Mastodon is back with their second single, “Oblivion,” off of the impeccable Crack the Skye. As expected, they’ve accompanied it with a fantastic video that tops the one we featured here for “Divinations.” How is that possible? Well there’s only one thing more epic than guitar-shredding Neanderthals: Space.
But first, let’s start with the music. Every Mastodon album since Leviathan has had its “slow jam.” The aforementioned had “Seabeast” and Blood Mountain had “Sleeping Giant.” As you can probably discern, “Oblivion” holds this role for Crack the Skye. Even though it may not pack the same punch as “Divininations,” it is perhaps one of the most powerful tracks off of the album. For one thing, we get to hear some vocals not only from guitarist Brent Hinds and bassist Troy Sanders, but also from drummer Brann Dailor (who is also the man behind the lyrics and theme of the album). I also love Hinds’ chorus; his unique snarl really shines in this song.
The video makes “Oblivion” all the more better. Having recently re-watched 2001: A Space Odyssey and Sunshine, the video captures the same mystery and beauty that those two films did. It opens with drummer Brann Dailor floating through space without a helmet. The remainder of the crew on the aptly-titled SkyeLab tries to retrieve his body and figure out what in the hell is going on. I’ll leave it to the video to reveal to you all what happens next.
As I mentioned in my previous post on the band, Mastodon has still got the gift. “Oblivion” is just another example of what a kick-ass an album Crack the Skye really is. I hope we get another single so the band has another excuse to make an awesome video. And a feature film while they’re at it.