Gar­den Of The Ti­tans: Opeth Live At The Red Rocks Amp­ithe­atre

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Philip Wild­ing

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.

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