Mastodon, riding the high wave of their latest release, "Emperor of Sand", made a return to Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama on April 28th. The venue has become a favorite for the group as member Brent Hinds is a native of the area, which meant many friends and family members were in the audience. Hinds' 94 year young grandmother even had a choice seat on the stage to watch the hard hitting performance by Mastodon.
If you have never witnessed a concert by Mastodon, you have never witnessed a sonic assault of the best possible kind. It is a pure and unapologetic metal show with heavy pulsating sounds filling the entire room. For the sold out audience inside the building, this was exactly what they wanted and demanded.
This was my third time to see and photograph Mastodon, and I must say it was probably my favorite of the performances I have witnessed. Everything felt right and, importantly to me, epic. The lighting was top notch and made for some outstanding visuals. Hinds, Troy Sanders, and Bill Kelliher all commanded the stage with their respective guitar parts and vocals, while Brann Dailor laid down the heavy beats and percussion behind the drums.
I don't photograh a lot of metal shows, but the ones I do tend to hit me just right in terms of the look and sound. This concert by Mastodon falls under that category. Everything sounded and looked like what a metal show should be.
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