Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago, IL


Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon have joined forces to bring a co-headlining tour out on the road for The Unheavenly Skye Tour.

Usually, by the time the Huntington Bank Pavilion opens its doors for the season, the sun is beaming down and you get to enjoy some live music, with a beer in your hand as you take in the lakeside surroundings. This may not have been the case this time around, but it didn’t seem like anyone was particularly bothered by the wind and rain. 

Mastodon were first up of the night and didn’t waste any time in getting down to business. This tour marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Crack The Skye. To celebrate this, the Alt-Metallers are performing the album in its entirety. Whilst the album only has seven songs, they are on the lengthier side, meaning that there wasn’t much room for anything else in their set, but they did manage to squeeze a few extras in which included “Blood and Thunder” and “Mother Puncher.”

Their set was filled with meaty power riffs and a good dose of rock stances. Their sound is laden with an abundance of guitars, but Brann Dailor certainly made his presence known from behind his drum kit as he provided a powerful and punchy beat as well as the occasional vocals. 

This foursome are masters of the stage who clearly know how to fire up an audience, making sure there was plenty of eye contact and interaction, there was not a chance they were going to lose anyone’s attention throughout this set.

As much as everyone had hoped the drizzle of rain during Mastodon’s set was the end of it, unfortunately, they were not so lucky as the heaven’s opened as Coheed and Cambria took to the stage. With the gusty wind blowing the rain in sideways, it was almost as if Claudio Sanchez’s hair was a whole other lifeform. But a little unseasonal weather was not going to put a dampener on this night. The band and the crowd soldiered through it together. 

With this tour being in support of their latest album, The Unheavenly Creatures, the setlist was obviously dominated with songs from this release, including “The Dark Sentencer,” “True Ugly” and the title track. Throughout their set, they demonstrated just how difficult it is to pigeonhole their sound to a particular genre as they clearly draw from several to create their own unique sound. 

The crowd were kept highly entertained throughout the night, proving they too were in fine singing voice as they screamed in unison along with the band. Despite the wind blowing across the stage, they still jumped and spun around the whole length of it. It was a true feast for the eyes and the ears.

Being sure to delve further back into their extensive back catalog, they made sure to include some of their older and popular songs, such as “The Suffering” and “A Favor House Atlantic” before rounding the night off with “Welcome Home.”

This co-headlining tour has just a few weeks left so head over to their websites to check out their final scheduled dates.

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About Kirstine Walton 383 Articles
Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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