|» Kyuss 2011 03 13||
Opening the show tonight is Norwegian metal outfit Blood Cargo. I hadn't
really taken any time to get to know the band on beforehand, except for
a brief listen on Myspace the day before, and my expectations weren't
very high. They have some nice riffs and a heavy sound but the hardcore-style
vocals don't really work for me at all. This combined with pretty homogenous
songs results in a pretty boring gig but they do, however, manage to somewhat
fire up the crowd by the end of their set so they must have done something
4 chalices of 10
(sorry, no setlist)
I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that the stoner rock legends Kyuss (Or Kyuss Lives! which is the formal band name during this tour) was reuniting with three fourths of the classic lineup and there was no way that I was going to miss their Sweden gig. Covering for original guitarist Josh Homme, who didn't want to partake in this reunion, is Bruno Fevery who played with John Garcia on his Garcia Plays Kyuss tour last summer.
When the band members enter the stage after a short orchestral intro, the crowd goes absolutely wild. They kick off the show with the opening track from the classic Sky Valley album, Gardenia, and it sounds amazing. Bruno Fevery does a great job and his guitar sound is spot on but he is still overshadowed by the sheer stage presence of the other band members. Especially Brant Bjork is absolutely incredible, looking as cool as ever whilst flailing around behind the drums with a constant, huge smile on his face. Everybody onstage seem to enjoy themselves greatly and it's a sight for sore eyes amidst all the unmotivated and tired band reunions that occur these days.
Almost the entire Sky Valley album is performed tonight which is fantastic as it one of the best albums of all time; and the show goes on with one great, genre-defining song after another from their last three monumental albums and the crowd seemingly explodes at every intro. No songs from their debut album, Wretch, are performed tonight which is just as good, in my opinion, as it isn't really that good of a record in comparison with the other three. To me, the absolute highlights of tonight are Supa Scoopa And Mighty Scoop, El Rodeo, Spaceship Landing and Whitewater.
I couldn't be happier about this gig - absolutely phenomenal from the
first second to the last. Seeing John Garcia by himself this summer was
awesome but actually witnessing Kyuss (Or as close to Kyuss as we will
ever get) in concert is a dream come true and it outshines anything. If
you have any chance of attending one of their concerts on this tour, then
for the love of God do it!
9,5 chalices of 10