Mastodon Talk New Album, Crack the Skye

Mastodon Talk New Album, <i>Crack the Skye</i>
According to multiple reports, Mastodon have completed work on their fourth album, the follow-up to 2006’s epic Blood Mountain. Titled Crack the Skye, the record is a seven-track opus that lyrically focuses on Czarist Russia. That would explain why "The Czar,” the album’s fourth track, is broken up into four different movements.

The album, recorded with Bruce Springsteen producer Brendan O’Brien, takes a much more melodic approach than previous efforts. Part of this is due to the fact that Brent Hinds wrote the majority of the record while he was recovering from his previously reported kafuffle with System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian. "I was dizzy for eight months,” Hinds told Rolling Stone. "I just sat with my acoustic and a little marijuana, and wrote all the music. I wanted a more melodic, easy-listening situation, and that definitely came from having head trauma.” The album is due early next year via Warner/Reprise.

Crack the Skye tracklisting:

1. "Oblivion"
2. "Divinations"
3. "Quintessence"
4. "The Czar"
"(I) Usurper"
"(II) Escape"
"(III) Martyr"
"(IV) Spiral"
5. "Ghost of Karelia"
6. "Crack The Skye"
7. "The Last Baron"

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