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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Opeth Obliterates Starland Ballroom

Last night, Opeth took the stage at Sayreville, NJ's, Starland Ballroom in front of a capacity crowd. The music was loud, furious, and frenetic. The crowd was moshing like mad. The very ground was shaking. It was a good show, to say the least.

Singer Akerfeldt was in rare crowd-taunting form, taking every opportunity to make fun of NJ for its softer side of music (aka, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Bruce Springsteen). The crowd took the jesting in good spirits and gave the band the finger in response.

They played a wide-ranging collection of songs, spanning their career from the earliest releases to their newest. Perhaps the best rendition of the night was Ghosts of Perdition from the Ghost Reveries CD. The mosh pit was quite out of control for that one.

After opening the night with a 45-minute set of power death metal, Opeth slowed things down and played some of the ballads of off the Deliverance CD. The respite was welcomed by the crowd, who broke out lighters in force.

In all, the band played about 1 hour 45 minutes, which is the longest set I've seen from them. It was a good time all around. Check out some pix below:

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