The Palladium, Worcester, MA
After a setback on their last attempt to tour, DETHKLOK finally embarked on a North American tour supported by ALL THAT REMAINS, MACHINE HEAD, and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. The band was touring behind their latest album, Dethalbum III which was released on October 16th.
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER started off the night rather strong and with great energy. That being said, they seemed the least engaging. They also moved around the stage the least but there also did not appear to be much room due to other bands’ equipment. The members worked with what space they did have. Out of all the bands on the bill, they seemed to have the least in common with the other groups in terms of style. This was largely because of TREVOR STRNAD’s vocal style. Another notable mark of their performance is that TBDM was without usual drummer Shannon Lucas, who has since departed the band. His replacement Alan Cassidy (ex-ABBIGAIL WILLIAMS) did a good job in his place.
A Shrine to Madness
On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood
What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
Malenchantments of the Necrosphere
I Will Return
Following act MACHINE HEAD was the thrashiest out of all the bands and had great banter with the audience in regards to them recently being deemed “undesirable” by Disney. They were also responsible for what was the most touching moment of the evening. ROBB FLYNN shared with the audience memories of fallen friend MITCH LUCKER of SUICIDE SILENCE. He then called for a ten second moment of silence. It was clear the audience loved the group since they chanted “We want head” and “Machine fucking Head” after many of the songs.
This Is the End
Aesthetics of Hate
The final opening band ALL THAT REMAINS had the coolest stage setup. There were barbed wire fences around their gear. It appeared it came with a small technical difficulty: not all their fog machines were working. That did not hinder their set though. The kicked off with one of their biggest songs “This Calling”. Between songs PHILIP LABONTE talked about the days when the band was just starting out and playing gigs at The Palladium. It was nice to see some appreciation for the more local Massachusetts scene from them.
Down Through The Ages
Become The Catalyst
Some Of The People All Of The Time
Finally DETHKLOK, whom everyone had been waiting so long for, took the stage. They had an awesome opening video, that of gave an explanation of how DETHKLOK was “summoned”. Then the next video/song was the “Deththeme” which made it feel like the real Metalocalypse show. Overall, the performance had the perfect blend of comedy and music. One might go so far as to say it was better than the TV show. It was fun to see the videos accompanying the songs make references to other metal bands as the show tends to. For example, “I Ejaculate Fire” made reference to IRON MAIDEN’S Powerslave-era with a pharaoh character that looked just like Eddie. Other videos were shown that were created just for comedic purposes. There was an instructional video presented by Facebones on how to treat “the ladies” (appreciated by me of course). Even Dr. Rockzo made an appearance to “warm up the audience”. It was also interesting to listen to BRENDON SMALL switch between the voices of Skwisgaar, Pickles, and Nathan. After teasing the audience by having a skit where the band members try to decide whether or not to do an encore, two more songs were performed: “Go Into the Water” and “Crush the Industry”. Many audience members stated that they wished their other favorites had made it into the set, but no one complained about the ones that were chosen. All who had attended were ecstatic to have finally seen their beloved DETHKLOK!
I Ejaculate Fire
Go Into The Water
Crush The Industry
by Melissa Campbell