Mastodon -- Buffalo, NY -- November 26th, 2011
Great night at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo tonight. The place was packed and I would venture to say sold out if not close. We arrived there about 7 when the doors opened. The line was pretty long outside. There was a play at the theater next door and some well dressed people were standing in line for a minute before they realized it wasn't for their silly play. Wouldn't they be in for a rude awakening if they actually went in?...ha..Anyway, we went in got a nice spot on the right side of the stage.
First up was Red Fang. I only knew a couple songs from them, but liked what I've heard. I'm always game for some sludge. Well they made me a fan tonight. They were really good. I'll have to check out their stuff soon. A friend of mine there that likes them says the set tonight was the same as the rest of the shows.
Next up was Dillinger Escape Plan, and they proceeded to suck ass for about 40 minutes.Their histrionics were kind of ridiculous and their music sounds like a total mess to me. Not my thing.
And now for the moment we were all waiting for...Mastodon! This was my first time seeing them, and they blew me away. They plowed right through the whole set. No breaks. No yammering. Just playing. That's how i like it. We were on Bill Keliher's side. That dude can play. The whole band was tight and sounded great. They definitely look like they are enjoying themselves, which is different than a couple years before. It's nice to see they got it together. Opening with DBV got the place going, but it exploded when the riff for Black tongue started. During Megalodon, almost the whole floor turned into a pit. The crowd were into every song, banging their heads and singing. Even drowning out Troy a lot. Especially the Blood Mountain and Leviathan stuff. The highlights for me were Black Tongue, Colony of Birchmen, Megalodon, Sleeping Giant, Ghost Of Karelia, All The Heavy Lifting, Spectrelight, Curl Of The Burl, Iron Tusk, MOTFA, and Blood & Thunder. I liked Mastodon before but now I have a newfound appreciation for them. Amazing band. What a great fuckin show! Anytime they come to Buffalo or near, I'll be there. And for anyone who questioned it or wondered it...Yes, Mastodon IS popular in Buffalo.
Dry Bone Valley
I Am Ahab
Colony Of Birchmen
Ghost Of Karelia
All The Heavy Lifting
Curl Of The Burl
Circle Of Cysquatch
Crack The Skye
Where Strides The Behemoth
March Of The Fire Ants
Blood & Thunder
Creature Lives (with the guitar player from DEP and roadies with their girlfriends)