Mastodon
Crack the Skye


4.5
superb

Review

by Will Forest USER (23 Reviews)
January 5th, 2012 | 27 replies | 2,358 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the shooting star and the bright halo for all that Mastodon stands for.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Every so often, there is a band out there that might be masters of particular genre, and even though they go headstrong through their entire career, they still feel it necessary to explore a new territory and mark their ground where they can. Many popular bands do this all around us. Korn did it with Follow the Leader, Papa Roach kind of did it with Getting Away With Murder, Linkin Park did it with Minutes to Midnight, and many others. Changing your style and trying to capture a wider variety of fans is often a very risky task and can cost a band the remainder of their career. It's a trial and error system, and frankly, Mastodon has skipped over this and went straight for the throat.

Crack The Skye is an album that broadens Mastodon's music beyond space. Where their previous albums like Leviathan provided heavy vocals and raging instrumentals like a standard grunge group would, now, they have softened their sound to more melodic intonation, and have reduced the wretchedness of their vocals. That simply put, Mastodon have completely reinvented their sound and are no longer extending a natural sound from a previous album.

As far as metal goes, a lot of immature bands tend to import their sound from many other bands of a similar stature, and often recreate their sound using inspiration from a very slim source. Mastodon on the other hand, as clearly portrayed in this album, create their own unique sound. When album opens up with the beginning riff, and carries into the verse, and you get a clear shot at Brent's new clean vocals, and melodic guitars, you get your first taste of Mastodon's new stand. As phenomenal as this new sound appears, it only gets better. "Oblivion" is the hit single off this album, but it is not necessarily the best of this album. A lot of the twin guitar battles don’t exist anymore, and the drumming isn’t as rapid and fast-paced as their previous albums. Everything instrumentally is about sharing the stage, and the vocals back it all up well.

"Divinations" is the lesser example of superiority this album portrays as far as their new sound goes, but it does have some nostalgia aspects to it considering it is the closest this album has to offer resembling anything from their past. Harder riffs and slightly harsher vocals compliment the song very well, but ultimately fail to match up with anything from the remainder of this album. "Quintessence" is easily the best song on the album. As much controversy as that bold statement will cause, not only did this song set the perfect tone for metal prodigy, "The Czar", It also exemplified the album's most spectacular guitar, bass, and vocal moments on the album. The verse is an ever expanding beat that prepares for the best chorus on the album. The bass for this song is more than just grooving in the background, it’s a crowd control. The bass for this song mostly, but the album as a whole as well, sets the volume for the album and prevents other instruments from getting too excited. Also, the bass is more upfront. When other instruments go into a constant melodic stage, the bass and drums or vocals can come in and finish the job.

When the album is all finished, it is final that this album has no issue as far as outdoing everything in it. Unlike previous albums, Mastodon's Crack The Skye truly portrays a better style for the group. As good as the other albums were this style would complement the band the most. As much controversy as this album acclaimed, be it good or bad critique, it is easily Mastodon's best album to date. Almost everything the band does in this album is 100% organized and consistent. The composure for this album was very well done, and hopefully, this new style will last for a while.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ffs
January 5th 2012



4857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

pretty boring album

MrBirdoWordo
January 5th 2012



236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably my favourite mastodon album along with leviathan of course

linkjerk
January 5th 2012



311 Comments


beats the hunter

^^true

HenchmanOfSanta
January 5th 2012



1857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol Papa Roach

Restrikted
January 5th 2012



1889 Comments


album ruled mmmm/

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2012



23801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this album is so gud

linkjerk
January 5th 2012



311 Comments


as good as it was, i think its reinvention in the hunter kind of fell behind some of their previous stuff

Restrikted
January 5th 2012



1889 Comments


wut

Pentagon
January 5th 2012



1998 Comments


'Korn did it with Follow the Leader, Papa Roach kind of did it with Getting Away With Murder, Linkin Park did it with Minutes to Midnight, and many others.'

Do you really have to use these shitty examples?

Restrikted
January 5th 2012



1889 Comments


Yeah that was honestly mortifying to read

linkjerk
January 5th 2012



311 Comments


omg, shut the hell up, i thought it'd be necessary to throw in some examples.

Restrikted
January 5th 2012



1889 Comments


Well..

Restrikted
January 5th 2012



1889 Comments


Using 'did' to describe something? C'mon dude..

linkjerk
January 5th 2012



311 Comments


what? what the hell is wrong with that? EXPLAIN?!?!?!?!?! they DID it in the past, get it in your little blonde drunk on MD spzzoid head!!!

Restrikted
January 5th 2012



1889 Comments


insulting me isn't doing anything lol dude you take everything too seriously

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2012



3353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as much as I tried to get into this album, I still think The Hunter is better

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

linkjerk
January 5th 2012



311 Comments


"insulting me isn't doing anything lol dude you take everything too seriously"

dude, take a joke lol. but yeah, this site gets on my ass/nerves sumtimes.

Restrikted
January 5th 2012



1889 Comments


little blonde drunk on MD spzzoid head!!!

Is that supposed to be the joke


???

linkjerk
January 5th 2012



311 Comments


wow dude really? of course it is! you duuuumb you duuuuumb

dumb restrikted is dumb

Restrikted
January 5th 2012



1889 Comments


You can't tell im being sarcastic?

Good job



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