Tuesday night in Worcester, some of the best entertainers modern metal has to offer hit the stage at The Palladium for a night, of loud and theatrical metal. Los Angeles based rockers Butcher Babies brought a high energy, loud, fast show to the stage in an opening slot for In This Moment. Butcher Babies vocalists Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey got the crowd into the show, jumping to the front row several times. The pair were all over the stage igniting both fans of the band, and fans of other bands there seeing them for the first time. The group played mainly from their debut album “Goliath” which was released in 2013, but also took the opportunity to demo some new material for the Worcester Crowd. Butcher Babies live performance is top notch in the metal scene, an in your face experience in which the band often gets involved with their fans making them part of the show, at one point even inviting as many crowd surfers as possible to come up and high five them. A big part of what sets Butcher Babies apart is their accessibility and appreciation for their fans and with the way they perform, they are definitely a band that you should be listening to if you’re a metal fan.
Taking the stage for the headline spot, was the exceptionally entertaining In This Moment, a band who’s theatrical live show is on par with acts like Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper and even KISS. In This Moment’s production is among the best in the business today. Playing through 10 songs, primarily from the bands two most recent albums, it almost had the feel of a 10 act play set to metal. Maria Brink is truly one of the most entertaining personalities in the metal scene today, with costume changes for each song, as well as her presence on stage, Brink is the type of performer you can’t take your eyes off. Throughout their set, it became apparent how In This Moment’s music is only part of the equation, in a live setting each song is brought to life with theatrics that make it more memorable. It’s quality over quantity for In This Moment’s live show and on Tuesday the quality was as good as it gets.