A caveat: I was at this show, and even caught in a few of the sweeping crane shots stationed near the back of the Ballroom... but not for Mastodon. Being a co-headlining tour, my Better-Half & I had made the 6+ hour drive (that's what you learn to do when you want to see Live Shows but live in the Midwest... our closest "Big Concert Cities" are St. Louis at 2.5 hours west, and Nashville 3 hours south-east) to see one of our all-time favorite bands, Dethklok. I don't believe I had heard *1* of Mastodon's songs before that show.
...boy, was I stupid. The sheer luck of seeing "Crack The Skye" in it's entirety live was a jaw-dropping experience, and the last 3rd of the set a nice choice of previous material just sucked me in deeper. During the Aftershow - my Better-Half & I are lucky enough to be good friends with a couple members of the Dethklok "Live Band", and are hooked up with goodies such as free tickets & aftershow passes - I quizzed my friends on just how did I miss out on Mastodon for so long at that point, and why did they not clue me in?!? Upon proper chastisement, I was informend that their back catalog was just as good and to jump on the train asap. We were also luck to see their next show a few days later in Indianapolis, and after being a slight bit more familiar with the material once we returned to our home, I ordered their complete catalog from Amazon immediately, and managed to snag all of the 2-disc Limited Edition versions. (Also, that after the Indy show I was able to head over to the venue's Private Bar with my Dethklok compadres, most of Mastodon and various and have a few drinks and not act like a "fanboi" but as a Regular Guy was a highlight of my Concert Lifetime!) I've also become a big fan of their post-CTS releases and seen them numerous times since.
But back to the "Live At The Aragon" release. Yes, the vocals aren't 100% compared to the studio version - this album in particular is harder on their voices. But to their credit, they didn't replace the tracks with "Live In The Studio" takes apart from a few mic volume issues. That makes it refreshing that they released a "warts 'n all" live release. But everything else is mixed extremely well, and is a great-sounding CD.
As for the DVD, it's the reason I'm deducting 1 Star despite what seems to be a glossy review. It's only the fact that is *is* a DVD, and not a Blu-ray for a concert taped in 2009. The DVD itself is quite good: I've seen far worse when played back on a Hi-Def set-up. But simply thinking how much better it could have been solidified this decision.
I HIGHLY recommend this CD/DVD set, for fans of the band or someone wanting an "Entrance Point" as I got that evening. It's a great CD, a far-more-than-adequate DVD for an extremely reasonable price, and a fantastic piece of music performed.