Sunday, February 18, 2007

Concert Review - Mastodon Brings The Blood and Thunder To 9:30 Club - 2/17/07


Mastodon graced the stage at the 9:30 Club tonight with a tight and essentially flawless set. With very little to say, they came on stage and commenced a set which would feature mostly songs from Blood Mountain, as well as a few songs from Leviathan, including a personal favorite, "Blood and Thunder".

Mastodon is definitely one of the truly technically proficient bands out there, with a free-form element in their composition, as their tracks can change in tempo from one minute to the next, but an absolute rigidity in their performance, as their live show is as tight and true to the album as they come (which can be a very good thing, when your albums are as good as Mastodon's). The only real criticism of the evening is that drummer Brann Dailor can at times seem to get away from the band with his hammering double bass and double-speed playing. But in a live show with both melody and mayhem played to perfection, one cannot complain about a drummer passionate about his work.

An unreal set, Mastodon deserves your attention every time they come in to your city. When they play live, they can put almost any other band, metal or otherwise, to shame with their perfect instrumentation.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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