The Phantom Anthem Tour – The Palladium – 2.16.2018
August Burns Red, Born Of Osiris, Erra, Ocean Grove
The Palladium – Worcester, MA – 2.16.2018
Words and photos by Brittany Isaacson
Earlier this week the Phantom Anthem Tour came to a close. I had the pleasure of catching one of the final stops at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. The tour drew in a large crowd, and based on interactions with fans, people seemed to be there for not only August Burns Red, but the opening groups as well.
Melbourne natives Ocean Grove opened the night up, welcoming the crowd with “What I Love About A Natural Woman” off of their 2017 release, The Rhapsody Tapes. Their chaotic yet enticing sound and eccentric wardrobe made them hard to take your eyes off of.
Erra took the stage next, opening with select songs off of their latest album, Drift. Immediately I noticed guitarist and clean vocalist Jesse Cash’s profound vocals and the group’s precise instrumentals. Vocalist JT Cavey commanded the crowd’s attention and held that energy throughout their performance. The crowd was already riled up and crowd surfing when the group dove into some older favorites, “Seven” and “Hybrid Earth.” Closing the night strong, the progressive five-piece treated the crowd to an intense performance of “Drift,” the title track of their latest album. Although Erra wasn’t headlining the show, they brought enough energy to make the show worthwhile just two bands in.
Following was Born Of Osiris, who continued to bring the intensity present throughout the show thus far. The metal group opened with one of their most popular songs, “Divergency,” off of 2013’s Tomorrow We Die Alive. The group then dove into hits off of their newest album, The Eternal Reign. No strangers to the Palladium, Born Of Osiris once again brought heat to Worcester.
The crowd was ready to go as August Burn Red hit the stage. The group opened with “King Of Sorrow,” the first track on their newly released album, Phantom Anthem. Vocalist Jake Luhrs wasted no time hyping up the packed venue with his animated presence and hauntingly profound screams. It can’t be easy to play instruments while actively moving around a stage, but August Burns Red makes it looks effortless. The group continued with various songs off of Phantom Anthem, as well as select songs off of older albums, including Found In Far Away Places, Restore + Rescue, and Constellations. ABR closed out their set with “White Washed” off of 2010’s Home, and Jake Luhrs invited JT Cavey on stage to perform the chorus. The crowd wasn’t ready to go home yet, and stayed for an encore consisting of another favorite throwback, “Composure” off of Messengers. The refreshing intensity and power of ABR’s live performances is something everyone should witness at least once.
Be sure to catch Ocean Grove, Erra, Born Of Osiris, and August Burns Red on their next tours. They all put on solid performances and bring unique energies you won’t find elsewhere.