Reviewed by: B. Cross
Photos by: Matt Lambert
The “Communion of Sirens” tour – a double bill featuring two of Sweden’s greatest heavy metal exports – makes for some strange bedfellows. Their country of origin aside, Opeth and In Flames couldn’t be more different; the former plays progressive metal, the latter a blend of alternative and metalcore. But both share some death metal roots, and they also are known for having a single record that heralded a notable shift in their sound. With In Flames, it was 2001’s Reroute to Remain that morphed their sound from melodic death metal into metalcore, while Opeth’s Heritage in 2011 brought their 1970s progressive rock influence completely to the forefront, ditching the death growls in the process. Both bands have recorded further material since then, expanding their catalog and musical horizons without ignoring their previous work. Sure, some “true” fans may have written them off, but that’s their loss, if the densely crowded venue was any indication. Thus, the two Swedish heavyweights were a surprisingly natural fit to tour together, and they descended upon the Palladium in Worcester for their last US show before heading north. Read more
The 4th Annual Mayhem Festival Dates Announced – Line Up To Feature Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth & More
The 4th annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival just announced the 2011 line-up with DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and more.
The Extreme Stage will feature: Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish & Straight Line Stitch
The Jagermeister Stage will feature: Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow & Red Fang
The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL TOUR DATES:
7/9 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles, CA)
7/10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA (San Francisco, CA)
7/12 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA (Seattle, WA)
7/13 – Idaho Center Amphitheater – Nampa, ID (Boise, ID)
7/15 – Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
7/16 – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
7/17 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO (Denver, CO)
7/19 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis, MO)
7/20 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
7/22 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)
7/23 – Parc Jean-Drapeau – (Heavy MTL) – Montreal, QC
7/24 – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT
7/27 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
7/29 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
7/30 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA (Washington DC)
7/31 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
8/2 – Virginia Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
8/3 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
8/5 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)
8/6 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
8/7 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)
8/9 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
8/12 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
8/13 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
8/14 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, High On Fire
April 25, 2008
The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Reviewed by: Mary Ouellette
Let’s face it, for most metal fans, going to a Megadeth concert is pretty much taking a pilgrimage to watch one of the forefathers of thrash metal shred your face off. It’s a holy experience. For decades now Dave Mustaine has been holding the metal torch high and proud. Many soldiers of metal came before him and even more have followed the path in his footsteps after the fact, but very few have been able to grasp on to the secret to the longevity that Mustaine has sustained, including his own band members.
While the band has been plagued over the years with line-up changes, Dave’s passion for Megadeth remains the tie that binds, and even though the supporting cast may change from tour to tour, with Mustaine at the helm, fans will flock. Known for his signature snarl, raucous guitar solos, and honest, hard hitting lyrics that tell tales of politics, drug addiction and other tales from the underground, Megadeth continues to attract fans new and old who aren’t happy until they have the entire Megadeth library in their collection, for those of you counting that includes eleven studio albums, six live albums, two EPs, not to mention compilation albums and extras.
Gigantour, the now annual tour package that Mustaine put together, is now in it’s third year. Putting together the most diverse line-up of metal bands imaginable this year the tour boasts of a line up that could easily be crowned The United Nations of metal! The show kicked off with the power trio High On Fire followed by Arizona’s Job for a Cowboy opening the show and warming up the already pretty hyped up, full capacity crowd.
While a chant of “Bodom, Bodom” could be heard between sets, the air started to get a little thick. Could it be the pride of Finland? As Children of Bodom hit the stage, the crowd hit it’s highest point with bodies being thrown through the air and the security guards working over time to play catch. It was clear, that the Children of Bodom fans were making their presence known. Children of Bodom rocked through their set with the crowd screaming in unison.
Next up on our trip around the globe…Scandinavian death metal band In Flames. They assaulted the senses with strobing, pulsating lights and death metal that burned our ears off. Again a sea of bodies made their way forward as the band egged on a circle pit. Their wish…was the crowds command. Circle pit…check. Crowd surfing…check. Full frontal projectile vomit from the dude in the front row…check.
While walking through the crowd I think the most amazing thing to me was the mix of ages, the range went from teenage boys and girls to old schoolers who remember Megadeth’s first album and their original line-up. It was an equal opportunity thrashfest for all.
On a personal note, seeing Megadeth was a surreal moment for me as it reminded me of someone I lost a long time ago. The only other time I saw Megadeth live was with her over a decade ago and at her personal insistence. It was hard to watch them take the stage without being overwhelmed with memories of that but it made the show all that more important to me. The first thing that smacks you in the face when Megadeth hits the stage is the larger than live drum kit on it’s larger than life drum riser, quite a sight to behold, but before you get too caught up with it, the songs begin, Dave’s snarl is in full force, and the crowd is eating it up chord by chord.
Another highlight for many fans was the addition of guitarist Chris Broderick (from Nevermore and Jag Panzer). Between he and Dave my head was spinning. The entire set was really metal in it’s purest form and I think at the end of the night the only thing people wanted was “one more song.”
If you’re a fan of metal, check out Gigantour when they come to a town near you.
Check out the full TheyWillRockYou.com Gigantour Photo Gallery here.