Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2009 Ratings: #48 / 834
Year End Rank: #31
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Based on 91 ratings
2009 Ratings: #10
March 24, 2009 / Release Date
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90
musicOMH

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.

80
Pitchfork

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.

morningsbell
60
ok jack we get it stfu
(jk love ya but please be patient with me when it comes to prog rock/metal stuff)
notbuzzzila
100
One of my favorite progressive metal albums of all time. Blows me away with every listen. Completely timeless and wholly original, Mastodon is one of the greatest metal bands of the modern era.
slickleg
100
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.
amygoodall
80
good
BradTasteMusic
69
Its alright. Probably just not for me
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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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