After spending a whole day roaming around the Palladium and headbanging non-stop, my body and throat were sore. If it was any other morning, I would have stayed in bed and nursed my wounds. But with the 2nd day of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival still ahead, I was too excited to let a little pain get in the way.
It is a weekend-long concert of heavy metal and hardcore punk bands along with a merchandising and promotional area for record labels and other vendors. It has been held in the Palladium in Worcester since its inception in . It was originally supposed to be The Misfits instead of Manowar, which is why there was so much hardcore on day 3, but The Misfits canceled and they got Manowar as the replacement headliner.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter year 12 this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, the event will take place on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, with an extra special pre-party sponsored by Atticus on Thursday, April All tickets go on sale this Friday, February 12 at 10 a.
The 12th annual two- day, all things metal festival kicked off this past Friday April 23 with headliners Mastodon bringing along their Spring package tour mates Between The Buried And Me, Baroness and Valient Thorr along for the ride. The day could basically be broken down into the following: sludge and prog metal ruled the main stage while hardcore reigned supreme on the second stage. Check out some highlights from the 1st day of the festival down below.
We have the exclusive first look at the complete lineup for this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Saturday is the more metal of the two nights with Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth and Job For A Cowboy headlining and a ton of other metal and deathcore bands on the bill. Every year, the festival is an unification of all the major Spring tours into one giant weekend and this year's lineup looks really strong.
Another year has come and gone, my eight consecutive year in fact. I have seen many highs and many lows and a breadth of evolution through my time attending the New England Metalfest over nearly a decade. Say what you will about Metalfest, but this is the premiere festival in the States, and the one true litmus test for what is currently popular, and what will break next in not only music, but culture.
Band Photo: Amon Amarth? The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter year 12 this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts, the event will take place on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, with an extra special pre-party sponsored by Atticus on Thursday, April Doors open at PM.