Crack the Skye

Release date
1 Jan 2009
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
100:11

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Oblivion 5:10 152,699
2 Divinations 3:39 134,799
3 Quintessence 5:28 114,617
4 The Czar: I. Usurper / II. Escape / III. Martyr / IV. Spiral 10:54 222
5 Ghost of Karelia 5:25 103,185
6 Crack the Skye 5:55 112,931
7 The Last Baron 13:01 95,566
1 Oblivion (instrumental) 5:47 25,332
2 Divinations (instrumental) 3:30 24,245
3 Quintessence (Instrumental) 5:40 6,169
4 The Czar: I. Usurper / II. Escape / III. Martyr / IV. Spiral (instrumental) 10:53 13
5 Ghost Of Karelia (Instrumental) 5:49 5,645
6 Crack The Skye (Instrumental) 5:57 4,049
7 The Last Baron (Instrumental) 13:03 5,285

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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  • AnAgeAmongThem

    The Last Baron is so perfect.

    Yesterday 9:44am Reply
  • H3llrider

    This album is so good! Love at first listen :O

    14 Mar 6:53pm Reply
  • ssafikmetal

    4. Probably one of the best metal albums ever.

    27 Feb 4:36pm Reply
  • djingsken

    1. Best Mastodon album. 2. Best album of 2009. 3. One of the best albums of the decade [27]

    7 Feb 3:50pm Reply
  • Abroxas

    Somewhat around Blood Mountain I lost track of Mastodon. I got this album per second hand last December and now I'm realizing how great this album is. It's really catchy!

    6 Feb 6:08pm Reply
  • thPL

    This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Brilliant!

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • osmark

    CliffAM et al sums it up

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Dragolich

    Every time I listen to Crack the Skye I was forgotten how good this album actually is. This is really awesome.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CliffAM

    1. Best Mastodon album. 2. Best album of 2009. 3. One of the best albums of the decade [26]

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SexLuthor

    satanic album cover...

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Ryu12543

    I have a tattoo based on the concept art for Oblivion. Crack the Skye is my second favorite album after Hemispheres by Rush.

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bruno_avilar

    easily my favorite

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • horiuchizado

    1. Best Mastodon album. 2. Best album of 2009. 3. One of the best albums of the decade [25]

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Riddlesoftricks

    This album is phenomenal

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • djingsken

    1. Best Mastodon album. 2. Best album of 2009. 3. One of the best albums of the decade [24]

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • impulsiveS

    1. Best Mastodon album. 2. Best album of 2009. 3. One of the best albums of the decade [23] And considering the fact that 2009 was a great fucking year for music, that says it all.

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • BrianRomeo

    1. Best Mastodon album. 2. Best album of 2009. 3. One of the best albums of the decade [22]

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Mechayoshi

    And the winner for best album artwork goes to....

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Kilgorer

    I've been listening to this for at least two years now, still blows me away every time I hear it! [2] Yeah, same here.

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ZelosWilder88

    The riff for 'The Czar' should be considered an addictive substance.

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
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