I just realised that I haven't really written anything about one of (if not THE best) best albums of last year.
It was released in September last year and I feared that I wasn't gonna listen to the album too much as it was released around the same time as Opeth's "Heritage". "The Hunter" was usually my first choice of record to listen to for a long time, and I do still put it on the record player quite frequently. At the moment I'm playing the copy on the picture, the double vinyl edition pressed on 45RPM for beter sound quality. I also got the regular vinyl edition as well as the special edition CD.
If you're not already into Mastodon this record is a perfect introduction to the band as it blends and mix from the entire back catalogue of the band. There are raw punk metal songs that easily could've fit on the bands debut "Remission", there are progressive metal numbers that would have made a good addition to the quality material that made "Leviathan" one of the best albums of the -00s, the melodic riffs that made "Blood Mountain" a beauty to listen to are there as well and last but not least the progressive rock that made "Crack The Skye" the bands true masterpiece are without a doubt featured as well.
This might make the album sound as unfocused and all over the place, but somehow Mastodon manage to keep everything together and "The Hunter" really feels like an album with a clear idea from start to finish.