Crack the Skye (CD & DVD) [SPECIAL EDITION] Reviews (by Mastodon)

Crack the Skye (CD & DVD)

Deluxe Edition contains a bonus DVD featuring the making of Crack The Skye. Mastodon has taken hold of the leadership of the New Wave of Progressive Heavy Metal. The band’s 2006 major-label debut Blood Mountain spun off a Grammy nomination and earned Top 5 Best Album Of The Year nods from Kerrang!, Revolver, and Metal Hammer, and a Top 10 at Rolling Stone. Now Crack The Skye, its fourth original studio album, mines subject matter from czarist Russia and astral travel to out-of-body (more…)

13 responses to “Crack the Skye (CD & DVD) [SPECIAL EDITION] Reviews (by Mastodon)”

  1. Orane says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Drop-Tuned “Hemispheres”
    The “prog” versions of various styles of music always seem to be about ten to fifteen years behind. When grunge was popular, prog-metal was suffering from an 80s hair-metal…

  2. Neena says:

    </ div> Mastodon-band is a rare metal in the community, one that enjoys both and is a kind of curse-the current "student-album" syndrome. Each version is so punishing in its technical competence and expertise in craftsmanship songwriting methods, the inevitable question from the beginning of each new release: "Can you top that?" Your little faith prepare to be destroyed. As much as Leviathan new metal for you or your Blood Mountain has ideas of the extreme music and spun it upside down into a product that seamlessly blended infectious hooks and world-class musicianship, Crack The Skye has Mastodon outdoing itself again.
      <br/> <br/> The sound quality is significantly better than the previous releases Mastodon with A-list producer Brendan O'Brien behind the mixer, the latest sound manipulation while retaining the gritty, raw sound , holds the massive range of wild animal, the musical Mastodon. The instrumentation follows suit and there will be no surprise for longtime fans. Hinds and Kelliher's liquid guitars weave together like a pair of crushing pythons locked in a twisted yet beautiful discordant harmony, by Troy Sanders' reliable thunderous bass and Brann Dailor's jazzy and seemingly 8-armed drum style.
      <br/> <br/> As for the album itself, its structure containing waste to the modern-music critic of the theory of the concept album with lyrics dead weaving with a violent act of Czarist Russia and Out-of terrestrial-body experience, while the deep meaning and total uncertainty, the scope for interpretation is unlimited. In a world where the music is cheap theft from the Internet with few consequences, the cohesion of the majority of these was that only 1 song, or 10? "Recordings of your hard disk requirements earned money and a spin on a good stereo system. And no, the iPod does not count. When you buy expect exactly what you last time you bought Mastodon Album: positive and shattered the expectations of deja vous-like belief that they will never be able to top this time. Of course, you were wrong and will no doubt again as long as the mastodon breathes.

  3. Ling says:

    </ div> I, like many, was not sure what to expect of "Crack the Skye." Early reports described it as "spacey" and "scary", with a classic rock feel and the introduction of the mainstream producer Brendan O'Brien, the more questions about the sound. After hearing the album I can say that the change is of fundamental importance: "Crack the Skye" is a prog-metal album, whereas previously mastodon metal band first and foremost when dealing with technical and progressive tendencies. Fortunately, the album is not entirely free in the old mastodon feel with guitarwork and drums should be easily recognizable for any serious fan, the basic songwriting, however, is completely different. Whereas previous work was primarily horizontal, with an emphasis on development through the various sections, "Crack the Skye 'is much more spacious and vertical agreements with dense layers of guitars (sludgy power chords, acoustic arpeggios, often leads Frantic all at once) atop unconventional percussion and synthesizer to support the conventional rhythm section. Perhaps most importantly, the vox, originally barked and howled, are now almost completely ethereal, soaring melodies in the middle of the instrumental maelstrom. The feeling is finally different: while the "Blood Mountain" and "response" to pay into the handset, "Crack the Skye" surrounding him. For this reason, not to "Crack the Skye 'is the sheer visceral power of the" work horse "," Blood and Thunder "or" Capillarian Crest ", and which, like myself, who are primarily metal fans the changes are not quite ideal. Personally, I can not rank them permanently after only 15 or so listens, I seriously doubt I will always like "Crack the Skye" as much as I do, the last three albums. This, however, speaks more to the quality of albums than any weakness on this album is a part. On one level, this makes "Crack the Skye" even more impressive: While Mastodon have deemphasized much of what has brought me to them initially, they still have crafted an excellent album that is sure to the best of the year, and further secures its position as the metal band of the 00s.
      <br/> <br/> Everything said, I was not too excited about my first listen. This is not surprising, since a dense album requires many listens to appreciate, but the relative weakness of the opening titles is also a cause. "Oblivion" and "Divination", most songs are easy to find here what they are accessible and not particularly striking. They are solid, pleasant songs, but, despite the lavish production, amount to little more than an extended intro, a few riffs and vocal lines, followed by a lead fracture. It is always useful to a relatively simple route or two on a tight album like this, but they are not considered to be either wild or catchy as they should be. Here are the more layers, less bruising production holds the album back, but the only other option would be to these songs sound radically different from the other, an unwise choice of style.
      <br/> <br/> happiness, of "Quintessence" on the album is great. Here the dynamics is opened dramatically, with rapid changes between spidery licks, ghostly acoustics, and knotty, pounding riffage. Even better is "Ghost of Karelia", which ratchets the eerie feeling of eastern and adds quick fire time changes, while the title track creates a space-hum atmosphere in which the sludge is simple melodies and piercing vocals occasionally leads over the mass of the sound. None of these three songs was particularly striking at first partly because they are so organically structured, but after a few listens to simple melodies insinuated themselves, and the dense arrangements are fully disclosed. These are great songs, and I have no doubt I will come to like them more.
      <br/> <br/> Interestingly, the epics are the most immediately memorable songs. They are clear: "The Czar" is probably my favorite track, with repetitive, instantly memorable vocal melodies, coupled with a driving, groovy mid-break. Conversely, "The Last Baron" is the conventional style Mastodon track despite the extreme length, with a brutally intense tech-metal mid-break reminiscent of "Blood Mountain" and is supported by Dailor's frenetic fill heavy drums. (The unfortunately something that is usually deemphasized here.) These titles to draw attention to themselves in a way that others do not, but not so much that they seem out of place. You are the center of the album, and perform this task very nicely.
      <br/> <br/> as good as the individual tracks are "Crack the Skye" is better than the sum of its parts, mainly because it is a concept album, which, of course, rather than traditional grand works, if done properly. The plot, a rather strange story of Astral Projection, occult rituals and WWI-era Russia, does not interest me much (although at least it's not as stupid as the loads from the album [Operation: Mindcrime, anyone?]), But it has such a level of unity rare in this genre, and not through the fat and useless, March pyrotechnics that many prog metal albums. "Crack the Skye" is a concept album, but never feels as if it has been artificially in one, if you catch my meaning.
      <br/> <br/> I will curious to see where mastodon go from here. You already have a level of popularity far greater than I thought possible when I first "remission", and in view of the surprising back into prog, Mastodon May continue to rise. Also a part of me would prefer that they return to more metallic arenas, but "Crack the Skye 'is as good a first attempt that it is conceivable that they are far beyond the earlier work in this new style. Whatever they do, I look forward to it eagerly.
      <br/> <br/> Check it out.

  4. Riva says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Change is good.For many years I didn’t like metal–it was repetitive, loud, and generally uninteresting music.

  5. Ryland says:

    </ div> I think for this album Mastodon wrote about 10,000 guitar riffs, and 9500 may be used. Perhaps to mastodon guitar riffs are like snowflakes. Perhaps Mastodon was snowed in for the winter, and wrote a guitar RIFF for each snowflake that they have seen. And then smoked some ganja for every snowflake they saw and arranged a masterpiece of an album. Perhaps they should be called Masterdon.
      <br/> <br/> not as hard as their previous outings, such as Leviathan and Blood Mountain. They are really what you need to Mastodon, and shows us that Mastodon things on their own terms. But I think that we all have come, right? I think it sounds quite natural, and that there was no question at all about what they would do on this album, BLOW our minds! ok? My brain litteraly all over the inside of my car. Remember that scene in Pulp Fiction when John Travolta as Vincent Vega shoots the guy in the backseat of his car? That is what I see, like right now.
      <br/> <br/> Thanks Mastodon

  6. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mastodon continues to evolve their sound and style. Bands like this give me hope that not all modern music is doo-doo.

  7. Uriela says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sure-handed work from a maturing band
    Crack the Skye exhibits an impressive maturation for Mastodon, clarifying and improving their artistry without shedding the fine craftsmanship which makes them distinct and…

  8. Etenia says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I will admit it, I am a Mastodon fan. But, I did not used to be until a few years ago. I disliked them for a long time.

  9. Birdy says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Album of the Year (so far)
    I love the album… specially the first, fourth and seventh song… it’s just amazing!!!! Can’t wait to see them @ NYC

  10. Heloise says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An awesome release
    This is an excellent album.
    As others here have mentioned, this release is not as ‘metal’ as their previous releases but this is a huge leap for this band.

  11. Psyche says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good but not as good…
    This album is really good, but it’s not as good as Blood Mountain, for me. I really dig long, epic songs, which this album has many, in the vain of old Metallica.

  12. Vlad says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fun, psychedelic, art metal
    Crack The Skye is one of there best. I liked it as much as Leviathan and Blood Mountain, my other two favorites. I am really digging their newer stuff.

  13. Luvenia says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hail to the lords of Metal
    Quite simply, this is one of the best metal albums to come out in recent years. While it is only seven tracks long, two of those are long enough to count as several different…

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