Although some headbangers thrash their hair about because they’re absorbed in the music, most of them are testing a new conditioner or trying to shake Kenny Loggins out of their tresses. Feast your locks on unyielding rock with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Opeth and Mastodon with special guest Ghost at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk. For $22, you get one ticket for reserved upper-orchestra-loge seating in sections 10–19 on Thursday, April 26, at 8:15 p.m. (up to a $44.85 value, including all Ticketmaster fees).
The Heritage Hunter tour tethers the dynamic driving force of Swedish death-metal veterans Opeth to the steamrolling sludge of ax-wielding juggernauts Mastodon. Opeth has stirred an aural cauldron of dark mysticism for more than two decades, leading to its latest release, Heritage, which surprises listeners with its high concentration of clean vocals and 15-minute slide-whistle solos. When the Scandinavian quintet takes the stage, its pendulum of virtuosity segues from transcendent to vehement, as feverish tempos shift and bizarre time signatures test the crowd's ability to count. Co-headliners and progressive rockers Mastodon shatter veneers with a roaring performance of epic tracks from its latest album, The Hunter, as well as crowd favorites such as "Blood and Thunder" and "Oblivion." Swedish riff wizards Ghost haunt the show's opening slot with hooded robes, dollops of doom metal, and lyrics culled from children’s letters to Linda Blair.
One of California’s largest and most renowned venues, Gibson Amphitheatre lives up to its stellar reputation as a go-to entertainment destination by corralling sought-after acts into its sprawling confines. More than 6,000 seats on two levels angle toward the stage, granting visitors easy, unobstructed views. A state-of-the-art sound system, meanwhile, allows event goers to rock out to dynamic tunes or hear even the softest whispers between an encouraging roadie and a nervous guitar making its debut performance.