Opeth, Mastodon, Ghost - Palladium Ballroom - 4/19/12

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Opeth, Mastodon, Ghost
Palladium Ballroom
Thursday, April 19

Last night started with Sweden's Ghost, a wonderfully over-the-top six-piece that lit uncountable amounts of incense before they even hit the stage. I felt like I had entered a heavy metal meditation therapy session. Featuring costumes that looked like they had been lifted from the next installment of the Scary Movie franchise, Papa Emeritus and crew played old school metal that would not have sounded out of place at a Judas Priest concert.

Surprisingly, Mastodon hit the stage next. It was early, around 9 p.m., and there were still quite a few metalheads that had yet to traverse the seemingly endless ticket and security cues that are annoyingly commonplace at this venue. Beginning with "Black Tongue" from the band's potent recent effort, The Hunter, the Atlanta quartet never let up. Other highlights included "Curl of the Burl" and older cuts such as "Blood and Thunder" and "Hand of Stone."

By the time Opeth began at a little past 10 p.m., about one-third of the crowd decided to call it a night. Even stranger, several of those seen exiting were wearing Opeth t-shirts.
Those who left missed a great, if somewhat ponderous, set. Indeed, songs by Yes and Styx played over the P.A. before the band began, which served as a primer for what the Swedish band delivered on stage.

Songs like "The Devil's Orchard" and "I Feel the Dark" mixed progressive metal, folk and jazz into a heady combination that might be a bit much for the American headbanger to swallow. In any case, those true believers in attendance chanted and sang along the best they could.

Random note: While standing in line for a beer, I ran into the bassist for local metal outfit Onward We March. He said his band is working on a new album. If it features music half as good as any of the three bands on this night's bill, the area metal scene will surely be blessed.


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7 comments
just sayin'
just sayin'

Mastodon and Opeth are co-headliners on this tour. The rotate set times. Pretty much anyone that wanted to know who was closing the Dallas show knew before they left their house.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I am losing faith in that venue to be able to put on a decent show

Darrylrs
Darrylrs

yes, that is true, but since about 300 people left after mastodon, it is obvious which act attracts a bigger audience. I like both bands, but I was shocked to see that many people leave a show at 9:30.

Anus
Anus

 How so?

None
None

Mastodon sucked

James
James

Overall I thought the crowd was pretty much dead all night.  A lot of these younger Mastodon fans clearly aren't big metal fans and would rather stare at their shoes and text than engage in any outward show of emotion. And the crowd that stuck around for Opeth was sparse indeed.

All in all I wish both bands would have played more of their heavier material.  Both sets were well executed, but the dead crowd and the lack of heavier material played by either band made it a rather dull show by my standards.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Thats the whole reason that I skipped this show. Like I posted yesterday on the interview with Brann. With the exception of them always playing Blood and Thunder, the dudes in Mastodon seem pretty content to skip their first 2 records when they play live. I dont think its a coincidence that the first 2 are the heaviest records. Or at least the most metal. Hell, I like the new record and I loved Crack the Skye, but Im kinda over going to see them live if those 2 records are going be 90% of the fucking setlist. I want to hear March of the Fire Ants, Mother Puncher, and Iron Tusk. The atmospheric nature of their last 2 records kinda makes it too easy for the crowd to just stand there with their arms crossed.

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