New England Metal and Hardcore Festival lineup announced

NEMHF 2006 (2006, day 2) (2006, day 3)

The lineup is in for the ninth annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and the big news (other than that the fest has scaled back from three days to two) is that the second day of the festival will function as a 25th birthday party for the legendary Metal Blade label. If you were listening to thrash in the '80s, you pretty much bought anything with that logo on it: if you're really lucky, you might have a copy of the label's first release, the Metal Massacre compilation that marked the debut recording of some band called Metallica. After more than a few years in the wilderness, the label's made a comeback by signing a shitload of really great new-wave-of-metal bands, including Massachusetts' Unearth, Beyond the Embrace, and the Red Chord.

NEMHF will run April 27-28 at the Palladium in Worcester, and we're hoping the Metal Blade dudes will be trying to outdo the Roadrunnner anniversary party a couple years back. They're promising "a once-in-a-lifetime performance that will bring together musicians from Metal Blade's stellar roster of bands." We have no idea what that means: if you go by the Roadrunner model, it means "all-star jam session on famous covers," which actually wouldn't be that bad.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 1 via $35 for single-day, $65 for the whole enchilada.

In other news: there's a Christian screamo band called The Devil Wears Prada. How fucking hysterical is that?

Here's the confirmed lineup so far:

FRIDAY, APRIL 27: Dimmu Borgir, Bury Your Dead, Devil Driver, Satyricon, Walls of Jericho, Kataklysm, Kylesa, Skinless, The Devil Wears Prada, All Shall Perish, 100 Demons, Nora, The Human Abstract, Still Remains, Thy Will Be Done, Nachtmystium, December Aeterali, Merauder, Death Before Dishonor, Suicide Silence, Beneath the Massacre, Skeleton Witch, Stick to Your Guns, The Faceless, Blood Runs Black, Dead Hearts, xDeathStarx, Palehorse, Bloodlined Calligraphy, and The Funeral Pyre

SATURDAY, APRIL 28: Unearth, Cannibal Corpse, the Black Dahlia Murder, the Red Chord, Job for a Cowboy, Lizzy Borden, Goatwhore, I Killed the Prom Queen, Shai Halud, Since the Flood, Demiricous, Hallows Eve, Cellador, Beyond the Embrace, The Architect, Animosity, Psyopus, If Hope Dies, Ed Gein, The Absence, Gaza, Forever in Terror, Apiary, Sons of Azreal, the Destro, and the Network.

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