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Old 04-16-2012, 04:12 AM
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Mastodon -- Pittsburgh, PA -- April 15th, 2012

Venue: Stage AE
Source: Me

I've been waiting for this show since it was first announced. Two of my favorite bands on one bill and Ghost opening.

After grabbing some drinks and hitting the merch both for a little bit, we hit the floor and Ghost was just coming on a little bit before 7pm. I'd been interested to see what the deal was with Ghost. People love them or hate them it seems. They played about a half hour and I must say were highly entertaining. The tunes were great and the imagery was really dark and theatrical. I don't have a set, but I assume they played what they have played all tour. 8/10

Next was Opeth .

The Devil's Orchard
I Feel the Dark
The Lines in My Hand
Demon of the Fall
The Grand Conjuration

Opeth was mindblowing! I saw them on the Heritage tour last year. As good as that was, this set was even more epic. I FINALLY got to see Windowpane live. I'm really glad the set is more varied from last time. Having the two heavy songs at the end really worked well. I still wish they would make their sets 50/50 with heavy to soft songs, but it was still awesome. When Mikael growled for the first time in the show during Demon, the crowd gave a huge round of applause. 9.5/10

Finally, Mastodon closed the show.

Black Tongue
Hand Of Stone
Crystal Skull
Dry Bone Valley
Octopus Has No Friends
The Hunter
Crack The Skye
All The Heavy Lifting
Curl Of The Burl
Bedazzled Fingernails
Aqua Dementia
Blood And Thunder
The Sparrow

I have seen Mastodon around 8 or 9 times. I've been a huge fan of theirs for years. Having said that, if this type of setlist is what they are going to do going forward, I'm gonna pass on seeing them. The performance wasn't bad by any means, but there are WAY too many Hunter songs being played. I like the album, but I love the Remission/Leviathan days. 5 or 6 of the Hunter songs could have been cut out for Iron Tusk, March of the Fire Ants, Mother Puncher, etc. During the middle of their set, I kind of lost interest. The songs made me lethargic. During Blood and Thunder, the floor exploded and a huge pit broke out, but I wasn't really into it at that point. I think they are a different band now and for the most part those days are gone. 7.5/10

Overall it was a fun night and well worth the money and effort to drive to Pittsburgh from Cleveland. Merch was $30 for t-shirts, $50 for an Opeth hoodie. They had wristbands, flasks, CDs, etc. The shirt designs for Opeth were new compared to the Heritage tour. Decent designs for all bands, but nothing that really blew me away.

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