It’s been over ten years since Mastadon’s album Crack the Skye was released. It’s still outstanding. In today’s shuffle-all world are concept albums still a thing? Do keyboards belong in metal bands? Between the time meters, the lyrics, and the intensity and complexity of the writing, greatness emerges. No lie this is one of the best metal albums to own. If I had to pick one song that really stands out, for me it’s The Czar. Maybe that’s an easy answer but they’re all so good it’s hard to pick just one. Sure I love some hard crunchy frenetic metal, but sometimes you need to kick back in the garage and wind down from a shitty day.