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5.0 out of 5 stars The ghost and the machine, 24 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Crack the Skye (Audio CD)
I have Mastodon's previous releases, all of which i liked, but i always had slight reservations, because i could never spend too much time on them, my concentration would wander for some reason, was it that they weren't heavy enough ? were they trying to be too clever ? too ambitious? too pretenious. I've just played Crack the Skye 6 times in a row, problem solved,all they needed was a slight tweek here & there in their well oiled machine. Mastodon have refined their sound abit, come up with some fantastic & haunting melodies,ghostly but hooky choruses, the beautiful bits are more beautiful, the brutality although still brutal is more controlled. They've actually learned how to write a song or two. No doubt the hardcore fans will be disappointed saying the band have sold out, not so. They've just matured their sound and all the better for it. The busiest drummer in the world is still earning his wages + overtime, the complex arrangments & progression is very much at the front, just check out 9 1/2 glorious minutes of The Czar,wallow in how it twists and turns. This 37 minute gem is a short but magical journey. The only let down is, like all the finest hard rock albums. Its all over too quick & its back to the beginning to see what mystical delights you missed last time around. Its sounds as if the last couple of years of touring previous release Blood Mountain have really paid off because this is a work of slight genius. I really hope they don't keep us too long before the next release.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2009 12:20:46 GMT
Matt Pucci says:
Dude, how did you get a copy of this a full month before its release?! No fair...

Posted on 17 Mar 2009 19:42:24 GMT
J. Nagl says:
"This 37 minute gem is a short but magical journey. The only let down is, like all the finest hard rock albums. Its all over too quick"

Sounds like you haven't heard the entire album, since it closes with The Last Baron, a full-on 13 minute whopper, giving the album a respectable 50 minutes. Other than that, you're spot on!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2009 20:18:13 GMT
The leaked version doing the rounds before it's proper release date was missing the last track.

It's a wee bit overrated in my opinion as I'm still a big fan of Remission; the album that got me into them in the first place - but still, Mastodon are a cut above 90% of heavy bands around these days. I'm really enjoying 'Oblivion' and the title track with Scott Kelly.
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