Mastodon -- Minneapolis, MN -- May 7th, 2014
Chimes at Midnight
*Mastodon is absolutely killing it right now. This is a band at the top of their game.
*If Mastodon is smart, they'll continue playing a balanced mix of old and new songs like they have on this tour. The audience at First Ave was really into both the old and the new stuff. You don't always see that with a band like Mastodon whose sound has lightened up over the years.
*I'd say Bladecatcher got the biggest reaction of the night, followed closely by Black Tongue.
*Replace Bedazzled Fingernails w/ Trampled Under Hoof and The Sparrow with Blood and Thunder and this is the perfect setlist.
*If I'm being real picky, I'd also swap Crystal Skull with I am Ahab.
*Does Brent now have a giant bald spot or did he shave the top part of his dome to show off his head tattoo?
*Chimes at Midnight sounded excellent
The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
Toxic Garbage Island
In the Forest
*Another band absolutely killing it right now. Gojira was so damn impressive I thought they might upstage Mastodon (they didn't, but still...)
*I like Vacuity, but Gojira needs to make Explosia a permanent set closer. They closed with it at Knotfest a few years back and that old West guitar outro is perfect.
*I chuckled at the tree-hugging propaganda Gojira has at their merch table. It's hilarious to me that a band this heavy probably cries every time a tree is cut down.
*I also love trees, so back off.
Spring fra livet
Sultans of Satan
*The singer wore a giant dead bird on his head during the first song. Perhaps the bird died when a tree Gojira was trying to save was cut down?
*I also love birds, so back off.