OPETH of­fer a live extravagan­za in the Rock­ies.

Gar­den Of The Ti­tans

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NU­CLEAR BL AST

Swedish gods find new peaks in the Rocky Moun­tains

Opeth fans have been treated to some won­der­ful live doc­u­ments over the years, and though any­thing is likely to pale in com­par­i­son to 2010’s In Live Con­cert At The Royal Al­bert

Hall’s run-through of

Black­wa­ter Park, Gar­den Of

The Ti­tans, per­formed at the in­cred­i­ble, ge­o­log­i­cal won­der that is Red Rock Am­phithe­atre in the hills out­side Den­ver, is a fit­ting set­ting to make an au­da­cious bid for the ti­tle. Cru­cially, this is the Swedes’ first live al­bum since the piv­otal Her­itage stripped away most of their metal­lic el­e­ments from record, as well the live set for a time. How­ever, as any­one who wit­nessed the Sorcer­ess tour will attest, each show now sees a seam­less bal­ance of ma­te­rial cov­er­ing ev­ery peak of their ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer, with the setlist choice for this sub­limely per­formed con­cert per­fectly keep­ing ad­mir­ers of all eras happy. The tow­er­ing Ghost Of Perdi­tion and thun­der­ous fi­nale of De­liv­er­ance are played with the same caus­tic verve and ma­jes­tic flair as ever, while the Ham­mond-drenched 70s homages of The Devil’s Orchard and Cusp Of Eter­nity el­e­gantly be­fit the stun­ning sur­round­ings and hyp­notic screen vi­su­als, with the ma­jor­ity of the crowd shots show­ing spec­ta­tors on the steep ter­races cap­ti­vated. A size­able wind hurl­ing dry ice, moun­tain dust and the band­mem­bers’ hair around adds to the the­atre – and makes for a nippy evening if Mikael’s Åk­er­feldt’s com­plaints are to be be­lieved – and a roadie fid­dling with the front­man’s gui­tar dur­ing a ti­tanic De­mon Of The Fall makes for an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence that both looks and sounds ex­quis­ite. Even Mikael’s ex­plain­ing that any mis­takes will have been brushed over dur­ing one of his leg­endary dry skits fails to break the magic. A must for all fans and for any band want­ing to know how it’s done.

opeth: moun­tain men

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