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Show Review: New England Metal and Hardcore Festival w/ Killswitch Engage
Show Review: New England Metal and Hardcore Festival w/ Killswitch Engage
04/26/12 at 07:22 PM by Alex DiVincenzo

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival has been a staple of the Massachusetts music scene for 14 years now. I attended the third day of this year’s festivities at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 22. The two prior days featured such acts as All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder, DragonForce, The Acacia Strain, Overkill and tons more, but the sold out final day touted the highly anticipated return of Killswitch Engage.

I arrived just in time to catch Recon on the second stage. It was their return show and first with new vocalist Rob Fusco. Recon's music is more straightforward than Fusco's past projects (Most Precious...[read more]
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05:57 AM on 04/27/12
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Great pictures and review. Nice job as always!
06:29 AM on 04/27/12
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Great review, dude - only wish you could have hit up all the days.

That said, how do you feel about KSE ending with a cover? Granted, it was a hit for them, but it seems a bit odd considering the size of their catalog.
06:47 AM on 04/27/12
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I don't know how he does it, but Jesse always keeps Adam in check. Even with ToG, Adam didn't wear any goofy outfits that he's known for. Yes he's got the shirt tuxedo on but it's very low key. Not as extravagant as Adam's other costumes including the cape or the inflatable woman.
06:55 AM on 04/27/12
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Great review man. The last paragraph is spot on. I hope I can make it out to the festival some time.
07:07 AM on 04/27/12
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This was such an awesome show review; big ups to my STYG/MCMB dudes!
07:27 AM on 04/27/12
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This makes me want to live in the New England area.
07:33 AM on 04/27/12
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I don't know how he does it, but Jesse always keeps Adam in check. Even with ToG, Adam didn't wear any goofy outfits that he's known for. Yes he's got the shirt tuxedo on but it's very low key. Not as extravagant as Adam's other costumes including the cape or the inflatable woman.
It's hard to watch their live DVD because of that Dracula-esque cape thing.
07:38 AM on 04/27/12
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It's hard to watch their live DVD because of that Dracula-esque cape thing.
This will always be my favorite:

07:39 AM on 04/27/12
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I went to 2/3 days of the festival and it was great. I too though that Killswitch would do all of Alive or Just Breathing seeing as it was the 10-year anniversary, but it was a fantastic show nonetheless. Almost every band on the second stage was absolutely insane. Bane, Cruel Hand, STYG, The Greenery. When bands like that are in such a small space, mayhem ensues.
07:47 AM on 04/27/12
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This will always be my favorite:

I have never seen that, but this was pretty much my reaction:

07:53 AM on 04/27/12
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I have never seen that, but this was pretty much my reaction:

Oh yes. It was a free for all with Howard. Jesse, however, is no nonsense. It also helps that Jesse looks intimidating lol
07:56 AM on 04/27/12
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Oh yes. It was a free for all with Howard. Jesse, however, is no nonsense. It also helps that Jesse looks intimidating lol
Right? I would be terrified if I accidentally bumped my cart into Jesse's cart if we were shopping somewhere.

Hell, I'd be scared of his beard alone.

(never met the guy, but I'm sure he's nice. hahaha)
07:59 AM on 04/27/12
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Great pictures and review. Nice job as always!
Thank you!
08:00 AM on 04/27/12
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Great review, dude - only wish you could have hit up all the days.

That said, how do you feel about KSE ending with a cover? Granted, it was a hit for them, but it seems a bit odd considering the size of their catalog.
I wish I could have been there every day as well. Maybe next year!

I thought it was kind of a strange choice. I love the cover, but I would have preferred if they started the encore with it and then ended with "My Last Serenade." Small complaint though.
08:01 AM on 04/27/12
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Great review man. The last paragraph is spot on. I hope I can make it out to the festival some time.
Thank you. I hope you can too! The big 15th anniversary is next year!
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