May 12th 2003
On a Monday night, the Masquerade in Atlanta was packed. Yes, on a Monday. The moon was full and there was a slight chill in the air-chilly outside. Inside the club it felt like 102 degrees. The house was packed no breathing space at all. All for one reason –OPETH. If you drop the ‘t’ off of OPETH, it means city of the moon. A whole fucking city was jammed into the Masquerade to see the melodic death metal giants off of Koch Entertainment. How could a whole city inside of the Masquerade be wrong?
We got to the Masquerade around nine o’clock. Yakatsu was great. We loved them. Lacuna Coil was different, and they are going places-but nobody from Atlanta was there for Yakatsu or Lacuna Coil. All we heard were the chants for OPETH. The fans came to see their gods. I like to call then Frankenstein and Company. We found out why OPETH fans waited in a sweatbox for hours. OPETH has a down to earth stage presence that connects with the heart and soul of their fans. Any fucking idiot could have seen it when OPETH hit the stage. Frankenstein and Company hypnotized the fans immediately. This turned out to be a very good thing. I never saw a band so adored and loved. The crowd sang every lyric to every song they played. Frankenstein and Company also took requests from the fans and they did not let them down. Some people covering the band complained about fucking mosh pits. How could there be mosh pits when these fans were under the spell till the end of show? At MusicIncider we stay until the end of the show. OPETH covered every song from their first album to their latest, Damnation. We can’t forget the four encores or the fact that they played until two am.
I call Mikael Akerfeldt Frankenstein, because I am a psychic and that is how I see him. All Frankenstein every wanted was for people to relate to him through his pain and to see how he was human. The fans of OPETH want the same thing. OPETH’s lyrics and music reach straight though to the soul and grab it by the throat and make you feel understood. You could see it with every song they played. The kid in back of me (while I was in the photography pit) grabbed his heart and sang along with every word. That is a true meaning of being in concert and a reason for going to see someone live.-OPETH also announced they would be back on tour in July for their new release, Damnation. The fans were just happy to know that Opeth would be back in Atlanta. Those fans remembered when Opeth first played Atlanta and the Masquerade-you could just tell by the sheer love and adoration they were giving the band. Frankenstein told his followers they were happy to be back, and remembered the first time they gigged at the Masquerade. He thanked the fans for an amazing evening. Atlanta doesn’t remember everyone like that. Everyone doesn’t remember Atlanta like that. When OPETH comes back to Atlanta, that is reason enough to go to the show.
The Masquerade is an amazing place, but an OPETH show in Atlanta needs more room-not for the band, but for the fans. I feel they need to play bigger venues. I would love to see them play the Garden in New York, or Turner Field in Atlanta. OPETH is ready to play big arena shows. This is a band I would not miss for a second. They are true gentlemen on stage, and yet they are monsters born to rock. They adore their followers. I have not seen the Masquerade ever that packed, except for one other time and that’s when Andrew W.K played there. -Exactly at 11:00 PM OPETH’s fans started chanting for them till they got on stage. They played till 2:00 AM. That’s including four encores for their fans.
I can’t stress it enough. You want to see OPETH live-ANYWHERE. They have great albums, but to see them LIVE is an experience not to be missed. Fucking fly to anyplace you can get a ticket. I’ll bet you can find one thousand people in Atlanta that agree with me.
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