The two bands were tight as hell last night at The Fillmore in Philly

Mastodon [Matt Bishop Photo]

Mastodon and Opeth are old friends now. They are two of the more technically-sound acts in metal today. Given that, they’ve become old touring buddies much to the excitement of fans of the genre. The bands are back on the road together for another let of their North American tour. Last night, they stopped at The Fillmore in Philadelphia to perform before a packed house.

Opeth [Matt Bishop Photo]

Opeth kicked things off with “Hjärtat vet vad handen gör” and then launched into the fan-favorite “Ghost of Perdition.” While the band only played eight songs, their lengthy tracks are seemingly endless operas that aren’t short on substance in the least. Other highlights included “In My Time of Need,” “Sorceress,” and “The Drapery Falls.” They closed out their set with “Deliverance.”

Mastodon [Matt Bishop Photo]

Mastodon opened with “Pain with an Anchor.” They tore the roof off the place with their next two tracks “Crystal Skull” and “Megalodon.” The band focused on their latest release Hushed and Grim, performing seven tracks from the record. They didn’t forget their extensive back catalog, though – they ripped through songs from five other LPs in their discography.

Highlights included “The Crux,” “Skeleton of Splendor,” “Punishing The Tides,” and more.

They wrapped things up with their anthem “Blood and Thunder.”

Mastodon released their new double album Hushed and Grim on back on October 29. The album performed well commercially, peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard 200. It also hit No. 2 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums.

Opeth’s last album was 2019’s In Cauda Venenum which cracked the Top 25 in several countries. Last month, the band shared a new song “Width of a Circle.” It is a previously unreleased track from the band’s last album In Cauda Venenum. Stream the official audio below now.

Opeth [Matt Bishop Photo]

In Cauda Venenum (Extended Edition) is now available for pre-order. Additionally, the album’s limited Connoisseur Edition vinyl box set which includes the same bonus tracks but remastered by Mikael Åkerfeldt specifically for vinyl, will be available in the North American retail stores for the first time on May 13.

The band’s upcoming release, also available on digipak, contains the English and Swedish versions of their latest album In Cauda Venenum with new illustrations by internationally renowned Travis Smith in the booklet as well as a third CD featuring three unreleased bonus tracks, both in English and Swedish: “The Mob” / “Pöbeln,” “Width Of A Circle” / “Cirkelns Riktning,” and “Freedom & Tyranny” / “Frihet & Tyranni.”

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