14 Songs, 1 Hour 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Traveling from Czarist Russia to deep space and back again, Crack the Skye is a conceptually ambitious ride to the outer reaches of progressive metal. Along the way, Mastodon unload pure heaviness. In just under 11 minutes, “The Czar” blends cosmic psychedelia and crazy-muscular sludge riffs. Far shorter, yet no less ambitious, “Divinations” opens with old-time banjo before cutting to screaming twin guitars and some of Brann Dailor’s most furious drumming. Needless to say, the rest of the album is just as powerful.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Traveling from Czarist Russia to deep space and back again, Crack the Skye is a conceptually ambitious ride to the outer reaches of progressive metal. Along the way, Mastodon unload pure heaviness. In just under 11 minutes, “The Czar” blends cosmic psychedelia and crazy-muscular sludge riffs. Far shorter, yet no less ambitious, “Divinations” opens with old-time banjo before cutting to screaming twin guitars and some of Brann Dailor’s most furious drumming. Needless to say, the rest of the album is just as powerful.

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