Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
On December 1st, 2017, the Poison the Parish Tour made its way to the Worcester Palladium. Lined up for the evening’s entertainment included The Dead Deads, Shaman’s Harvest and the main event: Seether.
Surrounded by extraterrestrial decor, The Dead Deads set the stage to greet the Massachusetts friendly. Immediately, the “x” marked eyes were spotted on each band member. In fact, there were fans in the crowd found to be marked the same. Primarily found jamming in Tennessee, these Nashville rockers brought growls and unique time signatures to the table. Striking similarities could be found when considering the signature style of the Pixies. However, hints of punk-rock and metal were also noticeable as “Super Tiny” off of Flying Saucers (2017) was performed. Overall, The Dead Deads brought fire. There was nothing but positive energy on stage from beginning to end.
Ominously situated at stage front, a lone mountain goat-skull guided the way for Shaman’s Harvest. Immediately, the Worcester Palladium’s atmosphere molted into a Midwestern “shindig.” By no means could Shaman’s Harvest be considered a country rock band. However, a pinch of southern flavor had certainly been added to the hard-rock vibes these Missouri natives were giving off. An overwhelming response to their concluding song, “Dragon Fly” off of Shine (2009) could be felt with the crowd finishing the ending verse. Do not let the cowboy hats, boots and drawl sway you, these gentlemen know how to rock and put on a show.
Completing the evening, Seether lit the stage on fire with gasoline. Pumping their set off with a bang, “Gasoline” off of Fragile (2000), ignited many fans (primarily of the ages thirty and older) to rock out like they were back in high school. An impressive light display illuminated the stage while the Seether faithful belted out numbers such as “Driven Under” off of Fragile (2000) and “Rise Above This” off of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007). What was equally as impressive was Seether’s ability to go from hard rock, fast paced and heavy hitting riffs to the soft melodies found in the ever popular “Broken” track off of Disclaimer (2004). To no surprise, the hit of the night was Seether’s 2007 single “Fake It” off of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007). It’s always a pleasure being able to witness legends playing their favorite tracks for those who want to listen. The Poison the Parish Tour is certainly jammed packed with rock-loaded talent. If possible, check it out. You’ll thank yourself!
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