Mastodon
Crack the Skye


4.5
superb

Review

by quinny1989 USER (6 Reviews)
April 6th, 2009 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Simply Fantastic.

As heavy as MC Hammer’s pants and as powerful as Muhammad Ali’s right hook, Mastodon’s fourth studio album “Crack the Skye” is finally here. Following the success of “Blood Mountain”, Mastodon have conjured up yet another marvellous, metal, masterpiece. Like all good metal music there are riffs aplenty, shredding in the most ferocious sense of the word and shrieks and howls like an overweight person in Gregg’s, who has just been told all the sausage rolls have gone. Unlike most metal records however, this album only has seven songs in which to blow your mind and convince you that these boys really can play. Seven. Snow White only had seven Dwarfs and she seemed content enough, but unlike the dwarfs, these songs will not make you sleepy or indeed grumpy, but they will promise to make you happy. Very happy.
The first single off the album, “Divinations”, has to be one of the strongest tracks on the record, with its brutal and sometimes monstrous guitar-bashing riffs and venomous vocals, Mastodon certainly made the right decision to make this the initial song that showcased what the public could expect from “Crack The Skye”. The second single from the record “Oblivion” is again a strong contender for track of the album. Combining perishing guitar strings and vigorous drum beats, this track showcases that drummer Brann Dailor can do a lot more than just tap the steal, but he can also rip a chord or two himself. Even the two songs that overstep the ten minute mark, “ The Czar: I. Usurper II. Escape III. Martyr IV. Spiral” and “The Last Baron”, mange to not only maintain your attention, but also capture it and rock the hell out of it.
This is defiantly going to be a contender for album of 2009 and should defiantly be a must have for all metal fans, old or new. Maybe then the seven gems of pure musical genius should not be in fact compared to our height restricted friends, but to the works of director John Sturges and his epic western film, The Magnificent Seven. Mastodon may not yet have the stardom that Yul Brynner or Steve McQueen had, but if they continue to make records as astute and magnificent as this, they can certainly look forward to it in the future.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
lauriej
April 6th 2009


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and rock the hell out of it

ugh i hate phrases like that

and "defiantly" is a different word to "definitely", please fix that spelling error.

in addition, the review doesn't really go into much detail and reads like a metal magazine hype article. just sayin

This Message Edited On 04.06.09

BallsToTheWall
April 6th 2009


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"and shrieks and howls like an overweight person in Gregg’s, who has just been told all the sausage rolls have gone". FTW.


OllieS
April 6th 2009


2037 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah the "u" is pretty much unforgivable

Phantom
April 6th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"in addition, the review doesn't really go into much detail and reads like a metal magazine hype article. just sayin"

This. Really hyperbolic and no substance.

This Message Edited On 04.06.09

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2009


7427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with the hype comments.

Also some of the descritions you use aren't really very descriptive. For example, what the hell do "venomous vocals" sound like?

It has potential to be a decent review, but its structure makes it pretty hard to read, and it's a bit short imo.

lauriej
April 6th 2009


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

VENOMOUS VOCALS

PERISHING GUITAR STRINGS

k i'll stop now this is getting cruel.

quinny1989
April 6th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

constructive critisicm how i enjoy it =)

KYZAR
April 6th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sounds like you don't listen to much metal, becaues you say its, metal, music, like its a forigen substance. It's Mastodon people should assume it's metal. Also SO WHAT if it has 7 songs! Metallicas incredible Master of Puppets only had 8 songs, don't see why it deserves so much focus of the review. Just saying.

Waior
April 6th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Weird, weird similes, my friend. Weird.

It could be longer, more descriptive and it could definitely contain less dwarfs, sausages and MC Hammer pants.

lauriej
April 6th 2009


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol @ Waior

Fugue
April 6th 2009


7354 Comments


I agree about the strange similies that you use, I found it a little disconcerting. It's not a bad review by any means, I've seen a lot worse, and I'll let you off as it is your first :-)

Typo here

and “The Last Baron”, mange to not only


lauriej
April 6th 2009


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's not his first...

Fugue
April 6th 2009


7354 Comments


Wow, my eyesight is fucked...

lauriej
April 6th 2009


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

heh, too much time in front of the pc methinks.

Fugue
April 6th 2009


7354 Comments


Yeah to be honest that's probably the case.

To reviewer: You also might want to space out the paragraphs slightly.

lauriej
April 6th 2009


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

same, same.
ah, i forgot to touch on that. some paragraphing might also silence the people who are saying it's too short (which it is, but thats not the problem)

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2009


8391 Comments


Quote mutatedfreek: Wow, my eyesight is fucked...

NOt really. The man just managed to churn out 5 reviews today, maybe you looked at this when he only had one done. He just added 4 really quickly

EDIT: shit now my eyesight is fooling me, he actually did only 2 today. Need moar sleep i guessThis Message Edited On 04.06.09

lauriej
April 6th 2009


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he's had 5 up for around 4 hours

Fugue
April 6th 2009


7354 Comments


I've been online far too much recently.

Oh well if he's done 5 today then I have another piece of advice, SLOW DOWN kiddo. Read the ol' constructive criticism and use whatever you learn for future reviews.

Edit: OK two in a day is nowhere near as bad.
This Message Edited On 04.06.09

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2009


7427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the problem is that these two are nowhere near as good as the other three, which were pretty decent



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