Head over to www.CrackTheSkye.com and get ready to have your mind blown! The new MASTODON micro site has just launched and features animation inspired by their upcoming album Crack the Skye. Like their previous releases, the new artwork was created by Paul Romano (Trivium, Godflesh). The site also features the world premiere of the sweeping instrumental, “Oblivion” plus a 60 second snippet of the track “Divinations.”
The new album was produced by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Neil Young) at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA. Drummer/lyricist Brann Dailor described the album as more “focused” and told TheQuietus.com, “Maybe there was a deeper heart to this record that needed more exploring. We got more involved with feeling the vibe of the record and everything feels creepier and spaced out…something special is going on.”
Crack the Skye hits stores on March 24th!
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.
Atlanta-based heavy rock masters MASTODON have confirmed details behind their upcoming Reprise Records album scheduled for release in early 2009.
The seven-song strong, 50 minute tour de force entitled CRACK THE SKYE, was recorded at Southern Track Studios in Atlanta and produced/mixed by Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against The Machine, Springsteen, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, etc.). CRACK THE SKYE follows their massively acclaimed 2006 epic BLOOD MOUNTAIN, which was voted the #9 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 50 Album’s of 2007” and the #1 album of The Year in Decibel Magazine. Greater accolades were bestowed upon them last year when MASTODON were named “Best Metal Band” in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Annual poll, and “Best Band On The Planet” by the UK’s Kerrang! Magazine.
Tracklisting for CRACK THE SKYE is as follows:
4. The Czar
5. Ghost of Karelia
6. Crack The Skye
7. The Last Baron
As with each of their previous releases, the packaging for the new album will be as bold and breathtaking and the music contained within. Multiple packaging formats are expected. Details to be revealed in the near future. Until then, MASTODON has been asked to support label-mates Metallica in Europe this coming Summer 2009. Confirmed dates are as follows:
June 14 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, FIN
June 15 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, FIN
June 17 Spektrum Oslo, NOR
June 22 Datch Forum Milan, ITA
June 24 Palalottomatica Rome, ITA
July 13 Palacio de Deportes Madrid, Spain
July 16 Hallenstadion Zurich, SWITZ
July 20 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
July 22 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
July 23 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
July 27 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
Additional dates to be announced
As previously announced MASTODON are currently undergoing an extensive tour of the UK and Europe between October 27 through December 7. Additional details on CRACK THE SKYE to be unveiled soon.