Planned on getting to Ottobar after the "Special Guest" and right before Zoraoster. Stopped by Ritz Cabaret for some pre-gaming and was pretty impressed. It's become a lapdance place but you can still pull chicks out of there if you run game... and never get a lapdance.
Got there at 8:45 and Zoroaster were doing their last song. I dug the song until the end when they played a wall of distortion for the last 5 minutes. They could have squeezed in another song but chose to annoy the shit out of people instead. Mensa called and said get a clue. Not recommended because of that idocracy at the end.
Next up were Burst. Holy fukkin ball sacks! One of the most entertaining bands I've seen all year. Thanks Nat for the heads up on them. The dude sitting down didn't bother me at all. The fact he plays bare-footed bothered me a little but once they started playing I was in awe. The talent level of this band is off the charts and their cohesiveness in unmatched by 99% of the bands out there. I'm not kidding, they're incredible! You hear so many influences in their music from jazz to Steve Howe to Meshuggah. I hung with the singer Linus during Gojira beer runs and he was cool as hell. He seemed so happy to meet people and talk music. He did stress several times that he wasn't happy with them only getting 40 minutes on their 1st and last US tour and I couldn't blame him. I would have killed to see them play 20 more minutes. I think I have the setlist right but am still learning their music. I wasn't sure about the song that stops and starts several times but it was one of the highlights of the set along with Cripple God. Here's my best guess:
I hold Vertigo
Where the Wave Broke
Silver Rain or We Are Dust (best guess)
I Exterminate The I
Next up was Gojira. By this time the place was kinda packed. The crowd went total apeshit during 4 songs and they were Oroborous, Backbone, Ocean Planet & Vacuity. Lizard Skin was heavy as hell and I thought Toxic sounded incredible live also. One of the best shows of the year and when you factor in $12 a ticket the best value show of the year by far. Ocean Planet was thunderous and made my night. Between the 2 drummers it was a clinic on the kits. Here's the setlist:
The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
The Art of Dying
Where Dragons Dwell
Toxic Garbage Island
Stopped by Millstream Inn on the way home. By far the best strip club in MD if you're actually looking to meet girls. It's a mingling place and not a lapdance place for the most part. Every dollar is well spent there and the food is phenominal. If a show ends early I highly recommend popping by there for a nightcap. Great ending to a great night!