Mastodon to headline New England Metal Fest

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Celebrating its 12th anniversary, the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will return with a stellar line up faturing a variety of bands coming from both the metal and hardcore genres. Scheduled to take place at The Palladium in Worcester, Mastodon will headline night #1 on Friday, April 23 while Cannibal Corpe will headline on Saturday, April 24. Tickets are $40 for night #1 and $46 for night #2, with a limited amount of 2-night passes available for $80 through

Mastodon’s set at the festival comes as the Atlanta rockers continue to tour in support of last year’s widely acclaimed album, Crack the Skye. Between the Buried and Me, Baroness and Valiant Thor also highlight the list of metal favorites scheduled to perform with Mastodon on night #1. But, as the name suggests, it’s not all metal. Also playing on night #1 are hardcore legends Cro Mags and Earth Crisis. The lineup for Friday is rounded out by Death Threat, Howl, After The Burial, Architect UK, Burning Empires, C.O.A., Death Before Dishonor, Donnybrook, Doomriders, Fall Of Troy, Grave Maker, Mongoloids, Monsters, Nachtmystium, Periphery, Thick As Blood and XTheWarX.

The second day of the festival is to be headlined by death metal pioneers Cannibal Corpse, who are touring in support of 2009’s Evisceration Plague. Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy and Whitechapel are also slotted to play on night #2.The lineup for Saturday is rounded out by Skeletonwitch, 1349, Municipal Waste, Disembodied, Cruel Hand,  Abacabb, Acaro, Across The Sun,  Alpha Omega, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Cattle Decapitation, Chelsea Grin, Eluveit, Forfeit, Foundation, Gaza, Holy Grail, Impending Doom, Lecherous, Malfice, Mother Of Mercy, Nocturne, Primordial, Reign Supreme, Rose Funeral, Soul Control, Swashbuckle, Through The Eyes Of The Dead and XTyrantX.

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