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Opeth/Cynic/The Ocean - Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland - 18 November 2008

Discussion in 'Metal Concert Discussion' started by Bleakest Harvest, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Bleakest Harvest

    Bleakest Harvest \m/Misanthropic Hippy\m/

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    Opeth/Cynic/The Ocean
    Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland - 18 November 2008
    By Paddy Walsh
    Photography by Simon Ward


    Yon scribe shamefully descended upon Dublin's Vicar Street mid-way through US prog-death legends Cynic, only to brazenly proceed straight to the bar in an act of sheer, thirst-ridden blasphemy. My defence was that this was an all ages show - no booze permitted on the floor - see my predicament? I've never watched a band completely sober, and i'm not about to start tonight. Luckily my informants in the audience reliably report that The Ocean were decent if unremarkable, full of gusto but their Meshuggah-cum-metalcore stylings a little short on memorability, whilst Cynic threatened to upstage the headliners with a fantastic performance that drew upon their classic Focus album and newie Traced in Air. 'Veil of Maya' and 'Integral Brth' proved to be respective highlights.

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    Opeth have played Irish shores thrice since 2001, and the last two have been sold out. Tonight is no exception, as the venue is packed to capacity with both wizened metal scenesters and fresh-faced youth alike. Heck, I even spot a 50-something bloke with 2 eager youngsters - fully resplendent with Opeth garb - in tow. The seemingly wide demographic appeal of Opeth; young, old, male, female, underground, overground, is fully apparent tonight, and it's both a bewildering and heartening example of a band succeeding on their own terms. It's taken Opeth 9 albums to get here, and only a miserly shit would begrudge their ascent to the metal big league.

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    Launching into 'Heir Apparent', Opeth send paroxysms of energy through the bustling throng. They're consummate pros these days, new guitarist Fredrik Akesson pulling all the requisite rock shapes whilst the freshly bearded Per Wilberg headbangs vigorously behind his keys. 'The Grand Conjuraton' has an anthemic quality that shines better live than on record, partcularly its climactic finale, whilst Still Life's 'Godhead's Lament' is aired much to the old guard's delight. Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt retains his penchant for between song stand up, at one point allowing the front row maul his guitar before raising it to his lips and muttering "it's now blessed". Akerfeldt obviously gets a kick out of indulging in rock star cliche, but mid-song his persona is more akin to a demonic, growling metal machine, his roars perfectly interspersed by the measured cleanly sung parts. 'The Lotus Eater', gven its debut this tour, works incredibly well live, even if the funky keyboard workout is dulled by the low mix of the keyboards.

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    The likely highlight of the night, however, despite the finesse of 'Bleak' and the extended Damnaton cut 'Hopes Leaves', comes with the double roundhouse of 'Deliverance' and 'Demon of the Fall'. The former's moshpit-friendly Meshuggah-punch in its final minutes predictably sends the crowd apeshit, whilst the latter - a live favourite for years at this stage - is as crushing as ever. The set is neatly rounded off by what is arguably one of the band's finest moments, the lengthy and grandiose 'The Drapery Falls'. Opeth seemed fully aware of their commandng position tonight, and this faultless performance cemented their status as live 'must-sees'. Wth Vicar Street providing an appropriate venue - even the support bands enjoyed good sound - the only thing missing was a sloppy, watered-down pint in each punter's hand. Yet perhaps our collective lucidity made Opeth's onstage dominance all the more stark.

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  2. somecallmejack

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    Cynic pretty much upstaged Opeth when I saw them on a different date of this tour too, I was expecting them to be so amazing. Its one of the only times Ive gone & bought an album based solely on a live performance.
     
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    Chaos Logic New Metal Member

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    Great review man
     
  5. Living_Monstrosity

    Living_Monstrosity Freak for Life

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    Saw Cynic back in May with Daath and Dragonforce. Cynic was great! Definetly one of my favorite bands. Really good show, though Paul Masvidal's mic shocked him. I'm dying to see them again, I'm so pissed I missed the in January.

    This is my first post too.
     
  6. varunamarth

    varunamarth metalochak!!

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    cynic \m/ respect! love their orginality, really jealous of you man! i've never had the opportunity to see them live
     
  7. FerretallicA

    FerretallicA HMAS Slagdestroyer

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    Nice to see I'm not the only one who struggles to get got shots with Cynic's stage lighting.
     

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