Mastodon will celebrate and commemorate the 10th anniversary of Crack The Skye with special performances, exclusive merchandise, and unreleased content.
This summer, the band joins forces with Coheed and Cambria to co-headline The Unheavenly Skye Tour.
At venues across North America, Mastodon will perform Crack The Skye in its entirety every night for the first time since 2010. As they initially wrote the album to be played from top-to-bottom, this will undoubtedly be an unforgettable run for the musicians themselves and fans alike.
It kicks off Tuesday, May 28th in Louisville, KY at Iroquois Amphitheater, rolls through major markets coast-to-coast, and concludes Wednesday, July 3rd at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX.
Talking about the news, Brann Dailor of Mastodon said: “Back in the summer of 2008 when we finished recording our 5th full-length album Crack the Skye, we felt like we had created something very special. That is why, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of one of our proudest moments, we decided to take it out on tour and play it start to finish along with some other golden oldies of course. We can’t wait to see all of you on tour so we can celebrate Crack the Skye’s birthday together!”
Additionally, Mastodon has revealed the new special edition merchandise for Crack The Skye – available now on the band’s official online store. These include a picture disc bundle alongside other 10th-anniversary merchandise packages, spanning apparel, accessories, posters, and more.
In 2009, Crack The Skye marked a turning point in the story of Mastodon and clawed out a place in the zeitgeist.
Not only did it become their first Top 15 debut on the Billboard Top 200, but it graced numerous Year-End Lists. Metal Hammer and Rock Sound crowned it Album of the Year,” while it staked out a spot in the Top 4 of annual roundups by Time (#3) and Kerrang! (#4).
Entertainment Weekly described it as “superb,” and The New York Times wrote, “Mastodon has earned its place at the forefront of progressive metal with a mix of headiness and brawn…but the ambitious vision and vivid executive of Crack The Skye don’t feel like a departure for the band.”
Classic Rock Magazine put it as best as, “their ‘black’ album, their Nevermind, their Dark Side of the Moon.”
Themes of catharsis and healing underpin this conceptual opus. It slips in and out of sonic and lyrical wormholes punctuated by progressive marvel and a triptych of emotionally charged vocals as these seven tracks tell a tale of astral travel, power struggle, identity, conjuration, and good versus evil.
It raised the bar for hard rock and alternative music all at once with a combination of head-spinning songcraft and thought-provoking narrative.