Opeth Royal Albert Hall Concert 5th April 2010


6 Abr 2010, 21:28

Mon 5 Apr – Opeth

Instead of eating chocolates I got for Easter, I went down to London to see Opeth who are one of my favourite bands. This was for their 20th anniversary tour and luckily enough, one of the venues was at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This definitely wasn't a typical place to hold a concert for a band, especially one that involves elements.

So I arrived there at the show at least 2 hours before it even started. We (i.e. My, my sister and her fiance) came well prepared and as a result, we were very close to the stage and only behind VIPs. A much better view than when we saw Iron Maiden where we had seated tickets (this will be the only time I'll make a comparison between the two shows). Just seeing the band just 3 or 4 metres away was absolutely satisfying. Of course, there were some tall people in front of us but we managed.

As they stated when they announced the tour dates for their 20th anniversary, they played the whole of Blackwater Park which to me is one of the greatest heavy metal albums ever made. Infact, I'd go as far as saying it's on the same league as Black Sabbath's Paranoid, Metallica's Master of Puppets and Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast. It's that good and just hearing the whole of this album live made it even better for me.

As soon as they started playing The Leper Affinity, I knew I was in for one hell of a show and the awesomeness didn't stop one bit throughout the album. The highlight of the first half was the outro to Blackwater Park. At the end, the whole crowd was going fucking insane and the vibration from the band was becoming more and more intense that I felt like they were going to tear the whole building apart.

For the second half of the show, Opeth played one song from each album they've made (besides Blackwater Park, obviously) which I thought would happen considering Dream Theater did the same thing on their Score live album and it only made sense for Opeth to do the same thing.

They started with Forest of October and that was a fine choice and they closed the show with The Lotus Eater which was the song I actually least expected to hear from Watershed considering it's one of the more played songs on that album. Did that make the show any less great, though? Well, there were some technical problems but besides that, definitely not! The Lotus Eater is my favourite song from Watershed along with Heir Apparent so I was more than happy to hear it live!

The highlight of the second half had to be them playing The Moor. From all the songs in Still Life , this was the one I wanted to hear the most and I got what I wanted. If you've seen my Top 10 Heavy Metal Intros, then you'll know that The Moor has one of my all-time favourite intros. Of course, the rest of the song was still a treat to hear. This song and the whole of Blackwater Park alone made my night!

The rest of the setlist was great, although I will admit that I'm not so big on Reverie/Harlequin Forest and neither is my sister. However, for a show that was to play rarely played tracks, I will accept this song as Ghost of Perdition, The Baying of the Hounds and The Grand Conjuration must have been played many times by now. Still, that didn't make the night any less great and neither did the disappointment of not hearing Black Rose Immortal. I can't blame the band for not playing that song as it's the longest one they've written. Despite that, I still loved hearing Advent.

Mikael Åkerfeldt was interacting with the audience a lot more than in the first half when the band just paid attention to playing the songs. He had a great sense of humour and the crowd even had amusements when he claimed he saw Bruce Dickinson that day.

The only other disappointment I had that night was not getting my first two choices for T-Shirts. When we found the merchandise shop, I had my eye on two T-Shirts but by the time I got in front of an extremely squashed up queue (surely London rush hour can't be this bad), those T-Shirts were sold out so I had to settle with my third and fourth choices. Still, I'm happy with the stuff I got from the shop but I will try and get a T-Shirt showing the Blackwater Park album cover.

Overall, I had one hell of a time seeing Opeth, especially since it's my first time seeing them live as well as playing one of my favourite albums of all time. It was a great 3 1/2 hour show and there's no way in hell will I ever forget this. I really want to see them again sometime in the future. However, we're only four months in for 2010, a year which is showing to be one of the finest years for heavy metal in YEARS and I could be going another band live later this year if everything goes ahead with whoever I'll be seeing next.


The Leper Affinity
The Drapery Falls
Dirge for November
The Funeral Portrait
Patterns in the Ivy
Blackwater Park
Forest of October
April Ethereal
The Moor
Hope Leaves
Reverie/Harlequin Forest
The Lotus Eater


  • Adzin

    nice review man, it was an amazing show \m/

    7 Abr 2010, 12:26
  • lydiya

    Couldn't agree more, first Opeth concert of many for us I'm sure :)

    9 Abr 2010, 21:43
  • Marco_Cult

    You're very lucky!

    16 Nov 2010, 22:31
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