Crack the Skye is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Mastodon, released on March 24, 2009 through Reprise Records. 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.
Crack the Skye Lyrics. Blessed visionary cut me with your sun The rivers ran in blood Spark fueled to fire. The vessel forged inside of me Watches over Like the death of the moon. Strike the shepherd, sheep will scatter Mountains of despair. The title track, and track 6, of Mastodon’s fourth album Crack the Skye. Lead vocals are by Scott Kelly of Neurosis, who has sung on every Mastodon album since Leviathan. Although following the album’s theme about Czarist (sic) Russia, the song was written in part as a homage to Brann Dailor’s sister Skye, who committed suicide at age 14, when Dailor was a teenager. Brann and Skye were only 9 months apart in age, and very close as children.
Released in 2009, Crack the Skye is Mastodon’s fourth LP and second for Warner Bros. The band’s third consecutive concept album, this one charts the journey of a paraplegic boy who astral travels too close to the sun and winds up in the body of Rasputin. Regarding the creation of the album, drummer Brann Dailor stated in an interview: It will be two and a half years. It’s everything we wanted to do as a band at this point.
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First off, a warning: the best way to encounter Mastodon's Crack the Skye for the first time is with headphones. Reported to be a mystical - if crunchy - concept record about Tsarist Russia, this is actually the most involved set of tracks, both in terms of music and production, the band has ever recorded. Ambitious" is a word that regularly greets Mastodon - after all, they did an entire album based on Moby Dick - but until now, that adjective may have been an understatement.
Crack The Skye is a music studio album recording by MASTODON (Tech/Extreme Prog Metal/Progressive Rock) released in 2009 on cd, lp, vinyl and/or cassette. An epic album by American tech metal band Mastodon. Very interesting concept of making music. Being the first album by Mastodon, I have listened to, I felt some Amorphis-like moments here. Amorphis is one of my favourite metal (not rock) bands, but regretfully here I feel some of the spirit of their less good albums. Some of the solos and the vocals are very similar to Amorphis.
Crack The Skye was such a monumental album for Mastodon, professionally and personally. What was different about the process of making that album compared to everything that preceded it and the albums that you've made since? In the beginning, there was a lot of nervousness and we really weren't sure about what was going on with our band really, to be honest. Not like we were on the verge of ever breaking up or anything like that, but I just was worried about Brent. He'd had a brain injury that he sustained during an evening in Las Vegas and was in the hospital.
Her name was Skye, so Crack The Skye means a lot of different things. For me personally, it means the moment of being told you lost someone dear to you, is enough to crack the sky. Death is part of life. Everybody goes through loss at some point in their life, but when someone commits suicide very young, it has very damaging, lasting effects. Dailor explained to Billboard the concept behind the Crack The Skye album: "It's about a crippled young man who experiments with astral travel. He goes up into outer space, goes too close to the sun, gets his golden umbilical cord burned off, flies into a wormhole, is thrust into the spirit real, has conversations with spirits about the fact that he's not really dead, and they decide to help him. They put him into a divination that's being performed by an early-20th-century Russian Orthodox sect called the Klisti, which Rasputin is part of.