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In This Moment takes on Philly’s most hardcore fans

Half God Half Devil Tour visits Philly’s Electric Factory

Photography by: Luke Jamroz

Electric Factory

Philly’s beloved Electric Factory hosted the Half God Half Devil tour last night and to be super honest, I’m not sure how anyone survived the show. I mean, have you seen the lineup? Dark metal from start to finish is always a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, but it does leave me wondering who left with a black eye to accompany that post-show dazed smile.


The night’s bill opened with LA’s own Gemini Syndrome, a mainstream metal quintet promoting their 2016 release Memento Mori. After the success of their debut album Lux, alongside a label switch, Gemini Syndrome have been hard at work proving that they’re ready for the headlining spot in bill’s like last night’s. While their foundation in LA is solid as can be, and their reputation outside of CA is growing by the minute, a tour like this one can only promote and assist a band’s growth into mega-stardom sphere with bands like In This Moment. All that’s left is for the music to speak for itself.


Following suit was genre-savvy AVATAR, a Swedish death metal group whose idea of genre knows no boundaries. One sign is a band who’s going to “make it” (“it” being that mega-stardom thing I talked about earlier), is their ability to be flexible, to grow with each album, and to be fearless in the pursuit of new, original sounds. LJPhoto_Avatar_15
Who wants the same-sounding album over and over and over again? With bands like AVATAR on the radar, we music lovers don’t have too much to worry about.

Keepin’ the airwaves fresh in a seemingly (keyword: seemingly) monotonous musical rut is crucial. The band has drastically changed their core sound at least once in their career; hardcore fans might argue that it’s happened more than once, but that’s another chat for another day.


The direct opener for the Half God Half Devil tour is hometown heroes Motionless In White, which might surprise a few metalheads here and there. Did anyone else think MIW were done opening shows? Don’t get me wrong, when you’ve got a bill like this, how could you not open.


I felt the same sense of dazed and confused when Copeland opened for Paramore, but hey, nothing beats a sick night of music. MIW are gearing up to release their fourth studio album sometime this year, and although I’m sure fans are not-so-patiently waiting for a single, or even some album art, to drop, you can take comfort in that they’re dusting off some rust with this tour. Be on the lookout, metal heads!

After what probably felt like decades to fans, In This Moment took the stage and demolished what was left of the crowd. For those of you not able to catch ITM on tour, you’re in luck as they’re gracing us Carolinians with their heavy vibes at Carolina Rebellion!

Check out S16’s must-sees for #CR2017 right here. A new era has just begun for the Hollywood natives, meaning brand new everything for fans to look forward to. Rise of the Blood Legion: The Best of (Chapter 1) is the latest from ITM, but new music is on the horizon. A kick ass headlining tour will have to suffice…. For now.

Find tickets for the rest of the tour here, and be on the lookout for new music from this killer bill of heavy metal bands.


4/21 — Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live!

4/22 — Stroudsburg, Pa. @ Sherman Theater

4/23 — Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium

4/25 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE

4/26 — Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore Detroit

4/28 — Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade – Heaven

4/29 — Fort Myers, Fla. @ Fort Rock *

4/30 — Jacksonville, Fla. @ Welcome To Rockville *

5/02 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Iron City

5/03 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s

5/05 — Nashville, Tenn. @ War Memorial Auditorium

5/06 — Concord, N.C. @ Carolina Rebellion *

Check out a full gallery from the night!

Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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