Number 48 on the list of Prog Report Top 50 Prog Albums, 1990-2015, is Crack the Skye, by Mastodon. I found it on Apple Music.
Crack the Skye is powerful, and from the first note I knew I wanted more. The drumming is busy with great energy, and with so many vocalists on board, my ears were satisfied with harmonies, and a range of vocal colors. The rock/metal/progressive blend, combined with the full heavy sound of the band, is consistent throughout the album. The more I listened, the more I loved it. I would very much recommend that you take a listen to Crack the Skye. I am confident it will take you on an emotional and intense musical journey.
The title of the album, with its unusual spelling of the word “Skye”, was very curious to me. I learned that Skye was the sister of drummer Brann Dailor, who committed suicide at age fourteen. The song, Crack the Skye, as is the title of the album, is a tribute to Skye, and features vocalist Scott Kelly of Neurosis. This powerful song examines the emotional complexity associated with loss, and I found it particularly compelling. Of course, the title, could have so many meaning.
Crack the Skye is one of my favorite tracks. Other favorites from this album include:
***Quintessence – the instrumental section is heavy and cool, reminds me a little of Porcupine Tree.
***Ghost of Karelia – reminds me of Tool. Amazing depth and energy.
***The Last Baron – the last track is long and builds intensity in an amazingly effective way. Great vocals. I love the frantic feeling the song creates as it builds up.
Crack the Skye was new to me. I would definitely recommend some focused listening so you can grasp the depth of this band. Also, check out the lyrics for this album. Super cool.