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Opeth (+Dream Theater/3/BTBAM) @ Terminal 5, NYC – pics

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chris La Putt

Opeth @ Terminal 5

“If you don’t like the Scorpions, get the fuck outta here”

Mikael Åkerfeldt made clear where he drew the line during the break between songs at night one (May 21) of Opeth‘s two night stay at Terminal 5 – part of the “Progressive Nation” tour. The band ripped through their hour long set, drawing from from each of their last four albums as well as their new one on deck, Watershed (due June 3rd). Look for the setlist below.

What the band lacked in live energy and on-stage movement was made up in spades when it came to effortless, buttery-smooth execution. Even Åkerfeldt’s unholy death growl seemed second nature as he slid from his satiny singing voice and back again.

Although Peter Lindgren was missed, new guitarist Fredrik Åkesson (ex-Arch Enemy, Krux, Talisman) ably traded leads with lone original member Akerfeldt. I think he’ll be just fine.

Overall, Akerfeldt and his horror-movie-voice-over voice kept inter-song banter witty, funny, and inconsequential except for one tasty nugget of info:

“We will take a break for the summer and then be back for a North American tour in September”

Dream Theater headlined both shows that also had Between the Buried & Me and 3 on the bill. Setlists and photos of all four bands (from night two – May 22), below…..

Opeth…

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth Set List for May 21st:
Master’s Apprentices
The Baying Of The Hounds
To Rid The Disease
Wreath
Heir Apparent
The Drapery Falls

Opeth Set List for May 22nd (from other sources):
Demon of the Fall
The Baying of the Hounds
In My Time of Need
Wreath
Heir Apparent
The Drapery Falls

3 opened the show with an abbreviated set that impressed the few in attendance. Might be a band to watch for.

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Between the Buried & Me also opened the show, drawing from the metalcore prog of last year’s Colors….

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Dream Theater headlined (for those who stayed) (Chris did) (Black Bubblegum didn’t)….

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

Opeth @ Terminal 5

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