Photo and Video by Randy Ireland.
Progressive metal seldom has a better lineup than what was featured at the Metro only one day before Thanksgiving. Fans in attendance had quite a bit to be thankful for as each band put on a great performance.
Monuments, an up and coming metal band out of Britain, opened the night and got the crowd involved early. Performing tracks off their latest album, frontman Chris Barretto gave the audience something special when he pulled out his saxophone for use on one track.
Monuments was an excellent opener that set the stage for one of metal’s most talented grouping of artists, Animals As Leaders.
Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes, two very well respected guitarists, are joined by drummer, Matt Garstka to form one of progressive metal’s pioneer bands. The trio play songs in complex time signatures with more notes than what seems humanly possible to play. Animals As Leaders was definitely the highlight of the night for me, I was even able to fight my way to the photo pit in order to bring you the video below. You’re very welcome.
Devin Townsend Project is truly an experience. It’s essentially a comedy routine with insanely heavy metal in between jokes. This is not to say it was a bad experience, quite the opposite, actually. All too often do we think of metal concerts as a mosh pit frenzy with lead singers who demand audience members punch each other in the heads. Devin Townsend, coming off his sixth album with the The Devin Townsend Project, is a refreshingly original frontman with a style all his own.