To celebrate Opeth’s 20th
anniversary the band headed to London’s Royal Albert Hall to play
throughout the classic ‘Blackwater Park.’
The fact a band like Opeth can play The Royal Albert Hall is testament
to the overwhelming talent the band have. From opener ‘The Leper
Affintiy’ it was clear the band were at their most focused as well as in
a deep state of euphoria.
The tracks flowed together incredibly well live and by the end of closer
‘Blackwater Park’ it was obvious this was going to be one of those
events that are remembered for years rather than months.
After a short break the band then came on to do one song off every album
they have released. This showed the band loosening up and gave
vocalist/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt the chance to do his infamous
between song banter.
The set was littered with surprises such as the multi layered ‘Advent.’
These songs showed just how far the band has come over the years and why
they are the leaders of the modern progressive pack.
The deafening roar which ended each song
was no doubt a first for The Royal Albert Hall, much to the enjoyment of
the band. After just under 3 hours of progressive madness ‘The Lotus
Eater’ brought everything to a victorious end.