Crack the Skye

Release date
1 Jan 2009
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Oblivion 5:10 170,117
2 Divinations 3:39 146,205
3 Quintessence 5:28 123,409
4 The Czar: I. Usurper / II. Escape / III. Martyr / IV. Spiral 10:54 385
5 Ghost of Karelia 5:25 111,331
6 Crack the Skye 5:55 122,684
7 The Last Baron 13:01 103,407
1 Oblivion (instrumental) 5:47 26,504
2 Divinations (instrumental) 3:30 25,437
3 Quintessence (Instrumental) 5:40 6,734
4 The Czar: I. Usurper / II. Escape / III. Martyr / IV. Spiral (instrumental) 10:53 31
5 Ghost Of Karelia (Instrumental) 5:49 6,165
6 Crack The Skye (Instrumental) 5:57 4,523
7 The Last Baron (Instrumental) 13:03 5,791

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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  • Idiots-Rule

    Their best album for sure! So it's got lengthy and very diverse tracks compared to their other albums, but that's what I like about it - it's an album that does not follow that regular intro-verse-chorus-repeat it formula, but rather it's really all about creating musical journeys, and I sure think that they succeed at that.

    13 Jul 2:23pm Reply
  • bcpeters1

    Crack the Skye and Leviathan are the greatest.

    20 May 7:49pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Every single song here is amazing here. my favorite is Oblivion, Ghost of Karelia and The Last Baron

    11 May 6:19pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    This is my favoritealbum by Mastodon along with Leviathan, impressive!

    11 May 6:17pm Reply
  • gab136

    This is the sonical essence of epicness and totally absorbing beauty!

    26 Apr 5:34pm Reply
  • felipepuziol

    Fucking brilliant.

    17 Apr 5:59pm Reply
  • Sal-ival

    In Crack the Skye, they managed to craft a monolithic record. "Masterpiece" may be a clichéd word to describe an album, but this truly deserve that tag. Fantastic!

    5 Mar 9:58am Reply
  • Galchenyuk

    R.I.P. Skye Dailor

    14 Feb 5:11am Reply
  • Gurzociurlo

    I can't believe how good this album is. What a masterpiece!

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

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

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • LoveAmongRuins

    Their best imo [2]

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Meatwad555

    Their best imo

    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • BlackMetallizer

    Their worst imo

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
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    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    My all-time favorite Mastodon album. One of my favorite albums of all time. Never gets old.

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • henriiquecrvg


    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DrStrangeIove

    my fav

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • AnAgeAmongThem

    The Last Baron is so perfect.

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • H3llrider

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

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ssafikmetal

    4. Probably one of the best metal albums ever.

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
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