ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 15, 2009 — Subscribing to a musical philosophy that there is no such thing as rock music unless it's heavy, Mastodon has coyly avoided saying too much about Crack the Skye, its fourth album due out in 2009. Produced by Brendan O'Brien (Rage Against the Machine, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen), the disk follows 2006's Blood Mountain. Keeping in step with this and Mastodon's previous releases, Crack the Skye will be conceptual in nature.
"When we got them, I was kind of nervous," guitarist Bill Kelliher adds. "Going out in front of a crowd of people with no monitors in front of me; I had never done that in about 20 years of playing. What I can hear now sounds amazing. The clarity is really good, and our fans are telling us we never sounded better. I think we played our best show ever the first night we tried them."