NOVEMBER 18th 2014
Review By: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper


MONUMENTS (London, UK), is the first out on stage tonight, they are Progressive Metal / Experimental Groove with Century Media Records, and they nailed it. Fantastic opener, really enjoy watching a band that puts so much into their set and gets the crowd going. I, for one, was continually tapping my feet, and looking around the room I found many others were doing the same. Monuments was really a fitting band to have on this bill. They played a variety of songs, and people took notice also when the saxophone was used, that was unique for a band of this genre. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but again, great to catch the opening act when they are so talented. Monuments really grabbed my attention and surely impressed me. I could have enjoyed much more of their set.

Next is ANIMALS AS LEADERS (Washington D.C.) appears next and they classify themselves as Instrumental Progressive metal alongside technical musicianship to boot. The band amazed me that they didn’t have a singer, but the talent behind them all was unbelievable, a lot of talent in their music. I was in awe watching for the first 4 songs, then, I am sorry, I got a little bored, I would have liked to have had some vocals added in to add a little more depth to the songs. Don’t get me wrong, they are extremely talented, but for me, I just needed a little more. The crowd was enthralled though, taking in their whole set.

And of course, next is the one, the only,  DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT(Vancouver, BC), yes our very own from Century Media Records, who are Progressive Rock / Metal, truthfully, it is a bit of a challenge putting DTP into a genre. I have to say it, I was a little disappointed compared to previous shows. Devin and the guys come out, there is a big screen that comes down and it plays a lot of the crazy antics/videos from either Youtube, or Ziltoid videos Devin creates, and it prompts the crowd to sing along. Once he came out, things changed and who cared about the videos, it was all about the guys up on stage. Now the Devin Townsend Project can play, each and every member of this crew, whether it’s Ryan (drums), Brian (bass), Dave (guitar) or Devin (vocals, guitar and ambiance), you are guaranteed to have a fantastic performance out of this show. Plus I for one, love the interaction between Devin and the crowd, it definitely gets us all going. A multitude of songs were played. Nothing better than a band that can produce the energy and stamina to play their set so enthusiastically, sure makes for a great show. I have heard rumours that Devin is about to embark on at least a year-long hiatus, beginning after the Z² show taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on April 13, 2015. During the indefinitely long break Townsend intends to "recharge his batteries", "get some inspiration and experiences" and to "see what the next chapter holds" for him. I am sure that many of you, like me, understand the recharging, but secretly hoping it’s not true at the same time. If behold, the rumours are true, I say get out of the house, support metal, and go see The Devin Townsend Project before the “disappearance” begins !  

Just in case some of you are wondering what I was talking about with videos, this is one of those, that is usually played….enjoy

Remaining Tour Dates:
Nov. 22 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway *
Nov. 23 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre
Nov. 24 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre *
Nov. 25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov. 26 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
Nov. 28 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall *
Nov. 29 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Nov. 30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre *
Dec. 1 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Dec. 3 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live *
Dec. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Dec. 5 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
Dec. 6 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Dec. 8 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
Dec. 10 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Dec. 11 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill *
Dec. 13 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Dec. 14 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater *
Dec. 15 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theatre
Dec. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan *
Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
 *DTP closes show