Tour de Force



New England Metal & hardcore FestIt’s the biggest weekend of the year for metal fans in the Northeast, as the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival gets ready to begin. This year’s lineup features a wide array of top-tier metal bands spread across 2 days and 3 stages — All That Remains headline Friday and Lamb of God headline Saturday, with pretty much every band ever playing at some point throughout the fest. Bands I’m personally the most psyched to see: The Haunted, Psycroptic, Sylosis, Burning Human, After the Burial, BTBAM, Bison B.C., Veil of Maya, Cattle Decapitation, The Destro, Animals as Leaders, Iwrestledabearonce, All Shall Perish, God Forbid, Lamb of God and Conducting From the Grave. And that’s just a small sampling of all the action that’s going down. Check out this handy-dandy day-by-day and stage-by-stage schedule, put together by loyal MS die-hard Leo F.!

For those interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes, we highly recommend the industry panels taking place on Friday at the nearby (as in half a block from The Palladium) Hilton. Check out the awesome list of panelists after the jump, which includes heavy-hitters from every facet of the industry (record labels, agents, managers, promoters, artists, producers, etc). Make sure you RSVP at

Yours truly and original MS-contributor Van Arseface will be carrying the MetalSucks torch this time around. I’ll be live-tweeting the event and panels so all ya’ll can follow along at home / in the office. If you’re going too, see you in Woosta!

Session One: Metal During a Recession (1:00 – 1:30)
– Brian Slagel, Chairman/CEO of Metal Blade Records
– Ash Avildsen, TKO Booking/ Sumerian Records/Summer Slaughter Tour
– Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, Artist Manager for Mercenary Management/Bassist, Ozzy Osbourne
– Scott Lee, MassConcerts/Organizer of New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
– Jason Rudolph, Artist Manager for Heavy Hitter (Daath, The Chariot, IWrestledABearOnce)
– Zeuss, Producer/Mixer (Shadows Fall, Chimaira)

Session Two: Breaking Into the Industry (1:45 – 2:15)
– Bram Teitelman, Radio Promotion for The Syndicate/Editor for
– Jody Dankburg, Director of Marketing and Artist Relations for Washburn/Randall/Eden/Parker
– Scott Givens, Vice President of Metal for E1 Entertainment
– Mike Martin, Guitarist for All That Remains
– Amy Sciarretto, Director of Publicity for Roadrunner Records
– Josh Smith, Talent Buyer for MassConcerts
– Will Putney, Producer/Engineer at The Machine Shop

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