Mastodon (USA)

Mastodon @ Billboard (Melbourne, 27th February, 2012)

Mastodon @ Billboard (Melbourne, 27th February, 2012)

And so my week of metal commences…

With the Soundwave festival circus in town, this week saw Melbourne infiltrated by a lot of hair, a lot of black, and whole lot of testosterone.

First cab off the rank for me are the Atlanta 4 piece Mastodon, who unleash their facial hair and tattoos on a school night, thrilling the crowd at Melbourne’s Billboard

Dry Bone Valley kicks off proceedings, the magnificently bearded Brent Hinds taking the vocal on this one before the crowd absolute come alive during the back to back assualt of Black Tongue and Crystal Skull.

“I killed a man cos he killed my goat”. It’s as good a reason as any other I suppose, and it’s this line that opens up last year’s popular offering from The Hunter, Curl of the Burl. It’s a standout for the night, both to my ears and to the watching crowd.

With a kickdrum workrate that hits you straight in the guts from the first song, drummer Brann Dailor is manic tonight. Though not a metal fan by any stretch, there are some flavours that can still make you appreciate what 4 blokes who look like they sleep under bridges can do.

Mastodon’s reputation is immense, and seemingly for good reason. They’re an incredibly tight unit, playing with precision you’d normally associate with other genres. Vocalist and bass player Troy Sanders delivers a powerful but melodic vocal – again not something I normally associate with metal. For those who grew up in the 80s his resemblance to the TV character Catweazle is hard to miss.

The crowd – falling predominantly into the 25-35 bracket are enthusiastic but not shitfaced, and it’s clear that the following Mastodon enjoy in Australia is a strong one.

Comments

comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

International

wpid-FInals.jpg
Liam Gallagher (UK)

Liam Gallagher. Enough said. Comments commentsPowered by Facebook Comments…

More in International

Australian

wpid-2017-12-01-The-Church.jpg
The Church

No Marty Wilson-Piper, but with a new album of tunes and some old stalwarts, Steve Kilbey and bandm…

More in Australian

Sport

Lewis Rattray, State Champion, Men's Elite Category
2012 Victorian Cyclocross Champs

Melbourne turned on a stunning spring day as Bundoora Park played host to the 2012 Victorian Cyclo-C…

More in Sport

Festivals

wpid-2015-07-24-Splendour-2015.jpg
Splendour in the Grass 2015

Winter in Byron Bay is so much more alluring than Winter in Melbourne. Splendour in the Grass brough…

More in Festivals

Features

wpid-2015-05-12-Alice-Cooper-2.jpg
2015 in Pictures

Pictures. Unlike words, you don’t have to read them. So here’s a bunch of snaps that won…

More in Features