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Attila and All That Remains Co-Headlining Tour March 2, 2019 The Palladium - Worcester, MA By Nina McCarthy

Attila and All That Remains Co-Headlining Tour

March 2, 2019

The Palladium - Worcester, MA

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

What better way to spend my birthday than at a concert seeing All That Remains, Attila, Escape The Fate, and Sleep Signals at The Worcester Palladium? I was entrusted with the task of reviewing this show, so I made sure I wasn’t celebrating too hard!

 

The one problem there always is at shows that have locals opening a second stage is that the nationals never have the guestlists and photopasses to the Box Offices in time to enjoy the second stage. The bands are there early and do a soundcheck, so why can’t it be done then? I hope we can find a solution to this issue, as I am a huge supporter of the local scene and feel bad not being able to support the bands who sell tickets to help make these events possible. That being said, I am sorry to my local friends that I had to wait until 5:30 to enter the venue and missed your sets. Perhaps you bands can have a say in this so the Press can catch your music as well.

 

The reason I was at this show, however, was to catch the co-headliners Attila and All That Remains, and see my buddies in Sleep Signals again. Sleep Signals opened the main stage. I had just seen these Minnesota rockers a short time ago and interviewed them on their last tour with Atreyu, so I already was a big fan. Their set was energetic and got the crowd slowly letting down their guard to begin moshing. As the fourth national band on this tour, their set of course was not long enough for me, however my opinion doesn’t matter in the scheme of things. Escape The Fate came out next egging on a huge circle pit, so things progressed steadily until you saw feet and asses flying above the crowds from all directions. I often thought of how sore the bouncers would be the next morning, not to mention those dropped before reaching the front.

 

 

Attila, with Fronz on vocals, was nothing but outstanding. They claimed to be the horniest and party the hardest out of all the bands. Fronz even yelled to not wear condoms, but this is advice I urge you to ignore. These statements added some humor as they melted the faces of those who dared to be upfront as Chris, Kalan, and Brian slayed with their instruments. The entire bottom main floor of the Palladium was spiraling as one huge circle pit. From above, where I safely stood, it looked like a swarm of bees ready to attack. Fronz loved every second and egged it on asking for boobies and bras, and he was not left in want as a bra quickly reached the stage.

 

 

The interesting thing about Attila, is they just released a new album, Villain, on February 22 that didn’t have much press prior to the release. This is was their tactic, actually, no interviews at all prior. Interesting concept. Attila launched into their set with “Perdition,” the opening track off their latest release. Running through their setlist, we were treated to several songs off of Villain, including the title track itself amongst, “Toxic” and “Bad Habits.” Fan favorites also included, “Bulletproof,” “Mosh Pit,” and “Pizza” because who doesn’t end a night of metal without pizza?  I think the new music was very well received and the crowd left saying, “What the fuck just happened?”  Huge props to Attila for this debauchery!  This was going to be a tough set to follow for All That Remains.


 

All That Remains was up for the challenge, especially since they were on home territory. Coming out strong and brutal with “Fuck Love” off the 2018 Victim of The New Disease, the last recorded album with former guitarist Oli Herbert, who passed under suspicious circumstances (still under investigation) on October 16, 2018. This was my first time seeing ATR without Oli, as I’m sure it was for most of the crowd. Oli was very proud of this new album and Phil was doing what Oli would have wanted him to do, to continue on and share it with the fans.

 

 

A band member can never fully be replaced, but Jason Richardson, the newest lead guitarist would make Oli proud. Richardson, formerly of Chelsea Grin and Born of Osiris, was warmly welcomed by the crowd after a short chant and moment of silence for Herbert. Phil Labonte, is currently the only original member of ATR left, but the band shows no signs of slowing down.

 

 

The one thing I really love about All That Remains is that they are heavy, but it is mixed with melodic clean vocals. The fourteen song set covered it all right down to the radio friendly and softer side of the band with “What If I Was Nothing?” Ending the set was “This Calling” followed by “Two Weeks.” It was bitter sweet not to see Oli up there with his hair flying, but I imagine he was smiling down on us all this night.

 

 

This co-headlining tour has just started. Make sure to catch it in your area.  It was a fantastic way to spend my birthday and make me feel young again.

 

TOUR DATES:
2/28 — Reading, PA — Reverb​ 
3/1 — Halethorpe, MD — Fish Head Cantina
3/2 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
3/3 — Hartford, CT — The Webster
3/5 — Clifton Park, NY — Upstate Concert Hall
3/6 — Syracuse, NY — Westcott Theater
3/8 — Indianapolis, IN — The Citadel
3/9 — Ringle, WI — Q and Z Expo Center
3/10 — Belvidere, IL — The Apollo Theatre
3/12 — Minneapolis, MN — Cabooze
3/13 — Milwaukee, WI — The Rave
3/14 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly's
3/15 — St. Louis, MO — Delmar Hall
3/16 — Sioux City, IA — Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel*
3/17 — Lincoln, NE — Bourbon Theatre
3/18​ — Denver, CO — The Oriental Theater
3/20 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
3/21 — Billings, MT — Pub Station Ballroom
3/22 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory
3/23 — Boise, ID — Revolution Music Hall
3/24 — Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom
3/26 — Sacramento, CA — Ace Of Spades
3/27 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory
3/28 — Ventura, CA — Ventura Theater
3/29 — Mesa, AZ — Club Red
3/30 — Albuquerque, NM — El Rey
4/1 — Austin, TX — Come and Take It Live
4/2 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey
4/3 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom
4/5 — Lafayette, LA — The District
4/6 — Destin, FL — Club L.A.
4/7 — Orlando, FL — Hard Rock Live**
*ATR Only
**No Attila

 

(A special thank you to Scott Langevin of Inside the Setlist  for the use of his photographs.)

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