Mastodon – Crack the Skye
Niyaz Pirani and Clint Keaton on the digital ones and twos, providing you with music reviews and news!
This week we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of Mastodon’s Crack the Skye.
Fire, Water, and Earth. Mastodon has addressed almost all of the classic elements in their concept albums (air being the exception), but there is one mystic element that serves as the basis for Crack the Skye: aether.
We discuss the spiritual, ethereal textures of epic tracks such as “The Czar” and Niyaz’s personal favorite, “The Last Baron”, to the otherworldly tones of Clint’s favorite, “Ghosts of Karelia.”
We take you on Mastodon’s wild ride from paraplegic wormhole travellers, to the mysterious Russian mystic Rasputin, to the tragedy of drummer/singer Brann Dailor’s sister, Skye’s passing.
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All tracks written by Mastodon, except “Crack the Skye” (additional lyrics by Scott Kelly).
- Oblivion – 5:46
- Divinations – 3:38
- Quintessence – 5:27
- The Czar – 10:54
- I. “Usurper”
- III. “Martyr”
- IV. “Spiral”
- Ghost of Karelia – 5:24
- Crack the Skye (featuring Scott Kelly) – 5:54
- The Last Baron – 13:00
Released: March 24, 2009
Recorded: April – September 2008
Studio: Southern Tracks Studios, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre: Progressive metal
Producer: Brendan O’Brien
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