Black VInyl LP Pressed at Record Industry!
The Hunter, the follow-up to 2009's critically embraced Crack The Skye, was recorded in the band's hometown of Atlanta as well as in Los Angeles with
producer Mike Elizondo. As with all of their albums, Mastodon, which is
bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill
Keliher, and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor, decided to take a completely
different tack and musical approach to the music on this album. The band feels
confident that fans will be excited and fulfilled by what they will hear.
Mastodon is an explosive, unbridled force. Possessing an uncanny songwriting
sense, fearless innovation, unparalleled technical ability and a bottomless pool
of raw talent and creativity, Mastodon is inarguably one of the most exciting
bands of its time.
Mastodon formed in 1999 when drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Kelliher
moved to Atlanta, GA from their hometown of Rochester, New York. Only three
weeks after arriving in Atlanta, Dailor and Kelliher met bassist Troy Sanders
and guitarist Brent Hinds at a HIGH ON FIRE show that Hinds put on in his
basement. Dailor and Kelliher had almost a decade of playing and touring
experience together; Sanders and Hines had a half-dozen. Within a few weeks of
forming, the quartet's intense songwriting chemistry generated a solid set of
hard-hitting songs. These songs merely touched the surface of the outfit's
boundless well of ideas.
When asked about the sound of Mastodon's third studio album, The Hunter, drummer
Brann Dailor told the German edition of Metal Hammer magazine, "When you
listen to the songs, they don't sound as 'fun' as we perceive them to be, I
guess; it's still pretty extremely heavy material." He added, "We had a
few songs that were kind of, not left over from 'Crack The Skye', but just stuff
that we wanted to be on that album, but that album kind of took on a whole
different thing of its own and there were a few stragglers that were super-heavy
and crazy that didn't make it, and we finally got to put them on this record.
And then we wrote a whole bunch of brand new stuff. There's, like, 14 songs that
we recorded. And it's sort all over the place — a lot of different sounds. Some
straight-up classic-rock-sounding songs, straight-up death metal-sounding songs
and some completely bizarre, weirdo rock songs that we're not really sure what
they are, but we love them."
"The Hunter" was recorded at Doppler Studios in Atlanta with producer Mike
Elizondo. Drum tracks were previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary
Sound City Studios where NIRVANA's masterwork "Nevermind" was recorded.
"On The Hunter, Mastodon have gone back to basics at the height of their powers... Raging metal with a sterling production... ethereal and crushing. It's official: Mastodon are one of the all-time great hard-rock groups." - Alternative Press
• 140g, Black Vinyl LP
• Recorded at Record Industry
• Single-pocket jacket with lyric insert
• Parental Advisory Explicit Content
1. Black Tongue
2. Curl of the Burl
5. Octopus Has No Friends
6. All the Heavy Lifting
7. The Hunter
8. Dry Bone Valley
10. Creature Lives
12. Bedazzled Fingernails
13. The Sparrow