Opeth + Anathema - Leeds, England, 15.11.12

Event: Opeth: European Tour 2012
Written by: Talie Eigeland
Published: 19.11.2012

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Opeth + Anathema - Leeds, England, 15.11.12 by Talie Eigeland (16)
Touring with Opeth is a big deal. Even though some followers have recently chosen to unfollow after the band's last album, it will forever remain an enormously big deal. Apparently, some are here as much for Anathema as they are for Opeth. Their music is now distinctly softer than it used to be and though I'm not sure pairing the two bands makes entire sense, Anathema are good, so it'll do.



As per, Opeth's members have moustaches in various stages of Movember. We're in fear of excessive prog, what with only one kick drum on stage and lots of proggy interval music, but let me reassure you that the concert is kick-ass so don't snob this tour on account of any previous issues with Heritage. Turns out you might come round to at least some of it, and while the opening song is off the latest album, they only play one other from that disc and, controversy ahoy, it's groovy.



We get "Deliverance", "power ballad"/"the one that was supposed to be a hit single but that nobody liked" i.e. "Burden" and some other classics, along with a couple of less expected songs that we thought we'd never see live again. You know when you sometimes find the end of "Deliverance" a bit long-lasting? Well, it's really not. 10 songs, full two-hour show. When Mikael says it's going to be experimental, that's your next 25 minutes called for. People want "Demon Of The Fall" but Opeth say it's been done to death and apparently Mendez, before the encore, said no fucking requests. However it is pointed out that London might be surprised the night after, so let's wait and see, yes?



Setlist: The Devil's Orchard / Ghost of Perdition / White Cluster / Hope Leaves / Burden / Deliverance / Hessian Peel / Famine / Reverie/Harlequin Forest / Blackwater Park


 
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Unhealer - 19.11.2012 at 01:28  
White Cluster, holy fuck.
Rulatore - 19.11.2012 at 01:56  
Only 2 songs from that album ?
Daniell - 19.11.2012 at 14:50  
White Cluster and Ghost of Perdition. That's simply brilliant.
BloodTears - 19.11.2012 at 15:04  
Written by Daniell on 19.11.2012 at 14:50

White Cluster and Ghost of Perdition. That's simply brilliant.


And Blackwater Park!

I would kill to be able to see that show. Anathema and Opeth with that setlist... Lucky Brits.
K†ulu - 19.11.2012 at 16:42  
... and Famine! But White Cluster live with that sick solo.. lucky Brits indeed.
Mr. Doctor - 19.11.2012 at 16:56  
Ghost of Perdition, White Cluster, Deliverance and Blackwater Park... What ever they played besides those songs wouldn't matter... that would be a great experience.

I can't wait to finally see them for the very first time on 29th Nov!
Erik M. - 19.11.2012 at 17:18  
This setlist is amazing. I wish I could've seen them with this setlist a year ago in 013. They then played only the "soft/mellow" songs from most albums (so no songs with any grunts) but also a lot from Heritage (not surprisingly since it was just released weeks before the concert). That show was also about 2 hours though, so it was a great lengthy show still. Blackwater Park as a closure song fits very nicely obviously.
Erik M. - 19.11.2012 at 17:21  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.11.2012 at 16:56

Ghost of Perdition, White Cluster, Deliverance and Blackwater Park... What ever they played besides those songs wouldn't matter... that would be a great experience.

I can't wait to finally see them for the very first time on 29th Nov!


They're very good on stage. I've seen them 3 times now and each time was great. Mikael's a very funny guy by the way, which you'll find out when you have seen them live at least once. He could basically be a stand-up comedian if you ask me.
Mr. Doctor - 19.11.2012 at 17:24  
Written by Erik M. on 19.11.2012 at 17:21
They're very good on stage. I've seen them 3 times now and each time was great. Mikael's a very funny guy by the way, which you'll find out when you have seen them live at least once.


I'm familiar with Mikael's sense of humor as I own all their DVDs but yeah, it shall be interesting and since it's in Malmö, let's see how his jokes come out in swedish.
BloodTears - 19.11.2012 at 19:43  
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I'm familiar with Mikael's sense of humor as I own all their DVDs but yeah, it shall be interesting and since it's in Malmö, let's see how his jokes come out in swedish.


Actually Swedish sounds pretty sexy sometimes.
woodsmoke666 - 19.11.2012 at 19:58  
Anathema were excellent as usual!

Opeth were kinda boring and Mikael battled with the growls. They were soft and drowned out by the music but his cleans were good. Better setlist than I expected but I just didn't enjoy their performance again. Maybe its just the other bands I've seen this year are better live, who knows!
Mr. Doctor - 19.11.2012 at 21:48  
Written by BloodTears on 19.11.2012 at 19:43
Actually Swedish sounds pretty sexy sometimes.

I'll remember that if when we meet someday.
Bad English - 19.11.2012 at 22:08  
Opeth get softer just now Anathema is death for me after Brave Murder Day ok last 2 epo who came out after labum is good, after that I wont pay for anathema, band sucks big time and they are not metal and defenetly not doom
Opeth just experment whit one album and I would like to see band live,
musclassia - 20.11.2012 at 18:23  
I was considering going to see them in Portsmouth, but the deficiencies in public transport put paid to that. How I wish they'd chosen the better south coast city, Ghost Of Perdition, Hope Leaves, White Cluster, Deliverance and Blackwater Park is a mindblowingly good setlist
woodsmoke666 - 20.11.2012 at 18:25  
Written by Bad English on 19.11.2012 at 22:08

Opeth get softer just now Anathema is death for me after Brave Murder Day ok last 2 epo who came out after labum is good, after that I wont pay for anathema, band sucks big time and they are not metal and defenetly not doom
Opeth just experment whit one album and I would like to see band live,


Brave Murder Day is Katatonia not Anathema. Anathema might not be metal anymore but let me tell you live they are better than a lot of metal bands out there!
Bad English - 20.11.2012 at 18:28  
Written by woodsmoke666 on 20.11.2012 at 18:25

Written by Bad English on 19.11.2012 at 22:08

Opeth get softer just now Anathema is death for me after Brave Murder Day ok last 2 epo who came out after labum is good, after that I wont pay for anathema, band sucks big time and they are not metal and defenetly not doom
Opeth just experment whit one album and I would like to see band live,


Brave Murder Day is Katatonia not Anathema. Anathema might not be metal anymore but let me tell you live they are better than a lot of metal bands out there!


shit my fault . but still Anathema crited only The Crestfallen and Serenades....erst is same shit how Katatonia
Jeremy Sanchez - 20.11.2012 at 18:43  
Last time I saw Opeth live they played Heritage in its entirety and only 2 other old songs.

Akerfeldt was a snob on stage and it was terrible.
donmuath - 21.11.2012 at 12:47  
Saw them here in Dublin last week, they only played two songs from heritage. I missed the anathema show thought so I can't comment on that.

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