Garden Of The Titans: Opeth Live At The Red Rocks Ampitheatre
Audio (and visual) blow-out from one of prog’s most unlikely crossover successes. Who thought we’d live long enough to hear and see Opeth thunder though the menacing Ghost Of Perdition to a sold-out Red Rocks, that glorious natural open-air amphitheatre that made U2 international superstars with their Under A Blood Red Sky album recorded there. Believe it.
Believe too, perhaps even more remarkably, how Opeth singer Mikael Akerfeldt has morphed into a latter-day Dave Lee Roth, after a fashion. Less scissor kicks and leaping from the drum raiser, maybe, but he name-checks Twisted Sister and is almost as much fun between songs as he is when he’s playing them. Musically it’s welcomingly full bore, with slick, bombastic readings of the intricate The Devil’s Orchard, the light touch of In My Time Of Need and a wonderfully overblown Deliverance.