French metal juggernauts, Gojira steamrolled through Philly’s TLA with The Devin Townsend Project and The Atlas Moth for a standing room only crowd who was elated by the eclectic lineup.
Chicago’s post metal sensation, The Atlas Moth are a live experience to been seen as much as heard with an accompanying light show that it is simply awesome. Brooding drums develop into epic triple-guitar attacks that plunge from thick and catchy into the bowels of dark and sludgy with accompanying electronics and black metal-styled vocals resting on top. The band is currently supporting 2009’s full-length debut on Candlelight, A Glorified Piece of Blue-Sky, and 2011’s An Ache for the Distance, which was released on Profound Lore. Great way to start the evening.
The Devin Townsend Project has become no stranger to Philadelphia with a slew of recent performances. The former Strapping Young Lad mastermind continues to support a new full-length, Epicloud, which was released in September of 2012. Never one to sit a stew, Townsend has reportedly begun drafting two new albums, including Z2, the sequel to Ziltoid the Omniscient. The second new album, Casualties of Cool, is rumored to be nearing completion with a potential bonus disc containing the leftover material from Ghost, entitled Ghost 2. Townsend played a healthy mix of new and classic material as the audience ate this performance up hand over fist and was looking seconds. Townsend‘s prolific works and back catalog can be purchased via the Century Media estore. Not surprising Townsend and crew make it a point to hit Philly on each and every tour.
Bayonne, France’s Gojira are a force to be reckoned with live. Having formed in 1996, releasing 5 full-length albums across Roadrunner, Prosthetic, and Listenable Records(France), in addition to touring the world over with the likes of Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse, Metallica, Behemoth, Children Of Bodom, and Aman Amorth, question not when we call these tech metallers, veterans. It’s not difficult to see where the 20+ years of experience went as this quartet kept up a relentless tempo amidst a intense light show that cast an otherworldly aura around the stage. The band continues to support their 2012 release, L’Enfant Sauvage (French for “The Wild Child”), which hit streets last June via Roadrunner Records to great reviews from fans and critics alike. Listening samples and links for further investigation of all guilty parties below the fold.
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