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Crack The Skye (CD & DVD)

Released on 23 March 2009

Artist: Mastodon

5.0 out of 5 (9 customer reviews) | Write a review

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  1. Oblivion
  2. Divinations
  3. Quintessence
  4. The Czar / (I) Usurper / (II) Escape / (III) Martyr / (IV) Spiral
  5. Ghost Of Karelia
  6. Crack The Skye
  7. The Last Baron
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Making Of Crack The Skye (55 Min)

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Conceptual metal masters Mastodon return in a whirl of experimental eccentricity with their epic, fourth album, Crack The Skye. Jumping between reality and fantasy, the Grammy-nominated rockers grapple confidently with personal trauma and cosmological speculation to produce a raw-knuckle, mind-bending record that stuns and delights with rock-reshaping musical tangents and lyrical exploration.

Since their formation ten years ago, the Mastodon have delivered three concept albums packed full of banging riffs and poetic prowess, so it's no surprise that Crack The Skye follows route, completing a circle of work the band has constructed around the four elements of classic Greek history. Whilst their 2002 debut, Leviathan, created waves with its focus on water, before highly praised follow-up, Blood Mountain, shook foundations with its theme of earth. Pushing sound and lyrical boundaries, Crack The Skye is Mastodon like you've never heard them before. 'Oblivion' opens the album in a brooding baroque dirge style that builds momentum with layers of cascading drum patterns before reaching a euphoric peak with an infectious and airy chorus. As the record progresses, textures build further, with duelling guitar arrangements, cleverly constructed keyboard structures, and eye-popping screams playing off each other to create a marvellous melodrama that doesn't drop right through to the grandiose finale. Aiding the complex musical structures are the spellbinding vocals of Troy Sanders, pulling you into Mastodon's weird and wonderful world from the off. Whether the lyrics are touching upon real-life tragedy in 'Crack The Skye', interstellar wormholes within 'Divinations', or even Rasputin in the melody-laden 'The Czar', the projection and elemental style in which they're delivered, in line with the running theme, ensures that everything flows naturally within each track and the album as a whole.

This is the sound of Mastodon exploring the depths of their collective identity rather than sticking solely to their signature styles. By experimenting with different musical techniques, the band have developed an impressively expansive record that reveals twists at every turn. Powerful, mystical, and spellbindingly euphoric, Crack The Skye is a highly intelligent and perfectly executed album that is certain to have an impact on the rock genre for many years to come.

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 Average rating (9 reviews)

 Awesome to the power of 10!

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I didn't like Blood Mountain very much and in fact it kind of sullied my opinion of Mastodon after becoming a big fan of them upon hearing the "LIfe Is Blood" EP and buying everything since but I have to say this album is their best album ever and I have been listening to it over and over, not getting fed up of it and I can't remember a time when I have done that.

I would heartily recommend it as musically the sound washes over and at the same time draws from within you. It's a fantastic sound for Mastodon with the vocals being slightly stylised but infinitely listen-able.

Buy this! I still haven't gotten around to watching the DVD.....

 EPIC

| | See all Jay13thstep's reviews (10)

Im not into giving 10/10 reviews (or 5/5 in this case)-nothings perfect...but this album has something about it, its so truly epic I think it could go down as a classic. I dont think much of Mastodons other albums to be honest, too much mindless screaming, however this doesnt have a single scream on there and is beautifulltysung. It sounds like Black Sabbath/Pink Ffloyd with obvious 'heavier' bits - its so well crafted. The bonus DVD with this one is well worth a watch too - about 2 hours of watchable footage (not just shakey cameras with the band messing about - its actually quite informative about the recording process). I hope to catch these guys touring in the UK to see how they pull this masterpiece of live!

 One of the best

| | See all jayriley's reviews (13)

well. i never have been a big mastodon fan but i heard they had a new album so decided to give it a listen and i am competely blown away. For a while i have been waiting for an album as good as machine head's blackning. and this album got 10/10 in metalhammer so i hear i am. its suh an epic album

 Exceptional

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Though 'Leviathan' is one of my favourite albums, for some reason I have never really rated 'Blood Mountain' and so was unsure of how 'Crack The Skye' would turn out. My doubts have been well and truly swept away: 'Crack The Skye' is a stunning rock album filled with the same distinct qualities that keep Mastodon sounding like no-one else around for example the country influences and eastern sounding harmonies but they have also made a lot more use of their fantastic sense of melody with massive choruses, instantly memorable riffs and some genuinely beautiful and epic passages (check some of the clean/acoustic work on The Czar and Crack The Skye as well as the great vocal lines in the very same songs).

Once again this album has many layers and you are likely to notice some new subtle nuance every time you listen to any one of it's seven tracks but it is less 'dense' than previous Mastodon material and so will undoubtedly be a lot easier for new listeners to get into.

2009 could (and should) be the year that Mastodon really make it into the big leagues and get the kind of rewards that such a stunning album deserves.

10/10

 mastodon cant do any wrong

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Mastodon have been my favourite band for a long long time now and they could probably could put out any kind of music and i would buy it love it, this album is no exception. Its very atmospheric and chilled in places and very original. The melodic sinigng theyve gone for more is spot on, harmonys sounding mind blowing. Really does make you feel like your floating around in space. If you like metal, rock or perhaps even ambient music, you can get down to this. :D.

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