Totimoshi opened the show with their brand of angst alternative rock with a sound akin to early Nirvana and the Melvins.  We were given a tiny hint of the visuals to come as Totimoshi was emblazoned across a huge led video screen along with imagery of a Mayan temple. Whilst they were warmly received by the crowd, they were what they were… the warm-up for the spectacle that was to come.

The lights dimmed and we were flying through space…

The opening notes of Oblivion sent the crowd into raptures as Mastodon introduced themselves to the masses at Rock City, Nottingham. The giant video screen behind the band changed from the stars flying through space to imagery taken from and inspired by the “Crack the Skye” album.  Straight into Divinations without a word or a break, Mastodon are all business and this business is good, very good!

Mastodon continued the blitzkrieg of songs from the “Crack the Skye” album, ‘Quintessence’, ‘The Czar’, ‘Ghost of Karelia’, ‘Crack The Skye’, ‘The Last Baron’ with the visuals continuing throughout displaying black and white Rasputinesque monks, flames, bears, skulls, snakes, maniacal laughter, and old Beelzebub himself making a brief appearance, all intertwined with the colourful imagery from “Crack the Skye”. Not a word was spoken as they played through the whole album but then words weren’t needed, no introductions necessary, this is Mastodon!

A mini break ensued as the keyboards were moved the side but the band soon returned and there was no let up in the intensity… They launched into ‘Circle Of Cyquatch’, quickly followed by ‘Aqua Dementia’, ‘Mother Puncher’ and ‘Where Strides The Behemoth’.  The visuals now changing to the relevant album covers to which the songs come from; “Leviathan”, “Blood Mountain”, “Remission”. ‘Iron Tusk’ and the massive ‘March of the Fire Ants’ rounded out the amazing set bring to a close one the most sensually intense gigs I’ve ever seen.

I have seen hundreds of shows over the years but the intensity from the band was immense and the bombardment of the senses both aurally and visually made this one of the best shows I have ever seen, if not the best! A bold statement, I know… If you get chance to see Mastodon live, do it, you will not be disappointed…