Psychadelic metal band Mastodon have infiltrated the top 10 of the Billboard charts with 'The Hunter' this week, we can't think of a better time to take a look at the process of making the album.

Mastodon's 'The Hunter' was a bit of a departure for the band. Most of their previous albums are conceptual pieces that are intended to be consumed as a whole. 'The Hunter', while it does embody the recurring theme of wood-related topics, is more of a collection of stand-alone songs. In our recent interview with bassist-vocalist Troy Sanders, he said that the new approach was a nice change of pace:

" was kind of nice to shed the idea of doing another concept record and not only throw a curve-ball to ourselves, but the rest of the world. It was therapeutic in a way — for ourselves to explore any musical territory or any lyrical content we felt [was] exciting at the time. So it was quite refreshing for us to write ‘The Hunter’ and it kind of rejuvenated a whole new level of energy within the four of us. We’re really proud of the direction we went."

Their lapse into attention deficit mode has paid off as the band moved 39k units in it's first week of release -- landing them at the #10 position on the Billboard album sales chart. Mastodon recently posted a short video about the recording of the album, let's take a look at 'Making The Hunter'.