Photos + Review: Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon at The Armory (Minneapolis, MN)

Coheed and Cambria (Nyack, NY), Mastodon (Atlanta, GA), Every Time I Die (Buffalo, NY)
June 15th, 2019
The Armory in Minneapolis, MN

This is going to be a bit more of an unconventional post of mine, where I’ll just write out a decent amount of wandering thoughts I’ve had about this show in bullet, blurb, type format. There’s so much to talk about, so much to see and hear at this past Coheed and Cambria and Mastodon show, it’s hard for me to keep it all cohesive. So here’s my try!

Every Time I Die absolutely killed it. This is by far the biggest venue I’ve seen them play, and probably was the biggest they’ve played in this state. Also seemed like they were playing to a lot of people that hadn’t heard of them beforehand, which on one hand was kinda disappointing because I expected the crowd to be way crazier, but on the other hand is cool because hopefully it grew the size of their following. They deserve all the success they get.

Seeing guitarist Jordan Buckley get crowdsurfed and carried all the way from the stage to their merch table in back was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time.

Both Mastodon and Coheed are class acts at the top of the genre, but this run that Mastodon are doing on this tour is special, especially for teenage self me. Their playing Crack the Skye fully in celebration of it’s 10th anniversary, and that’s always been my clear favorite album of theirs. Super cool to be able to see it played all the way through live.

Coheed ad Cambria were absolutely fantastic, just as they were last year. Performance-wise they sounded perfect, and has a ton of energy, something that surprised even me with how much Claudio Sanchez ended up running around stage for “Unheavenly Creatures.”

The lighting for the show was absolutely phenomenal. It was top notch when I saw Coheed last year at the same venue, and when I saw Mastodon last year at Myth, but it felt so much better this time around. Much more room to move around, seemed much more chill (though Every Time I Die still felt chaotic in the pit), and the rest of the band’s sets from in the back of the venue was just pure eye candy.

Please go to a show on this tour if you’re close to one of the dates played. Support your live music scene and watch a few of the bands that are tops of their genres.

Thoughts?

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