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On first listen, Crack the Skye will immediately stand out for its easily noticeable absence of screamed vocals. Troy Sanders uses his clean voice on almost all the tunes, with very few exceptions. Without doubt, it will take some time to get used to his style, but repeat listens only serve to solidify one's opinion that the songs on this disc have been composed in such a style to sound much better with this approach. Pain-ridden vocals pop up only to provide contrast to the more melodious direction taken in spots. The chorus on "Ghost of Karelia", for instance, proves all the more powerful as the vocals shift from the mostly clean style to somewhat aggressive outbursts.
The guitar tandem of Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher lend the songs a solid, unbreakable facade, which elevates them to a whole new level. From the apocalyptic opening chords of "Oblivion", chock full of despondent riffs and rock-based guitar solos; to the calculated riffery of "Divinations", they implant dynamics to the compositions through and through. Rather than entirely focusing on heavy, punishing jackhammer riffery, this time around they also utilise progressive metal-like jam sessions and blues-inflected passages. As a result, the constant shifting of dynamics on "Quintessence" renders the tune more creative and interesting.
The ten-minute epic "The Czar" is built upon flawless songwriting and mood construction.Read more ›
All of the above has given Mastodon the biggest and most compelling sound in modern metal, and this album is sonically imposing and unforgiving from the first note. They even make a banjo sound ominous at the beginning of "Divinations." Epic grooves and jarring time shifts add to the success of the rifftastic "Quintessence" and the especially disturbing "Ghost of Karelia." And after dozens of listens I'm still trying to comprehend the two 10+ minute epics "The Czar" and "The Last Baron" and I know that these tracks will unveil new musical surprises for months and even years to come. And that's what makes this not just Mastodon's best album yet but also one of the best metal albums in recent memory. It will surely reward repeated listens. Mastodon's huge sounds and huge thoughts have come together in terrifying ways. [~doomsdayer520~]
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The was received just as I expected in good condition. I cannot stop listening to this record!Published 8 days ago by Cecilia Morales
Great album one of my favorites by Mastodon.good mix between old and new.Published 2 months ago by shawn
Excellent record for any metal fan. Mastodon is keeping the metal torch alive and well!Published 2 months ago by PVB
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Jared this album is so much better then BM. And the songwriting is more focused in my opinion. It's like very Cynic, Tool, So GOOD. ahhhhhhhhh
Mar 27, 2009 by Rhonda Florio | See all 13 posts
Went to the show last night. Here's the good news: Dethklok plays last (I left before they started). Here's the bad news: High On Fire plays first -- I almost missed them due to delays getting into the venue -- and they only played FOUR SONGS!! I was so bummed. I just hope they'll headline a... Read More
Oct 11, 2009 by Mark Mazurek | See all 6 posts