Mastodon & Kylesa @ MHOW in Brooklyn – pics & setlist
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum
Mastodon, Kylesa, and Intronaut were back for round two on May 10th at Music Hall of Williamsburg, one night after Irving Plaza. As advertised, the showpiece for the evening was the band's new album Crack The Skye, in it's entirety and in order with an accompanying video show. Until that point, I fell into the sub-section of Mastodon fans that believe the new album is a bit overwrought and uninteresting, figuring the tunes would be given new life on stage. That was not the case, and even though portions of the Crack The Skye live set were impressive, my opinion of the record hasn't changed.
Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the new material, their live show is better than ever. Mastodon may have seemed alot less comfortable on stage with the new material, but it was well-executed, and the signature Mastodon-ian big volume and theatrics were still present. In addition, the Crack The Skye set emphasized some surprisingly impressive vocals by drummer Brann Dailor and vocal harmonizing by Troy Sanders (bass) & Brent Hinds (guitar)... a big compliment considering the show I was just at on friday. The new material was followed by a set of highlights from the remainder of their discography ("Iron Tusk", "March Of The Fire Ants", "Capillarian Crest", others). The full set list is below.
Intronaut (who I missed... sadface) and Kylesa opened the show, with Kylesa drawing from their awesome album Static Tensions and closing with "Hollow Severer" from 2006's Time Will Fuse It's Worth. If you haven't caught Kylesa and their crusty-doom-ridden-dueling-drum attack, you have two additional chances in the coming months.... Cake Shop with Stinking Lizaveta, Unearthly Trance and Darsombra on May 30th and Maxwell's on May 27th with Wetnurse and The Nolan Gate (tickets here).
More Mastodon & Kylesa pics below...
After this show I ran to Death By Audio to catch Frodus.
Irving Plaza pics, Intronaut included, HERE.