Title - 'The Hunter' (Reprise)
Artist - Mastodon
As with all of their albums, Mastodon, which is bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor, decided to take a completely different tack and musical approach to the music on their new album, 'The Hunter.'
First track 'Black Tongue' is the perfect intro song to this album, given the heavy rock innovators' continual evolution of sound. Following in the wake of the band's acclaimed conceptual masterwork Crack The Skye, not to mention an incredible live set in Live At The Aragon, The Hunter is full on, balls out musical darkness.
The more melodic 'Curl Of The Burl' is next, followed by the storming Goth sound of 'Blasteroid,' before the Ozzy-inspired 'Stargasm' and light-toned 'The Octopus Has No Friends.' The occult-laden atmosphere of 'All The Heavy Lifting' and the soothing title track are next, before the relatively pop-laden 'Dry Bone Valley' and 'The Thickening' come forth.
Recorded in the band's hometown of Atlanta as well as in Los Angeles with producer Mike Elizondo, the album next gives us 'Creature Lives,' a song that begins with some prog rock (and laughter), heads into some gentle guitar work, before providing us (easily) one of the best songs on the album!
Next up is the heavy 'Spectrelight' which is followed by album closers 'Bedazzled Fingernails' (and its flight of finger guitar playing), and the trippy, Pink Floydish, near-six minute, 'The Sparrow.'
The Hunter shows a band deservedly fulfilling their potential, with recordings that show the band are on fire. And, for those that want a little bit more from their Mastodon purchase, at www.mastodonrocks.com you can find a Limited Edition Package for The Hunter, which includes a CD/DVD housed in a digi-pack with an exclusive alternative artwork cover, a 20" x 30" Lenticular Poster featuring the album cover of the standard CD, and an Augmented Reality Experience by Total Immersion that will contain exclusive content only available to this package! Soooo, what are ya waiting for ... go buy it today!