Last year in December on a stormy afternoon I met up with a good friend of mine for coffee. While we sat and sipped on our coffee we chatted about life and then music. His band Q5 was finishing up laying tracks for their new album “New World Order” at the time so music was definitely something on the agenda to discuss. While on that subject we debated a little over BabyMetal then shortly after he introduced me to the music of the Devin Townsend Project.
I’d never heard of the Devin Townsend Project before that and looking back, I wonder how I hadn’t? He played me song after song from Devin’s catalog and I loved everything I heard. At that moment I knew I needed to dig into more of his music. Devin Townsend himself was not new to me, he’s been in the metal scene for quite sometime with Strapping Young Lad and his solo work. Only this new project that was intended for a 4 album series and has since continued on and into the latest and 7th release titled “Transcendence” that was released in September 2016, was new to me.
The Devin Townsend Project is considered Progressive Metal or as it’s commonly referred to, Prog Metal. This project explores the different styles of writing in this genre that is quite unique and refreshing to hear. On the new album Devin collaborated with Periphery member Adam “Nolly” Getgood as an additional producer, engineer and mixer as well as also collaborating more with the musicians he works with. I believe this has helped to allow this album room to evolve from the past releases that were solely produced by Townsend. Great way to keep moving forward with their sound.
DTP has been out on their 2016 North American tour that ended last night in Vancouver, B.C. Fallujah and Between the Buried and Me also joined in on this tour as the DTP openers. I had the chance to catch them at their stop in Portland, Oregon at the Crystal Ballroom this week that was put on by northwest concert promoter, Mike Thrasher Presents. The fans of all ages came out in the masses to catch this impressive show. I even spotted a couple of very young kids standing on a table in the back of the venue watching the show. It has to be tough being so small in crowds of this size, but they made it work for them!
The openers brought their A games to the Crystal Ballroom and warmed the fans up for DTP. DTP took to the stage in a mix of blue and red lighting with fog and Devin himself, stepped out on the tops of the speakers sitting in the front of the stage and towered over the fans down front with his arms and eyes opened widely, he curled his upper lip and bared his teeth and began singing. The crowd erupted into loud cheers and the fans were immersed for the evening full of entertainment and music. Devin didn’t just sing he also stopped and talked to the fans about life and living it. There was alot of mutual respect between the band and the fans. What a great show! They sounded amazing and their performance was very entertaining. All three of these artists are well worth checking out live. If you have a chance to catch them in the future, go do it!
The next leg of the tour will be the European tour which will start in January 2017 with their first tour date at Trix in Antwerpen, Belgium. In the meantime, get out there and buy the new album!
Enjoy the show photos!