PdX, on Oct 3 2009, 10:15 AM, said:
Kerzain, was it just me or was Dethklok having issues at first? The guitars were to quiet at first and the vocals were inaudible. It got better after a song or two but you could see them keep looking to the side of the stage and telling them to "turn it up".
Yea, the stage-left guitar (I think it was actually the bass) was inaudible and they had to keep tweaking it, and they turned up the backing vocalists early on. Once they did though it sounded great. I am particularly impressed with how well they stayed in sync with the cartoon vocalists in the background etc too.
Their songs are catchy and funny. They remind me of a death metal version of Spinal Tap in many regards, and the whole set and cartoons were fun.
All in all, Mastodon rocked it the best. Every song was moshed to, I have even more respect for CtS and love it twice as much after hearing it live. It sounded a lot better than the videos that I have seen on line. The crowd seemed to know EVERY song they played. People went NUTS with Behemoth and Mother Puncher. The only request I could have is if they would have added iron tusk or blood and thunder to it (but I know those are songs they always play). If any of you had doubts about going, GO. It will be well worth your time. Mastodon was pretty much SPOT on.
Yea, This is the second time I've seen CTS performed live in it's entirety. The first time was last April very early on in their CTS tour. The guitars were higher in the mix this time and came across much better than before, and it made the whole thing sound much more metal/shredding (where applicable) than both the album and the prior performance.
Brent's vocals were too low too during the early portions of the Mastodon set. It sounds like they also added a lot of reverb to Brent and Brann's vocals compared to the last time I saw them which seemed to give them a fuller sound during their singing portions of the CTS songs, but maybe that was just the acoustics of this place compared to the Hawthorne Theatre where they had their last show here. Troy was spot on the whole show, and I really, really dig his growls live. And Bill's vocals in Mother Puncher are always a very welcome addition and leave me wanting for more.
The Mastodon set went by so quickly I was very surprised when it ended. That's not to say the set was short (They only played for an hour when I saw them with Machine Head before CTS came out), but time flies when you're having fun.