Intergalactic space mutants GWAR, recently cruised through Philadelphia’s Electric Factory along with DevilDriver and Cancer Bats for the opening night of their full US tour with Blow The Scene on hand to capture exclusive photo galleries of the guilty parties.
Canada’s leading sons of punk-rock infused hardcore, Cancer Bats are currently supporting their latest full-length studio work, Dead Set on Living, which hit streets last Spring via Distort Entertainment and Metal Blade Records in Canada and the US respectively. With Dead Set on Living, Cancer Bats have delivered a an upbeat album that captures the band’s raucous live performances, arguably, better than any prior studio work. The band hit the Electric Factory stage and absolutely shredded, getting a predominately GWAR fan-base into the red zone.
DevilDriver picked up just where Cancer Bats left off, delivering a dense set of their patented groove metal that was tight a full of poise. The only drawback was out of the band’s control, as the PA hands seemed to have some difficulty finding the right tones and frequencies. DevilDriver plowed through, firing off a barrage of tunes that spanned their 5-album catalog to delight of a hearty gathering of fans. The band continues to support their most popular effort to date, Beast, which hit streets in 2011 and will see the band join The Black Dahlia Murder and Cannibal Corpse for a 2013 tour run. The band is also working on a new album that is slated to hit streets in 2013 and will mark the band’s departure from longtime label, Roadrunner Records as the band recently announced their signing to Napalm Records with a new album in the works for 2014.
Last and certainly not least, intergalactic mutant overlords GWAR, invaded the stage with a revolving cast of mutants, slime throwers, blood tossers, and riff shredders for an other-worldly party that saw fans elated as they were repeatedly slimed like a scene from Ghostbusters II. This tour marks the band’s first since the untimely death of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot (Flattus Maximus), who tragically died of heart condition during the band’s 2011 Fall tour cycle. Metal Blade Records and GWAR have set up The Smoot Family Foundation to help Smoot‘s surviving wife and children, donations can still be made here.
As previously announced, this tour marks the introduction of new GWAR guitarist, Pustulus Maximus who is pictured above. To help usher in this new era in the GWAR legacy, these mutants have crafted a brand new stage show that packs all the fan favorites into new spectacle of intergalactic madness.
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All photos by Blow The Scene‘s Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)