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The Mega Monsters Tour Delivers a Crushing Performance to South Florida – Photos and Review of the Mastodon, Gojira and Lorna Shore Concert at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL

This past Thursday on a perfect evening in Boca Raton, Florida, heavy metal fans gathered at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater for a spirited night of moshing and headbanging. The MEGA MONSTERS tour was here, and the stage was set for three high-energy bands to deliver their unique brands of heavy music: Lorna Shore, Mastodon, and Gojira. The venue was the perfect location for this mini-festival of a show, with great views from all around and the ability to get as close to the stage as you were willing to fight for. The epic co-headlining bands were switching off closing spots every night while maintaining the same setlist, and this time Gojira was finishing up the festivities.

Lorna Shore, a fast-rising deathcore band from New Jersey, took the stage first. Despite being the opening act, the band gave it their all and delivered a blistering performance. The crowd responded enthusiastically, moshing and headbanging along to the band’s heavy breakdowns and brutal vocals. Lorna Shore’s set was a perfect warm-up for the night’s main attractions, and you could see a lot of people in the crowd that were already big fans of the group. They finished up their time on stage a performance of the entirety of their three part “Pain Remains” suite.

After a brief intermission, the lights dimmed and the crowd erupted into cheers as Mastodon took the stage. The Atlanta-based band, known for their progressive metal sound, wasted no time in launching into their set. They played a killer mix of old material while still including a couple songs from their latest album, “Hushed and Grim.” The crowd sang along to favorites like “The Wolf is Loose” and “Divinations,” and cheered as the band showcased their impressive musicianship. Closing off their time on stage with their most well known song Blood and Thunder” Mastodon’s set was one of the highlights of the night, while leaving the crowd energized and ready for more.

Finally after another brief break, it was time for the main event: Gojira. The French metal band has gained a devoted following for their mix of amazing live shows, technical precision and environmental activism. Their set did not disappoint, featuring a stunning, perfectly choreographed light show that accompanied a mix of songs from throughout their career, as well as hits from their bestselling new album “Fortitude“. The crowd sang along to anthems like “Flying Whales” and “Stranded“, and moshed along to the band’s incredible performance. Gojira’s message of environmentalism was also front and center in their lyrics, although you would probably have to look them up to understand them past the incredible growls of frontman Mario Duplantier. The band closed their set with “The Gift of Guilt” leaving the crowd shouting for an encore.

Overall, the Mega Monsters tour featuring Mastodon and Gojira at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater was a night to remember. Lorna Shore delivered a powerful opening set, while Mastodon and Gojira each showcased their unique styles of heavy metal. The energy of the crowd was palpable, and the bands fed off of it, delivering performances that will be remembered for years to come. Heavy metal may not be for everyone, but for those who love it, there is no better way to experience it than live in concert.

Gleb Barabanov is South Florida Insider's Vice President, Graphic Designer and Webmaster, as well as a Photographer and Writer covering events all over the world. Originally born in Odessa, Ukraine, Gleb now calls the sunny Florida area home, where he attended Full Sail University and received a Bachelors of Arts in Film Production. Gleb is obsessed with music, cameras, guitars, and his Shiba Inu, Yoshi

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