Portfolio: New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 2006, Day One

(OTD is stuck at a podcasting conference this weekend (you can watch it live on the internerd), but ace photographer Carina Mastrocola is at the world-class New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, where last night goateed dudes played thrash covers of "Beat It," Italian girls killed it, and a few dudes who weren't on the schedule stopped by. We're uploading her dispatches as fast as we can between presentations, more coming soon.)

New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
April 28 at the Palladium, Worcester

Haste the Day: They have a new singer, but that job seems kind of moot since everyone else in the band also sings, so all he did was the screams.

Demiricous: These thrashy Swedish-influenced metal boys -- from the Midwest -- are one of my favorite bands of the night!

The Red Chord: Our local boys made a surprise, impromptu performance that lasted three songs. Guy jumped up on the barricade to sing with the crowd for the entire time. Tight!

Arsis:  They started out by playing a metal version of Michael Jackson's "Beat It," what else can I say?

Dead To Fall: How many times did the singer jump into the crowd? I forget, but it was crazy and the fans ate it up.

The Absence: My first time seeing these guys and you can definitely hear the Swedish influence. they came out really strong and left me quite impressed.

Lacuna Coil:Technically the female fronted Italian metal band were the headliners. Unfortunately, at this time of the night, a lot of people were drunk in the streets, so the crowd was nothing like when they played the Palladium two weeks ago to a sold-out crowd.

All images (c) Carina Mastrocola

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Black Dahlia Murder, who came out in fluorescent cut-off tops and white pants.

A Life Once Lost: It's always a treat to watch the singer that spazzes out continuously, jumping around and falling on his head over and over. Even when he jumped right in front of me and pretended to jack off wearing the same shorts that he always wears, I laughed.

Scarlet: The new singer was like an acrobat, doing all sorts of back flips, he didn't stop moving for a second, he was all screams and jumps.

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