The Hunter (studio album) by Mastodon
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The best album by Mastodon is Crack The Skye which is ranked number 978 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,891.
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This album is rated in the top 10% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.4/100, a mean average of 74.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.6.
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Black Tongue has what is possibly the best riff I’ve ever heard. It kicks some major ass, and the rest of the album is pretty consistently good too.
Asentados en la élite como una de las mejores bandas del nuevo siglo, a Mastodon le tocaba en 2011 confirmar el dominio mostrado en 'Crack the Skye'. Los elementos progresivos desaparecen prácticamente por completo, haciendo el disco más accesible de los estadounidenses hasta la fecha. Parece que el álbum queda muy por detrás de sus grandes obras, pero por suerte el paso de los años ha hecho justicia a un disco que, si bien no está al nivel de maravillas como 'Crack the Skye' o 'Leviathan', mantiene una calidad brutal. Marcado por la muerte del hermano de Brent Hinds, 'The Hunter' se presenta como una ruptura total en la trayectoria de Mastodon. El primer disco de los de Atlanta que dividiría a sus seguidores, y así sigue la historia hasta el día de hoy, algo incomprensible. Es necesario romper una lanza a favor de 'The Hunter', un disco de muchos quilates.
I definitely prefer the sludgier side of Mastodon to their melodic side, but this album has a nice mix of both. Easily their most mainstream release, which in itself makes it kind of unique in their catalog. Curl the Burl easily stands out as my favourite song.
So I don't dislike this, but let me but it this way: if this was the first Mastodon album I had heard, I wouldn't have bothered to listen to the others. It's undeniably catchy, heavy, and fun, but it's also very formulaic and middle of the road. Crack The Skye is an absolute beast of an album that's just oozing with creativity, but this is a pretty generic metal record filled with riffs and choruses. I don't hate riffs and choruses, but you have to agree they get boring when every song has them.
My least favorite album of theirs which is only to say just how much this band kicks butt. It may not be phenomenal but this is still really good and worth a listen.
Mastodon have pulled back from the conceptual prog approach of their last couple of albums. The Hunter is a more straightforward hard rock record, sounding at times like '70s arena fuzz rock. The tracks are tight, punchy, and extremely hummable.
Mastodon has done it again. Another great album from a band that continues to evolve its sound beyond metal. Troy reaches a new level with his singing on this album, while Brent and Bill continue to create awesome licks. It may not be as aggressive and exciting as Leviathan, but it mixes a variety of styles that work.
Very average album. Most of the songs starts very promisingly but then just waiting to be finished because maybe the next will be better.
Still waiting for Mastodon to release a less than stellar album.
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