Crack The Skye - Mastodon
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  • Summary: The fourth album from the Atlantia, Georgia rock band features songs about the murder of Rasputin.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Amidst blistering tritone riffs and arpeggiated chords is a group keener to explore sonic harmony than crank the distortion. Crack the Skye is an epic trek across the space-time continuum, entirely on Mastodon’s terms.
  2. Crack the Skye presents a stunningly original fusion of sounds.
  3. It’s the songs that matter most on Crack The Skye, and the songs have rarely sounded stronger.
  4. Fantastic in every sense, the album is also girded with hard-fought musical and emotional maturity.
  5. There will be naysayers among the band's extreme, tatted legions. But Crack the Skye is an awesome display.
  6. The overwhelming headiness, relentless heaviness, behemoth riffing, technical proficiency and epic scope of Crack (at least three listens are needed before it all sinks in) should be enough to prove that these guys are the Rush of extreme metal.
  7. For metal devotees seeking heaviness and shred paired with otherworldly curio, Crack the Skye is the be all and end all, but for anybody without a Celtic Frost tattoo, do not follow "the wise man's staff / Encased in crystal."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. DanielM
    Mar 25, 2009
    Just read the Q magazine review to see why this has as low a score as it does. Reviewers talk about how incredible it is and then say thats a problem. Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2012
    This album is a masterpiece from start to finish. Mastodon continue to redefine the progressive metal sound. I feel this will be the album all other Mastodon albums will be judged by for years to come. Expand
  3. DianaF
    Mar 27, 2009
    This band has not failed me yet.
  4. DanielH
    Jun 16, 2009
    Awesome, absolutely awesome. Remids me of the first time I heard Metallica's "Ride The Lightning". Kazem is right, it gets better every time you listen to it. Expand
  5. May 17, 2013
    Instant masterpiece for the band. Following 2 incredible albums in leviathan and blood mountain, Mastodon takes things to an entirely new level of song writing and inspiration. The best of the themed elemental albums and a magnificent precursor to what was still to come, in the hunter. Overall great band. Expand
  6. KevinR
    Apr 3, 2009
    Though more focused on experimentation and prog-rock style than previous Mastodon work, Crack the Skye is an absolutely grandiose album. More than anything, it shows that Mastodon has that rare ability in metal to transcend its own genre, putting them on a stage with such luminaries as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Anthrax. Expand
  7. Smenkharon
    Jun 12, 2009
    Huge disappointment for me. Too much melody and not enough rhythmic pounding. Prog-ish noodling instead of compelling riffing. Weak vocals. Nowhere near the replay value of the last three discs. Expand

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