It’s a pretty insane week for festival announcements. As if Bonnaroo and Rock on the Range aren’t enough, the granddaddy of metal festivals, the New England Metal and hardcore Festival, has gone official and unveiled their lineup.
We already correctly guessed that the Mastodon/BTBAM/Baroness tour would be part of it, but that’s only part of the fun. The two-day fest, at the Palladium in Worcester MA on April23 and 24, will include those bands on Friday night, plus Cro-Mags, Earth Crisis, Death Threat, Death Before Dishonor, COA, American Me, Thick as Blood, Forfeit, XTheWarx, Grave Maker, Rose Funeral, Conducting From the Grave and Howl.
Saturday’s lineup consists of Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel, Skeletonwitch, Eluveite, 1349, Impending Doom, Lecherous, Nocturne, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Chelsea Grin, Abacabb, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Malefice, Swashbuckle, Cattle Decapitation, Acara, Holy Grail, Disembodied, Cruel Hand, Reign Supreme, The Mongoloids, xTyrantx, Foundation, Soul Control, Alpha & Omega, Burning Empires, Mother of Mercy, Gaza, Across the Sun and Monsters.
Tickets for Friday, which starts at 3, are $40. Tickets for Saturday, which starts at Noon, are $46. Tickets for both days will save you a whopping $6, at $80. We’ve been going to this for a while, and with the possible exception of the Scion Rock Fest (free is a lot cheaper than $80), it’s pretty much the best metal festival around.