With the month of April (and Record Store Day!) looming around the corner, TVD continues with our 10 Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways. Today, we have a copy of a 2LP set of Mastodon’s The Hunter, released in 2011 on Reprise Records, that we want to put in the hands of one lucky TVD reader.
In addition to debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, The Hunter also helped the progressive and sludge metal band garner a great amount of success, making it onto the Rolling Stone list of the 50 Best Albums of 2011, as well as helping Mastodon nab a Grammy nomination for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for “Curl of the Burl,” the album’s lead single.
While writing and recording the follow-up to 2009’s critically-acclaimed Crack the Skye, the members of Mastodon decided to take a completely different tack and musical approach to their new material. Guitarist Bill Kelliher notes the writing and recording sessions for this album were much more spontaneous, saying the band’s primary goal was to “Just let it fall naturally, and we did.”
Additionally, whereas Mastodon’s four previous studio albums were concept- and theme-based, the songs on The Hunter are independent and stand apart from one another. Of the change bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders says, “This time, we freed ourselves up to try something new. It was really the next step for us, and I’m glad we took it.”
Mastodon’s name is derived from a prehistoric mammal called, you guessed it, the Mastodon. For your chance to win a copy of The Hunter, comment below and tell us your favorite prehistoric creature.
I’m going to go with the Woolly Mammoth.
A winner with a North American mailing address will be selected a week from today, on Thursday, March 29th.