Mastodon
Crack the Skye


5.0
classic

Review

by Idioteque USER (8 Reviews)
June 6th, 2012 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album to drown in


There are certain albums that are so overwhelmingly accessible, powerful and catchy that the listener can absorb them completely in a single listen, for example Thrice's Major/Minor and Rush's Moving Pictures. This albums are continually rewarding and can be listened to again and again to great effect, but the listener can enjoy them for the first time just as much as the thrity seventh, in short, they are not growers.

Crack the Skye is not one of these albums, although it may appear to be to start with, since the choking atmosphere of mystery and the occult is very forward and makes advances on the listener before they have even started listening. Just look at the artwork. It has a trippy spiral and a mystical bear. I don't think that I have ever found anything more metal or musically enticing than a ****** mysical bear. I knew that I was going to give this a perfect rating as soon as I saw that artwork, before I knew who had made the album. Anyway, although the listener may think that they totally 'get' this album on first listen, they are wrong because the shroud of ethereal smoke and aether will gradually fall away with each listener, leaving Crack the Skye more and more exposed, until she is completely naked. And trust me, she's pretty damn fine.

At this point in the review, it would probably be a good idea to actually comment on the music, which I would happily do if I had heard the album. However, since I knew as soon as I heard about it that this was an album that one could simply purchase, stare at and appreciate the vibe of, I have never felt the need to view it as a piece of music. If you don't agree with me, and have (heaven forbid) heard Crack the Skye, then you are missing out and are too shallow to understand.

However, I can tell you what each track means, and that is far more important than what it sounds like. Oblivion is not so much of a song as a gaseous expanse of deepness. Divinations is the mind**** of the album and will blast you into the 7th dimension where you will be raped by tentacles of the future and tendrils conesmoke. Quintessence perfectly conveys a waterfall of emotions, which consists mainly of trauma, but there's a lot of anger and there too. And pizza. The Czar is a spiritual recreation of STASI prison camps and Ghost of Karelia is basically Megadeth's Lucretia with a battleaxe. Crack the Skye is a towering laserbeam that tries oh-so-hard to hit the metal-as-**** mystical bear, but the bear is supreme, so it fails. Finally, The Last Baron is a whirlwind that waxes and wanes, but mostly wanes, until it resembles more of an upside-down pine tree than a proper tornado.

Well, Crack the Skye is deeper than your average ocean and more expansive than space itself. It is an album that will possess you before you can say "But there's a bear", and I have no idea what it's going to do to me when I listen to it



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    A stone throw away from oblivion....

    Hernan M. Campbell STAFF (4.7)
    The Mystical, the Heavy, and the Prog....

    Will Forest (4.5)
    This is the shooting star and the bright halo for all that Mastodon stands for....

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    sulkenigma (4.5)
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    therayder (4.5)
    A mysterious, haunting, and fantastic journey across the cosmos, courtesy of Mastodon...

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    Unlike many progressive metal bands, Mastodon just can't stop progressing....

    potsos (4.5)
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    Sean (4.5)
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    Nick Greer EMERITUS (2)
    A strange journey into the occult that leaves the listener with an earful of amazing riffs...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
IdiotequeCigar
June 6th 2012


369 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I figured it was about time I wrote a review

johnnydeking29
June 6th 2012


9215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

potsy, have you read this???

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

KILL
June 6th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Wolfhorde
June 6th 2012


13643 Comments


LADY LIBERTY'S GOT BALLS

KILL
June 6th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://oi47.tinypic.com/9uul9t.jpg

johnnydeking29
June 6th 2012


9215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Read it, apaz he hasn't actually listened to it

KILL
June 6th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://oi47.tinypic.com/9uul9t.jpg

johnnydeking29
June 6th 2012


9215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"At this point in the review, it would probably be a good idea to actually comment on the music, which I would happily do if I had heard the album"

IdiotequeCigar
June 6th 2012


369 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Judging by the 1/2 pos rate, this site is only half as deep as me

johnnydeking29
June 6th 2012


9215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, just half as high as you

MeatSalad
June 6th 2012


14627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


"At this point in the review, it would probably be a good idea to actually comment on the music, which I would happily do if I had heard the album"

Pos

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

KatatoNick
June 6th 2012


128 Comments


"At this point in the review, it would probably be a good idea to actually comment on the music, which I would happily do if I had heard the album"

Pos (2)


DiceMan
June 6th 2012


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tentacles of the future

johnnydeking29
June 6th 2012


9215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a towering laserbeam that tries oh-so-hard to hit the metal-as-**** mystical bear, but the bear is supreme, so it fails

TooLateToGoBack
June 6th 2012


1775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"At this point in the review, it would probably be a good idea to actually comment on the music, which I would happily do if I had heard the album"

Pos [3]


ViralOblivion
June 7th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Too shallow to understand? Wow you're an asshole it's called different opinions Some people won't like this compared to their older stuff even tho this is a awesome album.

scissorlocked
June 7th 2012


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

falling from graaaaaceee coause i've been away to looong

Digging: Traumprinz - All The Things

IdiotequeCigar
June 7th 2012


369 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ViralOblivion you are a dipshit; you took that completely out of context. Read the review properly

renegadestrings
June 7th 2012


1450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i want so badly to pos this

IdiotequeCigar
June 7th 2012


369 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Go for it



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