Opeth @ The Astor Theatre, Perth

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Opeth @ The Astor Theatre, Perth

Oh Perth! Several years has passed since Swedish metal forefathers Opeth visited Western Australian shores, and thanks to Metropolis Touring, the absence was finally broken. The sold out venue was quickly filled by black t-shirts and long matted hair.

Local power metal favourites Voyager wasted no time launching on stage as the punters flooded the floor. Ahead of their national ‘Seasons of Age’ tour, the Perth metalers belted out well-rehearsed hits from their back catalogue of five different albums. Vocalist Daniel Estrin was highly engaging with the crowd and succeeded in crowd participation as the chant ‘Opeth’ really took off. Voyager expressed massive appreciation to support their all-time musical idols to the thousands of people present.

The crowd took their restroom breaks appropriately with the well-known fact that Opeth were coming down under to play for a couple hours. The theatre lights dimmed and the screams were deafening. Vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt followed his band mates on stage and quickly launched into ‘Eternal Rains Will Come’ from their latest album Pale Communion. Joakim Svalberg was most noticeable on the back left of the stage as he perfectly cruised through the keyboard notes.

The Scandinavians transitioned into ‘The Drapery Falls’ early on in the set which gave Blackwater Park fans some satisfaction to the ‘heavier’ side of Opeth. This was matched with tracks like ‘April Ethereal’ from 1998’s My Arms, Your Hearse. In line with celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band, Akerfeldt demonstrated this as he smoothly and effortlessly exchanged his soft clean vocal with his flawless growls. His vocal consistency came as a gentle reminder to punters that Akerfeldt was one of the best. The venue’s acoustics paid great favours to the acoustics and facilitated the incredible breadth of sound across the walls.

The singer charmingly joked with the audience and engaged in a welcoming dialogue, and received the inebriated responses with amusement. His Swedish accent added to the adventurously foreign feel of the evening.

Punters head banged in a trance of wonder throughout the evening and appreciated the quarter-of-an-hour encore and self-titled track ‘Deliverance’. Crowds left the venue in astonishment and complete satisfaction after experiencing the wonder that is, Opeth.