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Day 3 of The New England Metal And Hardcore Fest drew to a close with a lot of diehards in attendance, but a little less of the fanfare of the previous two days. When you go to a music festival or any show really, typically you are familiar with the bands that you go to see. But just like tape trading was back in the 80s, and downloading a decade ago, a music festival is a great place for music discovery, checking out new bands, and getting outside your comfort zone for fun. A lot of this happened today.
By day three of anything, a comic-convention or a destination music festival, people are spun out a little from the last few days of action. Industry folks, (most of) the photographers and the vendors were a lot more relaxed on day 3 with the lighter crowd. I chatted with Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall/Act of Defiance) about his new venture, Manshark Entertainment. It was cool catching up with him and other people from the scene I usually see at these things. At the same time you have to give it to the staff of a venue that has seen an endless stream of people come in and go out in a weekend, metal fans from all walks, and still have them keep their shit together, and do a great job. I gotta give it up to the staff of the Palladium for the work they put in keeping everything moving and everyone safe.
Sunday is traditionally the “hardcore” day at NEMHCF and the the early bands brought that vibe. There were some killer early performances on Sunday from the likes of the more hardcore bands such as Oath, Living Laser, and Ghost X Ship, the nu-metal stylee-o of Gift Giver, and the phenomenal performance of Lorna Shore. They had their own crew of fans repping New Jersey in the house and I even saw some WSOU shirts on a few people that got me open! Also of note was a killer showing from New York’s Brick By Brick, now fronted by Ray Mazzola (Full Blown Chaos), for a sick set of ignorant (in the best way possible) hardcore and metal. Their set truly was a moshfest!
Later in the day following excellent performances from Sworn In, Vanna, The Color Morale and Cruel Hand on the small stage, Motionless in White took the stage as the final band of the weekend. Putting on a show that an amazing visual spectacle, stellar goth rock showmanship, the band owned the night. Their fans, many I met whom waited all day and checked out all of the bands before them, fell rewarded by a captivating show. The fans sang every word, jumped up and down when Chris Motionless said to jump, and generally yelled fuck you at all the appropriate moments, two middle fingers to the sky. It was a fitting close to a fun weekend. See ya next year Metalfest!
WORDS BY KEITH CHACHKES
Day two at Metalfest is usually more like a marathon than a sprint. It’s about going hard or going home, but also taking care of yourself too. You gotta stay hydrated when you’re hot and sweaty, take a breather from time to time, and not eat like crap the entire weekend. I made sure to fill up on some terrific energy boosting organic juice at the Paris of the 80’s Cafe next to The Palladium. Because juicing is metal!
Saturday is also where I spent a little more time with the upstairs bands. While the main-stage has more of the metal bands that I favor, the upstairs is for real warriors. Hardcore is still loveless to the mainstream. Nobody plays this style of music for riches and fame. So there will be violence in the pit, there will be glorious pile-ons, sweaty hands grabbing the mic, and there will be shout-a-long choruses. Catching acts such as No Zodiac, Disgrace, Gods Hate, and the mighty Wisdom In Chains, you can see the past meet the future of music, and the fans who care deeply about these bands.
The first main-stage band I caught on Saturday was Texas-bred Shattered Sun. While they are opening the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour for tonight’s final acts, at Metalfest they hit the stage at about 2:30 PM. They whipped the early crowd into a frenzy with their modern take on neo-thrash. As I was jamming out, I look over to my left and there was Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) giving his seal of approval, banging his head.
The main-stage was so good this year, it was hard to peel away for some grub. Worcester (or Woostah if you are local wildlife) certainly has some decent food options, including the stellar Kenmore Diner within walking distance to the venue. I’d love to see some food trucks participate in future years, considering how many awesome ones we have locally.
After catching parts of good sets from Thy Will Be Done and The Agonist, it was time for some more death metal. We haven’t had much classic death bands of late here, so it was cool to see Incantation and Vital Remains on the bill. While the later band is immensely popular here, Incantation ruled supreme. Lots of people were seeing this great band for the first time today and they slayed.
The most talked about band before metalfest the last two years has been Nails. Their set last year may never be topped for intensity. Moving down to the main-stage, the entire floor did not devolve into a violent pit of epic proportions as I predicted. However, there was one large circle pit in the middle and some rough stuff up front, but for the most part people were able to enjoy the band and not die, which was good. Nails crushed it hard. That new album cannot come fast enough for me.
Nuclear Assault may be going into retirement, but not before hitting the road and ripping us a new one. They sounded fresh as ever, especially John Connolly’s chirping high screams. I’m looking forward to their new EP in June.
Exodus is another band that has gone through some changes. With a recent album, Blood In Blood Out (Nuclear Blast) and a returning Steve “Zetro” Souza on vocals, the band sounded tight. I was happy with the set list, which included some of their more recent stuff, and of course classics like ‘Toxic Waltz’ and ‘Strike of the Beast’. Props to security for handling all the crowdsurfers and moshers without the usual nonsense I see at other venues.
Testament closed things out in style with a stage set right out of Iron Maiden’s playbook. And why not? Testament is one of those legacy (pun intended) thrash acts. They had a huge production with creative lights, billows of smoke, and the crazy bursting strobe lights that were a little overpowering frankly. Although they had a slightly over-loud sound mix, the band was incredible as they played only their first two albums, plus ‘Practice What You Preach’. With all of their talents, Testament is like The Avengers, and they are thrash metal’s mightiest heroes.
WORDS BY KEITH CHACHKES
Twitching Tongues have signed with Metal Blade Records and will be recording their forthcoming album at The Pit Studios for a tentative Autumn 2015 release date. In the meantime, they have confirmed an upcoming European tour with Disgrace.
Jun 17: La Mécanique Ondulatoire – Paris (FR)
Jun 18: Le Saint Des Seins – Toulouse (FR)
Jun 19: Hellfest – Clisson (FR)(No Disgrace)
Jun 20: Willemeen – Arnheim (NL)
Jun 21: Bibelot – Dordrecht (NL)
Jun 22: Corporation – Sheffield (UK)
Jun 23: Audio – Glasgow (UK)
Jun 24: Boston Arms – London (UK)
Jun 25: JH Tydeeh – Mol (BE)
Jun 26: Cafe Lorenz – Münster (DE)
Jun 27: Cassiopeia – Berlin (DE)
Jun 28: Chemiefabrik – Dresden (DE)
Jun 29: Das Bach – Wien (AU)
Jun 30: Rockhouse Bar – Salzburg (AU)
Jul 01: Juha West – Stuttgart (DE)
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival has added Baltimore hardcore outfit Turnstile for the Saturday lineup, and Eternal Sleep and Jagged Visions for the Sunday lineup. The event will be at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17, 18 and 19, 2015.
The updated lineup is:
Friday April 17th
Between The Buried And Me
The Red Chord
Corrosion of Conformity
On Broken Wings
Within The Ruins
Fit For An Autopsy
The Atlas Moth
Boris The Blade
Saturday April 18th
Rivers of Nihil
Wisdom In Chains
Thy Will Be Done
Sunday April 19th
Motionless In White
The Color Morale
Death Before Dishonor
The Plot In You
I Declare War
My Ticket Home
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
World of Pain
Brick By Brick
Southern California extreme metallers God’s Hate is streaming “Father Inferior” off their limited edition seven inch single of the same name, out in late April, below. Recorded at The Pit in Van Nuys, California by Taylor Young, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audioseige, this A-side destroyer is the perfect introduction to God’s Hate ssacrilegious, low-end thunder they so dominantly deliver, influenced by the likes of Merauder, Stigmata and Hatebreed.
The impending Father Inferior will be a limited 7″ single, pressed in a run of 500 copies and made available in late April. Stand by for additional release details on the single and following LP, entitled Mass Murder — which is currently being recorded by the band — both to see release through Closed Casket Activities.
The band has booked a string of upcoming shows.
Mar 27: The Canal Club – Richmond, VA (United Blood IX)
Apr 12: Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY (w/ Disgrace)
Apr 13: Bogies – Albany, NY (w/ Disgrace)
Apr 14: Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC (w/ Disgrace)
Apr 15: SHIBGB’s – Toronto, ON (w/ Disgrace)
Apr 16: Ocean Garden – Buffalo, NY (w/ Disgrace)
Apr 17: The Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Nails, Incendiary, Disgrace)
Apr 18: The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)
Since their 2011 incarnation, Disgrace has released the brutal Songs Of Suffering 12″ EP and a split 7″ with Harness, but the band now grabs the scene by the throat with their mammoth True Enemy debut LP, delivering their dynamic and demoralizing brew of hook-laden, infectious, death metal-infused hardcore with more persuasive power than ever. Recorded and produced at The Pit in Van Nuys, California by vocalist Taylor Young and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Blacklisted), on True Enemy the band’s venomous elements align into one of the most punishing and contagious releases of the year, heavily due to the empowering and clever riffage of guitarist Kyle Thomas.
They will be out on the True Enemy tour in April on a run of dates, which is posted below.
DISGRACE The True Enemy Tour:
Apr 12: Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
Apr 13: Bogies – Albany, NY
Apr 14: Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
Apr 15: SHIBGB’s – Toronto, ON
Apr 16: Ocean Garden – Buffalo, NY
Apr 17: The Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Nails, Incendiary)
Apr 18: The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)