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Expanding on two exceptional albums for Relapse Records, Mastodon's major-label debut Blood Mountain (2006) earned a Grammy nomination as well as countless critical accolades. The band further developed their mammoth sound on its groundbreaking follow-up Crack the Skye (2009) which incorporates elements of prog-rock, blues, country, and harmonic singing. Again featuring the peerless interplay of virtuosic guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, the band's fourth studio effort mines subject matter ranging from czarist Russia and astral travel to out-of-body experiences and Stephen Hawking theories on wormholes. The psychedelic concept album is inspired by Hinds' near-death experience as well as childhood suicide of drummer Brann Dailor's sister, making this one of the most personal, spiritual, and fully realized slabs of Mastodon's promising career.