Thursday, May 14, 2009

My bike and Elora's bike

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mastodon- April 30, 2009, The Metro, Chicago IL

I jumped on these tickets as soon as the pre-sale went up months ago. Mastodon played for about an hour 40 I think. Crowd was mostly guys, some women, all seemed to have some type of body modification going on.

This is the set list I've seen floating around the web from this tour. I know the first part is accurate because they played the new album "Crack the Skye" in its entirety. The second part is accurate, I think, but I might be missing a song. The reason I am unclear is because I was completely blown away. I have seen many, many shows in my life. Some fade away, but there are some that stick with me for a long time. This is one of the latter.

The Czar
Ghost of Karelia
Crack the Skye
The Last Baron
---Very short break ---
Colony of Birchmen
The Wolf is Loose
Crystal Skull
Capillarian Crest
Iron Tusk
March of the Fire Ants
Hearts Alive

The concept album is kind of a thing of the past; mostly 70s era rock bands and difficult to pull off. Mastodon has done 3, Leviathan (based on Moby Dick), Blood Mountain and now Crack the Skye. Personally, I think Leviathan is the best, but Crack the Skye has really grown on me and it was fantastic live.

What really rocked me though was Mastodon's intensity. Each note, every drum beat and sound delivered like a karate kick to the face. I was in the balcony with an unobstructed view and I had a hard time trying to decide which one to watch the most. All 4 members technically smart, but playing with raw emotion.

10 out of 10.