Mastodon have announced an exclusive pre-order of Crack the Skye, their seven-song strong, Brendan O'Brien-produced opus, which begins today, Feb. 24, exclusively through iTunes. Those who pre-order the album digitally will also be able to immediately download a new album track, "Oblivion." As a bonus, fans who order now will also receive an exclusive version of "Oblivion" recorded live on the UK's XFM radio and is not available anywhere else.
ITunes will also offer a special deluxe pre-order package, which includes the Crack the Skye digital album along with the full album presented as a "score," in its entirety. The instrumental score version will invite fans into a completely unique listening experience that enhances the music's sonic ebb and flow into a cinematic adventure. The deluxe package will also include the live XFM "Oblivion" track, and an exclusive PDF album booklet file. The downloadable booklet contains album artwork and in-depth explanations of the intricate and otherworldly concept behind Crack the Skye.
On the same day, fans should directly proceed to mastodonrocks.com to purchase the second in a series of extremely limited-edition fan packs, which consists of the "Oblivion" single, along with the instrumental "score" version of the track, and an exclusive Oblivion T-shirt that is not available outside this web location. Cost of the fan-pack bundle is $24.99. T-shirts will be available in all sizes and orders will be processed immediately. All other items and editions mentioned above will be delivered on the official album street date of Mar.24.
Finally, cracktheskye.com, the newly launched and highly visual album-related destination is live and ready to help you on your cyber-journey into the strange world of Crack the Skye.
Since the previous limited-edition fan pack, which featured the "Divinations" single and related T-shirt, sold out immediately, and with the Deluxe Crack the Skye CD + DVD limited-edition "Tunnel Book" with lithograph nearly gone forever, fans should not hesitate to visit the band's websites today. Once these exclusive Mastodon items have sold out, they will not be produced again. More news will be announced shortly so keep a close eye on mastodonrocks.com and cracktheskye.com.