JD - 14.10.2011 at 16:23  
Rating: 9
Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 16:20

Written by JD on 21.09.2011 at 20:47

I like it, another crazy album from these psycho dudes.

Why Brent Hinds's voice always reminds me of Ozzy's, I'm I the only one?

I agree, they are aware of it themself to, they talked about it in an interview after crack the sky. they said i is realy good to imitate famous vocalists. But i think the ozzyish vocal comes pretty natural to him.. sounds cool:)

Oh really?, I honestly didn't know that, if you have a link for that interview it would be nice to post it here.
RockeRoy - 14.10.2011 at 16:24  
 
Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 16:23

Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 16:20

Written by JD on 21.09.2011 at 20:47

I like it, another crazy album from these psycho dudes.

Why Brent Hinds's voice always reminds me of Ozzy's, I'm I the only one?

I agree, they are aware of it themself to, they talked about it in an interview after crack the sky. they said i is realy good to imitate famous vocalists. But i think the ozzyish vocal comes pretty natural to him.. sounds cool:)

Oh really?, I honestly didn't know that, if you have a link for that interview it would be nice to post it here.

long time since i read it, but i can see if i find it
Lit. - 25.10.2011 at 04:17  
  I don't think there's one song on here I didn't like.
Boxcar Willy - 30.10.2011 at 05:03  
Rating: 8 This album reminds me of ozzy osbourne...
Serbantez - 08.11.2011 at 02:37  
Rating: 9 When i first heard the hunter, i was captivated by how much this album sounded almost like the vacation the band needed after the "virtuosity" of crack the skye (which i kind of saw echoed in the stage presence they had in the CtS songs during that tour/Live at the Aragon, a little too focused on their jangly guitar bits to have a real fucking rock out). I'm waiting to see them next February at Soundwave festival, and i can just imagine the field day the guys are gonna have just riffing along to Octopus or Bone Dry Valley.... Can't wait! It's something completely different, but to me it fits in their musical progression, and i still love listening to the catalogue front to back on long drives with The Hunter to cap it all off! So yeah, to me it just honestly feels like what the guys wanted to do after so meticulously shaping Crack the Skye. Curl of the Burl's lyrics, for example, aren't really veiled that much at all and brent really feels like he's connecting to the song (second verse especially). Damn, I'm going to go listen to The Hunter right now.

P.S. Spectrelight is an absolute steamroller, thrashy and destructive and sure to be a Mother Puncher-esque hellraiser live! MERSTODERN!
EdguyAsFuck - 16.01.2012 at 02:51  
Rating: 8 I love this album, and I'm glad they didn't try to out-prog Crack The Skye. The songs are infectiously catchy but still retain the impeccable musicianship and unique, progressive songwriting of their older material. I couldn't really call it a Black Album for this reason; the songs are catchy, but the album still takes risks and experiments with different sounds and styles. I fucking hate The Creature Lives though.
GoldenGod2112 - 08.04.2012 at 19:55  
Rating: 9 Oh my gosh this album gets better and better everytime I listen to it! I can't wait to see them on the 30th!
Wraith000 - 21.05.2012 at 01:43  
Rating: 10 Most epic album ever ! 10/10
Ace Frawley - 06.10.2012 at 14:28  
Rating: 9
Written by Boxcar Willy on 30.10.2011 at 05:03

This album reminds me of ozzy osbourne...


The song "Dry Bone Valley" reminded me a bit of Ozzy Osbourne.
Death_95 - 07.11.2012 at 15:45  
Rating: 10 A Masterpiece.
Dentura - 05.02.2013 at 03:34  
Rating: 6 Alright i guess, stoner/sludgy metal really isn't my genre, but I enjoyed it for what it was nevertheless.
Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2013 at 12:08  
 
Written by Dentura on 05.02.2013 at 03:34
Alright i guess, stoner/sludgy metal really isn't my genre, but I enjoyed it for what it was nevertheless.

This album won't tell you a thing about Sludge since it has nothing to do with it... This might be a bit stoner-ish though.
LeKiwi - 19.07.2014 at 18:33  
Rating: 8 Mastodon's worst - a great album, nonetheless.
Ace Frawley - 20.07.2014 at 13:51  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 19.07.2014 at 18:33

Mastodon's worst - a great album, nonetheless.


This is my favourite Mastodon album, but I think I'm in the minority on that score.
Dima - 13.08.2014 at 12:42  
Rating: 6 Such an unbalanced album unfortunately. A poor first 23 minutes to the album full of aimless prog without direction. The remanding 30 minutes were more or less great highlighted by a closing track featuring some beautiful shoegaze like ambient vocals.
Troy Killjoy - 13.08.2014 at 23:20  
  Shoegaze ambient vocals? I must not remember this as well as I thought...
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.08.2014 at 13:42  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.08.2014 at 23:20

Shoegaze ambient vocals? I must not remember this as well as I thought...



There aren't any shoegaze ambient vocals on The Hunter, so rest assured you do remember it as well as you thought
Dima - 14.08.2014 at 15:26  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.08.2014 at 23:20

Shoegaze ambient vocals? I must not remember this as well as I thought...


The ahh-ing at 1:35 etc of The Sparrow. That's the 1st description that came to mind. Call it what you want.
RavenEffect - 14.08.2014 at 15:30  
Rating: 7 Wouldnt call it shoegaze-ish but I see what you mean. The vocals were my main problem in this one but after a few listens i got used to it and I think I actually enjoy it more by now.
Dima - 14.08.2014 at 15:39  
Rating: 6 It reminded me of Alcest hence that description
RavenEffect - 14.08.2014 at 16:06  
Rating: 7 And they're being uncorrectly labelled as shoegaze since the sound is way more Post-Rock. I find some similarities in the newest Mastodon Album
Dima - 14.08.2014 at 16:25  
Rating: 6 To me they have enough shoe/blackgaze elements in their music to warrant such a classification.
Karlabos - 14.08.2014 at 16:36  
  Mastodon sounding like Alcest? I probably should give it a spin
Ilham - 14.08.2014 at 16:48  
Rating: 7 I'll re-listen to it just to be able to say there is no such thing in this.
Dima - 14.08.2014 at 17:00  
Rating: 6
Written by Karlabos on 14.08.2014 at 16:36

Mastodon sounding like Alcest? I probably should give it a spin


'Mastodon sounding like Alcest' is a much different mindset to 'a very very small part of the final track reminded me of Alcest'. The latter is what I felt. I'm sorry if my allegedly ludicrous 'comparison' leads to any negative feelings towards Mastodon. Don't take what I said literally
Karlabos - 14.08.2014 at 17:12  
 
Written by Dima on 14.08.2014 at 17:00

Written by Karlabos on 14.08.2014 at 16:36

Mastodon sounding like Alcest? I probably should give it a spin


'Mastodon sounding like Alcest' is a much different mindset to 'a very very small part of the final track reminded me of Alcest'. The latter is what I felt. I'm sorry if my allegedly ludicrous 'comparison' leads to any negative feelings towards Mastodon. Don't take what I said literally

More like "positive feelings" i''d totally give mastodon a chance if they did shoegaze stoner metal. xD
Now that you mention it I read only the part where you said "reminded me of Alcest" without reading the context, but after i read everything it became clear.

So I probably shouldn't give it a spin now =P
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.08.2014 at 17:19  
Rating: 7
Written by Karlabos on 14.08.2014 at 17:12

Written by Dima on 14.08.2014 at 17:00

Written by Karlabos on 14.08.2014 at 16:36

Mastodon sounding like Alcest? I probably should give it a spin


'Mastodon sounding like Alcest' is a much different mindset to 'a very very small part of the final track reminded me of Alcest'. The latter is what I felt. I'm sorry if my allegedly ludicrous 'comparison' leads to any negative feelings towards Mastodon. Don't take what I said literally

More like "positive feelings" i''d totally give mastodon a chance if they did shoegaze stoner metal. xD
Now that you mention it I read only the part where you said "reminded me of Alcest" without reading the context, but after i read everything it became clear.

So I probably shouldn't give it a spin now =P


Except that they aren't stoner metal. They are sludge.
Karlabos - 14.08.2014 at 17:39  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.08.2014 at 17:19

Except that they aren't stoner metal. They are sludge.

Still not shoegaze. u.u
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.08.2014 at 17:43  
Rating: 7
Written by Karlabos on 14.08.2014 at 17:39

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.08.2014 at 17:19

Except that they aren't stoner metal. They are sludge.

Still not shoegaze. u.u



Not a single second of shoegaze to be found on The Hunter
Alex Fenger - 14.08.2014 at 20:01  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.08.2014 at 17:43

Not a single second of shoegaze to be found on The Hunter

Saying there's shoegaze in a Mastodon album is not only ridiculous, it's offensive....to me....because wtf, shoegaze?
Lit. - 14.08.2014 at 20:17  
  Comparing Mastodon to Alcest?

Faith in humanity dropping... dropping... dropping...
RavenEffect - 14.08.2014 at 20:36  
Rating: 7 He didnt compared to Alcest, Jesus. stop exagerating.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.08.2014 at 20:44  
Rating: 7 Just the mere mention of Alcest here is blasphemy
Troy Killjoy - 15.08.2014 at 00:24  
  Re-listened to the last track to get a sense of wtf is going on in this thread. Agreed with all who point out that there is absolutely no reason for Alcest to be brought up here.
Ilham - 15.08.2014 at 00:38  
Rating: 7 Yeah there wasn't. Sad that I need excuses like this to go back to albums I like.
mz - 15.08.2014 at 00:49  
 
Written by Karlabos on 14.08.2014 at 16:36

Mastodon sounding like Alcest? I probably should avoid it like a plague.

Fixed.
But not really. I have little experience with mastodon and this album. Not alcest/shoegaze/whatever here.
Dima - 15.08.2014 at 04:54  
Rating: 6 Who knew stating like 5 seconds of a song that reminded me of a completely unrelated band could cause such a MS meltdown...
Troy Killjoy - 15.08.2014 at 04:58  
 
Written by Dima on 14.08.2014 at 16:25
To me they have enough shoe/blackgaze elements in their music to warrant such a classification.

You might have confused people with this. Pretty sure it was in response to Alcest, but people might have taken it as a comment about Mastodon.
Dima - 15.08.2014 at 05:08  
Rating: 6 Seems so.
Ganondox - 15.08.2014 at 21:26  
Rating: 9 Okay, you guys are crazy. He said the vocals on The Sparrow remind him of shoegaze, specifically Alcest, and yes, those vocals would fit in a shoegaze song quite well even though the song itself isn't shoegaze or anything close to Alcest. There was absolutely nothing about Mastodon being anything like Alcest aside from the vocals on the one song, and absolutely nothing about their being any shoegaze on the album, just some vocals. The vocals don't remind me of Alcest, though I haven't listened to any Alcest recently, but to each their own.
Ace Frawley - 16.08.2014 at 01:14  
Rating: 9
Written by Ganondox on 15.08.2014 at 21:26

Okay, you guys are crazy. He said the vocals on The Sparrow remind him of shoegaze, specifically Alcest, and yes, those vocals would fit in a shoegaze song quite well even though the song itself isn't shoegaze or anything close to Alcest. There was absolutely nothing about Mastodon being anything like Alcest aside from the vocals on the one song, and absolutely nothing about their being any shoegaze on the album, just some vocals. The vocals don't remind me of Alcest, though I haven't listened to any Alcest recently, but to each their own.


Thank you. Finally someone brings a bit of sense to the discussion and puts the original comment in its true perspective. Cool closing song for mine. Haven't heard any Alcest so can't comment on the similarity with the vocal style. "Shoegaze" sounds pretty funny.
Diverge - 16.08.2014 at 05:50  
 
Written by Ace Frawley on 16.08.2014 at 01:14

Thank you. Finally someone brings a bit of sense to the discussion and puts the original comment in its true perspective. Cool closing song for mine. Haven't heard any Alcest so can't comment on the similarity with the vocal style. "Shoegaze" sounds pretty funny.

I don't see how you can judge whether he brought "a bit of sense to the discussion" when you haven't heard any Alcest. You don't really know if the comparison is apt or not, and you're literally taking somebody else's word for it instead of investigating it yourself. Without knowledge of the band, you don't realize the true import of the claim the OP is trying to make and just how ludicrous it is. Some ideas are just ridiculous, and that's perfectly reasonable. Confronting these ideas leads to a discussion that can help other listeners so as not to betray the essence of what Mastodon is actually doing.

I also don't think anyone really deferred away from the "true perspective" of the original comment. They simply treated it as it should be addressed: with ridicule.
Ace Frawley - 16.08.2014 at 13:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Diverge on 16.08.2014 at 05:50

I don't see how you can judge whether he brought "a bit of sense to the discussion" when you haven't heard any Alcest. You don't really know if the comparison is apt or not, and you're literally taking somebody else's word for it instead of investigating it yourself. Without knowledge of the band, you don't realize the true import of the claim the OP is trying to make and just how ludicrous it is. Some ideas are just ridiculous, and that's perfectly reasonable. Confronting these ideas leads to a discussion that can help other listeners so as not to betray the essence of what Mastodon is actually doing.

I also don't think anyone really deferred away from the "true perspective" of the original comment. They simply treated it as it should be addressed: with ridicule.


hahahaha, you probably have a point. Never listened to Alcest in my life, so how the hell would I know? Nothing like a bit of genre and sub-genre discussion to draw out wild and unfounded accusations. To be honest, I find the whole thing a bit boring. I don't really care for what people classify a certain band or album to be.
Fallen Ghost - 10.09.2014 at 23:23  
  Entertaining to read all these comments! Cool album, grew on me

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