Just a quick review as I've only been able to listen to this a few times. The thing I love about Mastodon is that they are unrepentantly heavy in an grandiose kind of way. They could write a song about going to the supermarket to buy margarine and it would probably sound like a heavy metal version of The Iliad. They can do the sprawling epic-complex songs and things that come close to conventional rock songs. It seems that The Hunter is more focussed on the latter category of song - a little less complex and a bit more concise but also a lot of fun nonetheless. Lyrically, it seems to be as nutty as ever but as with Mastodon, a band who produced a concept album about a time travelling quadriplegic, these things are to be expected. I don't think I love it as much as Crack the Skye but I think more time with it will reveal it's charms. That's not to say it isn't a great listen and if you have ever joined the cult of Mastodon before, you'll definitely like this. Recommended.