We went to the Dethklok/Mastodon show at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines last night (that’s right, on a Wednesday night) and it was well worth the mid-week trip and the $43 per ticket.
I would have loved to get much closer, but being six months pregnant it was absolutely not advisable, lol. It was a smaller venue, though, so I was able to sneak up pretty close to the stage along the sides of the crowd without risking bodily harm. Oh, and they really need to work on the ventilation in that place, ugh, it was like a musky sauna. We arrived late (as usual) so we missed the first two opening bands, but from what I heard from other people we didn’t miss much.
Mastodon started their set about 30 minutes after we got there, so it was about perfect timing. I’m not a huge Mastodon fan; personally I think their music makes for excellent background music, played lowly on a stereo during a party. That’s pretty much how they were live, too. Kind of an oozy, eerie, smooth vibing music, that made my mind wander to what I could be doing while listening. It all seemed to blend together, but it wasn’t a bad time; there were definite rock-out highlights that kicked ass. Mastodon are kind of like if Tool and Slayer had a drowsy mutant baby… and I’ll just leave it at that.
Then Dethklok basically blew my brains out my face hole! They were so incredibly bad ass, I could barely believe what my eyes and ears were absorbing. I don’t really know what else to say about it, other than if you are a metal fan, you have got to see a Dethklok show. They were some of the most talented musicians I have ever seen on stage, and they were incredibly tight as a group. Everything was crisp and sharp and punchy and crunchy and all those other adverbs you would use to describe how immensely impressed you were with a band. It was so metal. I want to go again!