Polaris brought their “Fatalism US Tour,” which was the biggest US headliner to date, to the Worcester Palladium on October 20th. And what a night it was! They came along with friends Currents, Varials and Paledusk.
Paledusk started the night off with lots of headbanging and moshing. The energetic Japanese metal band knew how to make the crowd move. They performed for twenty minutes and played songs like their cover of “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, “Happy Talk,” “Black Ice,” and “Q2.” Paledusk combines both English and Japanese in their songs along with elements of metal, EDM and nu-metal.
Varials came out next with the start of their song. “The New Damnation.” They had an eight-song set which included some of my favorite tracks like “Empire of Dirt,” “.50,” and “Romance.” Crowd surfers were very busy in the pit, and the moshers, too. If you’ve never seen or heard Varials before, they have the energy you want to see on stage. Definitely a band to keep on your radar.
New England’s own Currents took the stage next. Currents hail from Newtown, CT, and you could tell many in attendance were there to see them. As a fan myself, I have lost track of the times I have seen them over the six years I’ve been following them. Many in the crowd cheered as drummer Matt Young walked on and then the rest of the band Christian, Ryan, Dave and Brain. Currents slayed nine songs like “Living in Tragedy,” “Remember Me,” “The Death We Seek,” “Into Despair,” and “So Alone.”
For the majority of Currents’ set, everybody was moving in the pit and having a great time with a great band. There were many smiles on the guys’ faces as they looked out to the crowd and saw the reactions.
Last but not least, Polaris! It was definitely an emotional night, as this is their first tour without Ryan Siew, who passed away over the summer. They played a thirteen-song set, opening up with “Harbinger” and “Nightmare,” Other songs throughout the night were “Lucid,” “Hypermania,” and “All of This is Fleeting,” to name a few.
Before “Martyr (Waves),” vocalist Jamie Hails gave himself a couple of seconds to regroup. Jamie goes on to talk about Ryan, his impact on their music and the band, and how Ryan would have been proud to see the turn-out for that night and that Ryan’s favorite thing in the entire world was being on that stage. He thanked the crowd for their ongoing support during their difficult few months.
Also, in his speech, he said that Ryan wouldn’t have wanted them to not go on the tour just because he wasn’t there. The crowd starts to chant “ONE OF US, ONE OF US,” over and over, which Jamie thanks the audience again and takes a few more seconds for himself before he goes into “Martyr.”
Polaris ends the night with an encore of their songs “Pray for Rain” and “The Remedy.” These four bands were a great fit for a tour, and this was Polaris’ first US headlining tour. The Fatalism Tour is half-way over so be sure to check it out if it’s coming near you!