Pain of Salvation have come a long way since their first musical experiences, and have gathered a rather big following during the years. This time around, they started their set in front of a sold-out crowd. They only had about 40 minutes of playing time, and it was no wonder that almost all songs on the playlist were from the Road Salt albums. The more quiet songs were absolutely no problem for the audience, as most of them knew they should expect a relaxed atmosphere throughout the evening. After the opener (Road Salt Theme), they continued with “Softly She Cries” and “Ashes“. With a lot of changes in tempo and style, the only flaw in their set might be that the vocals seemed a bit flat.
After the short break between the bands, it was hard for the crowd to find a place inside the venue. It was getting so packed, the doors had to stay open for a while, and everybody was looking for a spot to see maybe one of the best bands of this moment.
Though Opeth had less time constraints than their predecessors, they still had a rather small number of songs on the setlist, which left time for vocalist Mikael Ã‚kerfeldt to talk to the audience and make a lot of jokes. Similar to Pain of Salvation, the setlist contained more relaxed songs, with acoustic guitars, jazz drumming and soft vocals that added to the gloomy atmosphere. The set started with “The Devil's Orchard” and “I Feel the Dark“, just like the new album “Heritage“, which actually provided the most songs for the evening. After about 5 songs, they started to take the tempo even further down and went acoustic for a few songs.
Towards the end of the set, we finally saw a little more action when they played â€œSlitherâ€, dedicated to the memory of Ronnie James Dio. Though there still were no grunts that made the band what they are now, most of the crowd was pleased with the performance. Closing the set was the epic song â€œHex Omegaâ€. The crowd was screaming for an encore, which came the traditional way. The song â€œFolkloreâ€ has elements of a lot of 70â€™s bands, and was the perfect ending to a great evening.