The Hunter

Release date
27 Sep 2011
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
59:01

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Black Tongue 3:30 96,875
2 Curl of the Burl 3:40 106,327
3 Blasteroid 2:36 81,089
4 Stargasm 4:40 80,465
5 Octopus Has No Friends 3:49 74,893
6 All the Heavy Lifting 4:31 72,335
7 The Hunter 5:18 71,428
8 Dry Bone Valley 4:00 73,772
9 Thickening 4:31 64,612
10 Creature Lives 4:41 62,220
11 Spectrelight 3:10 61,166
12 Bedazzled Fingernails 3:08 60,144
13 The Sparrow 5:31 61,633
14 The Ruiner 3:11 11,159
15 Deathbound 2:45 14,263

About this album

The Hunter is the fifth studio album by the American metal band Mastodon. Released through Roadrunner Records on September 26, 2011 in the UK and one day later in the US via Reprise Records The Hunter is their first release with producer Mike Elizondo. In its first week of release in the UK, the album reached 19th position on the UK Albums Chart and position number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Hunter has sold over 75,133 albums in the U.S. as of 2012

The Hunter is Mastodon’s second non-concept album; it is also their first album not related with a classical element. Moreover, the Hunter marks the first time that drummer Brann Dailor composes and sings a Mastodon song in its entirety (“Creature Lives”), and takes lead vocal duties on more than two songs. Like Mastodon’s previous album Crack the Skye, The Hunter features a mix of clean singing and a few songs with harsher shouting vocals. The song “Spectrelight” features Neurosis vocalist/guitarist Scott Kelly as a guest.

The Hunter has been met with highly positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 83, based on 29 reviews. The album achieved an overall rating of 7.8/10 at AnyDecentMusic? based on 21 reviews, making it the year’s highest-rated metal album among mainstream reviewers.

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  • d_mustaine

    @CousinEarl funny because I bought my first CD (crack the skye) from Mastodon because of that kick-ass cover, later Blood Mountain and The Hunter.

    5 Sep 10:00pm Reply
  • Neaera2410

    Their best undoubtedly!

    5 Sep 5:45pm Reply
  • ossum

    This could be my favorite album of theirs....its really hard to choose

    27 Aug 7:41pm Reply
  • CousinEarl

    Going to listen to this simply because of the awesome album cover. I'm sure the music is good too, never listened to Mastodon though.

    26 Aug 11:59pm Reply
  • Visutox

    Fuck, what an awesome sound. An Incredible record, with sublime production and engineering. There are not many tricks here, most of the depth and quality of sound comes from the tight interplay and genius song writing. Fuck yeah Mastodon. Awesome. [3]

    14 Jun 6:12pm Reply
  • rotting_schntzl

    Fuck, what an awesome sound. An Incredible record, with sublime production and engineering. There are not many tricks here, most of the depth and quality of sound comes from the tight interplay and genius song writing. Fuck yeah Mastodon. Awesome. [2]

    5 May 4:35pm Reply
  • KrossPoison

    Don't understand the hate this album gets. It's not all that much different to anything else they've done recently, just a bit more mellow. Nothing wrong with it at all...

    4 May 2:48pm Reply
  • fozzi26

    Easily my favourite Mastodon album.

    19 Apr 2:54am Reply
  • DxAxPanda

    Huge disappointment.

    27 Mar 11:20pm Reply
  • musicsdope

    Recorded at Sound City onto tape - Fuck, what an awesome sound. An Incredible record, with sublime production and engineering. There are not many tricks here, most of the depth and quality of sound comes from the tight interplay and genius song writing. Fuck yeah Mastodon. Awesome.

    1 Feb 12:13am Reply
  • liver_failure

    quite the worse from them

    18 Jan 12:25am Reply
  • AnAgeAmongThem

    Worst Mastodon record, quite disappointing.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rolfeijg

    Amazing album to me. I can't get into 'Creature Lives' though, what on earth were they thinking writing that piece of shit?

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Inconnu_

    <3 .

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DaNiVillainous

    I think high expectations made me hate this album at first (especially since people said it sounded like Leviathan?!), but after a few listens I love this shit. I guess I like everything Mastodon comes out with.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    Really love this album. It grows on you a lot the more you listen. Lot of haters want the band to release another Crack the Skye, but i'm so happy they didn't do that. The first 3 tracks on this fucking slay and the rest is great too.

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    Growing on me. Though for me I don't think they can revisit the magic of Crack the Skye

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    Rihanna fanboys can't listening to Mastodon

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    Cool artwork

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MegaDave89

    This album and the band sucks!

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
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