Prog behemoths Mastodon, release their highly anticipated 4th album, "CRACK THE SKYE" on March 23rd on Reprise Records.
Recorded in their hometown of Atlanta, GA with producer Brendan O'Brien ( AC/DC, Pearl Jam), "CRACK THE SKYE" takes you on an epic journey from start to finish. One that involves astral travel, wormholes, and even Rasputinů
MASTODON will also unveil a new online destination designed to bring fans into direct focus on the upcoming new album, CRACK THE SKYE. http://www.cracktheskye.org will launch the week of Feb 16, and will compliment its existing sibling location of http://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.
Since forming in 2000, Mastodon have essentially lived on the road. After non-stop touring, the band, Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, Troy Sanders and Brent Hinds decided to record a demo, which would ultimately be released in a shortened EP form on Relapse Records as Lifeblood.
The success of the EP spurned more touring, and even greater success. Their first full-length album Remission, followed in 2002. True to form another round of touring ensued and then Leviathan an album critics were quick to embrace. But it's with the band's legion of fans that they have really delivered. Mastodon's "blue collar" touring ethic has earned them constant accolades from fans that have grown accustomed to their accessibility, approachability and dedication as a working mans band. Rare is the artist who achieves that critical balance coupled with the level of fan support Mastodon has attained. Blood Mountain was released in September of 2006 to critical acclaim and was also nominated for a Grammy award.
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, Lamb of God and more. Go to http://www.sonispherefestivals.com/ for details, dates, etc.