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Megadeth: “Gigantour” @ PNC Bank Arts Center (9/30/2006)

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Artist: Megadeth: Gigantour 2006
Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ)
Opener: Lamb Of God, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Overkill, Into Eternity
Date: 9/30/2006
Label: Roadrunner Records, Century Media Records

“Gigantour 2005” was an incredible tour which not only paired Megadeth and Dream Theater as co-headliners for two monster sets but it also gave the fans the music of Nevermore, Symphony X, Fear Factory, Life Of Agony, Anthrax, Dillinger Escape Plan, Drykill Logic, & Bobaflex. Immediately met with a large level of appeal against the likes of Ozzfest and Warped Tour this was set to be the beginning of a new and powerful yearly event. The entry price was accommodating and many of the bands were serious Metal providers while some other participants were met with a level of “why are they here”. In any case the fans that attended still talk about it like it was yesterday, and when the second year was discussed, the approval was absolutely resounding. Gigantour 2006 would have no questionable acts on the performance roster and instead deliver on all fronts with legendary acts Megadeth and Overkill, new talent such as Smashup and Sanctity and most important – some of the most relevant bands that the Metal scene offers you today with Arch Enemy, Opeth, Into Eternity and Lamb Of God. To call this a shred fest would be a serious understatement, this would be “a f**kin’ sick shred fest!!”. Here is some of how the evening went down with comments on all the bands we were able to see. Read on true believer.
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“Ghost Reveries” (Special Edition) by Opeth

Artist: Opeth
Title: “Ghost Reveries” (Special Edition)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 10/31/2006
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Rating: 5/5

From the instant it was released “Ghost Reveries” by Opeth received a large amount of critical acclaim that was very richly deserved based on how high the group aims to raise the bar. Tracks like “The Grand Conjuration” and “The Baying Of The Hounds” are among the most special on the release and each one showcase just how intricate and interesting Metal can be when a group strives to be among the different. Given there are reviews for this release elsewhere on the site, I will keep that commentary brief and instead focus on the special editions features to avoid repetition.
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Opeth @ Webster Hall (11/3/2005)

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Artist: Opeth
Venue: Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Opener: Nevermore, Into Eternity
Date: 11/3/2005
Label: Roadrunner Records

It wasn’t long after the release of “Ghost Reveries” that Opeth announced that they would be making a return trip to the USA and this would be a welcome visit in the eyes of the legions of Metal. Some fans had gotten to see the group perform on the “Sounds Of The Underground 2005” tour which brought you almost 20 Metal acts in one afternoon. The sad part of this was the fact that Opeth would play under 30 minutes and for those that know their material this is only about 3 songs. It’s quite ridiculous to think that one can even begin to capture the magic that this band puts together in that long a set. With “Ghost Reveries”, an album that many are calling one of the best in their catalog, the group takes elements of “Blackwater Park” and touches “Damnation” enough to combine into this unique expression. It’s an album that needs to be heard a few times to fully catch what it happening and this evening we would get a chance to absorb this and a whole lot more. The scene would be the very mysterious and brooding venue called Webster Hall. This is a deep and dark cavernous club that made the perfect setting for the type of music that Opeth would be bringing to life tonight. Capable of holding a capacity of about 1300 people this event sold out in only a few days. A note that is always worth mentioning when one hears that Metal is a dead issue, I like having something like this fact to remind them of how wrong they are.
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“Ghost Reveries” by Opeth

Artist: Opeth
Title: “Ghost Reveries”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 8/30/2005
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Rating: 8.5/10

With the release of “Ghost Reveries”, the Swedish powerhouse Opeth continue their journey in becoming one of the key leaders in the Death Metal genre. There are those that have followed Opeth since early in their career and they can clearly identify each change very succinctly. The band has trekked musically since “Blackwater Park” (which some consider their masterpiece) to “Damnation” which was met with some hesitation. On “Damnation” the band took a very abrupt turn and made the entire piece Progressive with not much Metal on it at all. This was not received well by the diehard Death heads. The record showed that the band had grown and matured over time and during this has achieved a level of transition that most other bands can only hope for. No longer simply a very good Death Metal band they have shown that all genres can be progressive if they are creative enough have the daring to try. I don’t want to lie to the audience and say I have been an Opeth fan for many years and as a matter of fact while the name is long familiar, it was not until the “Lamentations” DVD that was released early last year that I even sat down and tried to absorb what this band was all about. The DVD showcased their entire “Damnation” CD and then did some of their heavier material at the end. I listened to friends copies of “Orchid” and “Blackwater to get a better idea of where they came from. It was an interesting study.
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The Sounds Of The Underground @ Starland Ballroom (7/2/2005)

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Artist: Lamb Of God, Clutch
Venue: Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ)
Opener: The Red Chord, Devil Driver, A Life Once Lost, All That Remains, Madball, High on Fire, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, GWAR, Opeth, Chimaira, Poison the Well, Unearth, From Autumn to Ashes
Label: Various Labels
Date: 7/2/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal

The Sounds Of The Underground Tour for 2005 rolled into the parking area of The Starland Ballroom today and it was truly a day to be reckoned with. This tour has been steamrolling venues recently and how can a Festival that brings you 18 of the hardest bands around do any less. Some listed shows had 22 groups but due to some scheduling conflicts we would have 18 at our day. Given the fact that this would prove to be one of the hotter days of the Summer I was quite happy with the 18. My overall plan for the day was to absorb as much of the bands as possible, with particular focus on some that I have either never seen, or had wanted to see once again. As the sun blazed above us The Red Chord began their set. I was still on the very long entry line in and as a result basically heard more than saw this Metal Blade Records band. I do feel that they were better live than on the CD that I own. Devil Driver came up almost immediately and were excellent. This band features Dez formerly of Coal Chamber and I most definitely want to see them perform again.
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