Top 10 Live Performances
Top 10 Live Performances
10. Rush – 9/16/10, Console Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
This was my second time seeing Rush. I thought that the setlist was a pretty strange one, but Rush is Rush. Neil Peart is my drumming hero, and watching his flawless performance could have made me cry. Geddy was on his game and sounded great vocal wise as he was slapping his bass like a madman. The second half was the highlight, seeing as Moving Pictures is one of my favorite albums. I definitely want to go see them again sometime.
9. Ozzy Osbourne – 8/19/10, First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
This was my third time seeing the Ozzman live, and it was probably the best. I’m not going to lie I went in thinking he might not be all that great, and I was disappointed by the lack of Zakk Wylde and Mike Bordin. Ozzy played an awesome set and pulled out some surprising songs such as “Fire in the Sky”, as well as some of my favorite Black Sabbath songs such as “Fairies Wear Boots” and “Into the Void”. His new band is tight too. The “Rat Salad” jam was beyond amazing. Ozzy had a good pick with Gus G.
8. Clutch – 10/16/10, Trib Total Media Ampitheater, Pittsburgh, PA
I only just recently started listening to Clutch, and after hearing the self titled album, I was immediately hooked to them. Even though I love BLS and Children of Bodom (the old stuff, at least), I was going to this show mainly for Clutch. Though they played before Bodom at my date, it was still worth the time they got. I was beyond excited to hear them pull out “I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth”, “Freakonomics”, “Big News I”, and “Burning Beard”, to name a few. I really, really, really want to see these guys headline, and when I do, you can count on me being in the front row.
7. Watain – 11/6/10, Mr. Smalls Theater, Millvale, PA
Whenever I found out that Behemoth was coming back a second time this year, I nearly shit myself. Whenever I found out that Watain would be coming with them, I did shit myself. Whenever Behemoth cancelled the tour, I was very surprised to see that Watain was doing a headlining show at Mr. Smalls. I didn’t think they were big enough to headline there, but I was wrong, I guess. Since it was the first date of the tour, they didn’t have any of the rotting animal carcasses or blood, but the music and the performance were still awesome. Daniellson seriously looked possessed onstage, and there was definitely a presence of some sort throughout the venue. Highlights for me were “Malfeitor”, “On Horns Impaled”, “Waters of Ain”, “Total Funeral”, and “Stellarvore”.
6. Triptykon, 10/14/10, Mr. Smalls Theater, Millvale, PA
Without a doubt the heaviest and loudest show I’ve ever been to. I was able to witness Tom G. Warrior, a Metal God, play to a room of what couldn’t have been more than 150 people. Warrior had such a commanding and intense presence on stage, and only spoke to the crowd once the entire night. In addition to the Triptykon songs, of course they pulled out some Celtic Frost classics such as “Circle of the Tyrants”, “The Usurper”, and the ball breaking “Procreation (of the Wicked)”. The Triptykon songs were incredible as well. “Goetia”, “The Prolonging”, and “Abyss Within My Soul” were all monumental. I hope these guys tour America again sometime soon.
5. Suffocation, 1/22/10, Mr. Smalls Theater, Millvale, PA
I’m not going to lie, I went to this show to see Devildriver, and although they were awesome that night, Suffocation was just a mindfuck. I wasn’t a fan of them at the time, and the only album by them I owned was Blood Oath. I only knew two songs they played throughout their set, and those two, as well as all the other ones, completely floored me. Watching Hobbs, Marchais, and Boyer play their guitars was mind boggling, as well as Mike Smith’s incredible drumming. Frank Mullen also sounds like a monster live, and is hilarious when he talks. The band plays such complicated and heavy material with such energy. The day after this show, I ordered three of their albums, and today I consider them to be my favorite death metal band.
4. Behemoth, 1/28/10, Mr. Smalls Theater, Millvale, PA
This was my third time seeing Behemoth, my second time seeing them as a fan, and my first time seeing them headline. Mr. Smalls was the most crowded I have ever seen it, and there was good reason for that. They played their crushing brand of blackened death metal for over an hour. Although the set lacked any material that was released before Satanica, they made up for it with three songs off that album: “LAM”, “Decade of Therion”, and “Chant for Eschaton 2000”. Other highlights for me were newer songs such as “Lucifer” and “Alas, Lord is Upon Me”, as well as “Christians to the Lions” and “As Above So Below”, which might be one of the heaviest songs I’ve ever seen live.
3. Amon Amarth, 4/28/10, Mr. Smalls Theater, Millvale, PA
Amon Amarth was one of the bands that got me into extreme metal, and since I missed what was their first show in Pittsburgh in 2009, there was no way in Hell I was going to miss this one. No matter what songs they played, it was going to be an awesome show, since all of their material is good. They could have used more from Fate of Norns and With Oden on Our Side, and maybe a bit less from Twilight of the Thunder God, but I really can’t complain. I headbanged through the duration of their entire set, beginning to end. “Valhall Awaits” was Godly live, as well as “Death In Fire” and “Varyags of Miklagaard”. I’m very much awaiting their new album and hoping they decide to visit Pittsburgh again.
2. Iron Maiden, 7/14/10, First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
I used to be a pretty big fan of Iron Maiden, but after awhile I kind of grew out of them. In the recent years I didn’t really care about their classic material, and I surely couldn’t give a damn about their new material. Shortly before the tour was coming, I decided to give A Matter of Life and Death a second chance, and I liked it a lot more than I did whenever I was 13 years old, and I completely understand why I didn’t like it then. I didn’t decide I was going to go until the last minute, but I’m really glad I did. I was very skeptical because I knew the setlist, but what can I say…It’s Maiden. This was perhaps the most emotional and epic show I’ve ever been to. Never before have I been so far away from the stage, all the way up on the lawn, but felt so ridiculously close to the band. All of the new songs were beyond incredible live, and the few old songs that they played made the entire night even better. After the show, I quickly regained my interest in Iron Maiden, and I will GLADLY go see them any chance I ever get to do so.
1. Enslaved, 11/12/10, Mr. Smalls Theater, Millvale, PA
I was so disappointed that Enslaved was opening for Dimmu Borgir, but I wanted to see them for a second time so fucking bad. I was lucky enough to have won a spot on the guest list, so I didn’t have to pay $30 to get in, but I would have gladly paid that much for this show. They only got to play 35 minutes, but they were so damned awesome. I might be a bit biased, because Enslaved is one of my favorite bands, but whatever. The new songs that they played, “Ethica Odini”, “Raidho”, and “The Beacon” were incredible live. Especially “The Beacon”. It was ferocious. “Fusion of Sense and Earth” and “Isa”, were both great too, and got pretty good reactions from the crowd. “Ground” is a very special song to me, and it was one of the highlights of the set. I spent the whole 35 minutes headbanging, fist pumping, and screaming every word to every song. Ivar even acknowledged my presence while they were onstage, giving me a thumbs up sign and nodding. I was able to meet the entire band after the show, and get a handful of my albums signed. I had a great conversation with Cato, the drummer, about drums and recording and some other things, and had small conversations with Ivar and Herbrand. They’re all great guys, and I am looking forward to their American headlining tour in 2011 more than anything right now.
Coming next will be my ranking of the three EP's I heard during 2010.
I've lost track of just about everything.
Last edited by daimonos; 12-23-2010 at 07:45 AM.