Dethklok / Mastodon / Converge

Dethklok / Mastodon / Converge: live in Hamburglive in Hamburg (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: EllsiEllsi
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First off, let me start by saying that I had the flu all week; I really wasn't up for a show. Saturday (the day of the show) was the first day out of seven that I had woken up without a fever. Had this not been Dethklok, the greatest cartoon band (and one of the greatest metal bands of all time), I .

First off, let me start by saying that I had the flu all week; I really wasn't up for a show. Saturday (the day of the show) was the first day out of seven that I had woken up without a fever. Had this not been Dethklok, the greatest cartoon band (and one of the greatest metal bands of all time), I would definitely not have gone. But in the name of metal I dared venture from my sickbed...and boy, was I glad I did.

High on Fire was playing when we arrived and I assumed they were only two or three songs into their set because they played for quite awhile after we got there. I had limited experience with this band but they played an excellent set. If you haven't ever heard of them and you're into stoner metal/sludge metal they are definitely worth the listen.

After High on Fire's set I took the chance to look around the venue a bit. It was my first time at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Agri-Center and it seemed a very appropriate venue for a Dethklok or Mastodon show. It was more a large arena set-up with the stage high off the ground and further away from the audience than in a small club.

Converge played next and also managed to play a killer set. Unfortunately, they were less well-received than High on Fire as I predicted they would be. Don't get me wrong -- I love Converge and there were definitely some other fans there, but I think the majority of stoner metal fans probably don't appreciate their blend of modern metalcore/hardcore as much as others do. This didn't slow Converge down a bit, though, and they played as great a set as I have ever seen and only stopped the brutality to give lead singer Jake Bannon a chance to explain the meaning of his songs. The set list was inclusive and included everything I wanted to hear, which was easy because I've only been a fan since You Fail Me. What limited experience I do have with their prior material at least allowed me to recognize a couple songs off of Jane Doe and I think one from When Forever Comes Crashing. Mostly, I just wanted to hear them play "Dark Horse" from Axe to Fall (which they did).

Mastodon played next and absolutely shredded through their set. They played the Crack the Skye album in its entirety followed by two songs from Blood Mountain and one from Leviathan and Remission each. Since this was a Dethklok show, there was, of course, a large projector screen behind the stage and Mastodon had a little movie about the concept of their Crack the Skye album playing on it (it's something to do with a paraplegic man and his ability to predict the future I think; I glanced at the Wikipedia entry once...). The only grievance I have is that they didn't play the song "Blood and Thunder" from the Leviathan album. I suppose I shouldn't have anticipated it being played but I couldn't help but hope since this is the first chance I had to see them and I've been a fan since Leviathan.

Finally, it was Dethklok's turn. I was particularly curious as to how they were going to do the show this time around. Last time I saw them it was in a much smaller club on the 2007 with Chimaira and Soilent Green. At that show the stage was kept dark and emphasis was put on the images in the background. This show's format was slightly different, though. The cartoon band performed on the screen in the background as they did before, but this time frontman Brendan Small and crew actually had more lighting on them. It was apparent this was no longer so much about the cartoon as it was about Brendan Small and his music, as it should be. Dethklok's lyrical content is irrelevant when judging the quality of their music. Any way you slice it, Dethalbum II was one of the better metal releases this year and Brendan Small is an excellent musician.

I would have given this show a 10 but the gags where the same as they were on the 2007 tour and they didn't play "I Tamper with Evidence at the Murder Site of Odin. " And I fucking love that song.


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sugarfull (November 2, 2009)

seeing this tomorrow, will comment on it. Hopefully there will be some decent crowd movement for Converge.

Problematiclogic (November 2, 2009)

I find it kinda weird that Deathlok are headlining this...

Stenny (November 2, 2009)

saw the Eagles Ballroom show in Wisconsin.

For one Mastadon playing Crack the Sky, so you have to enjoy the performance. The albums really well produced, so they tried the damnest to recreate the nuances. Along side singing in falsetto and singing the hilarious harmonies - they simply owned the fucking stage during the Leviathan/Remission tunes.

I was on mushrooms at this concert.

I love Mastadon, and Deathklok one upped them. Go see Deathklok and eat mushrooms and have your brain cooked with pure unadultured video insanity, accomponied by one of the tightest metal groups I've ever heard live.

LinoleumMagazine (November 1, 2009)

It's lame that they didn't play Blood and Thunder. There are certain songs a band has to play, even if they are sick of hearing it.
I'm sure The Adolescents get tired of Amoeba but they still play it because they know that's what everyone wants to hear.

Deadpan (November 1, 2009)

A Mastodon set pretty much entirely dedicated to Crack The Skye? Bizarre choice, and not one I'd be thrilled to see either.

sexualsunshine (October 31, 2009)

They are playing Northern Virginia (DC) tonight. But tickets are so damn expensive (not to mention sold out) that it isnt worth it. I love all 3 bands on the tour and just think Deathklok is funny. I knew people would not like Converge... but hardcore is not made for stadiums. Metal works well in huge venues but not hardcore.

mikexdude (October 31, 2009)

Were any of these bands chasing Hamburg? lol

maxethunders (October 31, 2009)

1. High on Fire rules. I wouldn't really call them stoner/sludge metal though since they tend to be faster than that type. Think maybe Lemmy singing on a slower Slayer song.
2. Converge doesn't translate well live. At least at the place I saw this concert.(Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee) The singer sounded like a barking dog, something one review thought was cool and something my friends and I made fun of it for.
3. Mastodon played way too long. A whole album and an encore is too much. But I don't like Mastodon either and they didn't play the song from the ATHF movie which is the one song I llike by them.
4. Dethklok is awesome live. Brendon Small got together a great backing band and every song is exact. Plus they had a cool Dethklok tour bus and an extra episode kind of.
5. Score is for High on Fire, Mastodon's set ending, and Dethklok.

TROOF (October 30, 2009)

The comment below me is completely and utterly false.

telegraphrocks (October 30, 2009)

[Mastodon] played the Crack the Skye album in its entirety followed by two songs from Blood Mountain and one from Leviathan and Remission each"

Oh, fuck that!

Crack The Skye is such a fucking bore!!!
I almost went to this show for the sole purpose of seeing Mastodon again (haven't seen them in years), and I would've been pissed-beyond-belief if that was the outcome.


chadreligion (October 30, 2009)

This tour would have been much cooler if they replaced Mastodon with Isis, and Dethlok with The Melvins

smelltheglove (October 30, 2009)

Nice review, Dethklok killed it at the NY stop last night.

However, among the pantheon of cartoon bands, only one can be called the greatest.

http://thestuff.nakatomiinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2 009/05/jabberjaw.jpg

givemeamuseumandillfillit (October 30, 2009)

Wow, it's just like a roller-coaster.. The title is the excitingride up and then..

"Had this not been Dethklok, the greatest cartoon band (and one of the greatest metal bands of all time)"

Is the dissapointing ride down...

I'm not reading more after that.

HeresLookinAtYou (October 30, 2009)

I was at this last night at the NY stop. Converge ruled even though most of the crowd wasn't into it.

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