The American Dream tour featuring Bring Me the Horizon and Of Mice & Men rolled into Worcester, MA last night for a night of unprecedented mayhem. Fans lined the streets outside the Worcester Palladium in the frigid temperatures and falling snow in anticipation.
The show kicked off right at 7pm with Australian rockers Northlane. Northlane did an exceptional job of warming up the crowd as the pits opened up almost simultaneously to the opening notes of their set.
After Northlane was a band that may very well represent the future of the metalcore genre, Issues. Issues’ sound starts off with metalcore, and then adds influences of nu-metal, r&b, and even top 40 music. It’s a unique blend that is similar to the nu-metal boom of the late 90’s to early 2000’s. Taking a genre of heavy music and blending it with genres of popular music for a sound that gives a little something to everyone. Issues’ live performance was top notch as well. They had the crowd moshing, jumping and dancing, and frontman Tyler Carter frequently addressed his fans, displaying a superb stage presence.
Next up was Of Mice & Men, as soon as the lights went down it was evident that fans were in for a treat. The set kicked off with the track “Bones Exposed” off the band’s latest release “Restoring Force.” Classic Of Mice & Men tracks such as “Let Live,” “O.G. Loko,” and “The Flood” brought the energy level in the room through the roof. While the newer track “You’re Not Alone” gave frontman Austin Carlile a chance to remind fans that they are not alone and they are part of the extended Of Mice & Men family. Of Mice & Men as a whole were on point throughout their entire set. Carlile’s constant encouragement to fans to move and express themselves was inspiring, guitarists Alan Ashby and Phil Manasala laid the groundwork for the loud and blistering set. Bassist Aaron Pauley, who took over occasional vocal duties when the band’s original bassist Shayley Bourget left the band, impressed when taking over the mic. And drummer Valentino Arteaga kept the band on pace all night, driving home the pulsing rhythms that are the backbone of Of Mice & Men’s sound.
The final band on the night was the UK metalcore giants Bring Me the Horizon. Their set was comprised of mainly tracks from their 2013 album “Sempiternal.” But also featured a vey tracks from their back catalog including “Chelsea Smile,” Diamonds Aren’t Forever,” and “It Never Ends.” Bring Me the Horizon’s stage production was a major highlight of their show, with confetti cannons, air cannons, and a light show that blew away the crowd, they were a spectacle to behold on stage.
The night was an overall success for bands and fans alike. A night of incredible live performances and mayhem in the pits make the American Dream tour a must see for all metalcore fans.