Crack the Skye (CD & DVD)
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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 ›
The sound quality has become significantly better than past Mastodon releases with A-list producer Brendan O'Brien behind the mixing board, utilizing cutting edge sound manipulation while maintaining the gritty, raw sound which captures the massive wingspan of the ferocious musical beast that is Mastodon. The instrumentation follows in suit and will be no surprise to longtime fans. Hinds and Kelliher's guitars weave fluidly together like a pair of crushing pythons locked in a twisted yet beautiful discordant harmony, backed by Troy Sanders' dependably thundering basslines and Brann Dailor's jazzy and seemingly 8-armed drum style.
As for the album itself, it's structure lays waste to the modern music critic theory of the concept album being dead. With lyrics weaving together a violent plot of Czarist Russia and out-of-body terrestrial experiences which simultaneously convey deep meaning and utter ambiguity, the room for interpretation is limitless. In a world where music is cheaply stolen off the Internet with few consequences, this most cohesive of "was that just 1 song or 10?Read more ›
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Oblivion is an epic song that just starts of an epic cd!! The crisp sound of their playing and the hook-y vocals make this cd re-playable over and over and over yet again!!Published 3 months ago by MtM
A terrible CD! I was mislead by other reviews how this was "prog metal" it allegedly is. NOTHING progressive about it at all. I'll stick to Dream Theater and the like. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steverino
One of my favourite albums of all time. From beginning to end its a musical master piece. Especially the 10 minute song epic the czar. Amazing song and solo to go with it.Published 5 months ago by Dillon Tannehill
Wow. Brendan O' Brien really helps gives this metal album an early nineties feel. It has a lot of soul and moving melodies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Mastodon is the standard of modern day metal. Getting media attention with Leviathon and comind back with the critically acclaimed Blood Mountain. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've had an interesting journey with Mastodon. I almost flat out hate Remission and Leviathan (which I consider one of the most overrated metal albums of all time) and wanted to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edwin O. Eschberger