Crack the Skye ()

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First off, a warning: the best way to encounter Mastodon's Crack the Skye for the first time is with headphones. Reported to be a mystical -- if crunchy -- concept record about Tsarist Russia, this is actually the most involved set of tracks, both in terms of music and production, the band has ever recorded. "Ambitious" is a word that regularly greets Mastodon -- after all, they did an entire album based on Moby Dick -- but until now, that adjective may have been an understatement. There is so much going on in these seven ...

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  1. Oblivion
  2. Divinations
  3. Quintessence
  4. The Czar: Usurper/Escape/Martyr/Spiral
  5. Ghost of Karelia
  6. Crack the Skye
  7. The Last Baron
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Ben

Mar 19, 2015

Arguably the Best Prog Metal Album of All Time

Not a review headline to take lightly. Then again, this has to be considered as one of the true masterpieces of modern music. Crack the Skye was / is a real departure from the Mastodon albums of the past and future. A true concept-album that carries the them of Russian Czarism throughout. From the incredible opening song Oblivion to arguably the greatest prog metal song ever created "The Last Baron" you simply cannot be disappointed by this album. It all fits together, it all flows...one song to the next. The guitar riffs and solos are unlike anything that you will hear. The drummer will shatter your belief of what is humanly possible and vocals will transport you back to early 1900 Russia.

I dare you to listen to this album and disagree...

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