February 01, 2004
Thursday night Mark and I saw Opeth at the House of Blues in LA. Excellent show. More Swedish death metal, but they do this slow, beautiful sometimes acoustic stuff too. Often one song will go back and forth between slow, melodic singing and absolutely guttural roaring several times. I guess that makes them “progressive metal” (or “symphonic black metal”, heh).
The House of Blues on Sunset has great sound. And the crowd again surprised me with its friendliness; one guy next us fell to the floor, intoxicated, and half a dozen people standing near helped him up and asked after him.
The car got some attention, too.
opeth / weakness / deliverance
Posted by jjwiseman at February 01, 2004 05:51 PM
I saw Opeth last year at the Fillmore in SF. My sister-in-law is really in to them, and it was fairly cheap so I figured I'd check it out. Since then I have really grown to appreciate Opeth. Musically they are amazing, and the growling, which at first I was not really into, has become just noise I listen to when I hear it. I don't really hear lyrics when I listen to most songs anyway, so it just sounds like another interesting instrument to me.
And, I just happened to be listening to Blackwater Park when I read your blog this morning. Interesting.
Swedish metal bands have come up here every so often, so I just have to mention the slightly less-known band Pain Of Salvation. Their style is quite unique, and the singer is really versatile, going from almost near-growl to classic heavy metal air raid siren
They don't tour much (or then they've just had a couple of slower years when I've been following their exploits), but I can recommend all of their albums (although I would listen to something other than Entropia or The Perfect Element first).
What makes them progressive instead of regressive is that they don't go "We're death metal and this is what death metal sounds like so we do this" but instead go and do the music they want to.