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Opeth Live in Worcester

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Monday, March 8, 2004 @ 12:56 AM


Opeth, With Moonspell and Devi

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REVIEW BY: Matt Steele

The doors opened at 7:30 and Moonspell took the stage at around 9:00. Waiting around was kind of a bitch, but it was worth it. Moonspell came out and played their gothic style of metal in a very tight, convincing manner. I had only heard a couple of songs from them before, but they made me a fan this evening. They opened with "In and Above Men" from their latest album, but other than that I could not tell you a setlist. There was a song called "Mephisto" that kicked all sorts of ass in there as well.

Following Moonspell's set, DevilDriver took the stage after a quick set-up. Short story about the guy sitting behind me: Apparently he was "dragged" to the show by his girlfriend, and he said "Well at least there's one straight band on this tour, and that's DevilDriver." I then attempted to start a "Coal Chamber" chant to try and silence the fan, but it didn't work out. I couldn't help but laugh at his opinion, because to me Opeth are one of the greatest heavy metal bands today, if not of all time.

After their set, I'll admit that Dez Farfara has convinced me that he is a true metal fan nowadays. That does not mean that his band is great by any means. They're pretty standard, and not very original, but they have a passion for metal and play very tight, which I definitely respect.

I was here to see Opeth, however, and when they took the stage I was simply mesmerized.

Opening with "Master's Apprentice" off Deliverance, I was impressed with their clarity and intensity right off the bat. I would give a song-by-song review, but basically the entire night was a highlight. The sing-along portion of the pre-chorus to "In My Time of Need" (which featured Mikael equipped with a chair and acoustic guitar) was truly a spectacle, as he warned the crowd beforehand that the New York fans the night before booed when they said they were ending their tour in Worcester (to which the New York crowd replied 'WOR-CHES-TER', fucking yanks...), so we were all extra loud. I sat in the front row of the balcony for this show, although a part of me wanted to be in the pit as well. I'll get in the pit for Morbid Angel, but for Opeth I felt I had to observe and soak in every minute of the music.

After "Blackwater Park," I thought I couldn't handle any more, but I knew they'd come back out and do "Demon of the Fall" just because I've read that they always do. They did, and Mikael went on to make a joke about playing "Paranoid" (which he had already teased the audience with 2 times earlier in the night. Before "The Moor": "This one is off our Still Life album. It's one of those songs we've never played live before this tour. It's called "Paranoid"...), and Martin Lopez began the drum intro to "Run to the Hills," which gave the crowd a laugh, and a few "Maiden" chants soon after erupted. Eventually Mikael said, "On the count of four, if you know what song we're going to play, yell it out," and hearing everyone scream "DEMON OF THE FALL" was truly another highlight on this night of many. I'd have to say this was the greatest heavy metal concert experience I've ever been a part of, and I've been a part of many. I know this review is rather short, but trust me, if you experienced what I did tonight and went right home and attempted to put it into words, you'd be writing just as little as I am (or probably less because I tend to ramble, but regardless...)

The band announced that this was the last time Worcester, or the U.S. for that matter, would see them in about a year and a half, possibly two years as they are going to take some time off and then write and record a new album. Mikael even joked and said, "Or we could spend two weeks writing and put out a shit album and come back as soon as possible," to which the crowd responded with a resounding roar of approval. Hell, after seeing these five Swedes (five because of their keyboardist/backup vocalist) tonight, I could take a shitty album as long as they don't play any of it live and tour as soon as possible, but we know Opeth wouldn't do that to their fans...

Setlist:

Master's Apprentice
The Drapery Falls
The Moor
Windowpane
In My Time of Need
April Ethereal
Deliverance
Blackwater Park
Demon of the Fall



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