The “unboxing” video for the deluxe 180-gram vinyl edition of “The Hunter”, the latest album from Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON, can be seen below. The LP can be ordered now at MastodonRocks.com.
“The Hunter” sold 39,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Crack The Skye”, opened with 41,000 units back in April 2009 to debut at No. 11. MASTODON‘s 2006 effort, “Blood Mountain”, came in with just over 24,000 units — significantly more than the 8,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2004’s “Leviathan” — which put it at No. 32.
“The Hunter” was made available in several configurations that feature an exciting interactive 3D experience known as Augmented Reality. The technology, created by Los Angeles-based company Total Immersion, combines virtual and real worlds to create a 3D one-of-a-kind interactive experience that users can control. Just by using a camera on a computer, their own face and the cover art on “The Hunter”, the user can turn themselves into “The Hunter” sculpture that is pictured on the cover.
The follow-up to 2009’s “Crack The Skye” was MASTODON‘s third studio CD to be made available on Reprise Records in the U.S. and Canada and the band’s first to be issued through Roadrunner Records outside of North America.
“The Hunter” was recorded at Doppler Studios in Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo. Drum tracks were previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary Sound City Studios where NIRVANA‘s masterwork “Nevermind” was recorded.