CD review OPETH ‘Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre’

(9/10) Swedish metal icon Opeth unveils their live release ‘Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre’ beginning of November in different formats (DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl, CD and Download). The base for this review is the live album and therefore lasers in on the music only.

Opeth’s show at Red Rocks Theatre was part of the band’s ‘Sorceress World Tour’. The concert took place on May 11th and comprised of 10 songs of which all ended up in the live release with a setlist that reflects very much the entire spectrum of Opeth’s sound over time. 

The focus was on the band’s latest studio album ‘Sorceress’, which is a natural given. Three songs of the band’s 12th album have been performed that night with the mighty title track acting as an opener for 90 minutes of progressive metal. Next to these new pearls of Opeth’s musical treasure box, Mikael Åkerfeldt and band went back into the 90’s with progressive death metal anthems like ‘Demon of the Fall’. The song shows the death metal roots and is the harshest one on the album. 

The great thing with Opeth and their music is the fact that although the shift went towards progressive metal with a strong classic rock appeal, old and new goes together extremely well. Listening to this album offers a flawless Opeth experience, which makes the album to a great compilation that represents all phases of Opeth.

Next to the great choice of songs and the excellent performance it is the sound of ‘Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre’ that acts as the icing on the cake.’ Clear’, ‘divers’ and ‘dynamic’ are adjectives that describe the sound best, with enthusiastic fans in the background, cheering and screaming for their favorite band. 

‘Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre’ became a great live album of one of the most influential contemporary metal bands.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sorceress
  2. Ghost of Perdition
  3. Demon of the Fall
  4. The Wilde Flowers
  5. In My Time of Need
  6. The Devils Orchard
  7. Cusp of Eternity
  8. Heir Apparent
  9. Era
  10. Deliverance

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: November 2nd, 2018

 

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