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20th ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL

***FRIDAY ONLY*** Feat. MORBID ANGEL

Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Nile, Soulfly, Oceano, Fit For An Autopsy, Winds Of Plague, Misery Index, Enterprise Earth, Rivers Of Nihil, Shadow Of Intent, Archspire, Spite, Great American Ghost, Sanction, Bodysnatcher, I Am, Church Tongue, Revenge Season, Buried Above Ground, Distingusher, Pains, Yashira, Begat The Nephilim, Kingsmen, The Last King

Fri, April 20, 2018

Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 1:30 pm

Palladium

Worcester, MA

$45.00 - $50.00

This event is all ages

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NOTE: Bands subject to change at any time

Morbid Angel
Morbid Angel
Death metal band based in Tampa, Florida.

Formative genetic material of death metal, this band formed in 1984 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and recorded its first album "Abominations Of Desolation" in 1986 (albeit not released until 1991), being inspired by Slayer but eventually moving on to more progressive works with the genre-definitive "Blessed Are the Sick" in 1991. Progressive, rhythmic, complex and evil death metal with lyrics well-crafted from Sumerian and Lovecraftian domains. Not surprisingly, "Covenant" (1993) was the first death metal album released on a major label as even musicians outside the genre found the band technically and artistically impressive.
Dying Fetus
Dying Fetus
Since John Gallagher and Jason Netherton first formed the band during 'the popular days of Death Metal' in 1991, Dying Fetus have progressed, gained it's unique style and become one of the most acclaimed and popular Death Metal/Grindcore acts in the metal underground.

The band's members combine technical brutality with catchy song structures which make each single track they have released so far innovative and memorable.

After touring with bands such as The Berzerker, Hate Eternal, Gorguts, Skinless and other modern Death Metal acts and releasing five full-lenghts; Jason left the band while Sparky Voyles and Kevin Talley were asked to leave because of various internal conflicts.

Everyone was obviously expecting Dying Fetus' imminent death, but it never happened.

In 2003, Dying Fetus re-appeared with a new album, "Stop At Nothing", and a completely new line-up (only John Gallagher remained). Incredibly enough, even though basically a totally different band, all of the elements that made Dying Fetus such a great group were present in the new release and for someone that didn't know the facts, it would seem that nothing ever changed in the line-up.
Thy Art Is Murder
Thy Art Is Murder
Thy Art Is Murder is an Australian deathcore band from Blacktown, New South Wales (a suburb located in the city of Sydney). The band formed in 2006 and have released two EPs and two full-length albums and are currently signed to Distort in Canada and Nuclear Blast worldwide.
Carnifex
Carnifex
Carnifex is an American Deathcore band from California formed in 2005.
Nile
Nile
Nile was formed in 1993 by Karl Sanders (guitar, vocals), Chief Spires (bass, vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums). They have always had interest in Egyptian history and culture; thus they combined that interest with Death Metal. In 1994 they released their self-titled demo. A year later they released "Festivals of Atonement" as Cassette/CD and also performed a few live shows with bands such as Obituary, Deicide, and Six Feet Under.

In 1996 they got a new guitarist (Dallas Toler-Wade), a deal with Visceral Productions, and released "Ramses Bringer of War." Shortly after, Relapse Records saw them play live and listened to their CD's. They offered them a deal, and Nile agreed. And so Nile recorded and released their full-length debut "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka," and after the release, they did an 8-month world tour. After their return in 1999, they began working on their next album; it was very tough to make it, and it took a year just to write the lyrics. Sanders spent every night composing, and finally in 2000 they released "Black Seeds of Vengeance".

In 2002, the band returned to work with Bob Moore at Soundlab Studios (with new vocalist & bassist Jon Vesano replacing Chief Spires and drummer Tony Laureano replacing Hammoura in tow) for the production of the new album "In Their Darkened Shrines". Again, the band would rest before committing themselves to recording 2005’s Annihilation Of The Wicked with engineer Bob Moore and producer/mixer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore) at Soundlab. Two years and a new record label later, NILE return with "Ithyphallic" (referring to the ancient practice of portraying statues of gods with huge, mystically-proportioned phalluses as a sign of strength and fertility).

In June 2009, Nile entered the recording studio to begin work on their sixth full-length album, entitled Those Whom the Gods Detest. The album was released in November of the same year. On October 21, 2010, Chris Lollis was confirmed as the new permanent bassist for Nile, after four years of session work with the band. On October 11, 2011, Goomba Music released Worship the Animal, which is an alternately titled version of Nile's demo, which the band's original line-up recorded in 1994.

On February 4, 2012, Karl Sanders announced on his Facebook page that they had a new bassist, Todd Ellis, who would contribute vocals to the new record. The next day, he explained on the band's official forum that he had lost contact with Chris Lollis during the writing and recording of the upcoming album, and after three months of silence from him they hired a replacement. On June 29th, 2012, Nile released their new album "At the Gate of Sethu".

On February 9, 2015, Todd Ellis left the band, citing "unforeseen circumstances beyond my control". On July 24, 2015, it was announced that the band will be releasing its new album, entitled What Should Not Be Unearthed, on August 28.

On February 13, 2017, Dallas Toler-Wade has decided to leave the band to focus on his own plans and recordings. Brian Kingsland took his place.

Current Line-up:
Karl Sanders: Guitars, Vocals, Instrumentals
Brian Kingsland: Guitars, Vocals
George Kollias: Drums
Brad Parris: Bass, Vocals
Soulfly
Soulfly
Metal band formed in 1997 by Max Cavalera after he quit Sepultura. The band is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Oceano
Oceano
Deathcore band from Chicago (Illinois) formed 2006.

Current line-up
Adam Warren: Vocals [since 2007]
Chris Wagner: Bass [since 2014]
Scott Smith: Guitar [since 2014]
Andrew Holzbauer: Drums [since 2015]

Former/Past members
Tristan McCann: Guitar, Bass [2009]
Kevin Colabuono: Bass [2007-2008]
Jeremy Carroll: Guitar [2006-2009]
Andrew Mikhail: Guitar
Daniel Terchin: Drums [2007-2013]
Devin Shidaker: Guitar [2010-2013]
Nick Conser: Guitar [2010-2014]
Jason Jones: Bass [2008-2014]
Michael Kasper: Guitar [2014-2015]
Fit For An Autopsy
Fit For An Autopsy
It seems there’s a new catastrophe hitting the headlines everyday, from corrupt politicians and crooked business people, to criminal mischief and the oppressive renegades within the ranks of those entrusted to protect the people from crime; extreme divides between rich and poor, ideological battles, shrinking resources, the constant threat of war, terror, famine, disease. The problems of the world are every bit as grim, perhaps more so, than during the Cold War, when protest, counterculture, and music from punk to thrash helped give voice to the voiceless.

The crushing music of Fit For An Autopsy is for any fan of extreme metal, as it’s devoid of preachy politics or grandstanding soapboxing, but its sound and fury is absolutely unflinching in purpose. The band expertly blends excessive-force fueled death metal with atmospheric groove and impassioned personal diatribes, reflecting back the dark state of current events. Their fourth album, The Great Collapse, doesn’t waste time with fantasy bullshit or cliché gore horror. Fit For An Autopsy are metal guys, to be certain, but they grew up in the hardcore scene. They embrace the responsibility to put as much devoted purpose into their lyrics and message as they do into their dense, heady, songs, forging a magnificently powerful new post-deathcore.

“When I write a song, I’m trying to feel emotionally connected to it. I really don’t like saying things that don’t matter over music that I want to matter,” says Will Putney, guitarist, principal songwriter and cofounder. “We’ve always addressed serious topics going back to our first album. We aren’t a politically charged band up on a podium yelling at people – anybody can relate to the aggression, anger, frustration, and sadness often communicated in our music. But we absolutely raise important questions in the lyrics. Those themes are there to discover.”

Putney’s fellow guitarist/cofounder, Patrick Sheridan, strongly agrees. He emphasizes that while the music of Fit For An Autopsy may evolve it will always be aggressive and will always have purpose. “We think it’s important to carry that torch. Somebody’s got to say something about the shit that’s going on. If you’re not using your music, which is a great platform, for something meaningful that you care about on some level, then you’re kind of wasting it.”

The six-men of the New Jersey based group – which includes vocalist Joe Badolato, bassist Peter Spinazola, third guitarist Tim Howley, and drummer Josean Orta – put maximum intentionality into everything they do. They are constantly challenging themselves as musicians, adding to the band’s overall creative arsenal, connecting with audiences around the world, and supporting one another in the band as individual people.

Fit For An Autopsy first summoned one of the most crushing takes on the then-burgeoning deathcore genre with their 2008 demo and the following year’s self-released Hell on Earth EP, which led to a deal with The Red Chord vocalist Guy Kozowyk’s Black Market Activities label.

The Process of Human Extermination earned them a place among the genre’s giants, cementing them as energizing leaders rather than stale followers. As MetalSucks observed: “The band’s brutal, glowering take on [deathcore] reminded [us] of the squandered potential of the genre. Hardcore grooves and swagger, when incorporated correctly, blend quite well with death metal.” Fit For An Autopsy’s determined drive, work ethic, and devilishly unmistakable talent next elicited the attention of Good Fight/eOne, the group’s home since their sophomore album.

On Hellbound, Fit For An Autopsy expanded their commanding approach to death metal with hints of metalcore by absorbing increasingly diverse elements, from the rhythmic experimentalism of Gojira to the aggressive post-Noisecore of Converge, with a dose of the New Wave Of Swedish Death Metal, and a touch of groove unique to the New Jersey six-piece.

The group toured with The Acacia Strain and Within The Ruins on the No Way Out Tour, followed by Hate Across America with Thy Art Is Murder. In 2014, they hit the road with Chimaira, Iwrestledabearonce, and Oceano; with Whitechapel, DevilDriver, Carnifex, and Revocation; with Crowbar; and with Suicide Silence and Thy Art Is Murder. Toward the end of the excitingly productive Hellbound cycle, original frontman Nate Johnson split from the band.

The band’s third album served as the recorded introduction of powerhouse vocalist Badolato, whose impressive range (from guttural growls to pitch screaming and beyond) helped destroy all remaining self-imposed boundaries. It’s something the group’s instrumental members had yearned to do as even as they prepared the material prior to enlisting their new singer.

Absolute Hope Absolute Hell cracked the Top 20 on the Hard Rock Albums chart and hit #3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. As Putney often noted in interviews, the record stood defiantly apart from those that offered little more than thirty minutes of blast beats and breakdowns.

Sure, that kind of nonstop pummeling has its place, but Fit For An Autopsy concentrated their focus less on crazy tempo changes and more on atmosphere and vibe, keeping one foot in the crushingly heavy while drawing more deeply from traditional metal influences, post-rock, and esoteric nuance. In 2015, the same year as Metal Injection and other tastemakers hailed the group’s progression, Fit For An Autopsy joined the Stronger Than Faith Tour with Suicide Silence, Emmure, and Within The Ruins, followed by a co-headlining tour with Aborted, a trek with Old Wounds, and the Tune Low Die Slow Tour with Acacia Strain and Counterparts.

“Being out there touring, I can say that our fans have been very accepting of each change and progression,” Sheridan notes proudly. “I’m very grateful, as oftentimes bands are scrutinized heavily as they evolve. We definitely took a step in a direction that people were stoked about.”

Putney points to Absolute Hope Absolute Hell as a definitive moment in the band’s career when they truly came into their own. “I like the earlier records a lot but we were definitely lumped in with a lot of similar-sounding bands at the time. I was happy that we were able carve our own path a little bit more on the last album, which we carried into this new album.”

Between Absolute Hope Absolute Hell and The Great Collapse, the group’s members were able to broaden their creative horizons even further with what became known as The Depression Sessions, a uniquely collaborative project that combined Fit For An Autopsy with their friends in Thy Art Is Murder and The Acacia Strain. Jettisoning the cutthroat competitiveness that often gets between bands, the trio of extreme metal acts joined forces for experimental sessions more akin in spirit to the jazz greats and hip-hop artists, but within the context of heavy music.
All of that collaboration and experimentation, to say nothing of Putney’s accomplishments as an in-demand genre producer whose credits include work with both of the bands who joined them in The Depression Sessions, among others, led to an all new focus on The Great Collapse.
“Iron Moon” is an aggressive shot across the bow of the status quo, railing against the mundane servitude of the 9-to-5 grind, yearning for a life of meaning and purpose. It’s as anti-establishment in tone as the album is in sound. Fit For An Autopsy break with genre convention even as they reshape and redefine their chosen sonic landscape. “Heads Will Hang” confronts the worldwide refugee problem, demanding empathy, placing the listener in the shoes of someone displaced from their home, hungry to escape into a safer life. “When the Bulbs Burn Out” expresses the group’s deep concerns about conservation and sustainability. “Black Mammoth” was inspired by the conscientious activism of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. Other tracks are more abstract lyrically, but no song on The Great Collapse is without intensity.
The album’s underlying death metal foundation serves as strong support for its more adventurous forays into chaotic hardcore, bits of deathcore, and a meditative, almost droning rumination not unlike the best of shoegaze and desert rock, like a hazy collision between Queens Of The Stone Age and Russian Circles. The omnipresence of rock titans Tool weaves in and out in powerful doses, with The Great Collapse inviting ever more favorable comparisons to Gojira, a band whose evolutionary trajectory is not dissimilar from Fit For An Autopsy’s path.
“It’s definitely easier to make a living as a band by growing your fanbase within one specific style,” notes Putney. “But it’s more rewarding to go this route. There’s a certain struggle you face when you’re constantly evolving, obstacles you have to face, but we’re happy to do it.”
Sheridan concurs. “I don’t want to sound like any one band or do any one thing. I always want to figure out ways to incorporate new elements that inspire us into what we already do.
“We made a promise when we released our first record, which is that we will never do what somebody else wants us to do as a band. We will always carve our own way.”
Winds Of Plague
Winds Of Plague
Symphonic deathcore band from California, US.
Active since 2005 (was known as Bleak December before).
Misery Index
Misery Index
Misery Index is an American death metal/deathgrind band formed in 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, by Jason Netherton (vocals and bass guitar), Mike Harrison (vocals and guitar), and Kevin Talley (drums). From 2006–2010, its line-up consisted of Netherton on vocals and bass guitar, Sparky Voyles on guitar, Mark Kloeppel on vocals and guitar, and Adam Jarvis on drums. In 2010, Voyles left the band and was replaced by Darin Morris.
Rivers Of Nihil
Rivers Of Nihil
Death metal band from Reading, Pennsylvania, US.
Formed in 2009.
Shadow Of Intent
Shadow Of Intent
Symphonic Deathcore band from Connecticut/Rhode Island
Spite
Spite
Short-lived hardcore punk band from Weston-Super-Mare / Bristol featuring (ex-) members of Ripcord, Chaos U.K. and Icons Of Filth.
Great American Ghost
Great American Ghost
Hardcore band from Boston, Massachusetts.
Bodysnatcher
Bodysnatcher
Down-Tempo Beatdown Hardcore from Melbourne, Florida, USA
Church Tongue
Hardcore/metalcore band from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA signed to Blood & Ink Records.
Yashira
Yashira
Yashira is an American Metal band from Jacksonville, Florida.
Begat The Nephilim
The Last King
Venue Information:
Palladium
261 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608