Machines At War Tour Report
Band Photo: Fear Factory (?)
The show for Friday, Nov 17th, was slated for 8 pm and based on previous experience at the Palladium in Worcester, MA I figured I'd show up around 8.30. Alas, when I got in Hypocrisy were just starting their set, which meant I had missed Decapitated. The place was already quite full and the floor was almost jam- packed. When I first heard of this tour's lineup, I wasn't sure about the crossing point between the fans and how well they'd mix together but luckily the bands had a good number of devoted fans and one could easily mistake who the headliner is based on the crowd's cheering.
Hypocrisy opened up strong with Fractured Millenium. It was quite a surprise for the fans and the front rows flocked with headbanging kids. Adjusting the Sun, Eraser and Osculum came after and, of course, Roswell 47 at which point the majority of the floor resembled a tumultuous sea of swaying people and flying hair. My heart filled with joy watching this strong support for the Swedes, something that only a few European bands get here in New England. Their set ended with Warpath, Final Chapter and Let The Knife from the latest, Virus. I still harbour my hopes of someday seeing Apocalypse live and I hope Peter keeps his promise to do it on a headlining tour. I've seen Hypocrisy live 5-6 times and they are always utterly inspiring. Peter's voice was flawless as usual although the sound in the venue was far from perfect. The new guitarist, Klas ( from Darkane) fits in really well, it's hard to believe he had only 3 days of practise before the tour. Horgh is a bit more reserved and shying away but that's just his personality.
Suffocation were up next but I didn't get to see much of them either. I just took a few shots and had to run backstage for my interview with Hypocrisy. I came back for the last two songs- Pierced From Within and Catatonia. The floor looked a bit sparse; seemed like the Hypocrisy fans had retreated and the Fear Factory ones still hadn't stormed in.
Things changed when the headliners came on stage. Fear Factory's setlist was pretty much chronological albums-by-numbers. From New Machine to Fear and Demanufacture to their latest. Burton looked really pissed off on stage, I'm not sure if it was part of the act or not. The guitarist was sporting an orange t-shirt with the band's name on it in Russian and the drummer was going crazy behind the kit.
Cyberwaste's chorus was handed off to the crowd and they delivered well. The band did a good job igniting the crowd. The mosh pit picked up, there were these two huge guys who would charge the pit like bulls and tread on anyone in their way. It looked funny from the balcony but I wouldn't want to be in there. Burton & Co. closed off with Replica, said good night and disappeared without encore (a bit off but probably the Cinderella syndrome at the venue is to blame).
Fear Factory's setlist:
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