Atlanta progressive metallers Mastodon will release their new upcoming album, The Hunter, this October through Reprise Records. You can find the album cover artwork below.

The artwork was created by AJ Fosik, a wood carver who is also responsible for the backdrop the band uses live. This marks the first time Mastodon has not used acclaimed artist Paul Romano, who was responsible for all of the group's previous artwork.




Mastodon recently revealed more song titles for The Hunter. Tracks to appear on the band's follow-up to 2009's Crack The Skye include: "The Hunter: All The Heavy Lifting", "Dry Bone Valley", "Blasteroids", "The Octopus Has No Friends", "Stargasm", and "Curl Of The Burl".

The Hunter was recorded at Doppler Studios in the band's hometown of Atlanta as well as in Los Angeles with producer Mike Elizondo. As with all of their albums, Mastodon 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.

Adultswim.com still has an unreleased Mastodon song, called "Deathbound", available as free download.


Source: mastodonrocks.com
Band profile: Mastodon
 
Posted: 07.07.2011 by Thryce



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Marcel Hubregtse - 07.07.2011 at 17:52  
Mmm, nice change.
K†ulu - 07.07.2011 at 17:54  
Hmm. Can't say I like, and... wtf has happened?
Rog-Mothoth - 07.07.2011 at 17:54  
Im sorry but compared to thier previous album covers this is HOT SHIT ON A WHITE PLATTER!!!!
Im still stoked for listening to it but still....
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.07.2011 at 17:56  
Written by Rog-Mothoth on 07.07.2011 at 17:54

Im sorry but compared to thier previous album covers this is HOT SHIT ON A WHITE PLATTER!!!!
Im still stoked for listening to it but still....


there last one had imo terrible cover art, this one is superior in all aspects
JD - 07.07.2011 at 17:56  
Love the cover! it's awesome
Zaphod - 07.07.2011 at 18:03  
I love Mastodon, but that thing is atrocious.
Unhealer - 07.07.2011 at 18:04  
Oh, geez.... wtf.

Well, I guess it is not THAT bad. It actually reminds me to King Crimson's "In the court of the crimson king" with those lost eyes and the funny face.

But I seriously LOVED all the previous album covers from Mastodon albums, with the golden-shiny colors and everything. That guy Paul Romano understood everything.
@gent_-_orange - 07.07.2011 at 18:11  
Its Kind of wierd... I like it.
Derelict Earth - 07.07.2011 at 18:29  
This is horrendous ...
Being and Time - 07.07.2011 at 18:54  
First impressions: In my opinion, this is far too silly a cover for Mastodon after Crack the Skye. Judging by the ridiculous song titles (Stargasm, Blasteroids, etc.), it looks like they are trying to match the cover and song content. I'm actually more intrigued about this album than before, and I'm not a really big Mastodon fan. The last time I saw such silly song titles and a terrible album cover? Morbid Angel. Here's hoping Mastodon can prove me wrong and show me they aren't suffering from a midlife crisis (because it certainly looks like a mess right now).
Saeed_P - 07.07.2011 at 19:10  
Hilarious!
Ag Fox - 07.07.2011 at 19:20  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.07.2011 at 17:56

Written by Rog-Mothoth on 07.07.2011 at 17:54

Im sorry but compared to thier previous album covers this is HOT SHIT ON A WHITE PLATTER!!!!
Im still stoked for listening to it but still....


there last one had imo terrible cover art, this one is superior in all aspects
haha, I hated the last cover. I agree this one is way better
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.07.2011 at 19:24  
Written by Ag Fox on 07.07.2011 at 19:20

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.07.2011 at 17:56

Written by Rog-Mothoth on 07.07.2011 at 17:54

Im sorry but compared to thier previous album covers this is HOT SHIT ON A WHITE PLATTER!!!!
Im still stoked for listening to it but still....


there last one had imo terrible cover art, this one is superior in all aspects
haha, I hated the last cover. I agree this one is way better


Good to hear I wasn't the only one
BitterCOld - 07.07.2011 at 20:14  
I loved the crack the skye cover art... even bought the shirt.

as for this one, i dig it. the stylistic shift might be a signifier that they completed their elemental albums and were making a shift in thematic approach.

as for the wood carving art, i know brent hinds took up wood carving during the recording of Crack The Skye, so this might be one of his outside influences...
Cynic Metalhead - 07.07.2011 at 20:17  
Little bit ancient touch I would say..!

anyways its an awesome cover!!
Lit. - 07.07.2011 at 21:17  
I'm really gonna miss the old artwork, but I'm not gonna judge a book by it's cover.
Necrodamus - 07.07.2011 at 21:28  
A different art direction isn't always a bad thing. Let's see how this one turns out.
Risto - 07.07.2011 at 21:30  
Awesome artwork right there!
Czerny Reiter - 07.07.2011 at 21:31  
It's interesting. Moreso if the thing was actually sculpted out of wood before gracing the album's cover and is not just another piece of CGI.

Do love the lettering change.
In Bone Factory - 07.07.2011 at 21:59  
That Artwork!! I dont like it!
veeja - 07.07.2011 at 22:01  
I couldn't give a shit what's on the cover, if the music is as good as previous Mastodon works that's all I'm intrested in.
malaikat - 07.07.2011 at 22:43  
Well, it's the first awful cover they did, give them a break.
Pimpelmee - 07.07.2011 at 22:57  
Haha, "de Fabeltjeskrant" revisited.
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 08.07.2011 at 00:05  
Fat & Sassy! - 08.07.2011 at 00:22  
"The Octopus Has No Friends"

Well, this song just *can't* suck. XD
Luc - 08.07.2011 at 01:49  
Their name looks really cool on this piece of artwork! I like this!
Rog-Mothoth - 08.07.2011 at 01:51  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.07.2011 at 19:24

Written by Ag Fox on 07.07.2011 at 19:20

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.07.2011 at 17:56

Written by Rog-Mothoth on 07.07.2011 at 17:54

Im sorry but compared to thier previous album covers this is HOT SHIT ON A WHITE PLATTER!!!!
Im still stoked for listening to it but still....


there last one had imo terrible cover art, this one is superior in all aspects
haha, I hated the last cover. I agree this one is way better


Good to hear I wasn't the only one

Well maybe im being a little too bumhurt about this but i do like the last cover art.
That being said its starting to grow on me and still hoping another awesome recored.
DarkSwan - 08.07.2011 at 02:20  
Ugly as hell!
Dani5050 - 08.07.2011 at 06:20  
Don't like
Sussa - 08.07.2011 at 07:08  
"Blasteroids", "The Octopus Has No Friends", "Stargasm", that cover... I must say that I'm a bit scared
FoR2007 - 08.07.2011 at 10:01  
I really liked Crack the Skye, both the music and its artwork. I was horrified by the artwork they used recently during the live shows. This album cover confirms to me that this album will be very different indeed. At first listen "Deathbound" is not the Mastodon I would like to hear, but they have never disappointed me so far, I am just going to be patient and reserve judgment until the 10th listen of the new album...
beyondtehdarksun - 08.07.2011 at 10:08  
No more elemental theme this time?
Angelic Storm - 08.07.2011 at 10:19  
The fact that the cover is a wood carving, makes it amazing. lol The guy who made that clearly has serious talent!

"Blasteroids" sounds like the title of an 80's shoot em' up!
BudDa - 08.07.2011 at 13:51  
2 words come to my mind after seeing this "Donkey Kong"! They probably should have also named the album that. *Mehn, the things people do for originality*
BitterCOld - 08.07.2011 at 19:48  
Written by beyondtehdarksun on 08.07.2011 at 10:08

No more elemental theme this time?


they've sort of burned those up... unless they release the Captain Planet album.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.07.2011 at 02:09  
Written by Pimpelmee on 07.07.2011 at 22:57

Haha, "de Fabeltjeskrant" revisited.





now that you mention it: "aaawuuuuuu, ik heet Bor de Wolf"
Frankthetank727 - 09.07.2011 at 10:18  
Why, oh why would they stop using Paul Romano's beautiful artwork. Such a shame....
Vitriolic Hate - 09.07.2011 at 15:41  
Written by Frankthetank727 on 09.07.2011 at 10:18

Why, oh why would they stop using Paul Romano's beautiful artwork. Such a shame....

Indeed...
Black Conundrum - 14.07.2011 at 00:59  
Woodcarvers don't usually contribute to album artwork, so that's definitely different in itself. The album cover is awesome, if you ask me.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.07.2011 at 03:53  
Written by Black Conundrum on 14.07.2011 at 00:59

Woodcarvers don't usually contribute to album artwork, so that's definitely different in itself. The album cover is awesome, if you ask me.


Indeed it is. It's way superior to their last one. Actually with Romano's work for Mastodon it's like Mastodon's music Remission is the best, then Leviathan, then Blood Mountain, and the worst is Crack the Skye.

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