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Södra Teatern © Torbjörn Persson Södra Teatern - Stockholm (S)
September 23th 2003

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Let me start this review by saying that I'm happy I attended this "evening with Opeth" (as written on the ticket). Just a day before I left for Stockholm I have been searching the net if there was a gig of my interest that I could attend and I read about Opeth doing a warm-up show for a DVD recording in London later that week. While looking for further information I found out they'd play an acoustic set, meaning a set consisting of their latest release "Damnation". And if that wasn't interesting enough they were to play in an old theatre with seats and balconies and everything - so it became clear I wanted to check this out. I arrived in Stockholm around noon and during the afternoon I went to look for the venue and got myself a ticket. So much for the introduction ;)

Södra Teatern © Torbjörn PerssonWhen I entered the Södra Teatern and took seat in the fifth row there was no chance other than expecting something special that night. I've seen metal bands playing with orchestras and such but I've never been to a show in an old theatre with seats and all that. No idea if that has happened in Södra Teatern before but for me this was surely a whole new experience. Anyways, all I thought was that a few candles on stage would have been a great addition to the atmosphere. The clock pointed 8 pm and the guys entered the stage. "Vi är Opeth från förorten" (translates to "we are Opeth from the suburbs"), was the first thing Mikael Åkerfeldt said and me being not exactly what you can call an Opeth expert at least knew where they are from ;) Mikael Åkerfeldt © Cora GonserThey started the set with the album's opener "Windowpane" and the sound was brilliant. Mikael's voice was also awesome, I had never expected him to sound that good live! The drums maybe were sometimes a tiny little bit too loud when they met acoustic guitars but other than that I have no complaints at all. Then Mikael said that they were to play two sets that night, first (obviously) the acoustic one and later another one with some "heavy metal", hehe. So that was another surprise for me as from the information I had gathered to this point I was only expecting the acoustic set. Opeth were supported by Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars) on keyboards and even though I could hardly see him because Peter Lindgren was always standing in the way I could clearly hear him (great soloing on "Death Whispered A Lullaby" and intro to "A Fair Judgement"). He also helped out with backing vocals and damn, that made the whole thing even more impressive and complete. The album "Damnation" was more or less played in sequence, with only "Harvest" from "Blackwater Park" in between and that song surely was cheered for the most. After the acoustic set was over, Mikael announced a break of half an hour.

Opeth © Cora Gonser Setlist 1:
Windowpane
In My Time Of Need
Death Whisperd A Lullaby
Closure
Hope Leaves
To Rid The Desease
Ending Credits
Harvest
Weakness

Then they returned. Now it really became odd to sit there and watch a band playing metal. First song in the set was "Master's Apprentices" and even though it's not new to me hearing a vocalist doing both clean vocals and growls, this time I was staring at Mikael for a few moments wondering "Is this the same guy who was just beautifully singing a few minutes ago?" ;) He told us they would be playing mainly new songs this night but that on the upcoming tour they'd also play older tracks. The only a little older tracks (from "Blackwater Park" album) were "The Drapery Falls" and "The Leper Affinity". Opeth © Cora GonserAgain the sound was very good, but the band could use a little more action on stage. The guys more or less just stood there playing the songs and while this was suiting the acoustic set I had wished for something more during the "metal" set. Then again, they were playing to an audience entirely sitting in front of them, with a few people banging their heads in the first row though ;) Mikael also was the only one communicating with the audience in between the songs, unfortunately due to my still very limited understanding of Swedish I didn't get much more than the announcement of songtitles and what I've already mentioned earlier in this review. There must have been some funny remarks though as everybody but me was laughing on a few occasions. All in all, this was a great experience and I was especially impressed by the acoustic part of the show. I can only recommend to check Opeth © Cora Gonserthem out!

Setlist 2:
Master's Apprentices
The Drapery Falls
Deliverance
The Leper Affinity
A Fair Judgement





submitted by Cora 27.09.2003

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