Crack the Skye

Release date
1 Jan 2009
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Oblivion 5:10 166,137
2 Divinations 3:39 143,808
3 Quintessence 5:28 121,439
4 The Czar: I. Usurper / II. Escape / III. Martyr / IV. Spiral 10:54 338
5 Ghost of Karelia 5:25 109,494
6 Crack the Skye 5:55 120,574
7 The Last Baron 13:01 101,701
1 Oblivion (instrumental) 5:47 26,260
2 Divinations (instrumental) 3:30 25,215
3 Quintessence (Instrumental) 5:40 6,630
4 The Czar: I. Usurper / II. Escape / III. Martyr / IV. Spiral (instrumental) 10:53 26
5 Ghost Of Karelia (Instrumental) 5:49 6,078
6 Crack The Skye (Instrumental) 5:57 4,413
7 The Last Baron (Instrumental) 13:03 5,677

About this album

Crack the Skye is the fourth studio album by American progressive metal band Mastodon, released on March 24, 2009 through Reprise Records. It features seven tracks and runs at 50 minutes and 6 seconds. The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies in its first week. In Australia, the album debuted at number 19. It had sold 200,000 copies in the US as of September 2010, making it one of their highest selling albums to date.

According to an interview on the DVD The Making of Crack the Skye, this album represents the element of aether, which is represented by the souls and spirits of all things, a theme closely related to the context of the album. Because the elements of fire, water and earth have already represented by the band’s first three albums Remission, Leviathan and Blood Mountain, respectively, the element of air is the only classical element which has yet to be represented by a Mastodon album, as their follow-up studio album The Hunter does not represent an element, nor is it a concept album.

Initial critical response to Crack the Skye was very positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 82, based on 29 reviews. Time Magazine placed “Crack the Skye” at #3 on its “Top 10 Albums of 2009” list, and Rock Sound named it their Album of the Year for 2009. In addition, Spin Magazine listed it as the 17th best album of the year. Rhapsody called it the 7th best album of 2009.

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