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Opeth Gojira Old Indianapolis Centre 5/13/17

 

GOJIRA

Although Opeth and Gojira and fastly becoming part of our regular rotation of coverage, they don’t seem to bore or disappoint us. First Gojira, who all look like babies, suddenly find themselves among the more seasoned artists in metal. A consistent tour schedule, massive exposure from the record company (Roadrunner), as well as a devoted fanbase will do that for you. And though they are mature now, they don’t perform like tired old men.

Even though the mix of complicated time changes and killer riffs can only be bested by Meshuggah or the concert’s headliners, Opeth, Gojira doesn’t allow that to stop them. Apparently, Gojira has mastered the art of keeping their fans on their toes and for this show the crowd was delighted by Gojira’s efforts.

Playing favorites such as Stranded, Silvera, and The Cell, Joe and company wowed the crowd with a strong forty-five minute set. The movement from those in attendance made the floor shake and their rousing show seemed to blow the roof off the Old Egyptian Centre.

In all the times I’ve seen Gojira, I’d have to say this ranks as one of their best shows. They always come with energy which some bands lack. Fortunately, they don’t and given that they’ve already been around over a decade and a half, they show no signs of slowing down.

SETLIST

Only Pain

The Heaviest Matter of the Universe

Silvera

Stranded

Flying Whales

The Cell

Backbone

L’Enfant Sauvage

The Shooting Star

Toxic Garbage Island

Pray

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OPETH

As I mentioned in the aforementioned Gojira review, Opeth are one of the masters of complex and technical. Being a headliner seems to suit Opeth who continue to bring their A game.

Opeth is supporting their latest release Sorceress and they opened the night with that track. They also played a medley as they did the last time we saw them, getting us excited for older tracks without actually completing them, which annoyed many including me.

However, not enough to say the show was a failure. It wasn’t. Anytime seeing Opeth is a joy because although the list may be small due to the duration of songs, you always know Mikael and company will play every song flawlessly.

SETLIST

Sorceress

Ghost of Perdition

Demon of the Fall

The Wilde Flowers

In My Time of Need

The Devil’s Orchard

Cusp of Eternity

Heir Apparent

Era

Deliverance

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Forged in Fire Tour – Hellyeah In Flames

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With Christmas just around the corner, it seemed apropos that we’d get to see Swedish metallers In Flames along with HellYeah as support. What better way to let out some aggression around the blasted holidays than catching two of the loudest bands on the planet? I say that with love of course.

The venue was packed to the rafters for this event and both bands brought their “A” game. HellYeah was supporting their newest release, Undeniable. The band was in top form, with lead singer Chad Gray rousing the crowd with his antics, highlighted by bassist Kyle Sanders spitting fake blood in his singer’s face! Chad had inspirational messages for his followers between each song; where he remarked how heavy metal saved him and urged that we’re all in this together. I suppose his words were in response to the election three weeks ago. Nevertheless, the crowd appreciated his sentiments and appeared to be into the set from beginning to end.

In Flames was up next and the headliners made sure they kept the energy going. In support of their latest disc, Battlers, my third favorite Swedes entertained the masses with their signature Gothenberg Sound. We also learned bassist Peter Iwers was leaving the band to pursue other interests. Lead singer Anders Friden made the announcement and many in the crowd, including me were shocked. Of course, we’re well aware of his brewery and restaurant he has back home which seems to have taken off, meaning he needs to drop one of his passions. Beer or Metal?  For a metalhead, seems like a pretty tough choice to me. Still, Peter is a staple in the band and he will be missed.

Despite that bit of bad news, the band put on a good set as always, leaving the capacity crowd happy they came out to give Peter a proper send off.

We at FourteenG wish Peter Iwers the best and look forward to a new incarnation of In Flames for 2017 and onward!

 

Setlist

Bullet Ride

Where the Dead Ships Dwell

Leeches

The End

Alias

Only for the Weak

Play Video

Cloud Connected

The Truth

Through Oblivion

The Quiet Place

Paralyzed

Deliver Us

Take This Life

High on Fire/Meshuggah

 

 

High on Fire has always been a favorite of mine. The doom metal genre isn’t, but I always appreciated Matt Pike’s lyrical ability and musicianship. This evening he wowed the crowd playing tracks such as “The Black Plot”, “Rumors of War”, “Turk” and “Fertile Green”.

My second favorite Swedes. Who are the first you may ask? Click the link to find out. But yes, Meshuggah are definitely a close second. To appreciate a Meshuggah performance, you might need to get plenty of rest beforehand. Not because they are boring, oh no. Instead, it’s because the hard driving rhythms, killer riffs, and time changes will exhaust the hell out of you. Mind you, I wasn’t in the pit. I was off to the side with other press people, taking in the sight and having some libations, watching the melee unfold while the band were on stage playing their asses off. To say the crowd wasn’t totally into it would be wrong. They were, and although the performance was on the same night as the Cubs playing a world series game at home, the people in attendance cared little about what was going on in the outside world and gave all their energy and attention to Meshuggah.

And rightfully so. They played quite a few of their best songs as well as some off of their latest disc Violent Sleep of Reason which, in my opinion, was the best album of 2016. Meshuggah’s performance was one for the ages, cementing their place as one of the top bands in metal right now. The show and the disc will be talked about for years to come.  

SETLIST

Clockworks

Born in Dissonance

Sane

Perpetual Black Second

Stengah

The Hurt that Finds You First

Lethargica

Do Not Look Down

Nostrum

Violent Sleep of Reason

Dancers to a Discordant System

Bleed

Encore:

Demiurge

Future Breed Machine

Psychic Warfare tour Clutch/Zakk Sabbath 10/25/16

Psychic, more like psychedelic. When putting a veteran band like Clutch along with guitar virtuoso, Zakk Wylde, who on this tour was playing Ozzy Osbourne, you get some funky rhythms, classic riffs, and a whole lot of second hand smoke. And no, I’m not talking cigarettes.

Needless to say, the name of the tour was appropriate considering their style as well as the promotion of their latest album. Listening to Zakk and his Sabbath along with Clutch might’ve put you on some spiritual trip. I love old Black Sabbath and Zakk’s awesome guitar playing made up for the fact he was trying way too damn hard to sound like Ozzy. Paying homage is cool. Every form of impersonation is flattery, but I don’t have to hear the second coming of the great Oz himself. There can only be one of him, and that’s plenty, thank you very much.

On the other hand, Clutch was just, well Clutch. Although I’m not one of their biggest fans and really, you shouldn’t care that I am, they have always put on a good show. Some of the highlights were “Animal Farm”, “Immortal”, “The House that Peter Built”, as well as a new song called “Sucker for a Witch” from their latest album. You don’t have to be a big Clutch fan to appreciate the musicianship of the band because they are just that talented and once again, they entertained the masses in Chicago.

 

Leprous 101

An interview with Norway’s progressive metal band Leprous. The entire band was kind enough to sit down with FourteenG, on their stop in Chicago. Just part of a mini North American tour, right off the heels of their slot on this year’s ProgPower. Dare we call them avant garde but as their album covers suggest, each is a bottled time capsule of their progression as seasoned musicians. So, why haven’t we heard more of them?! Maybe after this little stint of the U.S., the secret will be out and they won’t be our underground cult favorite anymore. Wait… maybe that’s a good thing! Without further ado, here’s a fun “getting to know you” piece of prog’s unlikely likely rock stars.

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The Devil’s Rejects

It was February 6th 2011 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. Hangin’ with the usual suspects. Good times were afoot. Libations were had. Getting ready to sway to whatever DevilDriver was about to spew forth. We take our spot, stage right, next to the speakers. It begins…

“Um, where the fuck is Miller?” 

Jonathan Miller, the bassist. The dude we meet on DD’s first tour in the early 2ks. That dude who helped lay down that rhythmic foundation since the beginning of their conception. That full steam ahead, 5-ton truck, ready to assault your ear cavity. The one who didn’t treat us women in the industry like a piece of ass in shoes?! Yeah, that dude. He was gone.

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Gene Simmons Claims Rock is Dead – My Take? Not Really

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Recently, Gene Simmons from the iconic rock band KISS had these thoughts about the state of rock and roll. ROCK IS DEAD. You can read the full article he did with his own son in this link.

In this interview, he stated that file sharing is one of the main reasons rock isn’t popular anymore. He also states there aren’t many acts or performers who stand the test of time because of greedy men in white suits making and shaping bands along with teenagers who think they are entitled to get their music for free. Gene has a point however I don’t think rock is entirely gone.

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The Atlas Moth’s “The Old Believer” drops today

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#latergram alert: What better time to promote a little #theatlasmoth “The Old Believer” drops today! Here’s some shots from that night at Wall to Wall Recording in Chicago when Gojira & crew stopped by to record on the title track after their gig at the Aragon with Slayer. Fun and productive night indeed! Good luck guys!!! #profoundlorerecords #theoldbeliever #gojira #joeduplantier #gojiraofficial #yakuza #cantstoppromoting #pr #supportlocal #buyvinyl

(Pssst… for you geeks out there, lower left-hand pocket; that gem recorded The Police’s “Synchronicity” album. You’re welcome!).