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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.

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