Well I posted a while back on what to expect.
Background: I told a friend I was interested in getting back into metal so he recommended I gave this show a try. At the ticket price I couldn't complain as I have become desensitized to arena prices. I'm more of a Megadeth/Metallica kind of guy with roots in the 80s mainstream metal and 70s classic rock.
Okay the opening act. I knew nothing about BTBAM and they were a pleasant surprise. Man are they tight! Their songs change tempos and they transition beautifully. Songs are long and flow between a number of different rhythms and riffs. At some points things would get weird when the music would drop down to just the lead singer playing kind of weird polka/cabaret like bit on a keyboard. My only complaint is that from a visual standpoint they are a bit boring to watch. I would be interested to hear their studio stuff to see how it compares to the live show. Much better guitar solos than Meshuggah.
Meshuggah hit the stage and they were pretty heavy/chuggy. But if I had to describe their music I would say that they have a small standard deviation in terms of tempo, tone and riffs. I didn't care for the guitar solos sure they were fast but the riffs were grating and sounded like terrible things a kid in high school would record by just going crazy on the the guitar. I prefer a more musical approach to solos so his stuff just sounded like a cacophony. Visually it was like staring into bright flashing lights with sillouettes of the members with the exception of the lead singer who prowled the stage throwing both arms up like a pro wrestling heel goading his opponent. It wasn't till near the end of the show where there was one song that was dramatically different than the others. If felt like it was from a sci fi concept album with a robotic voice you could understand that broke into a very slow riff that gave way to the more standard fare.
RE: Growl..... I'd probably enjoy both band more if I could understand what they were saying. BTBAM lead singer at least did some bits with a melodic singing voice.
RE: Volume.... I brought ear plugs but even without them the bands were not melting my face. Which is a good thing. I hate having ringing ears the next morning.
RE: the crowd..... very eclectic group ranging from hipsters to old school metal heads (i.e. graying hair, denim, spikes). Age ranged from kids and up. Surprised to see that many female fans (went to a Maiden show a couple summers ago and it was a sausage fest). One strange thing about the crowd was that most outside of the mosh area were very subdued with only the slightest headbanging and throwing up the horns. The only way to tell they were enjoying the show was from applause between songs.
RE: moshing..... who are the idiots with backpacks on in a mosh pit?!!!!???? I stayed clear as one thing that drives me nuts about mosh pits is there's always a few idiots that are what I call unethical moshers..... i.e. wearing things that hurt people around them. A swinging backpack is just not part of my fun.
Conclusion: Opening band was a pleasant surprise, Meshuggah is not really for me they are a bit of a one trick pony and I don't care for their trick.
Looking forward to July as I have tix for Megadeth and August for Crue/Cooper
Between the Buried and Me's older music has a little more growly vocals while their newer stuff has a little more clean vocals. The growly vocals are a pretty big part, but they have a lot of variety in their music. The biggest difference between their old stuff and their new stuff is length. Their newer stuff has been getting longer and longer and longer and longer and longer.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE024YOfQNw]Between The Buried And Me - Alaska - YouTube[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn5xKJFl7NE]Between The Buried And Me - Prequel to the Sequel (HQ) - YouTube[/VIDEO]
Meshuggah is really one of those bands where you either like them or you don't. So if you don't like them, then you know to stay away.