album review : The Hunter (2011) – Mastodon

album : The Hunter

artist : Mastodon

genre : Technical/Progressive Groove Metal

year : 2011

Progressive powerhouse Mastodon are never seen overdoing anything, be it abiding by the principles of the genre they are known to excel at or the technicalities they incorporate. Scoring high and being up on the fan list all throughout the band’s lifespan till now, The Hunter is another important follow up that is going to remain on the playlist at least for the remaining part of the year.

Here, on The Hunter we see them getting comfortable with a few newer ingredients that only make their music more appealing. The groove cannot be ignored but if you are on tracks like Blasteroid, Octopus Has No Friends and Thickening then the stoner effect is visible. Making the walls around me rotate all the more. Title track The Hunter is the trippiest of them all.

In Mastodon‘s case the regularity made finding flaws difficult. Their discography, which now has five albums with The Hunter, is like one of the brightest firecracker in the progressive sky. The more you allow the albums to settle down, the more you get into them and the more you fall for Mastodon.

Another quality of Mastodon is to hug emotions tight enough so you are never short of any feeling. Considering what they do on Stargasm, Creature Lives and Bedazzled Fingernails I don’t think there is a better way to reduce the distance between the band and us than tightening the emotions on the songs.

Troy Sanders is more like the soul of Mastodon, as he even adds to the band technically. The guitar’s sweet noise is plush while the drums make the album out and out progressive, and the groove comes naturally with it. See how it goes on Curl Of The Burl, All The Heavy Lifting, Bedazzled Fingernails. Songs like Dry Bone Valley and Spectrelight spin, shake and gyrate the sound that the instruments make.

Technical grace haunts you on Black Tongue, Creature Lives and The Sparrow, and so does the album art. It’s freaky, apt and teases the eyes, might even make you start seeing things if you stare at it for too long.

Mastodon are a mammoth act focusing only on bettering themselves, making us fans happier and providing us with records that are more like statements than just albums. Playing The Hunter will rid you of all your notions about how so many different elements can be combined together to produce metal.

Rating: 4.5/5

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