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Avatar + Devin Townsend + Dance With The Dead + 68 @ The Commodore Ballroom – June 3rd 2019

Singer Johannes Eckerström of Swedish heavy metal band Avatar performing at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on June 3rd, 2019

Photos of Swedish heavy metal band Avatar + Devin Townsend + Dance with the Dead + 68 performing at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on June 3rd, 2019.

What a solid night this way!

All four bands put on absolutely solid sets.

Things kicked off with the two-piece 68 bringing a high-energy set inter-spliced with comedic relief during their inter-song banter. Watch out for these two, they are on a whole other level. Definitely not to be missed.

Dance With The Dead brought diesel fueled dance music for the metal maniacs. Another two-piece overflowing with attitude.

Devin Townsend played a solo acoustic slot and it was everything you want from a man with as many talents as he. Another point in the night that was powerful and funny, but also gentle and delicate at times. He showcased a few songs from his newest solo album Empath.

Then there was Avatar!

They capped the night off with their brand of showmanship and pageantry. A psycho royal circus powered by pure unadulterated heavy metal.

Lead singer Johannes Eckerström and lead guitarist Jonas “Kungen” Jarlsby brought dramatic theatrics, with the former as the evil head jester and the later as the all-powerful king.

It was a solid night that left me completely in awe.

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

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