Review: Gojira, Devin Townsend, Atlas Moth in Hollywood

By on 30 January 2013
Gojira, Devin Townsend Project, Atlas Moth
The Fonda, Hollywood, California

The rain is falling on the pedestrians tonight, waiting to cross the fabled intersection of Hollywood and Vine. But for those lucky enough to score tickets to this sold-out metal concert, located just up the road, the atmosphere inside is dry and quite, quite loud. Why? Because Chicago’s Atlas Moth have just unleashed their tribal-sounding dirge. The five-piece nicely mix the doomy bits of Paradise Lost with the everything’s-falling-apart thunder of Neurosis, and open matters in grand style.

Devin Townsend is hampered by a number of elements tonight: He finds the “douchebag factor” in attendance tonight “extremely high … even for Los Angeles!” He’s gotta attend a convention of music manufacturers and industry types over the next few days (groan) and, more importantly, his set is a mere 40 minutes or so in length. Nevertheless, he and the Project blast through it all with Townsend’s usual foul-mouthed yet good-humoured panache. We could have used several more songs from ‘Epicloud’ than merely the maddeningly catchy “Lucky Animals,” but we’ll let that slide. This time…

Les formidable Gojira sont magnifique!, which is another way of saying that, yeah, they know what they’re doing up there. Strafing all within earshot with their artillery-fire rhythms, Gojira can be an all-out assault, and tonight they offer a masterclass in thrash. All four members put on a show of skill, dexterity, and showmanship, though we’re partial to drummer Mario Duplantier for playing both sides of the cymbals, and for generally walloping the shit out of his kit. When it ends, they’ve left a monster-sized footprint in the Fonda’s foundation, and our ears may never be the same again.


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