Mastodon
Crack the Skye


5.0
classic

Review

by crackerjack USER (1 Reviews)
May 14th, 2013 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A stone throw away from oblivion.

This album has a whole lot of versatility to it. It starts of with this spacey thrash sound in "Oblivion" as if you can picture falling into a vortex as the song transitions to a more sludge sound that is traditional to Mastodon but this time it is a lot more watered down which is usually a set up for disaster in most sludge metal albums but in this they executed every transition perfectly while containing a core mastodon drum beat that we all know and love. The guitars are as technical as ever just with more melody than riff.

As it progresses the songs solos get more and more melodic and in a very stylish way that the back to back licks. As the album progresses to the second track "Deviations" it offers a combination of groove, melody and symphony all in one place which in most sludge metal bands is hard to come by. The melodies are unforgettable and the solos are melded with the song so well it is like falling through the vast corners of space.

The album then slows down to a melodic trip and some weird grunge chord chorus that seems sudden at first and a bit queer but as the song progresses in fuses and it becomes a trend of beauty that is so unique you get captivated by the grooves and transitions that are so bizarre that it compiles to a great song of as it states "Quintessence."

Then the album hits its high point at the fourth and longest song "The Czar." This song transitions from a spacey intro that seems like a Lullaby to a soft melody of guitar as it plays into its main beat and groove which will forever stand as an iconic piece by this great band. The song is as if "Pink Floyd" went metal, this song has the lyrical content of symbolical and personal value which goes along with the groove that the drums and phenomenal bass provide, and that's just the beginning. As the song progresses it slowly picks up into a harder version of the melody and its aggression shines through as you reach the core of the universe the somewhat "Leviathan" trademark melodic grove rhythms come to life to bring power and velocity to the song as it builds up seeming like you are in the most intense portions of space until it drops down to a lower calm until picking you up almost immediately and lowering you to an equilibrium of melody and soft grooves with an amazing solo that does more than shine through to the albums main feature as it travels to another groove and back to the original melody.

The theme of space is something strongly emphasized in this record. It holds a strong connection to the stars above and the album stays at the level it reaches after "The Czar." The album is overall trippy metal and this album in my opinion is their landmark as a masterpiece of an album. My personal favorite Mastodon record it has so much to offer on such a small track list and I highly recommend it to every metal-head. This album is a stone throw away from oblivion.


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    More prog than metal, but will be easily appreciated by fans of either....

    Idioteque (5)
    An album to drown in...

    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....

  • Will C. (4.5)
    Mastodon makes a humongous change in their style and takes the listener into a void of unc...

    sulkenigma (4.5)
    This is an album that can be described as epic with or without any irony......

    Darkvoid67 (3.5)
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    therayder (4.5)
    A mysterious, haunting, and fantastic journey across the cosmos, courtesy of Mastodon...

  • Professor (4)
    Unlike many progressive metal bands, Mastodon just can't stop progressing....

    potsos (4.5)
    Crack the Skye finds Mastodon continuing to tip the scales toward prog-metal vision, clean...

    Edmund Blackadder (4)
    Mastodon create another great album with few flaws that appeals to both old and new fans....

    quinny1989 (4.5)
    Simply Fantastic....

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    If the evolution found on this record is the destiny of Mastodon, then metal's collective ...

    Sean (4.5)
    An amazing successor to the critically acclaimed "Blood Mountain". Mastodon continue their...

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

    IronGenesis (4.5)
    Crack the Skye is a musically polished output and arguably Mastodon's most technically foc...

  • Fugue (4)
    Crack the Skye is Mastodon's proggiest album to date, showing a vast maturity in the band ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
PumpBoffBag
May 14th 2013


327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review could do with some more body and the structuring is a little off, but not bad for a first. I really like this album.

Artuma
May 14th 2013


15442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

try next to analyze the album as a whole rather than song by song, this is still pretty good for a first review. you should probably read some staff reviews to see what a professional review looks like.

pos'd anyway, keep it up

Digging: Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Den sorgligaste musiken i varlden

johnnydeking29
May 14th 2013


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for reminding me of this album's existence; I ordered the cd for £3 just now, am sick of only having Blood Mountain
Have a pos for that

Digging: Warren of Ohms - The Wolf and The Fox

NapalmCrusader
May 14th 2013


1737 Comments


Album is sick. Prefer Leviathan but this work has some crazy shit, besides the 2 singles are catchy and solid

SonofSnow
May 14th 2013


702 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably my favorite Mastodon record.

Pestiferous
May 14th 2013


1340 Comments


best mastodon by far

DrHouseSchuldiner
May 14th 2013


5643 Comments


Leviathan >>

Pestiferous
May 14th 2013


1340 Comments


rong

but nice dig anyway : D

DrHouseSchuldiner
May 14th 2013


5643 Comments


Ya dude album rips !

DominionMM1
May 14th 2013


10215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

remission >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


have a pos anyway

oltnabrick
May 14th 2013


31292 Comments


Rip mastodon











6
6
6

Digging: Chief Keef - Back From The Dead 2

Pestiferous
May 14th 2013


1340 Comments


when did they die?

facupm
May 14th 2013


8378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Remission is their worse, along with the Hunter

This rules

facupm
May 14th 2013


8378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd

CosmicPie
May 14th 2013


1078 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Their best. I haven't been able to listen to The Hunter all the way through because of how good this is. Hunter is a pile of Sasquatch shit in comparison.

oltnabrick
May 14th 2013


31292 Comments


Hunter is a pile of Sasquatch shit [2]












jk

InbredJed
May 15th 2013


6101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"It starts of with this spacey thrash sound in "Oblivion" as if you can picture falling into a vortex as the song transitions to a more sludge sound that is traditional to Mastodon but this time it is a lot more watered down which is usually a set up for disaster in most sludge metal albums but in this they executed every transition perfectly while containing a core mastodon drum beat that we all know and love. "

You call that a sentence?


RIP Mastodon [2]



SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2013


4453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

The Last Baron!!!

oltnabrick
May 15th 2013


31292 Comments


fucked a butt

666 m/ RIP satan thrash moog



150 stacks all night and all day because fuck it I'm paid

InbredJed
May 15th 2013


6101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Last Baron!?!

It's 6 different songs back to back that don't flow into one another.

If it were not for Hearts Alive maybe I could let it go, there is no excuse for this band to write something as disjointed as this album, or TLB.



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