Yessir — Killswitch Engage has been confirmed as the headliner of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
It’s fitting, as the festival helped to launch the career of the Westfield, Mass., band and the festival vets went on to sign with Roadrunner Records.
“Yup, trouble’s brewing,” said frontman Howard Jones in a statement. “It’s been great to have time off, but now it’s back to business. All the guys in KsE are truly excited to be playing NEMHF again. It’s like old times: hanging out with your friends, but they have mustaches now. Come on out, bring a friend and let’s make some sweat!”
Also headlining the biggest and longest running metal festival in America for 2012 is The Black Dahlia Murder. Lead singer Trevor Strnad, who really needs to stop ignoring me like I’m Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, said: “It has always been a huge pleasure to play New England Metal And Hardcore Fest… I can’t thank them enough for involving us again. Some of my fondest drunken memories are from NEMHF… I’m looking to rack up a few more!!! Come out and bang your heads til they fall off. I’ll meet you by the sausage man!”
The 14th edition of the festival will take place the weekend of April 20 to April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.
The lineup for for Friday April 20 includes The Black Dahlia Murder, The Acacia Strain, Oceano, All Shall Perish, Nile, Skeletonwitch, Lionheart, Fleshgod Apocalypse, First Blood, Molotov Solution, The Contortionist, Reign Supreme, Conducting From The Grave, Fit For An Autopsy, Incendiary, Palehorse, Hour Of Penance, Legion and Relentless.
“On Saturday April 21, we have a very special headliner that we will be announcing on January 2,” the fest reveals. “The other bands we can confirm for Saturday are Overkill, Protest the Hero, Periphery, Bane, Shipwreck, Cruel Hand, Aborted, Blackguard, The Mongoloids, Belgardor, System Divide, Naysayer, The Greenery, Diamond Plate, Rotting Out, Expire, Elitist, Trumpet The Harlot, Manners and Malefice.”
Bands scheduled for Sunday April 22 are Killswitch, Every Time I Die, Vanna, For Today, Chelsea Grin, Sleeping Giant, Stick To Your Guns, Attila, On Broken Wings, Mychildren Mybride, For The Fallen Dreams, Texas In July, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, Like Moths To Flames, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights, Counterparts and Gideon.
“This year’s lineup came together very well and we are very proud of it,” said festival organizer Scott Lee.
Tickets for the festival will go on sale Friday, December 16 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are: $40 (Friday), $45 (Saturday), and $40 (Sunday) or $115 (three-day pass).
I, for one, will definitely be making Metal Fest this year. I must. It’s fucking awesome, and well worth the price of admission. Fuck, man…this shit’s going to be insane.
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