Auch MASTODON docken außerhalb von Nordamerika nun bei Roadrunner Records an! „The Hunter”, das langersehnte neue Werk der Progressive-Metaller, wird am 23. September 2011 erscheinen. Drummer Brann Dailor über „The Hunter”: „When you listen to the songs, they don't sound as 'fun' as we perceive them to be, I guess; it's still pretty extremely heavy material. We had a few songs that were kind of, not left over from 'Crack The Skye', but just stuff that we wanted to be on that album, but that album kind of took on a whole different thing of its own and there were a few stragglers that were super-heavy and crazy that didn't make it, and we finally got to put them on this record. And then we wrote a whole bunch of brand new stuff. There's, like, 14 songs that we recorded. And it's sort all over the place — a lot of different sounds. Some straight-up classic-rock-sounding songs, straight-up death metal-sounding songs and some completely bizarre, weirdo rock songs that we're not really sure what they are, but we love them.” Ab sofort werden auf der Website von MASTODON bereits Vorbestellungen für die limitierte Deluxe Edition von „The Hunter“ entgegengenommen. Dieses Package beinhaltet die CD/DVD in einem schicken Digi-Pack mit einem alternativen Albumcover, ein Poster vom offiziellen Cover sowie ein „Augmented Reality“ Feature. Außerdem können Käufer der Deluxe Edition sofort ‚Black Tongue’, den ersten Song des Albums und die offizielle Single ‚Curl Of The Burl’ bereits vor dem offiziellen Verkaufsstart herunterladen.