December 7th, 2015, Irving Plaza in New York City hosted the final date of a prog-filled tour. Kicking off the show was Skyharbor, and it was their first time performing in NYC ever, so that was special. Although we had hoped that vocalist Dan Tompkins would join them on stage for a song or two, since he used to front that band, it sadly didn’t happen. However, new vocalist Eric Emery is a perfect fit to fill Tompkins’ massive shoes. Following was ERRA, with the night spent saying farewell to vocalist Ian Eubanks, as the band put it, a “very bittersweet” moment. Following guitarist Jesse Cash’s little speech, we were all blessed with a humorous and heartwarming, “Yeah, I’m crying, shut up” from Eubanks, but everyone knew he was just joking around. A very emotional set for the band and the crowd.

After them was The Contortionist, it was their first time back at Irving Plaza since Summer Slaughter 2012 with Between The Buried And Me and Cannibal Corpse, and like 3 years ago, they killed it and did not disappoint. Finally, closing out the night and the tour, TesseracT. It’s been a little while since New York has seen TesseracT, and now a majority of us can say “I’ve seen TesseracT with all 3 of their vocalists,” to include Ashe O’Hara and Elliot Coleman. TesseracT never disappoints live, and finally hearing Dan sing “Acceptance” live was so great. Enjoy the pictures below!



The Contortionist


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