Concert Review: Megadeth and Amon Amarth at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA
Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Suicidal Tendencies
October 12, 2016
DCU Center – Worcester, MA
Reviewed by: Jeff Palmucci
Megadeth hit the DCU Center last Wednesday bringing along a packed lineup including the Butcher Babies, Metal Church, Suicidal Tendencies, and Amon Amarth.
The Butcher Babies were up first. However, I was unable to photograph them due to some credential mix-ups. That’s a shame, as you can see from the last time I went to one of their shows. These gals are different from most other female led hard rock bands that I know in that they make heavy use of unclean vocals giving them a really interesting sound. Give a listen to one of their big hits Magnolia Blvd, which contains a great mix of dirty and clean vocal.
The first band I shot last Wednesday was Suicidal Tendencies. These guys put on a hard rocking, animated show. They have an interesting crossover sound somewhere between metal and punk, which sets them squarely apart from the other bands on this tour.
Amon Amarth was up next with killer set including a Viking boat parked in the middle of the stage. Wikipedia calls this death metal group one of the leading Viking metal bands, and they sure look the part. Their songs deal with a lot of Viking mythology. At one point, perhaps in a nod to the the song off their new album, Jomsviking, they actually each raised a drinking horn and chugged to the audience.
Megadeth headlined for the night. By the time they took the stage, the DCU had a good crowd going for a Wednesday night. These guys can bring out the crowd.
This is my third time shooting Megadeth, and it is always a good time. In fact, one of my favorite crowd shots of all time was at a Megadeth show. Check these guys out. A Megadeth show is not a mellow show.
There was a distinct difference this time around, in support of their 15th (!) album, Dystopia. The show was more polished with cool video backdrops, and costumed characters on stage including the title character from the Dystopia album and a zombie character coming on during Peace Sells.
At one point, they played the cartoon from the Dystopia video on the backdrop while performing the track. The video has a very Heavy Metal (the cartoon) feel to it. It’s pretty nicely done and melds perfectly with the music.
These guys always put on a great show. Be sure to check them out if they come to your town.