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    Posted: September 30 2011 at 08:52
I was really afraid this album was going to be bad. The gossip was they there were going "back to basics" and the new CG art work is pretty bad, so I was anticipating the worst.
 
But it's actually really good. Definitely still pushing some of their boundaries, still rocking hard, still some proggy / psych metal parts. I'm very happily surprised.
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Maybe cookies coming out of the oven???

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I actually really like the artwork, it almost made me want to check them out again. I'm not really a metal fan at heart tho, even tho I'd say almost half of my music collection could be categorized as metal, anytime the music gets kind of that testosterone-soaked feeling, it turns me off.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2011 at 10:02
There's so much Pink Floyd happening in there that I was surprised to read this was supposed to be a "return to metal roots" album. For me CtS is considerably more metal and edgy. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote colorofmoney91 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2011 at 12:10
I love it. The Hunter is absolutely fantastic.

Also, the cover isn't CGI; Troy said in an interview that the cover is actually just a picture of the sculpture and is not computer generated.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TheLastBaron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2011 at 12:36
I'm really enjoying it. I feel its a great melting of everything they've done and though not conceptual it is still very progressive.
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Just picked it up today.  Damn, it's good.  Thumbs UpHeadbanger


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The cover is fantastic, and easily the best album art they've had.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stooge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2011 at 22:53
This may be the most accessible album they have done, but I feel it is still very loyal to their sound.  I was just expecting a re-visiting of their older sound or something, which would have been ok I guess, but this album has exceeded my expectations since I couldn't guess what it would sound like beforehand.
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I am honestly in love with this album.

Clicked with my very quickly. The melodic tracks really pace out the album, and keep the psych influence alive from Crack the Skye, but they are integrated with more Blood Mountain'ish tracks.

Overall i say its a strong 4 or 4.5. I'll give it a 5 if it lasts. 
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Listening to this over at the Listening Room, really liking it. Will have to pick this up soon (dammit this month has too many new albums!!!)
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I love the art work. At first I was like "oh god wtf is this?" but like I love to say: Metal is cheesy, accept it and life gets better :D

Besides, I'm guessing they did it on purpose, like Opeth and the cover of Heritage. Like we get it...and that's why it's not as bad as it seems.
But also the music is really kickin. Some songs were weak, but overall "The Hunter" was pretty good.
Even though CtS did grow on me....my Mastodon days are still the old ones. While they will never replicate that totally insane style, I like the "old" crazy and "new" proggy and streamlined mix!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bonnek Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2011 at 01:51

Sounds nice, less proggy in songwriting, still proggy in sound, which is actually my preferred recipe (for metal at least) Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JJLehto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2011 at 02:22
Yes, I'm very glad they are doing a bit of a throwback but it's still spaced out and proggy for sure. It's typical for a band to move very far from their origin, then slide to the middle...merging old and new sounds which Mastodon did here. Probably a 4 star in my book. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sleeper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2011 at 04:25
I was another one worried about the "back to roots" talk for The Hunter since Remission doesnt do much for me, but I'm really liking this. Not as good as Crack the Skye IMO, but not far off. Still hate the artwoork though.
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Originally posted by Bonnek Bonnek wrote:


Sounds nice, less proggy in songwriting, still proggy in sound, which is actually my preferred recipe (for metal at least) Smile


Yes, it has the straight ahead force and aggression one expects of so called pure metal but doesn't sound as predictable and stereotyped as pure metal can often be. Nice album! Headbanger
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Wow . Listening to this right now..
Three tracks in and I already love it. Insane drumming and heavy sabbathy riffs ...what have I been missing?

The second track sounds like  QOTSA only 10 times more enjoyable.
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Originally posted by wjohnd wjohnd wrote:

Wow . Listening to this right now..
Three tracks in and I already love it. Insane drumming and heavy sabbathy riffs ...what have I been missing?

The second track sounds like  QOTSA only 10 times more enjoyable.
the song 9 is godly, all Mastodon songs is godly to my ears,
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Proggernaut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 10 2011 at 19:28
Album Rules - more metal than Crack the Skye and less thrashy that Blood Mountain - what you might call a happy medium!
 
Getting a lot of listens by me.


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Originally posted by wjohnd wjohnd wrote:

Wow . Listening to this right now..
Three tracks in and I already love it. Insane drumming and heavy sabbathy riffs ...what have I been missing?

The second track sounds like  QOTSA only 10 times more enjoyable.

Those aren't even the great tracks.

Though every track is good.
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About the artwork, there was a video on their website of the carpenter guy actually building it from scratch and the whole project.  It might still be there or on Youtube, though I'm too lazy to find a link.
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