Solid review @Ariana. Will you give ratings for each song they played? That's the only way could've got that overall rating!Manowar were surprisingly good. I must say I was impressed with how tight the band was, without any breaks between the songs. They also had an amazing stage production, and the setlist was very solid, including the Bulgarian anthem, which made people piss themselves with patriotism. On top of that, we were out of the venue and in the car about three minutes after the concert ended and home 10 minutes later. Overall, a very smooth and enjoyable experience. 9.6/10
Oh, and the new guitarist is probably better than Carl.
So it was a cabaret set then? No rare hidden gems?Not as much as you'd think. It may have been expensive for a Bulgarian (although I was told it wasn't), but not for a West German.
I'm happy. Manowar got a lot of bad rap in the last 10 years, even by their standards, but the gig was superb. Eric Adams still has it, and he proved once again (to me) that he's one of the best metal singers ever. The new guitarist is the best they've had since Ross the Boss. The setlist had me satisfied. They playedBattly Hymn (one of my favourite songs ever), The Gods Made Heavy Metal, Kings of Metal/Fighting the World/Hail and Kill in a medley that worked really well, Thor, and a lot of other stuff, but those were my highlights. Together with, of coure, Warriors of the World United, Brothers of Metal and Sons of Odin.
Eric, who must be pushing the seventies by now, was wholly believable when he sang "Don't try to tell us that we're too loud/'Cause there ain't no way we'll ever turn down".
Great stage production, tight playing, I really have no complaints. Even the sound was good after the first two songs. I'm glad I went, it was completely worth it.
I certainly am, it can't come quick enough!
So would you say it was a decidedly un-solid concert?I forgot to post here. Testament had super shite sound, I couldn't enjoy the concert without hearing the vocals or any guitar solos from Alex Skolnick. Also it was too short, setlist was shite af (no Over The Wall or The Legacy), and it was unbalanced, first all modern stuff, then all old stuff.
Pero Defformero opened, they had a much better sound, but I missed their opening few songs including my favorite one of theirs
This was a really good tour. I far prefer Coheed, but Mastodon are always solid (even if Brent Hinds is one of the most boring live players I've ever seen).I went to Mastodon tonight. They always put on a great show. I didn't go for the rail this time because I had a long same day drive and I'm also still a bit sore from Judas Priest. In addition this venue for Mastodon last year was the roughest pit I've ever been in. I showed up while the opening band Everytime I Die was playing and stood in the merch line, they didn't sound good. I watched Mastodon from around the sound stage. Obviously it sounded very good from there but it was pretty nice to sit back and watch the visuals. Crack the Skye in its entirety was definitely a treat. I watched the first couple songs from Coheed & Cambria. They're not my favorite band, and I've already seen them twice. They sounded pretty good though and had a very cool stage set.
Mastodon's setlist and discussion :Crack the Skye (Full album)
Blood and Thunder
Very nice setlist. It could have been a bit longer, but it was nice to see Ember City and Blood and Thunder. I wish 'Steambreather' was thrown in there somewhere, and 'Sultan's Curse' would have been nice. 'Toe to Toe's' anyone?
Unrelated: Since I'm in Seattle, I went to Chick-Fil-A. So fucking good!
Coheed seemed pretty good live, I haven’t seen them since the Maiden England tour and they seemed like they’ve stepped up a little bit. Brent is only boring because he’s so baked every gig.This was a really good tour. I far prefer Coheed, but Mastodon are always solid (even if Brent Hinds is one of the most boring live players I've ever seen).
I believe it. Last week at Chicago he was the only band member not drinking and hanging out after the show. (Probably cause he was getting baked in his trailer).Coheed seemed pretty good live, I haven’t seen them since the Maiden England tour and they seemed like they’ve stepped up a little bit. Brent is only boring because he’s so baked every gig.