The Hunter
Mastodon - The Hunter
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2011 Ratings: #79 / 893
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2011 Ratings: #117
Your Review


Entertainment Weekly
Atlanta’s finest devil-horn devotees synthesize seemingly dozens of subtly different metal subgenres into a singular pursuit. Those hybrids mutate awesomely, creating one burly, beastly adrenaline spike.
Drowned in Sound

The Hunter is a pitch for the mainstream - but it doesn’t compromise on Mastodon’s core ambition.

No Ripcord

The Hunter is a collection of songs that inadvertently expands their repertoire and capabilities while they turn off their heads and let their fingers tell the story.


They’ve never made the same album twice, and luckily, that streak continues with The Hunter.

Consequence of Sound

Freed from the confines of elements and concept albums, Mastodon sounds fresher than ever.


Where The Hunter lacks conceptual cohesion, it's varied and accessible enough to catapult Mastodon right to the front of the modern heavy metal pack.

Nov 15, 2017
too clean
Nov 15, 2015
After completing the four element series, the boys of Atlanta make something different and do they best they can to follow up. And it's done quite well.
Sep 7, 2014
Best Track: Octopus Has No Friends, The Hunter, or Dry Bone Valley
Worst Track: Bedazzled Fingernails
Most Overrated Track: Black Tongue
Most Underrated Track: Thickening

Performances are good, but it's hard to go from Crack The Skye to a conceptless Mastodon album and enjoy it just the same
Jul 12, 2014
This album is starting to grow on me more, but it's definitely their weakest release. It's more accessible for sure, but the songwriting quality has declined in this album. This album was kind of a let down for me and it's just not for me.

Favourite tracks: Black Tongue, The Hunter, Stargasm
Track List
  1. Black Tongue 
  2. Curl Of The Burl 
  3. Blasteroid 
  4. Stargasm 
  5. Octopus Has No Friends 
  6. All The Heavy Lifting 
  7. The Hunter 
  8. Dry Bone Valley 
  9. Thickening 
  10. Creature Lives 
  11. Spectrelight 
  12. Bedazzled Fingernails 
  13. The Sparrow
Contributions By
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Added on: July 26, 2011