Mastodon The Hunter on Limited Edition Colored LP
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2011's The Hunter is yet another universe bending, high energy masterpiece from the band that helped shape hard rock for the 21st century with their previous albums: Remission, Leviathan, Blood Mountain and Crack the Skye. Though each consecutive album has transcended the one before it in terms of expectations, musical innovation and sales, The Hunter is one of the band’s most ambitious to date.
Guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders and guitarist Bill Kelliher all continue to explore the outer limits of their own imaginations and as a result, delivered an album that stands apart - even in Mastodon terms. While their previous four records explored complex themes rooted in earth’s elements, The Hunter is more about following one’s free will than a particular storyline.
That new-found spontaneity can be felt throughout The Hunter, from the melodic yet pummeling “Blasteroid” to the frenetic, muscled single “Curl the Burl.” The album is full of surprises—from melodic, close harmonies to downright demonic growls—but predictably, the musicianship is leagues beyond what anyone would expect to find on such a hard-hitting album.
Continuing their tradition of breaking tradition, Mastodon also decided to team up with Mike Elizondo, a highly respected producer more synonymous with hip hop than metal. And again, Mastodon's penchant for taking risks paid off. The Hunter is at once space age yet earthy, aggressive but thoughtful, articulate and guttural. The guitar work here is, of course, masterful as always, as is the band’s ability to flip musical directions on a dime.