Two tours merged to make the powerhouse metalcore show of the year on March 27, 2022, at the Worcester Palladium. This sold-out show had eight amazing bands, Fit for a King, Silent Planet, Like Moths to Flames, Polaris, Hollow Front, Alpha Wolf, Invent Animate, and AVOID.

AVOID brought the energy from the start as they opened up the show. Beach balls were kicked off stage as the guys ran on stage with their instruments in hand. They started their set off with the songs “Split (Kill it)” and “Flashbang!” Other songs they played were “Hostage at the Beach House Party,” “Cowabunga,” “Finish Line,” and “Finish Line 2: Electric Boogaloo.” Vocalist Benny Scholl jumped into the crowd and screamed into fans’ faces as they wrapped things up with their song “Song About James.”

The stage crew worked quickly and next up was Texan progressive metalcore band Invent Animate. They walked onto the stage while the crowd was cheering and went right into songs from their newest EP release, “The Sun Sleeps” and “As if it Never Was.” After, they played their fan favorites “Monarch,” “Cloud Cascade,” and closed out with “Luna.”

Aussie metalcore band Alpha Wolf was next and they DID NOT disappoint! Alpha Wolf kicked things off with one of their older songs, “Sub Zero,” and everyone in the pit was ready to throw down. After that, they played songs “Acid Romance,” “Rot in Pieces,” “Restricted (18+),” “No Name,” and “Creep.” During the latter of which, Ethan Garrison (vocalist of Great American Ghost) joined on stage. They closed their set with their number one song, “Akudama.” This is not a band to sleep out on to see live as their energy is contagious and makes you want to be in the middle of the mosh pit, even if that’s not normally your thing.

Hollow Front followed next and started with all their newer songs “Comatose” and “Treading Water.” Then vocalist Tyler Tate introduced “The Price of Dreaming,” which is the title track of their next album. They played songs “Vagabond,” “Wearing Thin,” and “Loose Threads.”

Following Hollow Front was another Aussie band, Polaris! Vocalist Jamie Hails walked on stage with a yellow raincoat as they opened their set with “Pray for Rain.” During the third song, “Consume,” Jamie took out his tambourine, which had lights on it! They started playing longer sets by the time Polaris came, ten songs and concluded with “Lucid.”

Like Moths to Flames played ten songs, and they started their set with “Habitual Decline.” The pit was never still during their performance as they played cuts like “Preservation of Hate,” “I Solemnly Swear,” and “The Worst in Me.” They ended their night with their number one single, “Bury Your Pain.”

Silent Planet kicked things off with “Panopticon” from their last release, Iridescent. It seemed like a good chunk of fans were there for Silent Planet since a lot of people left after their set. (It was also a really long show.) They played a total of ten songs. By the end of their set, vocalist Garrett Russell took a few moments to remember his good friend Keaton Pierce, vocalist of a band called Too Close to Touch. Their closing song, “Trilogy,” was dedicated to him.

Closing the night were headliners Fit for a King. They went on around 9:35 pm and played eleven songs with three encore songs. The crowd went quiet as the opening for “Engraved” came on. Then, as vocalist Ryan Kirby started to belt out the lyrics to “Engraved,” the pit opened up. Next were the songs “Vendetta” and “The Price of Agony.” They played fan favorites “Backbreaker,” “Breaking the Mirror,” and “The Path.” At one point, bassist Ryan O’Leary jumped into the crowd on top of an inflatable unicorn floatie which was hilarious to watch. The last song was “God of Fire” where the band AVOID joined Fit For a King on stage.

Fit For A King (w/ Silent Planet, Like Moths To Flames, Polaris, Hollow Front, Alpha Wolf, Invent Animate, AVOID) @ The Palladium (Worcester, MA) on March 27, 2022

The night was a blast with so many talented bands on one bill for one night. It was a dream to get to shoot this show and be surrounded by so many people who love the same bands as you. If you have the chance to catch either tour package during the rest of their dates then I highly recommend it! Fit for a King, Silent Planet, Hollow Front and Avoid are on one bill and Like Moths to Flames, Polaris, Alpha Wolf and Invent Animate are the other bill going around the U.S.

Polaris Setlist

1. Pray For Rain
2. Vagabond
3. Consume
4. Hypermania
5. The Remedy
6. Above My Head
7. Landmine
8. All of This is Fleeting
9. Masochist
10. Lucid

Like Moths to Flames Setlist:

1. Habitual Decline
2. Preservation of Hate
3. GNF
4. Nowhere Left to Sink
5. Views from Halfway Down
6. Burn in Water, Drown in Flames
7. I Solemnly Swear
8. The Worst in Me
9. Do Not Resuciate
10. Bury Your Pain

Silent Planet Setlist:

1. Panopticon
2. The Sound of Sleep
3. Orphan
4. Anhedonia
5. Visible Unseen
6. Native Blood
7. Psychesape
8. XX (City Grave)
9. Panic Room
10. Trilogy

Fit For A King Setlist:

1. Engraved
2. Vendetta
3. The Price of Agony
4. Breaking the Mirror
5. Annihilation
6. Backbreaker
7. Shattered Glass
8. When Everything Means Nothing
9. The Path
10. Locked (In my head)
11. Tower of Pain
Encore:
12. Debts of the Soul
13. Oblivion
14. God of Fire