The Epic Kings & Idols Tour featuring Devin Townsend Project, Katatonia, Stolen Babies, and Paradise Lost , recently zipped through Philadelphia’s TLA with Blow The Scene on hand to deliver several gnarly sets of band photos for your viewing pleasure.
Described as “Quirky-Prog Pop-Art Rock-Avant Garde-Cabaret Metal-Horror Punk-with a tinge of Industrial, Goth and Dark Wave”, Stolen Babies is the new project from renowned drummer Gil Sharone (Dillinger Escape Plan, +44), who had the honour of kicking off the opening ceremonies. The band is gearing up to drop a second full-length, Naught, on October 16 through No Comment Records. This troupe’s performance proved to be one of the highlights of the evening for what felt like an anything-goes metal circus for what proved to be a very original and emotional spin on a genre of music that has far too many cut-and-paste acts clogging the airwaves and inter-webs.
England’s classic doom metallers, Paradise Lost, hit the stage next and broke off a well-crafted and technical set in support of their most recent release, Tragic Idol, which hit streets last April via Century Media Records. This latest offering marks the band’s 13th release and return to the band’s classic metal and doom stylings. However, the band did not shy away from playing selections from their synth-metal phase to the delight or disdain of a solid grip of supporters.
Swedish metal band and co-headliners, Katatonia held up the dark-rock end of the spectrum with its patented blend of melancholic movements punctuated by a polished sound and live presence. Katatonia are touring in support of its ninth full-length album, Dead End Kings, which was released in August on Peaceville Records. The band’s set consisted mainly of new selections with a few choice classic cuts mixed in to delight of long-time fans. All-in-all, very well executed live performance that has become streamlined into a well-oiled machine at this stage in the game.
After a slideshow of digitally enhanced photos featuring Devin Townsend amongst the likes of pop icons ranging from Batman to 50 Cent, the Devin Townsend Project closed the evening with a larger-than-life performance. Riding high from week of a personal best chart numbers for brand new release, Epicloud on his HevyDevy Records and InsideOut Music, Townsend saw a #105 on Billboard’s top 200 and a prominent #1 grab on the Heatseekers chart. Epicloud marks Devin Townsend’s 15th career full-length release. Lots of infectiously humorous stage banter to compliment an aurally and visually potent stage ensemble.
We know you are here for the pictures, so without further ado, enjoy this massive set of band photo galleries by Blow The Scene Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging).