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“OBLIVION” – IN THE WORDS OF THE BAND:
Brann: There wasn’t too much of a battle for what would be the first song, but there were a couple things in the running to open the record. We always come out swinging. Our records always open big and fast and heavy, “Blood and Thunder” with Leviathan, “The Wolf Is Loose” with Blood Mountain. I don’t know if you call it tradition after four records, but it’s tradition — get the kids’ heads moving. For this, “Oblivion” is the perfect introduction to the album. The album’s a total journey and the opening notes of this song are perfect: slower and different for us, but still big and epic. “Comes on, Oooh! Air of foreboding. Oooh! What’s around the corner?” Perfect way to open the record.
Brent: The heavy beginning. Then when the intro’s over and it comes in talking about flying beyond, I thought, “Wow, that was fucking cool.” Brann was singing; he came up with the melody, sang it to me, and said “I’ll show you what I’m talking about.” He sang it and I said, “This is so cool.” So I sang it and Brendan was like, “Stop, you’re not accenting this word right.” For some reason I couldn’t get it right. Then Troy did it and nothing sounded as good as when Brann did it as an example. I thought it was cool to open the album with the drummer singing. Comes in Brann singing, then Troy singing and I sing — everyone gets a turn except Bill. He doesn’t really care about singing. Then the guitar solo is killer, we had a great time with that playing around with some old Fender guitars and amps, trying to get some David Gilmour spirit going on. I can hear a little Jerry Cantrell at the beginning. Always been an Alice in Chains fan.
Troy: That’s the initial departure. “I flew beyond the sun before it was time.” Boom! Here we are, we are floating in outer space, not knowing if we’re about to explode, die, or exist on this level. Truly taking it to the next level, which we always try to do with our music on each album.
Brent had some real creepy riffs, that whole intro riff and it went from there. Lyrically, Brann wrote a whole song about floating through space and entering into oblivion, Straightforward in a bizarre way.
Bill: The vocal harmonies on it, that’s what really gets me. I have a soft spot in my heart for Weezer and the Pixies, doesn’t have to be crazy guitar licks. That gets me going, so all the vocal harmonies – I can’t believe this is us! Wow! Something different and really cool for Mastodon.
When it came down to deciding the first song, usually we all fight about that. Can’t make up our mind. Like making a mix tape, make sure they all flow well. Brendan told us right of the bat, “Fuck those who want to put the best song third or fourth. Put your best foot forward right off the bat.” When bands give me CDs on the road or whatever, I do listen to them all. But if the first song doesn’t get me, I’m done. Garbage. Guess we’ll see what happens with the fans who think, “This is different, not what I expected.” But after they listen a couple times they’ll get it.
“CRACK THE SKYE” - IN THE WORDS OF THE PRESS
"f**king stunning" 10 / 10 Rocksound
"truly expansive and timeless classic" K K K K Kerrang
"Thuddingly impressive," 8/10 NME
“Prepare to be blown away” 9/10 Metal Hammer:
“Strap In Motherfuckers” * * * * * Big Cheese:
"could change your life" * * * * * Rhythm
"Fascinating" * * * * The Observer