Heavy rock iconoclasts MASTODON will release their new album, Crack the Skye on March 24, 2009. However, hardcore fans will have the opportunity to pre-order a very special Deluxe Limited “Tunnel Book” Edition of Crack the Skye online only via the band’s website: www.mastodonrocks.com.
This super-deluxe version of Crack the Skye will come housed in a hard box case featuring a third dimension worm hole design that will contain exclusive and additional album art by long-time Mastodon artist, Paul Romano. The special package will include the full-length Crack the Skye album on CD, plus a DVD containing The Making of Crack the Skye with photo gallery, Track by Track band commentary and more by director Jimmy Hubbard.
All pre-orders will also receive a 14” x 14” exclusively designed lithograph unavailable anywhere else. Additionally, those who are first to pre-order will receive the lithograph autographed by the band members themselves. These extraordinary packages will be extremely limited and once they are gone, no further editions will be created so don’t delay. Cost of the Deluxe Limited “Tunnel Book” Edition will be $39.99. This may be the most beautiful and innovative album packaging you’ll see for years to come.
Shortly thereafter, Mastodon will unveil a new online destination designed to bring fans into direct focus on the upcoming new album, Crack the Skye. www.cracktheskye.org will launch the week of Feb 16, and will compliment its existing sibling location of www.mastodonrocks.com.
The new site will be a flash-based, interactive experience threading fans through an extremely visual, user-controlled cyber journey into the inner sanctum of Crack the Skye. Content will be thematically based on the album’s concepts, artwork, images, lyrics, videos, and its unique packaging through engaging visuals and music from Crack the Skye intended to accompany and enhance the experience of listening to the album in its entirety.
As previously announced, Mastodon will tour Europe with Metallica this summer. In addition, they have been invited to perform as part of the Sonisphere Touring Rock Festival this summer in Europe and the UK with Metallica, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Lamb of God and more. Go to http://www.sonispherefestivals.com/ for details, dates, etc.