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LIVEtoROCK86
04-07-2010, 09:39 PM
Venue: Terminal 5

Set 1:

BLACKWATER PARK

Set 2:

Forest Of October
Advent
April Ethereal
The Moor
Wreath
Hope Leaves
Harlequin Forest
The Lotus Eater


Great show! Opeth always does deliver. But I think it was also somewhat of a disappointment. The first set was really cool, it was a pleasure to hear Blackwater Park in its entirety, but the sound was really off for the first few tunes. Sort of tinny. Could barely hear Mikael's vocals...especially the harsh vocals. But then again he could have just been warming up because the sound in Set 2 was spot on!

The band promoted this tour as something where they were going to pull out all the stops: Blackwater Park in its entirety, rare songs, maybe a few surprises...instead they went with the chronological set which they've already done before (which I thought wasn't too inventive or original) and the setlist itself wasn't exactly rare. I really thought they would pull out songs they've NEVER played. Black Rose Immortal is one. I'm not a huuuge fan of that, but it's sick still and would be nice to hear. The Moor is pretty common, they played Harlequin Forest as a staple during their European tour in '09, Wreath a lot during the second half of the US tour '09, Advent a ton when Deliverance was being promoted...I dunno, I guess I was just expecting more of a one-of-a-kind experience. I wish the setlists had changed from show to show too, but then again it's tough to rehearse 16+ songs and change them up! But all in all it was a SICKKK show. Although, this is how I would have done it:

Set 1:

Blackwater Park

Set 2 (going with the chronological set):

In Mist She Was Standing
Nectar
Madrigal -->The Amen Corner
Serenity Painted Death
Still Day Beneath The Sun (why not keep BWP in the chronology and pull out a sick B-Side?!)
By The Pain I See In Others
Hope Leaves
Beneath The Mire
The Lotus Eater
A New Song?? (keep with the chronology and play something that comes after Watershed...hence, a new song?? If it exists that is...)

:party:

bruceharris
04-08-2010, 12:15 AM
Sorry for this but a few words has to be said here.

WHAT´S THE FUCKING PROBLEM WITH YOU SPOILED AMERICAN ASSHOLES?????

Opeth plays for 3 hours at 6 well selected cities and it is still NOT good enough for you?

Want me to come over and put my big vikingfoot up your arses?



And for the record, as you know absoluteley nothing about the band, the history or the songs I will give you a little 20th aniversary gift. If that do not keep you shut your mouth I you just get the hell out of Opeth´s way in the future. This is just a little chronological Opeth for yankees with no manors or respect, or people just appreciating history and wants to know a little bit more:

On april 7 1990 David Isberg left his house on Kynäsvägen 9B in the suburb Huddinge (also the same area where Mikael lives these days and not far from Sörskogen) going to central Stockholm and a record store called House of Kicks. Earlier that mornibg David came home from a familytrip to Thailand celebrating his mothers 40th anniversary and was going to to the record store to provide certain people a few gifts from the far asian country (not very touristed at the time). At the record shop he met up with Dan Nilson ad Richard Evén, ending up the three of them later that afternoon rehearsaing together for the first time at Tiamats rehearsal room in a youth center called Runan in Täby Kyrkby in northern Stockholm.

2 days later they rehearsed again and this time David set the name for the band first being Opet (stolen from the book "Solfågeln/Sunbird" by Wilbur Smith), later that day death metalized to Opeth.

The first line up also containing Mikael Bergerståhl and Martin Persson did not last that long. At the time of his youth David was a messy person, not always easy to get along with and often seen in fights. With Martin being a disastrous basplayer, David wanted to force him out of the band and invited his old arch enemy from school Mikael Åkerfeldt for the job. When the others disagreed David fired them all, took the bandname and some of the music and started up again with Mikael as a duo.

Early september 1990 the 2 young boys 15 & 16 years old sat in the bassment of Gunilla Åkerfeldts house in Sörskogen, Huddinge (can not for my life remember if it was located at the part of the road called Flugsvampsvägen or the second part called Taggsvampsvägen), with a Yamaha guitar (which I think Mikael still keeps somewhere), a 12 watt Marshall amp and a drumstick. 2 songs where created in a few days called Requiem of Lost Souls and Mystique of the Baphomet (later released as Mark of the Damned on the Dark Fantasia rehearsal tape, the recording that sat the band on the map as italian fanzine Thanatography runned by Stefano Longhi and Roberto Mamarella gave it a thunderous review, being the first magazine ever in anyones knowledge mentioning the band).

These 2 songs are to be find on the Orchid record, now compressed to one with a few changes under the name The Forest of October. The song still contains the certain segments that was the absolutely first written for Opeth by Mikael and David and is the very beginning of the career of Mr Åkerfeldt.

Summer 1991 a song called Poise Into Celaeno was written by the guys and can be heard on the unfortunately not well sounding live in akalla 1991 bootleg. That was the gig Peter Lindgren joined the band for (playing bass at moment with Kim Petterson from local glam rockers Crimson Cat ((to be heard on myspace)) doing the lead guitar). With Peter in the band, soon moving over to lead guitar as Kim wanted his time to be spent on his own band, they found yet another way of progressing their songwriting and Eternal Soul Torture was the next rehearsal tape to be traded in the underground late 1991. That song sort of made way for the sound taken on the second album, and important segments of the 2 songs are main parts of the song Advent.

After touring with Morbid Angel the influences changed a bit and the most typical song for the third album was April Ethereal. The sound was a bit more "americanised" and opened ways for Mikael to start to write for the next album being Still Life.

Being poor sitting in a tiny apartment in Hagsätra in Stockholm Mikael managed to write an entire album on any papernote he could find. There was no tabs these days but small oneliners like "morbid angel sounding riff 4 times" "straight after the mefisto theft converted to dark throne style" etc. Nobody knows how but he managed to get the songs together with The Moor being the most complicated one, and probably the one describing the album at it´s best.

With the succes of BWP Mikael´s brain was burning for real and he succeeded to write 2 albums at once. The first release being the brutal death metal epos Deliverance. With a wall of sound and the speed of light the band proved themselves to be top notch death metal (some people got sceptical after the more progressive BWP). One song describing the depths, brutality, speed and complicity (aswell as the Morbid Angel influences) is Wreath.

The second release, the epic Damnation contains Mikael´s personal Opeth favourite. That is a song called Hope Leaves. It might not just describe the album as good as a few other songs, but somewhere the mans own number one must be included in a set like this.

With new strong influences and a wider sound for the next release, Ghost Reveries, the band reached yet a bigger audience and people from all sort of rock and metal cultures. The band toured the globe round and round and the specific arts of the album in itself can be heard in the enormous Harlequin Forest.

Watershed was the last full release to date to wash our brains. Showing yet new genius sides that we could never expect from the band. Surprising us with a supreme masterpiece that would have made Gilour/Waters very envious back in the days and also a perfect way to conclude an evening, could not be anything but the future calssic The Lotus Eater, showing all the different sounds of the band from day one. In chronological order.

The selection of the songs just proves the greatness of Mikael Åkerfeldt, showing the band in all angles with everything included and extra sauce on top of that. It could not have been done in another way being pure to history.

I do not think playing a new song would have been a good idea.

Mikael, if you ever reads this, you know who I am.

Thank you and your band, wife and crew for giving me and Michelle a lovely evening at The Royal Albert Hall.

Polock91
04-08-2010, 12:24 AM
I enjoyed the show.... Very interesting Opeth history, I actually had no idea that those 2 songs made up Forest of October, pretty cool.

(FYI, not all Americans are spoiled, just throwing that out there...)

raiderjp
04-08-2010, 01:19 AM
Well, not all Americans are spoiled, but it seems like a great deal of them are...
I can't wait for the show tomorrow in LA. Hearing that much Opeth is going to give me an explosive eargasm.

ravenheart
04-08-2010, 02:02 AM
Sorry for this but a few words has to be said here.

WHAT´S THE FUCKING PROBLEM WITH YOU SPOILED AMERICAN ASSHOLES?????

Opeth plays for 3 hours at 6 well selected cities and it is still NOT good enough for you?

Want me to come over and put my big vikingfoot up your arses?

Seriously, everyone's entitled to their opinion, and if someone would have liked a different selection of songs, that's their preference. The ones played were Mikael's preference, and his right, obviously. Crying about someone else's opinion helps no one and actually makes you look like the asshole.

Although it's true, most of these guys are assholes :lol:

:uk:

Now if we could just get LIVEtoROCK86 to notice that his thread title doesn't match any of the others in the setlists forum and change it... ;)

KvltOvPersonality
04-08-2010, 04:27 AM
This was a great show, they are the best band I've seen live topping both Nile and Mastodon on my list. I loved Mikael's in between song banter. He seems like a really cool and funny guy. I knew the setlist beforehand so there were no surprises for me but, it was still great to hear The Moor, April Etheral, and Harlequin Forest.

Axis_Of_Metal
04-08-2010, 05:30 AM
What was the price of merch like. My buddy picked me up a shirt at the show in the Royal Albert Hall when he was over there for the past few weeks and I want to know how much I have to pay him back lol

Derelict
04-08-2010, 06:23 AM
Had a great fucking time at this. This was I think my 20th time seeing Opeth, will have to check my list. The title track from bwp still gives me chills

ravenheart
04-08-2010, 06:28 AM
What was the price of merch like. My buddy picked me up a shirt at the show in the Royal Albert Hall when he was over there for the past few weeks and I want to know how much I have to pay him back lol

I don't know. I didn't like any of the shirts so didn't actually go to the merch desk, and the display at the front of the venue didn't have the prices on.

I would expect £20 though.

Derelict
04-08-2010, 07:25 AM
I don't know. I didn't like any of the shirts so didn't actually go to the merch desk, and the display at the front of the venue didn't have the prices on.

I would expect £20 though.

Shirts were $25, hoodies were $50

overkill13
04-08-2010, 07:48 AM
I thought the sound during the first set was pretty good. The vocals were especially clear. Maybe it was where you were standing. However, in the middle of Blackwater Park, the bass did seem to get REALLY loud when certain notes were hit, but it wasn't too annoying.

illninoese
04-08-2010, 07:59 AM
\
Beneath The Mire
:party:


If only........that's possibly one of my favorite Opeth songs and I would love to hear it live.

ShatteredFlame
04-08-2010, 08:30 AM
Show was incredible. The first set I kind of had my doubts about it because how awful the sound was sometimes and how boring BWP is on some parts. But then the second set just blew me away.:rocker:

SerpentineVIVIVI
04-08-2010, 10:59 AM
:(

mankvill
04-08-2010, 11:46 AM
WHAT´S THE FUCKING PROBLEM WITH YOU SPOILED AMERICAN ASSHOLES?????[/B]


u mad bro?

leglessmoof
04-08-2010, 12:18 PM
The first set was amazing; the entire Blackwater Park album start-to-finish, no banter from Mikael in between songs. "The Funeral Portrait" and "Blackwater Park" (the song) were the highlights for me from the first set. "Bleak" and "The Drapery Falls" also went over especially well with the crowd, as those songs usually do.

The second set was like a normal Opeth gig in and of itself, and it was just as good (if not better) than the first set. Me personally, I would have chosen different songs from Deliverance ("A Fair Judgement" or "By The Pain I See In Others") and Watershed ("Hex Omega"). But I can understand why "Wreath" and "The Lotus Eater" were chosen instead, so no complaints here. I was really looking forward to hearing "Harlequin Forest". Alas, I was disappointed that the song didn't come off quite as well live as I had hoped. Still awesome to hear it though.

I thought the sound was outstanding for both sets. But the venue (Terminal 5) doesn't have the greatest reputation for sound. So to others that complained about the sound, it was probably the venue's fault. I guess I managed to find the sweet spot. I did have my earplugs in though, so maybe that improved the sound for me.

http://pictures.leglessmoof.net/v/concerts/2010_04_07/

http://pictures.leglessmoof.net/d/8406-2/P1100562.JPG

http://pictures.leglessmoof.net/d/8416-2/P1100689.JPG

Polock91
04-08-2010, 12:18 PM
Well, not all Americans are spoiled, but it seems like a great deal of them are...


Holy fuck, man, going to High School these days is a fuckin experience. You haven't seen spoiled until you've seen the suburban white kids on Long Island in High School. It's horrible and hilarious at the same time.




All that being said, you Europeans shouldn't let the majority speak for the collective. We're not all Paris Hilton over here...

LIVEtoROCK86
04-08-2010, 01:35 PM
@bruceharris - I'm sorry you're such an angry person dude. Relax.

@ Everyone else - The show definitely was fucking great!! I was just voicing my opinion about what I would have liked to hear. If they had pulled out any of those songs, I think I would have lost it. HA! I was warned that Terminal 5 was a sub par venue and that the sound was shit...it's too bad because they played SOOOO well. Sometimes the sound was just off though. But in Set 2, it got much better and I feel like Mikael was more than warmed up and was really milking that death growl! During the first half of Set 1 though, he seemed like he was struggling a bit.

CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEW ALBUM! Does anybody know where they are in the writing/recording process?

makethemsuffer12
04-08-2010, 01:54 PM
Holy fuck, man, going to High School these days is a fuckin experience. You haven't seen spoiled until you've seen the suburban white kids on Long Island in High School. It's horrible and hilarious at the same time.




All that being said, you Europeans shouldn't let the majority speak for the collective. We're not all Paris Hilton over here...

Tell me about it, dude. I'm in Dix Hills and go to HHH HSW, so I'm pretty much surrounded by those kids daily.

SomewhereInTime72
04-08-2010, 02:37 PM
so i pretty much shat my intestines out during the moor

Platinum Maze
04-08-2010, 03:02 PM
I thought it was great. It was the 7th time I've seen them and I had only seen 6 of the 16 songs live previously (leper, bleak, drapery, bwp, hope, lotus). Funeral Portrait, April Ethereal, The Moor, Wreath, & Harlequin Forest were dreams come true!

LIVEtoROCK86
04-08-2010, 03:34 PM
Advent was fucking awesome too! That's definitely my favorite song off Morningrise. It's nice to hear it with keys. Fills it out nicely.

larvtard
04-08-2010, 05:31 PM
Tell me about it, dude. I'm in Dix Hills and go to HHH HSW, so I'm pretty much surrounded by those kids daily.

just wondering, is Massapequa bad along those lines...my 15 year-old cousin lives there

greenReaper
04-09-2010, 07:39 PM
Sorry for this but a few words has to be said here.

WHAT´S THE FUCKING PROBLEM WITH YOU SPOILED AMERICAN ASSHOLES?????

Opeth plays for 3 hours at 6 well selected cities and it is still NOT good enough for you?

Want me to come over and put my big vikingfoot up your arses?




Why are you belittling spoiled Americans when 4 of the 6 anniversary shows were NOT in the States? Ass. And why did you wait so long to post this history when there were other setlists posted?

Otherwise...thanks for the info :light:

bt11763
04-09-2010, 07:55 PM
Tell me about it, dude. I'm in Dix Hills and go to HHH HSW, so I'm pretty much surrounded by those kids daily.

i go to school in dix hills :)


but i'm from medford, which is great on gas in case you were wondering :eyes: :boohoo: