Words & Photos by Catherine Patchell
This past weekend brought a heavy dose of horror and metal to the crowd that converged in Worcester, MA for the annual Rock and Shock. Running for its 13th year, the convention featured a plethora of celebrity guests and heavy music spanning the entire weekend. With so much to do, the event is split between the DCU center and the Palladium — so seeing a stray zombie lurking the streets, passing between buildings was not a sight that was out of the blue.
Starting in the afternoon and running late into the evening, this year’s Rock and Shock brought an incredible line up to the two stages within the Palladium on Saturday. If the eleven bands that played downstairs was not enough to fill your metal quota, the upstairs of the Palladium hosted another nine that dominated the more intimate space.
This year Rock and Shock had the pleasure of mashing up with the Straight Outta Hell tour that is being co-headlined by Whitechapel and Suicide Silence. With Carnifex and Oceano also on the tour as support, they all added to the list of Saturday’s heavy hitters.
Being the ninth band of a back to back evening of performances to hit the mainstage, Whitechapel ended up having a bit of a late start. The band off strong with their heavy hitter, Mark of the Blade, from their most recent album. Thankfully the venue did not cut them off right when their set was supposed to end and they were able to fit in their last two songs, “Let Me Burn” and “Saw is the Law.”
With “Return to Roots,” Max and Iggor Cavalera closed out Saturday’s night of great music. Rock and Shock shows no signs of losing momentum with the crowd that it draws, so if you can make it out to Worcester this time next year, this is an event that you don’t want to miss.