This week, the Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried and Me, and Fallujah wrapped up their tour with a series of five dates in the Pacific Northwest. They kicked off the final week of the tour in Boise, Idaho at the Knitting Factory. The co-headline affair, dubbed the Transcending the Coma tour, was easily one of the most eclectic and intelligent of the fall.
San Francisco’s Fallujah released its third album, Dreamless this spring. The atmospheric, extreme metal quintet served up a tight eight-song set. The performance included five tracks from the new album; “Amber Gaze,” “Scar Queen,” “Abandon,” “Wind for Wings,” and the closer, “The Void Alone”. They also tuned up three tracks from their critically acclaimed 2014 release, The Flesh Prevails, including show opener, “Sapphire”.
North Carolina progressive metallers, Between the Buried and Me took the stage next offering the Boise faithful a dark, moody, and atmospheric set. They are touring in support of their latest album, Coma Ecliptic, which earned the band many year-end awards and nominations for best album of 2015. To the delight of fans, the band, led by frontman Tommy Giles Rogers, performed the entire Coma Ecliptic album.
Arguably the stand out performance of the night went to the Devin Townsend Project, who recently released its latest record, Transcendence. The band played three tracks from the new record; “Failure,” the heavyweight “Stormbending,” and “Higher”: The latter served as an epic masterpiece to close the show. Townsend also performed five songs from his solo efforts including the show’s first two songs, “Night” and “By Your Command”. Devin’s sense of humor and gracious attitude were on display throughout the night, including playfully calling out a fan during the song “Ih-Ha!”. Other highlights included “Ziltoid Goes Home” and “March of the Poozers”. Devin Townswend is a masterclass performer, and this night’s display served as another example of his dynamic talents and genuine love for his fans.
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