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For its fifth studio album, Georgia’s Mastodon refines its attack, replacing epics of more than 10 minutes with tunes that put it together in no more than five and change. Tracks like “Curl of the Burl” and “Stargasm” have an accessibility that’s recently been largely absent. The intricate guitar work of “Octopus Has No Friends” heightens Brann Dailor’s ambitious, jazz-like drumming. Dailor’s actually the secret weapon here, adding his unpredictable patterns to songs until they walk off on their own. “All the Heavy Lifting” could be a standard-issue tune if not for Dailor bringing the apocalypse. Astral meditation underscores “The Hunter”. Black Sabbath inspires the tribal/stoner vibe of “Creature Lives”. Neurosis singer/guitarist Scott Kelly joins the group for the pummel of “Spectrelight”. These aren’t the same old stoner riffs but reinventions of sound from a band that’s found an edge and persona all its own. The album’s deluxe version features two notable bonus tracks, “The Ruiner” and “Deathbound”, which are as heavy as anything the band has recorded. Essential listening for all Mastodonians.

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I thought this could so easily have turned out to have been Mastodons black album after hearing Curl of the Burl.(Just as i feared "Crack the Skye" could have easily been their "master of puppets")
I was wrong.
Its a schizophrenic album going from the heads down stuff like "Spectrelight" and "Blasteroid" to the simply beautiful "The Sparrow" to the floydesque "Creature Lives" to the ludicrously catchy "Curl of the Burl"..but as always Mastodon evolve with each album and never fail to surprise…The Hunter still sounds like Mastodon but has many newer elements thrown in to the mix to take this record way ahead of anything else out there at the moment.
Theres no filler here whatsoever and Mastodon have done their fans proud once again.
Cant wait to see this album live…(Crack the Skye live was breathtaking!)
To sum up ,Mastodon are now so much more than just another metal band and this album proves it.
Buy it immediately and be transfixed.

Exceptional !

Mastodon keep pushing the envelope on every release. This sounds like all their albums in one. Blood Mountain with Crack The Skye production with a bit of Remission and Leviathan thrown in and also a new sound, like they do on every album.

6 albums in and they have test to disappoint. An astonishing band and an astonishing album. Brilliant.


Just keeping it simple. This album is F*cking insane!!!!
Love Mastodon. Love this! Pure! X


Formed: 1999 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist Bill Kelliher, drummer Bränn Dailor, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts, a genre spawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head, Mastodon's innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal, grindcore, and hardcore helped position the band as one of the preeminent...
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