Album Of The Year Countdown: Number 1
Mastodon's 'The Hunter' is the Rock Sound record of 2011. None better.
In a year characterised by quality hardcore and what can only be described as a genuine Britrock revival in terms of both quality and chart-bothering potential, it's testament to both the unshakable quality and steely resolve of its creators that 'The Hunter' finds itself top of the pile as 2011 draws to a close.
Delivered on the back of a period that saw the Atlanta quartet's inner workings pushed to the absolute brink, Mastodon's fifth album was the epitome of triumph. A walking, talking, polycephalic beast that combined psychedelia, classic rock and groove-laden metallic brawn to stunning effect, 'The Hunter' was not only a staggeringly powerful effort in its own right but a bold statement of intent from a band who have long since led the way in terms of craft and individuality.
Pushing to one side the epic, prog-heavy tendencies of ’09's 'Crack The Skye' in favour of a return to the direct and stripped-down approach of old, the result was an album that saw the band both in their element and at their absolute best, defining their own career as well as cementing their position as single-minded leaders in their field.
The rest of the Rock Sound Top 10...
02. Thrice - 'Major/Minor’
03. Lower Than Atlantis - 'World Record’
04. Foo Fighters - 'Wasting Light’
05. Defeater - ‘Empty Days & Sleepless Nights’
06. Touché Amoré - ‘Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me’
07. Spycatcher - Honesty
08. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
09. Twin Atlantic - Free
10. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math