2009 release from the Atlanta-based Heavy Metal outfit. Mastodon has taken hold of the leadership of the New Wave of Progressive Heavy Metal. The band's 2006 major-label debut Blood Mountain spun off a Grammy nomination and earned Top 5 Best Album Of The Year nods from Kerrang!, Revolver and Metal Hammer, and a Top 10 Rolling Stone. Now Crack The Skye, its fourth original studio album, mines subject matter from czarist Russia and astral travel to out-of-body experiences and Stephen Hawking's theories on wormholes for an unrepentantly heavy aural assault that will shake the heavens.
Crack the Skye is absolutely amazing. But it's even better on vinyl. This limited edition import version, at the time of writing, is a mere 1.40$ more than the standard edition, and for that price difference, I received an awesome transparent red marbled with opaque off-white vinyl! Mind-blowing awesomeness! Totally recommend this!