Opeth Delivers Precision, Technical Proficiency & Melodic Vocals At ACL Live
“… My first introduction to Opeth was as a teen in a new city, ready to start college and a set of identity discovery/ ideations. ‘Deliverance’, ‘Blackwater Park and ‘Damnation’ are some of the albums I played non-stop during that period, so this is a band I’ll always be excited to see and document.….
…. An instrumental interlude song from their latest release mysteriously set the atmosphere for the band positioning on stage, followed by “Heart in Hand” completely sung in Swedish. We were allowed to shoot only the first two songs, but I was confident each Opeth song would be like 10 minutes long!. Unfortunately, I was wrong and we had the shortest melodic ones, but it was still more than worth the experience to be up close in front of a band that has such relevance for me.
Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt acknowledged ‘Black Waterpark”s 20th anniversary while joking about how they were signed to British label Music For Nations and took a leap forward instead of being condemned after their first four albums met with a modest reception.
The setlist consisted of “Hjärtat vet vad”, “Demon of The Fall”, “Cusp of Eternity”, “Devils Orchard”, “Drapery Falls”, “Windowpane”, “Sorceress” and closed strongly with “Deliverance”. Precision, technical proficiency, melodic vocals, and a friendly atmosphere with lighthearted but intelligent jokes made it an absolutely memorable experience (even while wearing the most uncomfortable shoes I could find) …”
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