Is anyone else out there nerding out over Mastodon more than me right now? I downloaded Crack the Skye, their brutal and beautiful new studio album, late last night and heard everything up to 13 minute closing track “The Last Baron,” before passing out from dual guitar fever. Mastodon is a band whose power seemingly knows no limits. Since exploding onto the scene fully formed in 1999, they’ve somehow managed to get better with each new release (I never thought they’d top Blood Mountain, but alas I am a fool). They embody the entire history of metal – mythical creatures and all – yet sound completely and uniquely modern, a tricky feat to pull off. Anyone even remotely interested in heavy and/or experimental music should check them out. Here’s a good review from Pop Matters – listen to the whole album (via lala) at the bottom. If the scorched earth guitar solo on “Oblivion” doesn’t make you a convert, nothing will. Proceed with caution.