Garden of the Titans Opeth Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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There are few bands that can or will match Sweden’s Opeth. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and, most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful albums, become one of the best bands on the planet; on album or on stage. Ask any Opeth fan. Enquire with any band that’s shared the proverbial pine with the Swedes. Or, get a label representative to talk Opeth. They’ll all tell you the same thing: Opeth are peerless. And they’re only getting better. Filmed and recorded in 2017 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, “Garden of the Titans (Opeth Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre)” is a 2-CD/BLU-RAY + DVD release (along with several vinyl color formats) consisting of tracks spanning the band’s nearly 30 year career
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The recording quality is fantastic, being on par with the Royal Albert Hall Album from several years back. The setlist is an excellent mix of old and new materials, with the band playing and sounding better than ever. The CD cut maintains Mikael's banter with the audience, and it's great. This js a definite must-buy for Opeth fans, new and old.
I was quite amazed at the SQ of this live album. Rivals their best studio SQ.
The interplay between Mikael and the audience is cool.
Please note -- there are some F-Bombs thrown, so not for a younger audience.
Recommended. I've alerted my Head-Fi Opeth fans of this new release. They were ecstatic!
I was there and I'm in the Blu-ray. My first movie! Fun to find yourself like that. Glad I took pictures at the show so I could remember where I was since it was General Admission. I always go for the mixing board area and assume that's the best place at a show for sound quality. This time I landed at 13 rows up and just a few people over to the west of the mixing board rail. It's all about getting in line early and then some easy jogging to the spot.
Seeing Opeth at Red Rocks was a thousand times better than the claustrophobic and echoey sounding theaters they usually play at here in Denver. I guess it helped that they could partner up with Devin and Gojira to fill the place up.
My first time seeing Devin and Gojira. Both bands sounded great. Gojira especially blew me away with its intensity. Wow that band slams! I actually wrote a review for myself the day after the show and this is it:
"Opeth was very good. It was surreal seeing them after Gojira. At first they seemed a bit slow and tame and old. And then Demon of the Fall didn't sound quite right, not as tight and a bit different sounding. Opeth seemed to get better the longer they played. I was happy by the end. Deliverance was perfect. They really nailed that one. I liked Era also. Wilde Flowers was better than I was expecting (one of my least favorite songs from new CD). Ghost of Perdition seemed a little muddy, as did Heir Apparent. But Heir Apparent really rocked, liked it. Devil's Orchard was tight but maybe a little off, boring. Cusp of Eternity was extra chunky, less smooth. A little boring. In My Time of Need was nice but not one of my favorites. Happy for the songs they did play. Wish they could play more. I think the choices were smart on their part, including songs from as many albums as they could and giving the fans lots of older heavy stuff to keep us happy. Will O The Wisp would have been nice. And something from Still Life and Master Apprentices, the list goes on...overall, they were fantastic!"
In hind sight, after watching the Blu-Ray, my opinion is a little different. I still think they seemed a bit robot-like. But Opeth has never been a band that jumps around the stage, at least that I've seen. With Opeth, the crowd is responsible for doing the jumping and the head banging. As Mikael sometimes reminds it to do.
What's really changed is the sound. It wasn’t the band that got better as the show went on, it was my ears! Even though I had ear attenuation via musician earplugs, I think Gojira might have blown out my ears a little. And its intensity was nuts. So this made Opeth seem a little weak. And the sound a little dull. When I listen to the Blu-ray, the sound is crystal clear, precise, and right on - studio-like really.
So now with the Blu-ray I get to enjoy the sound with fresh ears and it's wonderful. I guess I'm wishing Opeth had been the opener. Red Rocks really works for sound - it's very open and it doesn't bounce off the rocks back at you, or anything like that. It just sounds good. Way better than any theater I've experienced (although maybe I haven't been to any good ones). Too bad my ears were used up some at the show. Still, the visual experience was epic. It was windy and chilly, and that just added to it. I will keep seeing Opeth any chance I get and I’m incredibly glad to have this Blu-ray to remember that night.