All That Remains kicked off their 53 show tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of their album ” The Fall of Ideals” released in 2006 with a sold out show at the Palladium in Worcester Massachusetts. It seems fitting that they started the tour here as they hail from local area . Outside it was a cold snowy New England winter night but inside was hot and totally rocking!
I arrived to catch the opening act Tallah and the place was already packed. Coming from Pennsylvania they are led by singer Justin Bonitz with Max Portnoy on drums, lead guitarist Derrick Schneider, Alizé “Mewzen” Rodriguez on turntables, samples, keyboards and Alex Snowden on rhythm guitar. Their energetic performance was perfect to get the crowd going.
Next up was another band from Pennsylvania called Varials with singer Mitchell Rogers, bassist Mike Foley, drummer Sean Rauchut and guitarist James Hohenwarter. Another solid band to add to the night. Myself and the crowd were totally into them.
Miss May I out of Ohio was next. Singer Levi Benton, lead guitarist B.J Snead, Jerod Boyd on drums, Justin Aufdemkampe rhythm guitar and Ryan Neff on bass completely slayed their set with their mix of metalcore, thrash and death metal. The only thing that could have made the crowd happier was the moment All That Remains hit the stage.
It was around 9.00 pm when All That Remains came on. This was basically a hometown show for them as they are all mostly from the area. Led by frontman Phil Labonte, Matt Deis on bass, Jason Richardson on lead guitar, Jason Costa on drums and Mike Martin rhythm guitar.
They tore right into “Indictment” which there was a small technical issue on stage which was immediately fixed and Labonte said they “haven’t done a show in two years things are bound to break”. I will say for a band that hasn’t done a show in two years you would have never known it. The playing on all ends were amazing and they sounded tight as ever.
After that was “Empty Inside” which was the first time it was ever performed live. They proceeded to play the entire “The Fall Of Ideals” album in reverse order. Some of the songs haven’t been played in years like “The Weak Willed’, “We Stand” and “It Dwells Me” and the crowd was loving it. They ended the night with “What If I was Nothing” which has gone to gold status and the band was given gold records and had a photo op on stage. They also were told earlier in the day that the closing song “Two Weeks” had just gone platinum and Labonte thanked the fans saying it was “all because if them”. The show was a ton of fun and it was great to see a pit and tons of crowd surfing. The crowd was into it just as much as the band was.
I highly recommend going to see this show if it comes to a city near you. It will be a night you won’t soon forget.