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The Missing Link Festival @ Fox Theater

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High on Fire @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10

Missing Link Festival
Mastodon, High on Fire, Valient Thorr, Baroness,
Black Cobra, Bison BC, Between the Buried and Me

5/8/10 @ Fox theater
Oakland, California
By Jeff Longo, Josh Kutras
& Alex Guzman

The mighty Mastodon made another run thorough the Bay Area during their North American spring tour in support of their latest masterpiece ”Crack The Skye” (2009 Reprise Records). This time around they brought with them a diverse group of supporting acts including special guests Between the Buried and Me, Baroness and Valient Thorr. As if that lineup wasn’t already brilliant enough the metal gods shined their light on Oakland California on this particular evening to create the first annual Missing Link Festival, by adding underground metal legends High on Fire along with Black Cobra and Bison B.C . The two tribes collided and launched a sonic assault on the Bay Area.

Valient Thorr @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10 Valient Thorr @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10

The day was brutal starting with a trampling from Vancouver B.C. natives Bison B.C. Power duo Black Cobra shook the rafters of the Fox Theater with their rawkus set featuring songs from their new album ‘Chronomega (2009 Southern Lord) And the enigmatic Valient Thorr, never ones to disappoint, set the bar for the remaining acts with a dirty beer drenched set of crusty AC/DC inspired rock.

Valient Thorr Setlist
1. Disappeared
2. Tomorrow Police
3. Mask of Sanity

High on Fire @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10

High on Fire threatened to bring the building down on the home crowd as they powered through some of their best material to date.  They unloaded on the crowd with cuts from the critically acclaimed ‘Snakes for the Divine’ (2010 Relapse). Stand out tracks were the 8 minute epics ‘How Dark We Pray’ and ‘Snakes for the Divine‘.

High on Fire @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10
High on Fire Setlist
1. Frost Hammer
2. Devilution
3. How Dark We
4. Hung, Drawn and Quartered
5. Rumors of War
6. Fire, Flood & Plague
7. Snakes For The Divine

Baroness took the stage basked in a blue light, in keeping with the theme of their latest outingThe Blue Album’ (2009 Relapse Records) They ripped through a set of new and old, as the crowd sang along with every track. We at Stubble wish we could tell you how Between the Buried and Me were, however we were downing cold ones and watching the Sharks dispatch the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs at the bar, sorry to all the BTBM fans. We have seen them before and they are amazing as I’m sure they were on this day as well.
Baroness @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10
Baroness Setlist
1. Isak
2. The Birthing
3. The Sweetest Curse

Mastodon @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10
Mastodon took the stage as the crowd roared its approval for their crusty heroes. The headliners grabbed their instruments and struck the first notes of ‘Oblivion’ the opening track on their latest release, ‘Crack the Skye’ (2009 Reprise). They ran through their seven song opus with grace and ease. The acoustics in the Fox Theater are excellent and mixed to perfection with clean vocals, sharp guitars and thunderous drums. As the band wrapped up the final song ‘The Last Baron’ and began exiting the stage to ominous keys and a stunning set of visuals on the screen, singer/guitarist Brent Hinds picked up his microphone, slammed it down on stage and stormed off.

Mastodon @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10

The filled to capacity venue cheered loudly and chanted for the foursome to return for an encore. They returned to the stage minus Brent Hinds, and picked up their instruments one more time. Singer/bassist Troy Sanders wholeheartedly thanked the crowd for their devotion to the band and for coming out for such a big event and staying to the bitter end. He asked the crowd if they wanted one more, and began playing ‘Blood and Thunder’ (2004 Leviathan) as a three piece.

Brent Hinds could be seen on the side of the stage halfway into the song with his guitar showing a young lady how to play the song, it was odd. They finished the song and made their way off stage to a huge round of cheers and drunken shouting. The lights came up and the show was over, only one song for the encore was definitely kind of weird, but their hour plus set was amazing so it wasn’t such a big deal. The show was scheduled to end at 11:30, so the plan from the outset had been to end with a three-song encore, but the crowd did not seem to notice much. Aside from that little hiccup it was an amazing day of underground music, all culminating with headliners Mastodon, who are not afraid to venture out into different territory and give the crowd a bang for their buck. If they are coming to your town go see them, if they aren’t buy all of their records you can; this band deserves your support.

Valient Thorr @ Missing Link Festival 5/9/10 Mastodon Setlist
“Crack the Skye” in its entirety
1. Oblivion
2. Divinations
3. Quintessence
4. The Czar
5. Ghost Of Karelia
6. Crack The Skye
7. The Last Baron
8. Blood and Thunder
9. Crystal Skull (NOT PLAYED)
10. Crusher Destroyer (NOT PLAYED)

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Review by: Jeff Longo,Josh Kutras

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