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Dream Theater, Devin Townsend and Animals as Leaders

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Three of the Most Creative Modern Prog Metal Bands Bring a Night of Progressive Madness to South Florida – Photos and Review of the Dream Theater, Devin Townsend and Animals as Leaders Concert at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL

The vibrant energy at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL was palpable this past Thursday as hundreds of Dream Theater fans gathered at the famous Guitar Hotel to get a chance to see their favorite band shred the stage once again. Music enthusiasts from all walks of life gathered for what promised to be an unforgettable night of progressive metal mastery from an incredibly stacked lineup of talented musicians. The stage was set, the anticipation was high, and the audience eagerly awaited the sonic journey that Dream Theater (accompanied by opening acts Animals as Leaders and Devin Townsend) would take them on.

Kicking off the evening was Animals as Leaders, a band known for pushing the boundaries of instrumental prowess. Their intricate compositions, laden with complex time signatures and mesmerizing guitar work, captivated the audience from the very first note. The trio’s seamless interplay and technical virtuosity left the crowd in awe, setting the stage for the mesmerizing performance to come. Guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes mystified the audience with their shredding ability, while drummer Matt Garstka showcases his mesmerizing drumming skills. The band played a lot of material from their latest album “Parrhesia” while still jamming through classics like “Wave of Babies”, “CAFO” and “Physical Education”.

Following the electrifying performance of Animals as Leaders, the atmosphere at Hard Rock Live was buzzing with anticipation as Devin Townsend took the stage. A true maverick in the world of progressive metal, Townsend unleashed a sonic storm that was both powerful and emotionally charged. With his distinctive vocal range and energetic stage presence, Townsend effortlessly commanded the attention of the audience, delivering a spellbinding performance that showcased his versatility as a musician. From heavy, churning riffs to moments of serene introspection, his set was a rollercoaster ride of musical emotions, leaving the crowd longing for more.

Finally, the moment arrived that the crowd had been eagerly awaiting. Dream Theater, the legendary titans of progressive metal, took to the stage amidst thunderous applause and cheers. From the very first chord of their Grammy-winning song “The Alien“, it was evident that the band was determined to deliver an extraordinary experience. With their unparalleled musicianship and unwavering precision, Dream Theater took the audience on an epic sonic odyssey that amazed everyone in attendance. Throughout their set, Dream Theater flawlessly executed their intricate compositions, seamlessly transitioning between delicate melodies and thunderous, intricate passages of heavy metal. The technical prowess of each band member was on full display, as they effortlessly navigated complex time signatures and executed mind-boggling solos. From the dynamic rhythms of Mike Mangini’s drumming to John Myung’s thunderous basslines, from Jordan Rudess’s ethereal keyboard flourishes to the soaring guitar solos of John Petrucci, the band’s performance was an absolute masterclass in musicianship.

The visual spectacle complemented the musical virtuosity, with a stunning light show and mesmerizing visuals creating an immersive experience. The synchronized interplay of lights and the captivating stage presence of each band member enhanced the overall atmosphere, creating a multi-sensory journey that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. Dream Theater’s setlist was a meticulously crafted blend of old and new, featuring beloved classics alongside tracks from their latest album “A View From The Top of the World“. The crowd erupted with joy as familiar anthems like “Pull Me Under,” “Caught in a Web” and “Solitary Shell” echoed through the venue, while newer tracks like “Sleeping Giant” and “Answering the Call” showcased the band’s ability to evolve while keeping true to their signature sound. The concert reached its crescendo with an awe-inspiring encore of “Act II: Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On“, leaving the crowd breathless and craving for more. Dream Theater’s ability to captivate the audience, transport them to otherworldly realms, and ignite an uncontainable passion for music was truly unparalleled.

The Dream Theater concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida was a mind-blowing and unforgettable experience for all who attended. Animals as Leaders and Devin Townsend set the stage with their exceptional performances, but Dream Theater’s transcendent musicianship and unwavering showmanship elevated the evening to unimaginable heights. From the breathtaking performances to the captivating visuals, every aspect of the concert was a testament to the band’s unparalleled dedication to their craft. For fans of progressive metal and music aficionados in general, this concert was an absolute must-see, showcasing the power of music to inspire, uplift, and transport us to extraordinary places.

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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