The Palladium, Worcester MA
GOJIRA’s headline tour made a stop at the venerable Worcester Palladium on a February’s night. The place was packed in anticipation of GOJIRA’s first performance in the larger downstairs stage after five times playing the smaller room upstairs. JOE DUPLANTIER even made a joke about it from the stage.
THE ATLAS MOTH opened things up with their depressive, sludge mash up and they were loud as fuck. They actually blew a speaker out in the venue and that has only happened a few other times. They are one of the most exciting bands in the scene right now.
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT was next and they were amazing. I do believe DEVIN TOWNSEND gets better every time I see him play and this was one of the best shows I’ve seen him put on. His band was great as usual and turned in the absolute heaviest versions of “Kingdom” and “Juular” I have heard. “Grace” was an amazing closing number. At the end of the set Devy thanked the audience for coming out, since metal is such a small genre. He then jumped off the stage and hugged and thank the crowd personally!
GOJIRA was incredible and certainly has grown into an impressive headline act. Their stage set was ominous and compelling with their L’Enfant Sauvage album artwork inspired backdrop. They used very creative lighting effects and smoke to set the mood, which was perfectly matched to the brutality of the music. I wonder for some of the mosh pit regulars who just wanted to slam, the artsy element of the show was lost on them. Still, it was an amazing set with songs mixed in from the newer to the classics like “Flying Whales”, “Toxic Garbage Island” and “Wisdom Comes”. At the end of their set the band took a bow and also went down to the barricade and thanked the fans up close. It was wonderful to see!