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Crack the Skye [CD]

Mastodon Audio CD
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Mastodon have never really done anything the “conventional” way. The Atlanta-based band formulated their own brand of highly-skilled hard rock over a decade ago when others were rehashing 80s metal, and went on to mastermind a string of complex concept albums while much of the music world was centered on making digestible singles. The fact that Mastodon has received an outpouring ... Read more in Amazon's Mastodon Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B001R4MEYI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Oblivion 5:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Divinations 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Quintessence 5:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Czar: Usurper/Escape/Martyr/Spiral10:54Album Only
Listen  5. Ghost Of Karelia 5:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Crack The Skye 5:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Last Baron13:00Album Only


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Mastodon, like their namesake, are big, hairy and pretty damn unstoppable when they get going. The band's last album, the wonderful Blood Mountain, saw them on the cusp of really perfecting their part prog/part metal, pagan philosophy. but this fourth one sees them come up with an album that may be filled with an almost impenetrable concept, yet contains such an invigorating merger of styles as to make it very accessible indeed.

You'd imagine that Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy) would love this band. Dark magic(k), astral travelling and the role of Rasputin in the downfall of Czarist Russia (on the epic centrepiece, Czar) may come across as comic book concepts writ large, but one cannot fault any band who at least try and give people more than songs about their own lifestyles or limited political agendas. Comparisons to the Mars Volta or even Muse's last album are valid here. Mastodon break free of crushing stereotypes to make Crack The Skye in turns fearsome and beautiful. There's even a banjo at the beginning of the single, Divinations.

It's to the constant detriment of 'metal' as a label that lazy journalism dictates that it's somehow comical, monolithic and essentially unintelligent. Yet it would be interesting to see say, Coldplay or U2 come up with something this ambitious, intricate and still downright rocking. This is the sound of band stretching themselves to their limit and giving us more than we probably deserve.

The adoption of Springsteen's current producer of choice, Brendan O'Brien, may seem odd for a band who use the 'stun' setting on their guitars as often as possible. But O'Brien's as comfortable with the 'classic pop/rock' of Matthew Sweet as he is with the four-to-the-floorisms of AC/DC. A careful listen reveals textures and effects so brilliantly myriad as to make the album one which gives something new on every listen.

This is a great leap forward for the Atlanta foursome and should be heard far beyond the confines of the Kerrang! readership. Inventive rock: who would have thought it in this day and age? On this evidence, unlike their namesake, they won't be extinct soon. --Jerome Blakeney

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 1 April 2009
By Kikbox
Format:Audio CD
The trend from Leviathan and Blood Mountain is for the music to be evolving every time. Each album gets richer, bigger sounding and dare I say it for some Metal fans more melodic. Crack the Skye follows the trend perfectly. Its still got a hardcore heart, but anyone focussing on that element is missing the point. Mastodon are about the music and not the label. For me this album is grown up metal. Sometimes the harder the music the less the affect. You need the light to appreciate the dark. This album has both in spades. Every listen I can't help but be impressed with the sheer talent of the musicianship and vision and scope of the sound. The sound quality is awesome, some really great production on this album, as with their last two. This album should go down as an all time great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How do they keep doing it 24 Mar 2009
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I don't know how Mastodon do it, but once again they've managed to release an album that tops their previous effort as career highlight; Mastodon just keep getting better and better. Crack The Skye takes the ball 'Blood Mountain,' brought and runs with it, The music is even more progressive, even more virtuosic and the material is even more dense.

Somehow Mastodon have also simultaneously reinvented themselves and stayed true to their trademark sound at the same time. The jangly, awkward riffs are the same and the complex jazzy drumming is the same, but the music has a fresh, cleaner and at first glance more 'listenable,' air to it; in addition to this the production is amazing, the artwork is in keeping with the tone of all Mastodon artwork to date and once again the album is a concept album. No doubt a few fans in Remission T-shirts will still label this album as a sell out despite the fact that this is Mastodon's least commercial offering to date due to the length, density and originality of the music.

Fans of the direction Mastodon started to take with Leviathan and especially with Blood Mountain will welcome Crack The Skye as the next logical step; praising the numerous guitar solos, haunting clean vocals and entertaining lyrics. Everything you'd expect in terms of passion and performance is represented here and represented in stronger doses than ever before. The album is bursting with new ideas, with exciting bass lines, complicated time shifts and yet all the force you'd expect from the band who wrote Remission.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but disappointing...[SEE EDIT THOUGH] 8 July 2009
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
I'm afraid I'm also going to have to agree with those who find "Crack The Skye" a little disappointing. It just seems that on first listen there was nothing that jumped out to me - after a few more listens I started to appreciate "Oblivion" and the "Escape" part of "The Czar" but everything else merges into a bit of a prog-mess. Not that I don't like progressive music, it just seems that Mastodon have tried too hard to create a prog album and not just stuck to what they do best - beastly riffs, hard rocking tunes with the occasional (don't get me wrong - fantastic) daliance into experimentation.

One doesn't need to watch the special edition DVD to realise they were heavily influenced by 70s prog-rock/metal (where they openly refer to such inspiration) when making this album - there are some overt (almost plaigarised) moments of Black Sabbath and even on the DVD Mastodon openly call the main riff in "Escape" as being the 'Randy-riff' (or something like that) as it is only a few notes different from the opening riff to "Crazy Train".

There just doesn't seem to be any of the devastating riffs like as heard in most of Leviathon (e.g. end of "Seabeast", middle section of "Megalodon", main riff of "Iron Tusk" etc...), there doesn't seem to be any of the all out rocking like in "The Wolf is Loose", "Blood and Thunder" and "Crystal Skull", and there seems to be too much non-descript prog that goes nowhere unlike the genius of previous tunes such as "Sleeping Giant", "Naked Burn" and "This mortal soil".

Having said all that I do enjoy the album but (in my opinion) it is nowhere near the brilliance of Leviathon or Blood Mountain. The DVD on the special edition is really good actually - great to see how the album was made and to see the personalities of the band members.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mastodon Evolving 18 April 2009
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I recently had the opportunity to listen to all 4 Mastodon albums in order on a long car journey and it made for interesting listening. You can hear the bands sound evolving. The first album is raw in your face metal, interesting but not for the squeemish. By the time you get to this album the sound has become more commercial (For want of a better word). That is not to say it is commercial, this is not the Black album and won't appeal to non fans of heavy music. And that is not a bad thing, this is still very much Mastodon. It takes a few more listens to get into this album than the previous albums, but it is definitely worth the effort. It is an excellent album but I can't see it breaking them into the really big time, but that's fine they have managed to evolve without sacrificing that essential Mastodon sound. Recommended!!
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