Mastodon was recommended to me by Ruthy and, after constantly calling them Megalodon by accident, I found Crack The Skye in Fopp on Union Street for the sum of one crisp ten pound note. After bringing it back to the Oasis Of Zin, or the study, I have to say that I’m particularly taken by it.
It’s progressive metal, have no doubt about that, but compared with other Prog Metal like Dream Theater (they being the only Prog Metal band I’ve really spent any time listening to) they have a definite 80’s metal leaning.
Certainly Crack The Skye is heavier than anything I’ve listened to in a while and it’s a welcome break to the easy world of symphonic prog that usually gets played loud around these parts.
The album is concept album territory, enough to deter all but the hardiest of music lovers, but it’s not so obvious to the unlearned. If you like your music loud AND inventive, you’d do a lot worse than give this a try.
DoZ Rating (your handy guide to anything and everything) : 10 out of 10