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: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 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
  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. Dec 30, 2013
    Hand down the best metal album ever! Opening with oblivion and closing with the last baron is a experience you will not forget.trully mastodon claimed the metal crown with this one. Expand
  4. Jun 22, 2014
    I remember the first time I heard Mastodon it was Colony of Birchmen and Sleeping Giant. I was extremely impressed with the amount of blended progressive sound in the songs. After listening to all the other albums I was a bit disappointed that I never got the same feeling. Then after years of not keeping up with the band, I heard about the release of the Hunter coming. I decided to look them up again finding out they already released Crack The Skye. I gave it a listen and was blown away by opening track oblivion. Practically giving me the same feeling I got from Blood Mountain. After finishing the album I had to listen to it again, then again. The amount of technicality that went into this album is amazing, from the drums to the unique vocals you are given an experience very few bands can attempt. After three years I still considered one of my favorite albums. Expand
  5. Nov 22, 2010
    No matter what you may think of Mastodon's music there is no doubt that the lyrics in the songs of Crack the Skye delve very deep and is rich in their story. In this critic's opinion, musically, it is a masterpiece of stoner/prog metal and a transcendent tone that almost brings euphoria to the attuned ears. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2011
    This album had the ability to grab and hold your attention through out, each sound flows fluidly into the next and each new riff is more awesome and fulfilling than the last. Expand

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