Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans Break Down the Walls in Worcester
March 27, 2014
by: Jack Hutchings
On Tuesday night one of this spring’s most high octane tours stopped by the Palladium in Worcester, MA. Fans lined the street outside the venue early in the day, preparing for the intense night of music ahead. Asking Alexandria were headlining with support from August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire and Born of Osiris.
Asking Alexandria’s fans are among some of the most dedicated on the scene today, evidenced by the fact they were singing along at the top of their lungs everything, including the newest songs. Much of the material in their set was taking from the band’s latest release “From Death to Destiny.” The set opener, “Don’t Pray for Me” was a perfect opening song, starting with instrumentals and building up into an intense chorus that gave fans a chance to kick things into high gear early. Of course classics like “Breathless” and “To The Stage” were highlights of the set as well, taking on new life in the more matured form of the band’s current sound. “Break Down the Walls” was perhaps the strongest standout of the night, with Asking Alexandria Frontman Danny Worsnop commanding the stage like a seasoned pro. The encore consisted of two Asking Alexandria staples “Closure” and “The Final Episode” amongst snippet covers of “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Walk” by Pantera.
Prior to Asking Alexandria’s set August Burns Red delivered a fierce set that set the tone. Frontman Jake Luhrs was a wild man on stage swinging his microphone and jumping all over and getting the crowd fired up.
We Came As Romans were on before that, whipping up a frenzy of moshing and crowd surfing like no other during their set. Pulling their set mainly from their latest release, the wildly “Tracing Back Roots” the band delivered with stunning energy and chemistry between co-vocalists David Stephens and Kyle Pavone. They also pulled off a great metalized version of the pop hit “Glad You Came” which when played by WCAR took on a sound that was appreciated by the metal fans in the audience.
Crown the Empire and Born of Osiris were the other two bands on the bill, both delivering blistering sets. Born of Osiris had the crowd in action early with crowd surfers going up only seconds into their set and kept the energy level up throughout their set. While Crown the Empire put on display why they are one of the fastest rising bands in the metalcore genre.
The night provided a little something for everyone, from the raw intensity of August Burns Red and We Came As Romans to the matured hard rock sound of Asking Alexandria the music was loud, fast and energetic giving the crowd a workout all night.