Vera : In Autumn 2016 Opeth released the masterly album ’Sorceress’. Soon after that the Swedish progressive metal band hit the road to promote this album with shows that obviously also included songs from this new album. The official recordings of this DVD/Blu-ray were made on the 11th of May 2017 at the American Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado. It results in beautiful sights on the city and the mountains at night, an environment really doing justice to this eclectic music. That evening it appeared to be cold and windy, thus the band performs in thick leather jackets.
The show kicks off with the new title track of the recent album ‘Sorceress’. Bathing in red and blue lights – it will remains quite dark and misty on stage – Opeth is welcomed by a proper devoted crowd. When vocals of Mikael Akerfeldt begin, projections start on the wall behind them. In ‘Ghost Of Perdition’ we hear the first death growls. The light show gets psychedelic. They play the intricate songs with admirable flair and the guitar solos really go straight to your heart. No Opeth show without the typical humour of the front man, also this evening he remains true to those introvert, pleasant announcements between the songs. We dive into the nineties with the firm and solid ‘Demon Of The Fall’, next we embrace current times during the progressive tinged ‘The Wilde Flowers’. ‘In My Time Of Need’ captivates with its melancholic flavour, while Mikael invites the audience to sing along. The popular ‘The Devil’s Orchard’ is heavier and with ‘Cusp Of Eternity’ and ‘Heir Apparent’ we get some more classic songs that leave the crowd in awe. Well, current Opeth shows are peerless and it is a must to save this for later generations. With another sensitive prog song (‘Era’) and the obligatory final apotheosis ‘Deliverance’, this happens to be a mighty show, with crystal-clear sound due to David Castillo’s mix and relished with Travis Smith’s artwork. An essential document of timeless metal with finesse. With every DVD or blu-ray, you will get the audio recordings on CD as well. Top notch!