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

From top: DragonForce, metalheads, Gamma Ray, Into Eternity, Light This City, Bronx Casket Co., Wolf, Wolf. All photos (c) Carina Mastrocola.

New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 2006, Day Three
April 30 at the Palladium, Worcester
The last day of the fest featured a lot of power metal. This was also the first time the crowd actually got hostile. I felt bad for the Bronx Casket Company (think a doomy Type O Negative) when the crowd booed them while giving them the big thumbs-down. The singer, DD from Overkill, ignored it, but the guitarist gave the booing audience the middle finger a few times.
Still, it was an exhilarating end to a fun and exhausting long weekend. Got to hear a lot of bands for the first time, like Phoenix Mourning, Inked in Blood, and Light this City, who had an amazing female vocalist. It was also great to see bands I hadn't seen in a little while, like local boys Burn in Silence and, from Canada, Into Eternity. While the Swedish metal band Wolf was finishing set-up, one of the guitarists, armed with a six-pack of Coronas, walked on stage, lay on the ground, and started drinking. Which amused me so I took a picture of him, which amused him so much that he started throwing the devil horns at the camera until the lights dimmed and the rest of the band came on to start their set.
The British power metal band DragonForce was next and, despite rumors that they perform on trampolines, in turns out they just jump really high. Their first-ever US tour will be remembered by all -- fast tempos, background choral singing, lyrics about swords and battles and heroes, and all of them continuously moving around and hamming it up. Given all the DragonForce merch in the crowd -- and the exodus for the door after the band ended -- you would have thought they were headlining. Which was a very unpowermetalhead-like thing for those people to do, given that the actual headliners, Gamma Ray, influenced A LOT of powermetal bands. Their loss. Founded by former Helloween frontman Kai Hansen, Gamma Ray performed Helloween's "I Want Out," which made everyone go crazy. Lot of music! Not much sleep! See you next year! 

-- Carina Mastrocola

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