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Mastodon Rocks Iron City

05 May 2017

written by Croma


Mastodon Rocks Iron City

Text by Jon Patton , Photos by Mica Brickell, Edited by Tim Borland


The Mastodon concert at the Iron City venue in Birmingham, Ala. on April 28 was explosive. Starting off the night was Russian Circles, a three piece instrumental band from Chicago, Ill. As the opener, the band set the mood for the night by performing tracks from their album “Guidance.”

IMG_4026Russian Circles

The songs themselves were very bass heavy thanks to bassist Brian Cook and Drummer Dave Turncrantz who knocked everyone in the pit back with each heavy bass hit. Guitarist Mike Sullivan displayed his technical prowess throughout, delivering blistering solos. Turncrantz showed off his percussion skills with an impressive solo that led into their final song, “Lisboa.” While the band is instrumental, there is no loss in communication of what they were there for – METAL.

IMG_4120Eagles of Death Metal

Next up were the Eagles of Death Metal. The band cranked out songs from their “Zipper Down” album. The set included a touching tribute to David Bowie with their cover of his song “Moonage Daydream” from the seminal “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.”

IMG_4055Brent Hinds with his grandmother

What really set off the fun for the evening was when Mastodon Guitarist Brent Hinds invited his grandmother onto the stage for the first two EODM songs. The two danced while Hinds took over guitar and EODM lead singer Jesse Hughes showed off his impressive vocals.

IMG_4067Jesse Hughes of EODM

For those who didn’t believe it before, believe it now that metal has no age limit and you are never too old to rock out with your metal grandson. Hinds, as always, delivered his signature guitar sound and provided the solos for the EODM songs “Complexity” and “Silverlake.”


Finishing off the night was the ever impressive Mastodon from Atlanta, Ga. The regional band treated the audience to their latest album “Emperor of Sand,” starting off the set with the track “Sultan’s Curse.”


While the album itself was dedicated to the memory of guitarist Bill Kelliher, the album is not somber or lethargic. Combined with the band’s unique instrumental style and progressive concepts, the audience was left captivated throughout the powerful performance.


The heavy riffs and thunderous drumming of “Word to the Wise” sent the crowd into a frenzied mosh pit, only to be settled down by tracks like “Show Yourself.” The band closed the evening with “Jaguar God” and “Steam Breather,” both in which Hinds’ Grandmother would once again take the stage and dance with the band as they slammed out the tunes.


The performers and the venue combined to make this an incredible evening for everyone in attendance. Especially the lucky fans standing in line that were surprised with a back stage meet and greet with all three bands.


Iron City is an intimate music venue, providing a old school music hall experience. Experienced audio technicians combined with an outstanding staff made for an entertaining and enjoyable night for both bands and audience members alike.




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