Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2009 Ratings: #42 / 874
Year End Rank: #32
User Score
Based on 212 ratings
2009 Ratings: #8
Liked by 9 people
March 24, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Reprise / Label
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The thing with Mastodon is that their albums do take time and involvement to get the most out of them. They make albums filled with themes and musical gymnastics that need a serious investment on the part of the listener. On the flipside of this is the fact that they also make albums crammed full of frantic drumming and seriously heavy riffs. In other words there's enough visceral thrills to provide the most meat headed of music fan with instant gratification.


First off: Mastodon's album concepts are officially out of control. It's one thing to base an entire album on Herman Melville's Moby Dick, as the Atlanta band did on 2004's amazing Leviathan. But when you're making a record about a kid who experiments with astral travel and then goes through a wormhole and meets Rasputin and Rasputin enters his body to escape assassination, or something, you've pushed this whole thing way, way further than it needed to be pushed.

I interviewed guitarist Bill Kelliher a couple of weeks back, and he sighed deeply before delving into the story, and it took him a good five minutes or so just to get through the thing. That's a bit much.

So I listened to this album yesterday once, knowing it was a concept album but honestly not really listening to the lyrics, I do admit at times I can get very lazy listening to albums. Usually with concept albums I do try to be attentive to the lyrics and such, but I listened to the first two tracks and honestly got so confused with all the big boy words I just gave up. Like how was I supposed to know what Khlysty meant on first listen? I did end up thinking, just purely on the sound that this ... read more
When progressive metal with strong sludge metal elements intertwines with heavy psychedelic and stoner metal, everything is good.
Then you're like, "Wait, it's Mastodon!?"
And that's when shit goes 100.
Mastodon's most thought-provoking and intense listen yet? It very well could be.
But they're all great.
Crack the Skye is unreal.
And here is what I have to say about it: this is quite possibly the most impressive album I have ever heard in my life. The fact that this is just seven ... read more
Few albums with so heavy a back story rip this goddamn hard, but I mean, if anyone is gonna pull it off...
ok jack we get it stfu
(jk love ya but please be patient with me when it comes to prog rock/metal stuff)
One of the selection of albums I consider perfect, ages like fine wine and only gets better every time you listen to it.
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Track List

  1. Oblivion
  2. Divinations
  3. Quintessence
  4. The Czar
    1. Usurper
    2. Escape
    3. Martyr
    4. Spiral
  5. Ghost of Karelia
  6. Crack the Skye
  7. The Last Baron
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