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Concert Recap & Video: Mastodon, Kylesa, Intronaut @ the Fine Line Music Cafe

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, April 30, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Mastodon live at the Fine Line

Last night, April 29, 2009, the the conceptual prog/thrash/stoner metal masters in Mastodon came to the Fine Line Music Cafe in the heart of downtown Minneapolis’s  club district to support of their brilliant new album Crack the Skye, and they put together a gripping set that had the MN crowd salivating for more. It’s one thing to make every one of your albums into a separate concept piece, but it’s an entirely different story when you are able to execute that concept, front-to-back, in front of the live audience. However, Mastodon did just that by dedicating the entire first half of their set to the new release, and it didn’t end there they treated each of their releases with the same type of reverence, playing back through their career with mini-conceptual sets devoted to Blood Mountain, Leviathan, and Remission.

Crack the Skye was played in order, and it couldn’t have sounded better than it did at the Fine Line on Wednesday. The guitars were thick, loud, and crunching over the insane drum textures of Brann Dailor, sounding heavy as hell at times and lush and beautiful at others. Mastodon has the unique ability to play heavy rock that tends to get tripped out never loses sight of the fact that it’s main purpose is to fuckin’ rock! Fine Line’s sold out crowd certainly appreciated the heaviness throughout the night, and the moshing only subdued a few times during some of the most Pink Floydian moments.

However, things really kicked into high gear when the band stepped back onto stage for their second set of the night. As the band roared into the first notes of the psychonaut thrasher “Bladecatcher” from Blood Mountain, a renewed fervor hit the pit that didn’t let up until the end. Fans seemed to celebrate each time a new song began, a sure sign that of the future trouble the band might have in putting together albums that can stack up against their back catalog. Nevermind that though, because tonight the band has a more control of their sound and their crowd than any other band I’ve seen all year. The show was an ambitious one, but in the end it brought things full circle, beautifully introducing fans of the old the the new and vice versa.

Not to be outdone, the underground pyschedelic sludge metal vets Kylesa is came into town supporting their new album Static Tensions and played a set that left most of the crowd taking serious note of who was on stage in front of them. To anyone in metal band, Kylesa’s dirty headbanging psychedelics sonic presence is quite enviable, and the fact that they’re the direct support to Mastodon’s sold out tour is probably even more enviable.  To sum it up succinctly, this is a “band’s band”, if you know what I mean; everybody sings, they’ve got two drummers, males, females, and they play some very, very, very sick metal.

The underground prog/sludge heavyweights in Intronaut started things off right with their poly-rhythmic doom metal. Most of the set was focused around Prehistoricisms and The Challenger EP, with only a single song taken from earlier material. All around, the band sounded extremely tight and super heavy last night, and for as technical as their music is, they still came across as a pretty carefree group of musicians. If I would’ve found them in the venue, I would’ve gladly offered to roll one up with the dudes (but I might have had to make that conditional on a personal request for “Fragments of Character” next time they’re in MN – it’s a song that brings back great personal memories!).

And now on to the media presentation! We owe a big thank you to Chris, Erik, and the guys at CultureBully.com for the spontaneous “partnership” that spawned the vimeo hosted video in this post (and they were nice enough to include some of the shots that I took with their own, much better and more detailed writeup of the show)! Check out all the great photos of Mastodon, Kylesa, and Intronaut and FIVE videos of Intronaut and Mastodon. Happy viewing!

VIDEO: Mastodon, “Oblivion” (live at the Fine Line, 04/29/2009)

Mastodon live at the Fine Line(Mastodon)

Mastodon live at the Fine Line(Mastodon)

Mastodon live at the Fine Line(Mastodon)

Mastodon live at the Fine Line(Mastodon)

Mastodon live at the Fine Line(Mastodon)

Mastodon live at the Fine Line(Mastodon)

Kylesa live at the Fine Line(Kylesa)

Kylesa live at the Fine Line(Kylesa)

Kylesa live at the Fine Line(Kylesa)

Kylesa live at the Fine Line(Kylesa)

VIDEO: Intronaut live at the Fine Line Music Cafe, 04/29/2009

Intronaut live at the Fine Line(Intronaut)

Intronaut live at the Fine Line(Intronaut)

Intronaut live at the Fine Line(Intronaut)

VIDEO: Mastodon, “Bladecatcher” (live at the Fine Line, 04/29/2009)

The recap (and more videos) are posted for you after the jump! Enjoy… Continue reading

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Mastodon steals Kylesa and Intronaut for a North American tour

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Several months ago, Mind Inversion made the announcement that The Haunted would be coming to St. Paul for what promised to be an amazing show with Nachtmystium, Kylesa, and Intronaut in mid-April – which is why I was pretty caught off guard when I read the announcement yesterday for a April 12th Mastodon headlined gig at the Fine Line with Intronaut and Kylesa in tow. I’m really not complaining; if these bands were going to unexpectedly drop off an awesome tour, it might as well have been to go on an equally awesome tour.

Mastodon recently crafted the most psychedelic and unrestrained album of their career, Crack the Skye, and they decided to present it live to Minneapolis at one of the most intimate and unrestrained venues in the city. This is a very lucky occurence! Despite their growing success, it’s great that I’m still able to see Mastodon headlining club venues (like they did last time at First Avenue with Converge) rather than opening for some lesser bands. And while it’s only been 4 years, it seems like it’s been an extremely LONG time since their blistering, under-attended performance at the Triple Rock with Burning Brings. To me, it’s commendable that they’re still keeping it as small as they can. Additionally, they’ll be playing Crack the Skye in its entirety, and you don’t even have to go to Maplewood or sit through any shitty bands! Clearly, these guys still know how to book tours that their fans will love; this is a show no one should feel okay missing.

However, I really hope that this doesn’t mean that the Haunted/Nachtmystium performance is going to be canceled. Nachtmystium put out my favorite album of last year, and I was pretty bummed when they dropped off the Opeth tour that came through Maplewood in the middle of last year. I could really care less which show I see Intronaut and Kylesa play at – as long as I get to see them play – but if dropping off the Haunted tour causes this show’s cancellation, I’ll very fucking disappointed.

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The Haunted plan 2009 tour with Nachtmystium, Kylesa, and Intronaut

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 by Ryan Buege

Hot on the heels of early December’s announcement of the “Best Metal tour of 2009“, Gothenburg’s Peter Dolving-fronted The Haunted have organized a show that is sure to be a contender for the best show in the early part of the year. For the month of April they’ll embark on their first U.S. tour in support of the blistering new album Versus, and they have revealed they will be joined by none other than some of the best metal bands America could possibly offer – Nachtmystium, Kylesa, and Intronuat. .. Holy shit. Be there early; there’s no excuses for missing any of this party! Dates are below:

April 02nd Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
April 03rd Hollywood, CA – The Key Club
April 04th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
April 05th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
April 06th Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
April 07th Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
April 08th Edmonton, AB – Starlite Ballroom
April 09th Calgary, AB – The Warehouse
April 11th Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert
April 12th St. Paul, MN – Station 4
April 13th Mokena, IL – The Pearl Room
April 14th Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
April 15th Toronto, ON – Opera House
April 16th Montreal, QC – Club Soda
April 17th Worcester, MA – The Palladium
April 19th New York, NY – BB King’s Blues Club
April 21st Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s
April 22nd Springfield, VA – Jaxx
April 23rd Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
April 24th Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

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Intronaut premieres “Australopithecus” music video

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Monday, November 17, 2008 by Ryan Buege

The imagery is stark and uncompromising, the theme is osbcure and incomprehensible, and the soundtrack is a deadly slash and burn slab of progressive doom metal (think 1 part Neurosis, 2 parts Meshuggah). It’s a new Sera Timms video for Intronaut’s song “Australopithecus” from their new album Prehistoricisms, brought to us exclusively by the guys at the Deciblog.

I’ve been following Intronaut guys since their inception and the release of the Null EP demo, and it’s satisfying to see they finally have some good support behind them. In my opinion, they haven’t misexecuted a single note yet. The sound on this song in particular is huge and adventurous – contrasted nicely but they unfamiliar images Timms is known for. As Deciblog points out, you may remember her directing the eerie “Not In Rivers, But In Drops” video for Isis after they released In the Absence of Truth.