Tattoo The Earth Festival Returns to Worcester, Massachusetts’ Worcester Palladium after 20 Year Hiatus, August 27, 2022

 

 

The infamous Tattoo the Earth Festival returns after a 20 plus year hiatus. Scott Alderman, the promotor of the original tour in 2020 brought it back to the Worcester Palladium outdoors August 27, 2022 . He released a book this spring about the trials and tribulations of the original tour called Caravan of Pain: The True Story of the Tattoo the Earth Tour

 

This years’, one day version of the festival featured 13 bands, with Anthrax, Black Label Society, and Hatebreed as the headlining bands. There were bands from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Los Angeles, and as far away as Sweden. It was held in the parking lot of The Worcester Palladium. Outside there were many food vendors, including Gouda Boys, Off the Rails BBQ, Anzio’s Brick Oven Pizza, and many more. Tin Bridge Brewing Company had a special Tattoo the Earth Pale Ale made for the festival. There were also merch booths set up selling all the bands t-shirts and music. The lines were long at the merch booths and many items were sold out. Inside the air-conditioned lower level of The Palladium were a host of local tattoo artists helping ink more beautiful artwork to the festival goers and give them a break from the heat. 

 

I arrived slightly late, due to a car fire on the highway, but was able to park directly across the street from the venue. Enforced was already on stage and playing when I walked in, so I wasn’t able to get any photos of them. The festival was packed with thousands of raging fans ready to get out some aggression in the mosh pits and hear some of the best metal core, old-school heavy metal, and thrash bands in existence today. Stand outs from the support bands, for me had to be, Spirit Adrift, because they were more old school heavy metal, which is my favorite genre since the 80’s. Overcast was great to watch with the singer swinging his floor length dreadlocks around, jumping around like a madman, and singing from on the rail of the pit. And Terror, with their short 30-minute set, gets the award for getting the fans most worked up and most crowd-surfers into the pit. 

 

Things ran smoothly and the bands were all on schedule within a few minutes. It was amazing to see how on point things went at this festival. There were mosh pits for just about every band and tons of crowd surfing. I only saw a couple fans get ejected from the event. It seemed, though many people were aggressively moshing, everyone abided by the unwritten rule of picking each other up. I did see a few people with cuts from falling on the asphalt parking lot, but I didn’t witness or hear of any fights. I even saw a man piggy-backing his young boy on his back around a circle pit during Within the Ruin’ set. The stages were only about 200 feet apart, and the fans managed to shuffle between them quickly, as there was no time scheduled between the bands. 

 

The headlining bands each got to play for 45 minutes to just over an hour. Connecticut’s Hatebreed started their set with “Proven”, off of the band’s second album, Perseverance. They wailed through a 14-song set, playing fan favorites such as “Looking Down the Barrel of Today”, “Live for This”, and “Destroy Everything”, then ending the set with “I Will Be Heard”. Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde always amazes the fans with his searing guitar riffs and gritty vocals. He did a heart-felt tribute to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul by playing “In This River” on piano with their photos on the background. Last up for the evening were thrash legends Anthrax, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Projected on the curtain before they hit the stage was a video of many celebrities talking about their experiences with Anthrax over the years. As the curtain dropped, they went right into “Among the Living” and then probably the biggest and my favorite song “Caught in a Mosh”. Scott Ian does his signature kick during this song in case you are looking to capture it. These guys bring it just as hard now as they did 40 years ago. They also played their iconic “I Am the Law”, “Keep it in the Family”, and Trust’s “Antisocial”. Ending the night with their version of Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise” and finally “Indians”. 

 

Tattoo The Earth Festival 2022 was a huge success with great weather and tons of tattooed fans moshing about and enjoying some of the best metal-core, heavy metal, and thrash bands in the world. The food vendors served up plenty of mouth-watering food, merch vendors were great, and the tattoo artists helped make festivals’ namesake a reality. I really hope this becomes a yearly tradition. A big thank you to all the staff that were so friendly and helpful in making this an awesome event for all. 

 

Enforced

Second Stage 1:30-2:00pm

 

Enforced is:

Knox Colby – Vocals

Ethan Gensurowsky – Bass

Alex Bishop – Drums

Will Wagstaff – Guitar

Zach Monahan – Guitar

 

Setlist:

1.) Trespasser

2.) Malignance

3.) Skinned Alive

4.) War Remains

5.) Reckoning Force

6.) Beneath Me

7.) Brahman

8.) The Heat

9.) Curtain Fire

 

 

Within The Ruins

Main Stage 2:00-2:30pm

 

Within the Ruins is:

Joe Cocchi – Guitar

Kevin McGuill – Drums

Paolo Galang – Bass, clean vocals

Steve Tinnon – Vocals

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Deliverance

2.) Feeding Frenzy

3.) Calling Card

 

 

Spirit Adrift

Second Stage 2:30-3:00pm

 

Spirit Adrift is:

Nate Garrett – Vocals, guitar

Tom Draper – Guitar

Sonny DeCarlo – Bass

Michael Arellano – Drums

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Cosmic Conquest

2.) Harmony of the Spheres

3.) Ride Into the Light

4.) Astral Levitation

5.) Sorcerer’s Fate

 

 

Bleeding Through

Main Stage 3:00-3:30pm

 

Bleeding Through is:

Brandan Schieppati – Lead Vocals

Brian Leppke – Guitar

Derek Youngsma – Drums, percussion

Marta Peterson – Keyboards, piano, backing vocals

Ryan Wombacher – Bass, backing vocals

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Love Lost in a Hail of Gunfire

2.) Orange County Blonde and Blue

3.) On Wings of Lead

4.) Rage

 

Overcast

Second Stage 3:30-4:00pm

 

Overcast is:

Brian Flair – Vocals

Mike D’Antonio – Bass

Scott McCooe – Lead guitar

Pete Cortese – Rhythm guitar

Jay Fitzgerald – Drums

 

 

Setlist:

1.) For Indifference

2.) As a Whole/Two Degrees Below

3.) Seven Ft. Grin

4.) Spun

5.) Your (Destructive) Self

6.) Grifter

 

 

At The Gates

Main Stage 4:00-4:45pm

 

At The Gates is:

Tomas Lindberg – Vocals

Adrian Erlandsson – Drums

Jonas Bjorler – Bass

Martin Larsson – Rhythm guitar

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Blinded by Fear

2.) Slaughter of the Soul

3.) Cold

4.) Under a Serpent Sun

5.) Into the Dead Sky

6.) Suicide Nation

7.) World of Lies

8.) Unto Others

9.) Nausea

10.) Need

11.) The Flames of the End

 

 

Crowbar

Second Stage 4:45-5:15pm

 

Crowbar is:

Kirk Windstein – Vocals, rhythm guitar

Tommy Buckley – Drums

Matt Brunson – Lead guitar

Shane Wesley – Bass

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Conquering

2.) Bleeding From Every Hole

3.) Chemical Godz

4.) All I Had (I Gave)

5.) Planets Collide

6.) Like Broken Glass

 

 

The Red Chord

Main Stage 5:15-6:00pm

 

The Red Chord is:

Guy Kozowyk – Vocals

Michael “Gunface” McKenzie – Guitar, backing vocals

Gregory Weeks – Bass

Jon Rice – Drums

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Nihilist

2.) Clients

3.) Bone Needle

4.) Demoralizer (First time since 2015)

5.) Hour of Rats

6.) Tread on the Necks of Kings (First time since 2015)

7.) Mouthful of Precious Stones (First known performance)

8.) Send the Death Storm (First time since 2009)

9.) Fixation on Plastics

10.) Black Santa

11.) Antman (Featuring Candace of Walls of… more )

12.) Dreaming in Dog Years

 

Terror

Second Stage 6:00-6:30pm

 

Terror is:

Scott Vogel – Vocals

Nick Jett – Drums

Martin Stewart – Guitar

Jordan Posner – guitar

Chris Linkovich – Bass

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Pain Into Power

2.) Overcome

3.) Stick Tight

4.) This World Never Wanted Me

5.) Spit My Rage

6.) Can’t Help but Hate

7.) One With the Underdogs

8.) Keep Your Mouth Shut

9.) Keepers of the Faith

 

 

Hatebreed

Main Stage 6:30-7:15pm

 

Hatebreed is:

Jamey Jasta – Vocals

Frank Novinec – guitar

Chris Beattie – Bass

Wayne Lozinak – Guitar

Matt Byrne – Drums

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Proven

2.) Looking Down the Barrel of Today

3.) Empty Promises

4.) Destroy Everything

5.) Driven by Suffering

6.) I Will Be Heard

7.) A Stroke of Red

8.) As Diehard as They Come

9.) Tear It Down

10.) This Is Now

11.) Live for This

12.) Perseverance

13.) Smash Your Enemies

14.) Last Breath

 

 

Municipal Waste

Second Stage 7:15-7:45pm

 

Municipal Waste is:

Tony Foresta – Lead vocals

Ryan Waste – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Philip “LandPhil” Hall – Bass, backing vocals

Dave Witte – Drums

Nick “Nikropolis” Poulos – Lead guitar

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Intro

2.) Breathe Grease

3.) You’re Cut Off

4.) Grave Dive

5.) Beer Pressure

6.) Headbanger Face Rip

7.) Wave of Death

8.) Sadistic Magician

9.) Under the Waste Command

10.) The Art of Partying

11.) Born to Party

 

 

Black Label Society

Main Stage 7:45-8:55pm 

 

Black Label Society is:

Zakk Wylde – Lead Guitar, lead vocals, piano

John DeServio – Bass, backing vocals 

Dario Lorina – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Jeff Fabb – Drums 

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Funeral Bell

2.) Destroy & Conquer

3.) Overlord

4.) Heart of Darkness

5.) A Love Unreal

6.) You Made Me Want to Live

7.) In This River

8.) Trampled Down Below

9.) Set You Free

10.) Fire It Up (with Zakk and Dario guitar duel)

11.) Suicide Messiah

12.) Stillborn

 

 

 

Anthrax

Main Stage 9:25-10:35pm

 

Anthrax is:

Scott Ian – Guitar, backing vocals

Charlie Benante – Drums

Frank Bello – Bass, backing vocals

Joey Belladonna – Lead vocals

Jon Donais – Lead guitar

 

 

Setlist:

1.) Anthrax Celebrity Intro

2.) Among the Living

3.) Caught in a Mosh

4.) Madhouse

5.) Metal Thrashing Mad

6.) Keep It in the Family

7.) Antisocial (Trust cover)

8.) I Am the Law

9.) Hymn 1

10.) In the End

11.) Only

12.) Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)

13.) Bring the Noise (Public Enemy cover)

14.) Indians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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