The Ophidian Trek: Meshuggah, Baroness, and Decapitated
Bands: Meshuggah, Baroness, and Decapitated
Venue: The Fillmore, San Francisco
Normally we don’t highlight all the drummers in a performance review but the Ophidian Trek was such an unusual juxtaposition of playing styles that all three dudes deserved equal shine.
First up, Karim “Krihm” Lechner of Decapitated, making his Stateside debut with the Polish technical death-metallers, looked surprisingly relaxed as he anchored the band’s contrasting sonic layers and multiple time changes with controlled power.
Next, Allen Blickle of Baroness was just the opposite: all drummer-face as he single-kicked and crash-rode his way through the Savannah band’s ethereal doom and blissed-out prog-folk.
Finally, Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake split the difference between Lechner’s finesse-y speed and Blickle’s propulsive pummel with an attack that was crushing and mathematic.
The 12 o’clock position of Haake’s single rack tom and curtain of cymbals blocked our view of the Swedish colossus – something that ordinarily would bug us — but the hypnotic patterns and dope drum tone had us at hello.