Zombie 5 Tour Review

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The Zombie 5 tour hit The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 10 with four great bands on what promised to be a night to remember for all in attendance. The Devil Wears Prada were supported by The Word Alive, Born of Osiris, and SECRETS. All four bands brought energy and enthusiasm to the stage!

SECRETS kicked off the night with an energetic set that got the crowd engaged from the start. They opened their set with an older song, “The Oath”off of their 2012 release The Ascent. The rest of their set was a mix of songs off of their most recent full length Fragile Figures. This mix included fan favorites like “Artist Vs. Who” and title track “Fragile Figures”.  Frontman Aaron Melzer did a great job bringing the crowd into the set and keeping them engaged from start to finish. They closed out their set with the ever popular “Live Together, Die Alone”. Catch SECRETS out on the second half of the Zombie 5 tour with the Devil Wears Prada and Sleepwave.

Born of Osiris took the stage next to a very rowdy crowd and did not let the energy fall at all. They continued right where SECRETS left off and had the crowd involved with circle pits and crowd surfing all throughout their set. The started out with “Divergency” off of their 2013 release Tomorrow We Die Alive on Sumerian Records. They also played “Exhilarate” and “Illusionist” off Tomorrow We Die Alive. They added in some older favorites in the middle of their set including “Follow the Signs” off of The Discovery (2012) and even older favoirtes “Abstract Art” and “Bow Down” both off of their 2007 release The New Reign. The crowd was so involved in the set with countless crowd surfers coming over the barricade. Born of Osiris took the time to recognize security and have fans thank them as had everyone down safely and efficently. They closed out their set with “Machine” off of Tonight We Die Alive which was screamed back at them word for word by a dedicated fan base.

The Word Alive was up next with what promised to be a fantastic set. The Word Alive never fails to put on an exciting, high energy set and delivered once again. They started things out with what has become a staple song for The Word Alive, “Dragon Spell” off of their 2012 release Life Cycles on Fearless Records. The Word Alive tours constantly in support of their records but this tour presented a unique change – they decided to celebrate their album Deciever which turned five years old in 2015 like The Devil Wears Prada’s Zombie 5. To celebrate Deciever they played two tracks that often don’t make the cut for their setlists on recent tours “2012” and “Hounds of Anubis”which elicted a strong response from the crowd who really seemed to like hearing some older stuff. Of course “Play the Victim” and “Glass Castle” were played from their most recent release Real (2014), though it was surprising that “Lighthouse” was not played as that song instantly became a fan favorite. All through the set the crowd sang along passionately and the number of crowd surfers increased with each song. The Word Alive always gets a strong reaction from the crowd, likely because their stage presence and passion are infectous. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned fan of The Word Alive or if you’ve never heard of them, attendees cannot miss their genuine love for their music and fans. They closed out with “Life Cycles” and had what seemed like the entire building chanting “I’d rather die for what I believe, than live a life without meaning” alongside frontman Telle Smith. They are currently on the Real Sick tour alongside co-headliners Chelsea Grin.

The Devil Wears Prada took the stage last to an amped up crowd more than ready for a great set; everyone in the building was more than ready actually, before The Devil Wears Prada took the stage security helped pump up the crowd and encouraged them to get loud and get excited. They kicked their set off with a song from their 2009 full length With Roots Above and Braches Below; “Assistant to the Regional Manager” got the crowd off their feet from the moment The Devil Wears Prada took the stage. They played a few new favorites before going into the Zombie 5 EP. “Sailor’s Prayer” and “War” off their most recent release 8:18  (2013) kept the energy up in the crowd before they started playing the Zombie 5 EP front to back.  An anniversary tour always brings a mix of current fans and people who may not listen as much anymore but loved a particuar release together for a special show and that was certainly the case for this tour. After they finished the EP they went into a mix of other fan favorites including “Mammoth” and title track “Dead Throne” off of their 2011 full lenth. They closed their set with “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again”. They played a two song encore of “Born To Lose” and  “Danger: Wildman”. They are currently on the second half of their tour Zombie 5 tour, be sure to catch that in your city!

It was clear throughout the night that everyone from the fans to security had a great evening seeing all four talented bands. Be sure to keep an eye out for what each band has coming and catch them on their current tours!

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