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Old 05-21-2012, 05:33 AM
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Meshuggah -- Montreal, Quebec -- May 20th, 2012

Venue: Olympia

I don't have much time to write this, but I'm going to start off by saying that the Olympia is probably my favourite venue in Montreal. It's a huge and beautiful theater and it's got a very spectacular look. The sound is also the best I've witnessed at any concert. Speaking of sound, Decapitated sounded like a fucking hurricane. The drum and guitar sound were absolutely blistering. In terms of sound and performance quality (but not crowd reaction and setlist), this is the best of the three times I've seen them play. The crowd seemed to like them, but the pit only got violent when they started "Spheres of Madness". "A View from a Hole" was also really fun to hear live, it sounded massive. The band also seemed to fully embrace the large stage of the venue; they moved a lot. It was the perfect opening act.

Then came the band I was psyched to see: Baroness. Blue Record is one of my favourite albums of all time. You just never get bored listening to it. I was so happy to see them: I would have never thought that they would play here after so many years of absence (the last time was on the Red Album tour I believe, but I didn't know them at the time). Well, they absolutely killed live. They had tons of energy, especially Peter Adams. He had some kind of rockstar/epic stage presence that added a lot to the show. Something that also impressed me was the improvisation that they added to their set. There were a lot of atmospheric passages in between the songs, and "Steel the Sleeps the Eye" was completely transformed: it was extended, it had drums and the guitar work was far more complex. The vocal duo was emotionally phenomenal; it gave me chills at some points. The new songs were fantastic too, I can't wait for the new album!

Finally, Meshuggah gave one of the most spectacular performance I've seen. Their stage set was massive (they had huge banners of Koloss artwork and a backdrop with the album cover) and so was their music. The songs were extremely low and heavy. The light effects also gave a new dimension to the show. It created an eerie ambiance and it fitted with the rhythms in the songs, which was really cool to watch. The crowd response was huge. There were violent circle pits to fast songs like "Combustion" and "The Hurt That Finds You First" and energetic moshs to more groovy songs like "Future Breed Machine" or "Lethargica". My highlight was the masterpiece "In Death - Is Death". The pits were savage, the riffs were enormous and the light effects were at their best. The show as a whole is a serious candidate for the best one in 2012.

At the end, I bought a Baroness t-shirt, that came with a Yellow & Green sticker, and Krimh gave me a singed Carinval is Forever poster. I would have elaborated a bit more, but I have to run to school and there's Nasum tonight.


The Knife
Mother War
Post(?) Organic
A View from a Hole
Spheres of Madness


A Horse Called Golgotha
March To The Sea (new song)
Steel That Sleeps The Eye
Swollen & Halo
The Gnashing
Take My Bones Away (new song)
The Sweetest Curse


Obsidian (intro)
Glints Collide
Do Not Look Down
The Hurt That Finds You First
Minds Mirrors (intro)
In Death - Is Life
In Death - Is Death
New Millennium Cyanide Christ
I Am Colossus
Rational Gaze


Future Breed Machine
Dancers To A Discordant System
8/6 - SubRosa
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