Power of Metal.dk Review

The Hunter
Style: Progressive Metal / Sludge Metal
Release date: 27 September, 2011
Playing time: 53:01

The Hunter is an album less progressive than the previous albums by Mastodon, let that be stated from the start. In fact I was a bit disappointed after the first spin of this album. An album I had been looking very much forward to. Initially I simply thought the album to be too light weight and simple. And yes, The Hunter is a lot more accessible than the two albums preceding it but that does not take away any of any quality of the music. The musicianship is excellent and there are a lot of very fine details on the album that only reveal themselves after some time.

Lacking something on the progressive side The Hunter instead has even more stoner vibe on a lot of the tracks. Something that leads the mind in the direction of Queens of the Stone Age; not a bad thing either.  In absence of the long progressive compositions we also find some very fine rockers like “Curl of the Burl”.

As always, a new Mastodon album brings forth a new side of the band. Some will like it, some wont. For my part I can only say that this album is a grower and it is highly recommended. If you liked Leviathan I am sure you will dig The Hunter as well.

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
Label: Reprise Records
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Steen Schøn
Date: 28 March, 2012
Website: www.mastodonrocks.com