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The Hunter


The Hunter

Fifth album of psychedelic progressive metal from the Georgian group

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  1. 10.0 |   Q

    Represents them at both their most concise and their most thrilling best. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A pitch for the mainstream - but it doesn’t compromise on Mastodon’s core ambition
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  3. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    You rocket through The Hunter at what feels like breakneck speed, strapped to an intergalactic, pyrotechnic rollercoaster of awesome
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  4. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    A collection of songs that inadvertently expands their repertoire and capabilities while they turn off their heads and let their fingers tell the story
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  5. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    Stands as Mastodon’s best work to date and is the best hard rock/metal album (and absolutely one the best albums of any genre) released this year
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  6. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    An example of how to crossover without selling out - something Metallica never learned - and no matter how many copies it sells, this is the mainstream heavy rock album of the year
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  7. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    The band’s raw metal power is crossbred with the weirdest, wildest ideas they’ve yet to conceive
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  8. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Hinds hasn’t delivered a logical sequel to Crack The Skye, but The Hunter triumphs in a less profound, more immediate way: It’s the first truly fun Mastodon album
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  9. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Demonstrates how contemporary radio rock can still be made with imagination, precision and a majestic sense of force
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  10. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Brings the band’s mastery of dynamics to the surface before culminating in a pair of colossal solos that are among the most intense Hinds has ever ripped. Prepare to be hunted
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  11. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    As a first stab in the direction of avant-garde pop-metal, The Hunter is pretty damn compelling
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  12. 8.0 |   BBC

    With its monstrous choruses, powerful percussion and jaw-on-the-floor fret-work, is sure to connect with anyone who’s previously rocked out to their wares just as easily as it will absolute beginners. Don’t like metal? You might just love Mastodon
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  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    As near to punchy and concise as they're ever likely to come
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  14. 8.0 |   Blurt

    It's Apocalypse a-go-go for the Georgia gentlemen. Go with them
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  15. 7.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    The band appear to have an innate ability to keep their music sounding so new and vital, and this is so apparent on The Hunter
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  16. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    What they do, and what they've become, is fascinating
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  17. 7.0 |   NME

    Print edition only

  18. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    There are maelstroms of metallic riffery lurking in the most melodic and stadium-y of the songs
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  19. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A mellower, more harmonious Mastodon
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  20. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It is, unfortunately, just a collection of songs. Not bad songs, but not utterly bewildering, blow-your-pants-off, we’re-going-down-that-rabbit-hole-at-3,000mph songs, either
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  21. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    A decent chronicle of a sojourn in progress
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  22. 6.0 |   Uncut

    One suspects Matodon's strength remains in technicality, not songcraft. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    It's an enjoyable listen overall, but there's no denying that this is their least substantial release to date
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  24. 5.5 |   Prefix

    The things that made Mastodon distinctively Mastodon - the songs with ambition, the time signature and dynamic shifting, the sense of grandeur - are gone in favor of a radio-ready sheen and three-minute songs
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