50 Best Albums of 2011

Mastodon, 'The Hunter'
38/50

38. Mastodon, 'The Hunter'

The high-concept sludgemetal eccentrics hook up with Maroon 5's producer and – Zeus be praised – come up with a killer rock-radio record. Mastodon streamlined their molten thrash into a taut thwump that doesn't pull back one bit on their natural complexity or innate weirdness.

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