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.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
With Crack The Skye, Mastodon prove that they are the best band making music today. Joinging forces with Producer extraordinaire Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine,…