Tuesday, April 24, 2012
MASTODON AND OPETH SHAKE DENVER
Opeth is a Swedish heavy metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990. Though the group has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's driving force throughout the years. Opeth has consistently incorporated progressive, folk, blues, classical and jazz influences into their usually lengthy compositions, as well as noticeable influences from black metal and death metal, most notably in their early works. Many songs include acoustic guitar passages and strong dynamic shifts, as well as both death growls and clean vocals.
Mastodon is an American Sludge Metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. Many of their songs feature heavy and unique instrumentation with a mix of clean vocals and harsh screams.
Mastodon, by comparison, was heavier than an anvil. The Atlanta group played tunes from its most recent, “The Hunter,” dipping into melodic territory like “Dry Bone Valley” and “Octopus Has No Friends” before breaking out the electric lead single, “Curl of the Burl.” Mastodon’s musical prowess can’t be denied: every member plays lightning fast for most of its set, a veritable hand marathon basked in timed lights. The abrasive Brent Hinds is especially impressive on guitar, if not in his person-to-person relations. Still, Mastodon suffers from a similar dilemma as Opeth, presenting largely corny lyrics. Shouldn’t metal be held to same standard as rock ‘n’ roll? Just because of the bravado and speed behind the tunes, invoking Lucifer does not a great song make.
See pictures (10 of which are included in this blog) and read more here: http://www.heyreverb.com/2012/04/24/mastodon-fillmore-denver-photos-review/