Concert Review: Gojira & Devin Townsend Project at the Palladium in Worcester, MA
Gojira, Devin Townsend Project
& The Atlas Moth
February 15, 2013
Reviewed by: Brian Cross
Photos by: Diana Guay
Perhaps the heaters were malfunctioning at the Palladium, but a cold night was soon warmed a bit by a trio of heavy bands. Like a river of sludge, opening act The Atlas Moth’s set flowed from one song into the next. The slow shoegaze/metal sound of the band seemed an odd mix when compared to the bands that followed them on the bill, but stranger things have happened.
Next up was the uniquely progressive Devin Townsend Project, but not before a little Ziltoid TV was displayed on the backdrop screen. Decorum prevents me from fully describing the insanity that is ZTV, lest you flee from the room; let’s just say that viral videos like “Boots and Cats” surely saw tens of thousands more hits as a result of this tour.
Anyway, the band soon hit the stage, with leader Townsend engaging in his usual banter between songs. Townsend got the entire crowd to throw up jazz hands during the infectious “Lucky Animals;” even the hipsters in the back who stood clutching their PBRs in defiantly crossed arms were won over halfway through the pop-metal hybrid, tossing their arms in the air along with everyone else. After seemingly ending their set with “Grace,” DTP put a proper cap on their performance with the mercilessly chugging “Juular.”
Under the watchful gaze of a massive starfield and illuminated backdrop of the L’enfant Sauvage cover art, Gojira launched into a searing set filled with tracks from their latest record and albums past. From “Backbone” to “L’enfant Sauvage,” Gojira shredded the crowd to pieces with their incredibly progressive yet brutal death metal. Brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier even switched instruments and vocals for one song, further showcasing the enormous talent that Gojira has to offer. Mario also demonstrated his skills with an extended drum solo, a metal concert staple of the past that’s long overdue for a rebirth. Wrapping up the night with “The Gift of Guilt,” Gojira’s set was a crusher from start to finish.
Quite an evening, indeed. The uncomfortable chill aside, Gojira and friends made an indelible impression on the Palladium, guaranteeing that the crowd will be talking about the show for a long time.