After Crack the Skye I waited anxiously for Mastodon's upcoming album, The Hunter. This time the album didn't have a concept involving the elements like their previous albums and what I'd understood from their interviews, the songwriting process was more "loose" than before.
The result is a strong, good album. It isn't as solid masterpiece as Crack the Skye, but each track stands on their own. The album once again shows some new sides of the band, like the epic sing-a-long Creature Lives.
Drummer Brann Dailor is getting more time doing some singing. On this record he does the lead vocals on two tracks, the previously mentioned Creature Lives and my personal favourite track Dry Bone Valley.
The first half of the album is pure awesomeness, but the second half is where it gets "sloppy" here and there with not as strong tracks as the first half. …