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CRACK THE SKYE

Mastodon

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.05 | 488 ratings

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Starhammer
Prog Reviewer
5 stars "Spiraling up through the crack in the sky..."

Before listening to 'Crack the Skye' my only previous foray into the world of sludge metal was through the ultimately disappointing 'Precambrian' by The Ocean, and to be completely honest I wasn't exactly blown away by this album to start off with. But over time, I grew accustomed to the nasal drawls and really started to appreciate the intricate musicianship. Nowadays it's one of my very favourite releases from a congested year of very high standards. In short, it has proven itself to be a masterpiece.

A concept album which follows the astral journey of a paraplegic through space, and ultimately into an alternative Czarist Russia. With an underlying story as interesting as the music itself, Crack the Skye would easily win the award for 'Best Concept 2009' if it wasn't for the unfortunate coincidence that it was released in the same year as Kalisia's 'Cybion'.

Musically it is by far Mastodon's most progressive to date, the rampant drumming is still there, but has been toned down and given way to more carefully constructed compositions. The two which stand-out are the two longest, The Czar and The Last Baron. That said, there isn't even a hint of weakness on this release and the other five are also excellent.

The Verdict: Mastodon's finest hour.

Starhammer | 5/5 |

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