Crack the Skye On paper, Mastodon's fourth CD — a concept album about being transported into Rasputin's body to do battle with Satan in some mystical realm —… Crack the Skye On paper, Mastodon's fourth CD — a concept album about being transported into Rasputin's body to do battle with Satan in some mystical realm —… 2009-03-24 Mastodon Metal
Music Review

Crack the Skye (2009)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 24, 2009; Lead Performance: Mastodon; Genre: Metal

On paper, Mastodon's fourth CD — a concept album about being transported into Rasputin's body to do battle with Satan in some mystical realm — sounds horrifying. Our advice: Forget the putative story line and bask in Crack the Skye's superb sonic qualities. Happily, the Atlanta quartet has jettisoned most of its sludge aesthetic and now crafts a dynamic sort of hard-rocking head music, equal parts King Crimson and King's X. The band says one subtext of the album is astral traveling; we say, give 'em half a chance and they'll take you someplace pretty cosmic. B

Download This: Listen to the song ''Oblivion'' on the band's MySpace.com

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Originally posted Mar 25, 2009 Published in issue #1041 Apr 03, 2009 Order article reprints