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OPETH & KATATONIA Live In Cleveland, OH With Photos!

By Geoff Ketler, Cleveland Contributor
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 @ 5:25 PM


Cleveland House Of Blues Stop On The North American Heritage Tour

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The Swedes descended upon Cleveland bringing with them their own brand of progressive metal as the “North American Heritage Tour” rolled into northeast Ohio. It was a night of deep cuts, long compositions, and haunting vocals as OPETH and KATATONIA performed to a packed house at the House of Blues.

KATATONIA was up first; opening their show with “Buildings” off of their most recent release Dead End Kings. KATATONIA commanded the crowd’s full attention as they played their set with precision. Drummer Danial Lilijekvist set the tone with his dynamic playing and timely fills. Jonas Renkse’s vocals were both beautiful and melancholy at the same time as he let loose behind his mop of hair. The intricate play of guitarists Per Sandin and Anders Nystrom accompanied by Niklas Sandin on bass, round out the Swedish quintet.

The crowd seemed awestruck by the show...I think it was the attention to detail paid by the musicians with regards to every song. This wasn’t your average metal show...KATATONIA are perfectionists. The band was tight and their set reflected their skills as musicians. The setlist was primarily comprised of songs from their latest album Dead End Kings, but KATATONIA included a nice mix of songs from their last four releases.

Setlist:

  • “Buildings”
  • “Day and then the Shade”
  • “My Twin”
  • “Burn the Remembrance”
  • “Soil’s Song”
  • “The Racing Heart”
  • “Lethean”
  • “The Longest Year”
  • “July”
  • “Dead Letters”
  • “Forsaker”
After a short set change, the progressive metal giant, OPETH , took the stage, opening with “The Devil’s Orchard” –off of their latest release, Heritage. The crowd erupted. You could easily see that the warm welcome provided by the ravenous fans was well received by the band as the members fed off of the energy emitting from the crowd. The fans had been lining up since mid-afternoon just to try to be first to the barrier. Vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt was very engaging with the crowd between songs. He remarked that it had been a while since they had paid a visit to Cleveland.

Musically, the band was tight as could be. There is no doubt, upon seeing OPETH live, that they are masters of their craft. Lengthy compositions with changing tempos and numerous solos are part of their repertoire and they are played live with ease-tonight was no exception. Every song seemed to flow effortlessly from the band. They are sort of like the RUSH or DREAM THEATER of their genre; bending the rules and doing their own thing, like incorporating elements of folk, jazz, & death metal into their own blend of progressive metal. OPETH played a well-mixed set that spanned their career and included material as far back as 1998’s "Demon of the Fall" off of the album My Arms, Your Hearse. They closed out the night with the fan-favorite “Blackwater Park” as their encore.

Setlist:

  • “The Devil’s Orchard”
  • “Ghost of Perdition”
  • “White Cluster”
  • “Hope Leaves”
  • “You Suffer” (NAPALM DEATH cover)
  • “Atonement”
  • “Deliverance”
  • “Hessian Peel”
  • “Haxprocess”
  • “Demon of the Fall” (Acoustic)
  • “Reverie/Harlequin Forest”
Encore:
  • “Blackwater Park”
All photos by Geoff Ketler and Steve Keller

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