Mastodon - The Hunter

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Re: Mastodn - The Hunter

Postby IainTheDrummer » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:54 pm

I think this might be the first time I've agreed with metal hammer but I would have said they were 10/10 this year
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Re: Mastodn - The Hunter

Postby ANXIETY » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:01 pm

IainTheDrummer wrote:I think this might be the first time I've agreed with metal hammer but I would have said they were 10/10 this year


A lot better this year than they were in 2009. Wouldn't have said it was 10/10 myself, but was still a great set.
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Re: Mastodn - The Hunter

Postby IainTheDrummer » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:29 pm

They are one of my favourite bands of all time so I was obviously going to enjoy them

I got spot in the circle as well which was amazing

They were the best band on Sunday for me
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Re: Mastodn - The Hunter

Postby hybrid theorist » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:37 pm

they were really good, but could easily have been better imo. 8/10, but that's worlds away from 10/10.
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Re: Mastodn - The Hunter

Postby IainTheDrummer » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:39 pm

I thought the only problem of the whole set was that the kick was to loud for the first 2 songs
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Re: Mastodn - The Hunter

Postby jadeylemonadey » Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:42 am

Isn't it Mastodon? ;)

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Re: Mastodn - The Hunter

Postby Disgruntled Jim » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:39 pm

jadeylemonadey wrote:Isn't it Mastodon? ;)


Oh yeah so it is...why has nobody corrected me until now? :?

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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby kipper64 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:42 pm

I noticed it pretty much straight away and intended on editing it...but then forgot :P
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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby hybrid theorist » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:53 pm

I didnt want to be pedantic. I dont think anyone was confused as to what this topic was about, sat round going "well, I've never heard of this Mastodn band!"
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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby Grables » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:19 pm

Listened to the album twice now.

The first time round I wasn't sure if I liked it. The 3 tracks they had already released were not representative of the overall sound at all, and they had previously touted that this would be a more stripped down and riff orientated album. If anything it was more layered, and there really wasn't much riffage.
After the second listen, I have already found that its growing on me - which was expected. I don't remember loving any of the other Mastodon albums after just one listen. They have always been an acquired taste that require multiple listens, but I think once again they've delivered something weird, wonderful and completely unexpected.

If I had to compare to previous releases, The Hunter is probably their "off album". The good songs are very good, and the bad songs are terrible (e.g. Creature Lives). Can't choose a favourite song, but the stand out tracks for me are Black Tongue, Curl of the Burl, Stargasm, The Hunter, Spectrelight and The Sparrow.
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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby IainTheDrummer » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:13 pm

Blasteroids is such weird track sounds a bit like foo fighters
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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby mrpaul » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:24 pm

Listening to it currently, I like it, unsurprisingly. On initial listen the only track I was unsure about was Creature Lives, will listen to it some more and see what I think then. I've loved everything they've done so far and I don't think this will change with this album :D
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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby hybrid theorist » Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:10 am

Liking it.

I always did prefer the more straightforward mastodon songs like iron tusk and march of the fire ants, so this album is right up my street. Still a bit more cerebral than the likes of Slipknot or Lamb Of God obviously, but I'm glad they've not pigeonholed themselves as an esoteric art/prog metal band.

Because its so accessible compared to their last two albums, I can see some snobs writing it off as inferior as a result. If I'm honest, I think their best album is Leviathan, which hits the middle ground perfectly, so don't necessarily think that more complex = better
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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby ThornDavis » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:54 am

Picked this up on Friday at my local indie record store (remember those?) where the owner let me buy it early. Enjoyed it immensely. There's no question that it's alot more accessible, and I'm certain they'll catch some flak for that, but it's still a thunderous, idiosyncratic record. I find I have to be in the mood for albums like Crack The Skye and Blood Mountain and from day to day can still find them either impenetrable or totally brilliant. The Hunter, however, goes down a lot more smoothly.

So yeah, definitely a bid for the mainstream - right down to the move to iPod-friendly artwork, but the metal scene does need breakout bands and The Hunter is a mighty fine ambassador.

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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby daveportivo » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:05 pm

I love this record.

I knew they had it in them to release something this accessible and immediate, great stuff, hopefully it'll propel them up festival line ups.

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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby ThornDavis » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:56 am

Glad we're all agreed then. A good album.

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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby Disgruntled Jim » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:58 am

ThornDavis wrote:Glad we're all agreed then. A good album.


Well, everyone bar Ross. Mastodon just aren't his thing though so..

I loved the album but it is not by any means record of the year in my opinion.

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Re: Mastodon - The Hunter

Postby Tambam » Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:18 pm

Got it for my birthday and it's awesome. Dry bone valley and all the heavy lifting are amazing.
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