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Periphery, Plini, Archspire and Astronoid Pummel a Sold-Out Worcester Palladium [Photos]

Progressive metal giants Periphery just ended a cross-country jaunt culminating in an intimate performance at the historic Palladium in Worcester, MA.

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Periphery on November 18, 2024, photo by Nathan Katsiaficas

Progressive metal giants Periphery just ended a cross-country jaunt that saw them playing multiple nights in major cities with varied setlists, culminating in an intimate, one-night-only performance at the historic Palladium in Worcester, MA. Along for the fun was Australian guitar virtuoso Plini, ridiculously fast technical death metal act Archspire, post-metal/shoegaze act Astronoid, and English fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dawes.

We were lucky to be there for this final show of the tour, with a sold-out crowd packing the venue to its brim. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get into the venue in time to catch Dawes, but we were told we missed out on an amazing acoustic cover of Backstreet Boys’  “I Want it That Way,” featuring Periphery frontman Spencer Sotelo.

Underrated post-metallers Astronoid were up next—they dropped their most recent album, Radiant Bloom, in June of 2022, and it was among my favorite records last year. Astronoid was not originally slated to play on this night, but Thank You Scientist had to drop from the bill. Thankfully, these Massachusetts natives were able to jump on the bill with little notice and put on a very tight set. Highlights included “Eyes” and fan-favorite “Up and Atom.”

Canadian tech-death band Archspire took things in a much heavier, much less melodic direction next with a punishing performance punctuated by hilarious moments of banter. In one such moment, the band had the crowd playing the interactive game Twister in the mosh pit, only for frontman Oli Peters to flip the spinner over to show a “WALL OF DEATH” sign written on its back—needless to say, all hell broke loose.

Peters’ rapid-fire vocal delivery was even more impressive in person, especially on tracks like “Abandon the Linear” and “Remote Tumour Seeker,” as was the jaw-dropping talent of his cohorts. Fans got to help the band celebrate their guitarist Dean Lamb’s belated birthday as bandmates presented the musician with a silly birthday hat and a “New England birthday cake” (a can of unheated clam chowder) before the final song of their set.

In another complete change of pace, Plini emerged next for an all-instrumental set of ridiculous musicianship—opening things off with “The Glass Bead Game” and “Papelillo.” Plini, full name Plini Roessler-Holgate, joked to the crowd that it was good to be in a city that he, an Australian, can pronounce, shouting “G’day Woostah!” Some of the more diehard metalheads, while somewhat taken aback at first, seemed to be with it by the middle of the set, with several deciding to crowd surf during a calm moment, including one fan dressed in a chicken onesie.

In another lighter moment, waffles shaped like Sonic the Hedgehog were dispersed to the band mid-song, to the confusion of Plini and his bandmates—allegedly made by Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor. The highlight of Plini’s face-melting set, for me, was the hit track “Handmade Cities,” which I’ve been itching to witness live for quite some time!

At last, it was time for Periphery! While many of the stops on this tour saw two nights with A/B setlists, tonight was a one-off show and it would feature a very different set from recent nights’. Their performance began with a triple-header of new tracks from their latest full-length, Periphery V: Djent is Not a Genre, “Dracul Gras,” “Wildfire,” and “Atropos.” Sotelo was incredible on this night–be it melodic or guttural, his voice sounded record-perfect through much of his range.

Throughout the set, Sotelo kept telling the audience how appreciative he and the band were for their spending this special night with them. That sentiment was echoed right back at Periphery as the fans lent their voices to each and every song and enthusiastically crowd surfed and moshed, headbanged, or just danced in place. There were so many cool moments, be it that jaw-dropping moment ~2.5 minutes into “Make Total Destroy,” when the chorus and groove come in together, or at another point in the set for “It’s Only Smiles,” when a lone Sotelo was joined by Mike Dawes for an acoustic rendition.

For a band that doesn’t tour much, Periphery were incredibly tight—guitarists Mansoor, Jake Bowen, and Mark Holcomb were locked into one another, tightly syncopated to skinsman Matt Halpern throughout. After a break to sing happy birthday to Bowen (who was turning 40) and lead a chant of “Three-cake Jake!” as the band and crew brought three birthday cakes out, Periphery continued through their set with “Prayer Position” and “The Bad Thing.”

The band closed the night out with a massive sing-along for “Satellites,” with more insane, massive vocal displays from Sotelo—and an encore performance of “Blood Eagle.” There are currently no other dates announced for the band in North America, but keep an eye out for some in 2024!

When he's not out in the woods, clomping around in streams, or looking at shiny rocks, you can find our U.S. Managing Editor and contributing photographer Nathan Katsiaficas in the photo pit, covering everything from heavy metal to punk, alternative, indie, and hip-hop.

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Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Blood Brothers Coffee Available Soon

Legendary metal brothers Max & Iggor Cavalera bring you a taste of home from the coffee bloodline buried deep within the sacrificial soil.

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Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee
Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee

The Tribe has spoken! Arise from the grave and drink from the lifeblood! Legendary metal brothers Max & Iggor Cavalera have gone back to their roots to bring you a taste of home from the bloodline buried deep within the sacrificial soil. Dubbed the world’s “bloodiest” coffee, this coffee lives up to its reputation as the heaviest of the Brazilian Legenders, with its deep, rich notes that will thump and chug your heart right out of your chest!

This bone-breaking brew was handpicked by the Cavalera Tribe themselves to inspire generations of headbangers to come. So, take your place on the totem around the tribal fires, and drink from the sacrificial lifeblood today, and experience an intense, immersive coffee experience like no other!

Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Nitro Cold Can Brew

Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Nitro Cold Can Brew

Concept Cafes tell us:

“Collaborating with the Tribe, we wanted to accomplish two things with ‘Blood Brothers’…: 1) further push the initiative that Metal has a place in the coffee world beyond the burnt leftovers from the factory floor & 2) share the often overlooked, yet some of the best coffee in the world, that comes out of Brazil. The collective challenge was how do you package 40 years of legacy from such an influential & integral part of Metal history into a bag/can of coffee…? Furthermore, how do you represent Brazilian culture, and most importantly, how do you humbly present the best offering to metalheads around the world? But Max & Iggor, and the rest of the Cavalera Tribe, actually made it pretty easy for us once we started working with them. When you see the level of passion & devotion they have for the music and touring for the fans, it really is awe-inspiring; so everything kinda just started to come together on this project ‘organically’. Marina (Concept’s head artist) & I had the initial idea that if we could make everything organic enough to pay tribute to Max’s love for camo, we might just pull this off. How’d we do…? LOL”

Max & Iggor’s “Blood Brothers” coffee was a semifinalist in the coffee industry’s prestigious 2023 Sprudgie Awards (the equivalent of the Grammys in the coffee world).

You can pre-order Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Official ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Cold Nitro Brew Cans available in espresso, non-dairy latte & flavoured latte versions here.

Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee

Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee

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Cassetta Release Their New Single “Give Them Nothing”

Cassetta, a metal supergroup composed of members of Suicide Silence, Scars of Tomorrow, have released their single “Give Them Nothing.”

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Cassetta, photo by Brad Alexander
Cassetta, photo by Brad Alexander

Brace yourselves for the sonic onslaught from Cassetta, a greater Los Angeles hardcore group that has released their latest sonic juggernaut, “Give Them Nothing.” This blistering single has permeated streaming services, hitting platforms including Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and all major DSPs.

Drawing from the deepest, most primal recesses of musical intensity, Cassetta masterfully melds influences from past and present hardcore/metal favourites, forging a relentless, bone-crushing wall of sound that will leave listeners breathless. The accompanying live performance video of “Give Them Nothing” is slated for release on the band’s official YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

“Give Them Nothing” stands as a testament to the band’s uncompromising vision, self-produced and mixed by Jeff Dunne, known for his work with heavyweights such as Knocked Loose, Make Them Suffer, Veil Of Maya, and Emmure. Cassetta’s ethos is one of raw power, eschewing frills in favour of unadulterated hardcore energy, with vocalist Conor Eaton’s introspective lyrics guiding listeners through a dark, deeply personal journey.

Comprised of vocalist Conor Eaton (The Keeper), guitarist/songwriter Kevin Fifield (Pressure Cracks/Scars of Tomorrow), Marc Motley (The Arson Choir), Bob Bradley (Fake Figures/Scars of Tomorrow), and Alex Lopez (Suicide Silence), Cassetta is a powerhouse collective poised to dominate the hardcore scene.

In addition to the forthcoming single, Cassetta has also unveiled a limited edition two-song cassette featuring their previous hits, “Swallow the Sun” and “Thin Blue Crime.” This exclusive cassette, accompanied by enamel pins and two distinct shirt designs, is available now via the band’s official Bandcamp store.

Cassetta “Give Them Nothing” single artwork

Cassetta “Give Them Nothing” single artwork

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Bullet for My Valentine & Trivium Reveal “The Poisoned Ascendancy” UK Tour

Following much speculation online, Bullet for My Valentine and Trivium have revealed details of a huge, joint arena tour.

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Bullet for My Valentine & Trivium, photo by Ryan Chang
Bullet for My Valentine & Trivium, photo by Ryan Chang

Following much speculation online, Bullet for my Valentine and Trivium have revealed details of a huge, joint arena tour at a press conference which was streamed live from London’s Sanctum Hotel. The Poisoned Ascendancy UK Tour 2025 will see both bands celebrating the 20th anniversary of these respective iconic albums, playing them in full.

Bullet for my Valentine frontman Matt Tuck says:

“I honestly can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the release of The Poison, and what an incredible 20 years it’s been. I feel so proud of what we’ve achieved as a band in the last two decades and it all started with that debut album. The Poison is such an important part of our lives musically and personally and we know the massive impact it had on the metal world on a global level. This tour will be made even more special as our brothers in Trivium are also joining us on the road to celebrate and play in its entirety their stunning album Ascendancy.”

Matt Heafy of Trivium adds:

“Bullet For My Valentine’s The Poison and Trivium’s Ascendancy are two records whose influence can be heard to this day – in the DNA of modern metal. It’s incredible to think of the impact the albums had when they came out in 2005. They were both like bolts of lightning. Both bands grew up independently of each other in different countries and separately from any movement or scene but both shared a common love of melodic heavy metal at the core; and both had similar meteoric rises right out of the gate.

Trivium and BFMV were in such whirlwinds when our respective albums came out that we each never truly got to play together or sit back and celebrate during the maelstrom of constant touring, recording and globetrotting. But that’s what this anniversary tour is. It’s a celebration by the bands to the fans of an important era, and most importantly it’s an invitation to fans come and have an epic night with us and sing and rage and celebrate the awesome power of the music.”

Tuck concludes:

“This is going to be the metal tour of 2025. Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium The Poisoned Ascendancy World Tour 2025. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of both albums and playing them in their entirety. Get excited people, it’s going to be special and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all.”

You can read our review of Bullet for my Valentine’s Massachusetts show on October 10 here.

You can also read our review of Trivium’s previous UK show in Leeds on September 3 here.

Tour Dates:

26.01.25 – Utilita Arena, Cardiff
28.01.25 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
30.01.25 – Co-op Live, Manchester
31.01.25 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
01.02.25 – The O2, London

Tickets go on sale Friday 1st March at 10am (GMT) here: http://myticket.co.uk/artists/bullet-for-my-valentine-trivium.

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