Toby Cook of The Quietus recently sat down and gave MASTODON’s upcoming album The Hunter a listen to put together a track by track run down of the album. Besides proclaiming that The Hunter is “fucking awesome”, he summed it up as follows:
Much has been made, and much will continue to be made about Mastodons abandoning of an umbrella concept, but by the time The Hunter comes to a close it matters not. Yes the production, courtesy of the hip-hop friendly Mike Elizondo, is at times overly burnished and there are more than a few moments of radio-friendly-ness, but consider this: When was the last time you heard an ode to the love child of Swamp Thing and The Creature From The Black Lagoon, or song about fucking in space on the radio? Each of Mastodon’s previous four releases exist in their own worlds, and have their own specific characteristics – the genius here is that they’ve managed to pull in all that made those LP’s what they were and combine them to create something both familiar and unexpected… And honestly, pretty fucking awesome too.