Mastodon – Dry Bone Valley

The Hunter is the fifth studio album by the American metal band Mastodon. Released through Roadrunner Records on September 26, 2011 in the UK and one day later in the US via Reprise Records The Hunter is their first release with producer Mike Elizondo. In its first week of release in the UK, the album reached 19th position in the Radio 1 Official UK Top 40 and position number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Hunter has sold 75,133 albums cumulative in the U.S. as of December 2011.

The album was recorded at Doppler Studios in Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo (whose credits include Fiona Apple, 50 Cent, Alanis Morissette, Avenged Sevenfold and Maroon 5).

In an interview with Virtual Festivals the band said the album was the most fun to make and can’t see any other metal bands going one better.

In an interview with MTV Germany, it was revealed that the new album will be called The Hunter in honor of Brent Hinds’s brother who unexpectedly passed away while hunting during the making of the album. Speaking to AOL’s Noisecreep, drummer Brann Dailor described the new material as not so much proggy as riff-oriented and “a little more stripped down,” akin to that of Leviathan (2004) and “like a really super-heavy Led Zeppelin or something.” Asked if Brent Hinds is again responsible for most of the initial songwriting”, Dailor replied, “I think it’s a little more collaborative, with everyone chipping in.”

In April 2011 Mastodon announced two of the titles from their forthcoming album: “Blasteroids”, and “All the Heavy Lifting”. On June 16 the bands website posted the names of three more songs; “Octopus Has No Friends”, “Stargasm”, and “Curl of the Burl”.

On July 25, a song from the album, titled “Black Tongue” was released – via iTunes, Spotify and Ovi Music. On August 12, another song from the album, titled “Curl of the Burl” was uploaded to YouTube on the band’s official YouTube page. On September 2, the song “Spectrelight” was uploaded to the band’s official YouTube page. On Rockline Radio on September 26, Mastodon revealed that the song “Curl Of the Burl” was based on an episode of the hit show Intervention. It was also revealed that, while the whole album does not have a unified elemental theme, the classical Chinese element “wood” is a common motif throughout the album.

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