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The fourth full-length studio album by American Progressive/Sludge Metal band.
The first studio album of the band to feature drummer Brann Dailor as their third lead vocalist.
Because the elements of fire, water and earth have already been represented by the band's first three albums, this one represents the element of aether, which is represented by the souls and spirits of all things, a theme closely related to the context of the album.
The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies in its first week. In Australia, the album debuted at number 19.
By numerous music publications, "Crack The Skye" was named amongst the most well received albums of 2009. Classic Rock Magazine placed it a #3 of its 'Top Albums of 2009', while Kerrang! place it at #4 in its 'Top Albums of 2009'. Time Magazine placed "Crack the Skye" at #3 on its "Top 10 Albums of 2009" list, and Rock Sound named it their Album of the Year for 2009. In addition, Spin Magazine listed it as the 17th best album of the year. Rhapsody called it the 7th best album of 2009. The album was also voted the #1 Album of 2009 by Metal Hammer's critics and contributors.
It had sold 200,000 copies in the US as of September 2010, making it one of band's highest-selling albums to date. In 2014, TeamRock put "Crack The Skye" at #57 on their 'Top 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time'. The album was honored with a 2009 Metal Storm Award for Best Alternative Metal Album.
Reprise Records, A Warner Music Group Company, 2009/2017 (561700-1). Made in Czech. First press on Picture Disc.
1. Oblivion 5:47
2. Divinations 3:39
3. Quintessence 5:27
4. The Czar 10:54
5. Ghost Of Karelia 5:25
6. Crack The Skye 5:54
7. The Last Baron 13:01
Total playing time: 50:07 min.