This article was one of the hardest I've ever had to write, but for a good reason. I finally had the privilege of seeing Mastodon and Gojira live, off the back of Download in Melbourne. It is rare that I come out of concert completely flawed, and questioning myself as to what just happened. I had one of those moments with this gig, and as I write this article I am reminiscing of all the great moments of this show.
Gojira took to the stage with such force and power, I was in awe from the first note of Only Pain, until the final note of their set. The band played with such intensity and energy you couldn't help just stare and try work out what was happening. The strobe lights, distortion and power made for a set which I will not forget anytime soon. The inclusion of the Remembrance outro was one of the most hypnotic and amazing displays I have seen live and I hope that I can see Gojira do a full set some day.
The lights once again turned off and Mastodon commanded the stage from their opening song. Like Gojira I stood and admired their ability to replicate their complex studio recordings in a live setting. For the entire show I was taken on a journey due to their music and live energy. Troy commanded the stage with great energy, Brent killed it with his guitar solos, Brann blitzed the drums and Bill held everything together with his tight rhythm playing. There is a certain groove and hypnotic feeling to a Mastodon's music and live show that you can't quite explain. I had always wondered what this band would be like live, and I am happy to say that they exceeded my expectations tenfold and the night was truly a great experience.