New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival turns 15 this year. Friday night headliners include: Anthrax, Exodus, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Every Time I Die, and Municipal Waste. Saturday: Opeth, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Terror. Sunday: Suicidal Tendencies, Sick of It All, and D.R.I. See website for full lineups.
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Nearly as much as Metallica or Megadeth, Anthrax were responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal. Combining the speed and fury of hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new subgenre of heavy metal on their early albums....
Once the kings of the Bay Area metal scene -- the birthplace of thrash -- Exodus were unceremoniously demoted from their post with the arrival of Los Angeles' Metallica in 1982. And while they proceeded to eek out a hit-and-miss career of their own over the next few decades, all the while influencing at least two separate generations of younger thrash bands, Exodus were ultimately fated to be the ultimate also-rans of the genre they helped spawn....
Judging from their name, Suicidal Tendencies were never afraid of a little controversy. Formed in Venice, CA, during the early '80s, the group's leader from the beginning was outspoken vocalist Mike Muir....
Formed by brothers Lou and Pete Koller in the mid-'80s, Sick of It All became a seminal band in the New York City hardcore scene. While remaining true to their roots and without compromising their style, Sick of It All progressed from an indie band with a strong live following to a major-label act touring with the likes of Helmet and Rancid....
Brought together in Stockholm by guitarists Peter Lindgren and Mikael Ã…kerfeldt in 1990, Opeth added progressive influences and acoustic instrumentation to their brand of Swedish death metal....
The New Haven, CT-based Hatebreed got together in 1993 for the purpose of creating a "back to basics" hardcore band with heavy, metallic guitars, screaming vocals, and 30-second songs. Consisting of Jamey Jasta (vocals), Lou "Boulder" Richards (guitar), Chris Beattie (bass), Sean Martin (guitar), and Rigg Ross (drums), Hatebreed had the chance to play throughout the East Coast while sharing the stage with the likes of Entombed, the Deftones, Slayer, and Napalm Death....
New Jersey band that gained acclaim for their blend of metal, hardcore, experimental rock, and pure cacophony. ~ Rovi
Buffalo-based metalcore quintet Every Time I Die formed in the winter of 1998. Spearheaded by brothers Keith (vocals) and Jordan Buckley (guitar), the founding lineup also included guitarist Andrew Williams, bassist John McCarthy, and drummer Michael "Ratboy" Novak....
Terror is an L.A.-based hardcore band formed by East Coast transplant, vocalist Scott Vogel, formerly lead singer with Buffalo, NY, bands like Despair, Sludgefest, and Buried Alive. Founded in April 2002 shortly after Vogel's relocation, Terror issued a four-song demo that circulated among the underground scene before releasing a 7" through Takeover Records....
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