Live at the Aragon

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Progressive metallers Mastodon finally broke through to the masses -- such as they are for heavy metal, anyway -- with 2009's Crack the Skye, which deals with themes of astral travel, out-of-body experiences, and the undefinable "dark matter" that resides in some "out there," space. The Crack the Skye tour was undocumented with the exception of one show: this one. According to the band, no matter what happened on the stage on October 17, 2009, at the Aragon in Chicago, it would end up on the record. This CD/DVD package captures the performance as it happened and includes (as a separate chapter) the Crack the Skye studio movie you see screened behind them, which further ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Progressive metallers Mastodon finally broke through to the masses -- such as they are for heavy metal, anyway -- with 2009's Crack the Skye, which deals with themes of astral travel, out-of-body experiences, and the undefinable "dark matter" that resides in some "out there," space. The Crack the Skye tour was undocumented with the exception of one show: this one. According to the band, no matter what happened on the stage on October 17, 2009, at the Aragon in Chicago, it would end up on the record. This CD/DVD package captures the performance as it happened and includes (as a separate chapter) the Crack the Skye studio movie you see screened behind them, which further expands upon the album's themes. Essentially, depending on what happened, they'd end up as fools or heroes. Based on the evidence, the truth lies somewhere in between. For starters, despite the obvious "live" sound from the venue, Mastodon pretty much play almost exactly the way they do on the record. There is little to no spontaneity or improvisation -- which is neither here nor there -- because what Mastodon do musically is so impressive. Crack the Skye is performed in its entirety; a few cuts from previous records and a cover of the Melvins' "The Bit" round out the show. The only places the band really deviates from their studio arrangements is in the live vocals and in the extended guitar solo in "The Last Baron." All their stop-and-start, fret-ripping, finger-cracking, knotty riffology and technical acumen are on full display. The band's "cleaned up" vocals are disappointing live: neither Brent Hinds nor Troy Sanders nor Bränn Dailor sing on key anywhere here. Given that "sung vocals" highlighting lyrics are such an important part of the band's M.O. now, this is distracting, almost to a fault. In watching the DVD, it makes more sense to focus on the movie-with-soundtrack chapter because simply put, Mastodon are pretty boring to watch. They stand pretty much stationary and play. In sum, Live at the Aragon is a mixed bag aurally and visually, though the Crack the Skye movie is killer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624964728
  • Catalog Number: 524864
  • Sales rank: 37,466

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oblivion (6:30)
  2. 2 Divinations (3:42)
  3. 3 Quintessence (5:12)
  4. 4 The Czar: I Usurper/II Escape/III Martyr/IV Spiral (10:41)
  5. 5 Crack the Skye (5:24)
  6. 6 The Last Baron (6:07)
  7. 7 Circle of Cysquatch (15:54)
  8. 8 Aqua Dementia (3:04)
  9. 9 Where Strides the Behemoth (4:21)
  10. 10 Mother Puncher (2:52)
  11. 11 The Bit (4:15)
  12. 12 Ghost of Karelia (5:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Live At the Aragon
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mastodon Primary Artist
Bränn Dailor Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Troy Sanders Bass, Vocals, Synthesizer Bass, Group Member
Bill Kelliher Guitar, Group Member
Brent Hinds Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jason "Drago" Solid Grip
Derek Mitchka Keyboards
Technical Credits
Dale Crover Composer
Chris Shepard Engineer
Damon Hennessey Camera Operator
Lawrence Lewis Producer
Devin Sarno Executive Producer
Mastodon Composer, Lyricist
Paul Mcquillan Guitar Techician
Kelly Norris Executive Producer
Tom Tapley Engineer
Lester Cohn Director
Pete Biagi Camera Operator
Donny Phillips Artwork
Chad Cooper Camera Operator
Mark Davie Engineer
Kevin Rodgers Key Grip
Maryjo Spillane Tour Manager
Dave Nutbrown Engineer
Michael Turano Camera Operator
Mark Neidelson Camera Operator
Jon Tichota Camera Operator
John Skahill Monitor Engineer
Joanna Shaw Executive Producer
Jason Fijal Production Design
Darren Sanders Stage Manager, Bass Technician
Azuolas Sinkervicius Engineer
Andrew Dryer Camera Operator
Warren Termini Guitar Techician
Tom Richens Drum Technician
Roger Osbourne Composer
Roboshobo Director
PureDV Producer
Patrick Tillman Engineer
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