THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE
Halloween in New Orleans is easily one of the coolest things you could ever do. It’s very much my favorite holiday, but typically we don’t have set plans beyond walking around and finding naughty nightmarish adventures. This year though was different, which was an amazing reprieve from the norm. After venturing through the French Quarter and local spots overrun by non local types, it was time to head across town to see one of the best metal bands of the last few years, Mastodon.
Having seen them a number of times, one of which was as recent as May at Shaky Knees in Atlanta, this show ultimately proved to be further example of how solid they are in their craft. Opening with perennial awesome opening song “Tread Lightly,” the band continued to slay the crowd for nearly two hours. Mastodon isn’t one whose very big on between song banter, but for the crowd at the Civic it didn’t really matter. Each and every song was filled with enough sound and force that the crowd could build from it and give the energy right back to the band. I couldn't really tell the size of the crowd upstairs, but downstairs was packed, and being in the air and spirit of Halloween only helped to make the intensity of the night that much more palpable.
The band, all dressed in various off kilter costumes, rocked out through seventeen songs before you could even take a breathe. Seriously you see so many bands fill a show with bullshit fluff it’s invigorating to see a band literally rock and roll. The only time they even stopped to speak was after the very last song, and to thank us for an incredible night. When a band shows up and chooses to let the music speak for themselves rather than chit chat, it only adds to the value of the show, and on Halloween they gave the crowd more than their money’s worth.
After killing the end of the set with classics like “Megalodon,” “Crystal Skull,” and of course the mighty song that is “Blood and Thunder,” I expected it to be over, but of course, they had one last surprise with the appropriate choice to close the show with “Halloween.” Like every other track of the night, it soared and rocked out, and it only made the late night even better. What a terrific night. Thanks Mastodon for rocking, and thank you for reading!
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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