In the resounding echoes of metal chords and the deep-set growls of hardcore music, an event once cherished by New England’s music scene resurfaces from its five-year slumber. This September, The Palladium in Worcester stands once again as the sanctum for the revived New England Metal & Hardcore Fest.
Rekindling the flame on September 15 and 16, the festival orchestrates a symphony of metal and hardcore anthems with Parkway Drive and Lamb of God at the helm. The concert offers a triptych of stages, two under the open sky and the third inside the hallowed confines of the main room, where each band will invoke their distinctive soundscapes.
Initiated in the twilight of the 20th century, this festival etched its name into the bedrock of New England’s music history until its temporary dormancy post-2018. In its earlier iterations, it had become a seasonal ritual, a Spring-time congregation of metal and hardcore luminaries like Megadeth, Manowar, and Suicidal Tendencies among others.
Returning to the fray, festival founder Scott Lee collaborates with MassConcerts, carrying a promise of an event greater than any previous edition.
Lee’s excitement is palpable, “We are very excited to bring back the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival,” he states. “I feel like we’ve put together one hell of a lineup for the first gig back in five years… this is going to be one hell of a party you don’t want to miss.”
Tickets are already available for the raring crowd, with VIP access providing an elevated experience.
The event commences on September 15, doors opening at 6:00 PM, where Parkway Drive headlines, accompanied by The Amity Affliction, Northlane, and Make Them Suffer. As the echoes of the first day fade, a new dawn arises on September 16, where the likes of Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, and The Black Dahlia Murder among a litany of others, seize the stage, gates opening at noon.