Boston Hardcore Icons Blood For Blood Destroy Worcester Metalfest
Band Photo: Biohazard (?)
Many of the headbangers who play Ozzfest every year often describe the traveling circus as a “summer camp.” The annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass. - now in its 13th year - has a similar familial vibe and is more like a family reunion than a concert.
Last night at The Palladium in Worcester, it was a hardcore party as a who's who of the fertile Massachusetts metal scene turned out to check out the long-awaited U.S. reunion of seminal Boston band Blood for Blood. Among the crew hanging out to watch B4B tear it up were Shadows Fall's Brian Fair, Unearth's Ken Susi, Cannae/Death Ray Vision drummer Colin Conway, Acaro frontman Chris Harrell (formerly of Burn in Silence) and Colin Campbell of Colin of Arabia, among others.
The aging theater was packed to the rafters as B4B took the stage. There was a lot of pre-show hype for this one as the band has been destroying it across Europe – and they didn't disappoint.
From the bitter anger of “Pissing All Over Your Hopes and Dreams” to the violent cacophony of “Some Kind of Hate,” the band incited a near-riot on the floor as an old-school Boston circle pit opened up and swallowed anyone within arms' length. Suffice to say there were some busted faces in the crowd by the end of the set - and plenty of ringing ears this morning.
Bury Your Dead, another Massachusetts-bred metalcore band, followed with an equally eardrum-shattering set that continued the chaos and set the stage for Brooklyn thugcore kings Biohazard. Long a favorite in Boston – the guys have a tight bond with many in the Boston/Brockton, Mass. hardcore scene – Biohazard's distorted groove exploded from the speakers and the pit erupted in intensity once again.
Playing a mix of classics and a couple tracks from their new, as-yet-untitled album, the crew was in top form. The show was a good warm-up for what's sure to be a busy year of touring, including a top slot on the June 10-12 Download Festival in the U.K.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to head back for today's reunion, which includes Skeletonwitch, 3 Inches of Blood, Lazarus A.D., Dying Fetus, Hatebreed, Job for a Cowboy, Carnifex, Born of Osiris and Between the Buried and Me. Many of the local rock stars were expected back today to check out Times of Grace, the latest side project from Massachusetts' Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage.
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