New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 8 - April 28, April 29, & April 30 - Back
Worcester, MA - The Palladium

As always, the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival brought many of the best metal and hardcore bands to The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts for all the metal and hardcore minions to once again reunite. This year’s event was 3 days, Friday April 28, Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30, much like the festivals in Europe. A nice touch, but it may be spread out a little too much.

Two stages were used, as in the past, which keeps the heaviness going from open to close. Pretty much without a break. For the headlining bands, the second stage was closed, and the balcony was opened up so everyone could see the bands that were showcased. If they didn’t do that then there might not have been enough space for everyone to see.

Some of the band highlights for me from the weekend included:

Friday: Arsis, Lacuna Coil, Necrophagist, Cephalic Carnage, and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Saturday: Chimaira, Arch Enemy, Exodus, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Suffocation, and Overcast.

Sunday: Bronx Casket Company, Byzantine, Dragonforce, and Into Eternity.

The weekend was well worth it!

I guess the only thing that I could complain about is that sometimes the mix wasn’t that good. You can blame it on the building that has to be 100 years old, or just the about of open space it has, but the reverb sometimes made the bands sound muffled or awkward.

However no one had as much trouble as Angela from Arch Enemy. She had multiple mic problems, no fault of her’s, in which she stormed off stage a couple times. The metal maiden was livid! At any rate they were still one of the best bands of the weekend. They know how to rip shit up!

Suffocation always puts on a great show. I had to join the pit…I couldn’t help myself when they played “Funueral Inception”. I had to feel the brutality!

One of the bands I saw for the first time was Arsis, and they didn’t dissapoint. After hearing their 2004 release “A Celebration of Guilt and their 2005 EP release “A Diamond for Disease” I knew they would be a must see.

God Forbid, Chimaira, Into Eternity, Immolation, Exodus and Cephalic Carnage all were exceptional too. A cross between talent and showmanship was why these bands stuck in my mind.

Well there you have it! Another NEMHF and another great show! You can be assured I will once again come back next year for the latest installment. A metal retreat from some, but the metal Hajj for the true metal fan.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins