The Palladium, Worchester, MA
Fans eagerly waited for the TURISAS show to begin on Feb. 7th but Father Time had other plans. The band ended up getting stuck in New York earlier that morning due to a bus trailer breakdown. This resulted in delays for the show but both the opening bands and the fans still managed to have a great time.
Boston natives and symphonic folk metal players WILDERUN started it all off. They set the tone for the whole show with their drinking and partying songs. It was clear they were having a lot of fun with it and the audience was reflecting it back to them. They were also kind enough to let the other bands use their drum set.
Avant-garde band STOLEN BABIES took the stage soon afterwards. They did not exactly match the kind of music that was being played by the other bands, but they were definitely the most interesting. Besides TURISAS, they had the most unique looking group with singer DOMINIQUE PERSI wearing clown inspired makeup. Even if they music isn’t your cup of tea, you can’t help but be entertained by their act. They were able to play a great set despite some sound troubles.
Soon after STOLEN BABIES, it was announce that TURISAS and FIREWIND had made it to the venue. However, fans were subjected to a long wait since it was decided that the meet and greet would happen before the show continued. This led to a number of disgruntled fans. When FIREWIND finally took to the stage about an hour later, all the energy came back. Anyone who wasn’t a fan before quickly became one. It was cool to see what guitarist GUS G does when he’s not playing with OZZY OSBOURNE. The audience was also wowed by BOB KATSIONIS’s ability to play both the guitar and the keyboard, often in the same song.
Wall of Sound
Head Up High
Few Against Many
World on Fire
The Fire and the Fury
Falling To Pieces
Finally, the band everyone quite literally waited all night for, TURISAS took to the stage. After waiting for so long, the audience erupted into shouts and applause. All the members stood in their spaces while an intro played, then erupted into “The March of the Varagian Guard”. Fan favorites such as “To Holmgard and Beyond”, “One More”, “Stand Up and Fight”, and “Battle Metal” were played. Everyone was having the time of their life shouting and jumping along to it. They almost didn’t mind the fact that TURISAS had to play a shorter set. MATHIAS NYGARD apologized for the inconvenience and promised that they would return one day to play a proper set.
The show got out about midnight and audience members rushed to their cars to get home before the big snowstorm hit. No one could stop talking about how great a show it was despite the number of delays. All are now awaiting TURISAS’s return to take over Worcester once more.
The March of the Varangian Guard
A Portage to the Unknown
To Holmgard and Beyond
The Great Escape
Stand Up and Fight
By Melissa Campbell