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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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Upcoming Shows to Chi-Town

January was quiet, but February on is kicking ass! Check out the heavy shows coming your way over the next couple of months!

FEBRUARY

2.14 DEVILDRIVER, DEATH ANGEL, WINDS OF PLAGUE, THE AGONIST, AZREAL
Portage Theater, Chicago

2.14 LORDI, RIVAL, WRATH, SPARE CHANGE show moved to Reggies
Reggies, Chicago

2.17 OVERKILL, NILE
Concord Music Hall, Chicago

2.18 2017 Hardcore Horror Fest w/ SINISTER FATE & more
Underground Lounge, Chicago

2.18 PAIN OF SALVATION, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, PAPER HERO
Reggies, Chicago

2.23 MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA: RETURN TO ROOTS, IMMOLATION, FULL OF HELL
Portage Theater, Chicago

2.23 DARKEST HOUR, RINGWORM, ROTTEN SOUND, RIVERS OF NIHIL
Reggies, Chicago

2.24 AFTER THE BURIAL, EMMURE, FIT FOR A KING, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, INVENT, ANIMATE
Bottom Lounge, Chicago

MARCH

3.3 ULI JON ROTH, MANO, BRIMSTONE COVEN, SCHOOL OF ROCK
Reggies, Chicago

3.3 STEPHEN PEARCY of RATT
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

3.4 WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, GOATWHORE, ALLEGAEON
House of Blues, Chicago

3.4 DOKKEN, WARRANT, FIREHOUSE
Genesee Theatre, Waukegan

3.15 DOPE, COMBICHRIST, SEPTEMBER MOURNING, DAVEY SUICIDE
H.O.M.E. Bar, Arlington Heights IL

3.18 ENUFF Z’NUFF, TATTOOED MILLIONAIRES, CHEAP TRIBUTE
Penny Road Pub, Barrington IL

3.22 DESPISED ICON, CARNIFEX, FALLUJAH, RINGS OF SATURN, LORNA SHORE
Double Door, Chicago

3.25 UFO, SAXON, JARED JAMES NICHOLS
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

3.26 AMORPHIS, SWALLOW THE SUN, EARTHEN, VARAHA
Reggies, Chicago

3.26 BON JOVI
United Center, Chicago

3.31 WINGER
Joe’s Live, Rosemont

3.31 ANTHRAX
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

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.

 

Review – Opeth At the Riviera Theatre 10/09/16

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Going to any live show is a big event, especially when it’s a band you’ve admired and followed for a long time. I’m not overly hard to please, but a lot of acts haven’t lived up to my expectations when they perform. They seem lackadaisical, not interacting with the crowd, or maybe they’re hyped but their music sucks ass. Unfortunately, that’s happened more than I care to remember.

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This Metalhead loves her Duran Duran

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Let me preface this by saying I’m a big fan of Duran Duran. Ever since I was nine, the eighties version of the fab five ruled my cassette tape recorder as well as my bedroom walls. I recall when Sing Blue Silver came out in 1985 and my mother, who begrudgingly agreed to watch it with me, claimed that Andy Taylor looked high because his eyes were glassy. I argued and cried that they were good guys and that they’d NEVER do any drugs. In my eyes, alcohol was okay because I’d seen my parents drink it after a hard days’ work, but no way could they be into drugs.

NO NO NO.

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