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Underoath / mewithoutYou: live in Worcesterlive in Worcester (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseInaGreendase
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When a friend and I arrived at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. on an unseasonably warm Sunday night, we were informed that the long-awaited return to New England by reunited post-hardcore/indie rockers As Cities Burn would be even longer-awaited: The band weren't actually playing this date of the .
When a friend and I arrived at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. on an unseasonably warm Sunday night, we were informed that the long-awaited return to New England by reunited post-hardcore/indie rockers As Cities Burn would be even longer-awaited: The band weren't actually playing this date of the farewell tour veteran metalcore act Underoath were kicking off tonight. Major, major bummer. For roughly seven years, As Cities Burn played an interesting and creative take on what could only be broadly categorized as "rock" given their mutation from album to album (post-hardcore of the melodic, sort-of metalcore variety; proggy emo; southern-y indie rock), and with the chance to catch them for the first time dashed, chagrin set in before we even got in the venue.
Underoath have a lot of cool sounds, textures and inspirations on their more recent material, so this farewell tour provided a great opportunity to witness both those songs and their catchier, more Warped Tour-ready anthems from the mid-2000s. Live, the Deftones, Isis (the basically post-metal "Casting Such a Thin Shadow") and Botch influences of their recent records really get brought to the forefront (with the wild lights, I felt like I was watching the We Are the Romans DVD at times), as well as the band's increasingly integrated and yet tasteful electronics. It was a nice reminder of how genuinely good and creative this band is/was, especially in comparison to the current crop of mind-blowingly generic metalcore/generally heavy bands making the biggest waves at the moment.
This was also the first time in a while I'd really attended a "rock" show, you know? Ominous intro music; ridiculous, seizure-inducing lights; a huge video screen in the back showing either their music videos from the last nine years, or "dark," arty collages resembling the VHS cassette from The Ring; and an overall absolutely deafening sound. Of course, the crowd ate it up completely, from the balconies to the floor, with everyone often singing along (mostly to the tracks from 2004's Taking Back Sunday-esque They're Only Chasing Safety, of course). While not really my optimal environment per se, it's a neat thing to watch from afar every now and then. Spectacle shit. And while it was almost too loud to discern certain instruments or melodies at times, it was definitely a tightly-wound, enjoyable set.
Set list (10:11-11:15):
Yep, that's right. No "When the Sun Sleeps." Sorry, fellow dudes in your late 20s. I guess the old incarnation of Underoath had already died when Spencer Chamberlain joined back in 2003, but that's largely fine: I'll take the absence of one good, old song with a great hook if it means another last look at their most artistic and enjoyable period. Good having you, guys. Please let that creative ambition eventually be the primary influence on these newer bands.
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