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mastodon421
04-20-2013, 08:13 PM
Another successful Metal Fest. Sets now, review later

Fit for an Autopsy:
?
The Conqueror
The Juggernaut
New Song
The Jackal

Glass Cloud:
Ivy & Wine
Falling in Style
White Flag
Counting Sheep
If He Dies, He Dies

The Contortionist:
Holomovement
Oscillator
Causality
Geocentric Confusion
Vessel

Within the Ruins:
Terminal
Solace
Versus
I, Blaspheme
Feeding Frenzy
Invade

After the Burial:
My Frailty
Berzerker
A Steady Decline
Wolf Amongst Ravens (new song)
Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Smiles Upon You

Born of Osiris:
Rosecrance
Empires Erased
Ascension
Follow the Signs
Two Worlds of Design
A Solution
Recreate

Terror:
Hard Lessons
Keep Your Mouth Shut
Stick Tight
Lowest of the Low
Out of My Face
Spit My Rage
Overcome
You're Caught
One With the Underdogs
Live by the Code
Keepers of the Faith

Dillinger Escape Plan:
Prancer
Farewell, Mona Lisa
Milk Lizard
Sugar Coated Sour
Panasonic Youth
When I Lost My Bet
Room Full of Eyes
Gold Teeth on a Bum
The Mullet Burden
Sunshine the Werewolf
43% Burnt

mankvill
04-20-2013, 08:59 PM
>going to the bathroom during DEP

what

nbourque
04-20-2013, 09:44 PM
>going to the bathroom during DEP

what

Perfect timing. DEP is the worst band I've ever seen live. Words can't describe how retarded they sound.

mankvill
04-20-2013, 09:59 PM
Perfect timing. DEP is the worst band I've ever seen live. Words can't describe how retarded they sound.

whatever brah, don't hate because it's too smart for you

anomynous
04-20-2013, 10:10 PM
lol at DEP being a bad live band. That's where they shine.

MetalIsArt
04-21-2013, 05:56 AM
whatever brah, don't hate because it's too smart for you

I'll make up for it: they also suck on their records.

300%_Density
04-21-2013, 06:47 AM
Omg

Werst band ever. They scream and I can't understand the words.

nbourque
04-21-2013, 06:59 AM
Dillinger is terrible. Opeth and Terror owned day 2 of the festival.

MetalIsArt
04-21-2013, 07:05 AM
Omg

Werst band ever. They scream and I can't understand the words.

Yeah, I hate screams & grunts, which is why I have tons of material of Morbid Angel, Opeth, Bloodbath, Carcass, Satyricon, Immortal, etc. Both digital & on cd.

Nater
04-21-2013, 07:15 AM
No Opeth set?

mastodon421
04-21-2013, 07:19 AM
>going to the bathroom during DEP

what

Trust me I didn't want to but I was going to piss my pants if I didn't lol. DEP, as usual, fucking destroyed and easily put on the best show of the day imo. A full review will be coming later but let me just say the biggest surprise of the day was Within the Ruins and the biggest disappointment was Terror (It honestly wasen't even on them,they put on a really good show, I just expected complete chaos from the audience and it was relatively tame throughout their whole set.)

PVH5150
04-21-2013, 07:24 AM
No Opeth set?

Same as the previous 2 shows.

Statutory-Mike
04-21-2013, 07:51 AM
Absolutely can't wait to see Dillinger in 6 days from now, I hope it's a similar set, hopefully a bit longer. It'll be time number 7. And Opeth in 8 days, probably will be the same set as they've been playing this entire tour (but I'm so alright with that, it rules).

mastodon421
04-21-2013, 09:16 AM
No Opeth set?

Didn't stay for them, not a fan.

mankvill
04-21-2013, 09:44 AM
Didn't stay for them, not a fan.

OMG

nbourque
04-21-2013, 10:40 AM
Didn't stay for them, not a fan.

Wow. Just wow.

brutal_descent
04-21-2013, 11:15 AM
"why don't you like that thing I like"

El Gordo
04-21-2013, 12:15 PM
Wow. Just wow.

Dude, he was probably just tired. Thus, no need to listen to Opeth! :cool:

llama lom
04-21-2013, 12:24 PM
DEP was easily the best act of the day. Of course I didn't show up until Ensiferum but whatever. I'd never really heard anything by DEP so I was just completely in shock when they started playing. The energy from the crowd and the band was so intense, it was practically an upstairs show on the main stage. Once their set ended, I heard someone say "Well there's no way Opeth's going to top that." In a way they were right.

Now I personally love both the harder and softer songs of Opeth but there were quite a few people around me who were getting pissed at the softer stuff. I can't remember what song it was, but during one of the quieter parts, you could practically hear the crowd talking above the band, which was a fucking shame. Of course the crowd was going wild during the metal parts, but that was to be expected. I personally enjoyed the contrast between songs in the setlist because that's essentially what Opeth is.

hellawaits77ny
04-21-2013, 12:40 PM
"why don't you like that thing I like"

Seriously.

A non-metal elitist doesn't like an elitist band. Big friggin deal.

hellawaits77ny
04-21-2013, 12:41 PM
Wow. Just wow.

Says the dude with 6 posts.

nbourque
04-21-2013, 12:48 PM
Says the dude with 6 posts.

What does this have to do with anything? I've been going to shows for 10 years now.

El Gordo
04-21-2013, 01:07 PM
What does this have to do with anything? I've been going to shows for 10 years now.

Nobody knows who the hell you are and you just come out and start blasting peoples' musical tastes. If you act like a dick, people will treat you as such.

nbourque
04-21-2013, 01:39 PM
Nobody knows who the hell you are and you just come out and start blasting peoples' musical tastes. If you act like a dick, people will treat you as such.

Never blasted anyone's musical tastes. Just stated I thought Dillinger was terrible. To each their own.

hellawaits77ny
04-21-2013, 02:09 PM
What does this have to do with anything? I've been going to shows for 10 years now.

Good for you!!!

And when you say "Wow. Just wow." when someone says they aren't a fan of a band that you're a fan of, yeah, it kind of makes you come off as a dick.

dcmetal108
04-21-2013, 03:25 PM
Good for you!!!

And when you say "Wow. Just wow." when someone says they aren't a fan of a band that you're a fan of, yeah, it kind of makes you come off as a dick.

This.

I just want to hear why the Terror crowd was calm!

nbourque
04-21-2013, 03:43 PM
This.

I just want to hear why the Terror crowd was calm!

First time I've seen terror. I thought the crowd was pretty good. Scott kept telling the crowd to move up in between songs. Lol

ksefog
04-21-2013, 04:27 PM
I'm not too big of a fan of Dillinger, but they put on an intense fucking show, really enjoyed it.

And Opeth was just fucking perfect.

mastodon421
04-21-2013, 05:11 PM
Nobody knows who the hell you are and you just come out and start blasting peoples' musical tastes. If you act like a dick, people will treat you as such.
This. I've given Opeth numerous chances, I just can't get into them. It's not even like I came in here blasting them, all I said was I didn't stay for their set because I'm not a fan:lol:
This.

I just want to hear why the Terror crowd was calm!

In due time sir;) The review will be up tomorrow, it's my birthday today so I haven't had the time to finish it up.

hellawaits77ny
04-21-2013, 05:45 PM
Bummer Terror's crowd was lame. Certsinly different than their crowd when they played upstairs at the 2011 NEMHF. That was beyond insane!!!

mastodon421
04-22-2013, 06:31 PM
My full review:
The Christmas season for New England metalheads is upon us! The 15th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival continued the tradition of excellence and provided me with another joyous day full of heavy music at the infamous Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

My friend and I arrived at The Palladium around 1. Upon our arrival, we caught the last song of Los Angeles folk metal act Hellsot. I didn't catch enough of their set to get a solid opinion on them, but they sounded pretty decent. Another folk metal act Trollfest was the first band I actually caught. Their music was definitely interesting with heavy use of the accordion, banjo and saxophone, but the vocals didn't really click with me. If you like folk metal, these guys are definitely a good time, but they just weren't entirely my bag due to the vocals.

I went and grabbed some merch and got something to eat over the next 45 minutes so the next band I was able to catch was Fit for an Autopsy. This was my second time seeing them and while they're not anything too special, they most definitely good at what they do. They make breakdown-heavy deathcore that is bolstered by strong vocals from Nate Johnson and a clear influence from old-school brutal death metal acts like Suffocation and Dying Fetus. They have a solid stage presence and they were able to get some pretty big pits going even though it was very early in the day. Bonus points for them calling out Asking Alexandria as "the only shitty metal band". Good set and they set a nice tone for the rest of the day.

Glass Cloud hit the the stage next. This was my first time seeing them and I enjoyed their debut record The Royal Thousand so I was naturally pretty excited to check out their set. Their set was in-line with my expectations with a good, energetic set from them. Vocalist Jerry Roush sounded pretty damn good and did his studio vocals justice in a live setting. He also had some weird and hilarious stage moves like doing barrel rolls during the instrumental sections and a plethora of bizarre hand gestures when he was singing. The only thing that bothered me was the tone of the guitar. Josh Travis is a great guitarist, but his pedals and amps sounded flat and out-of-tune for the entire duration of the set. Definitely an enjoyable show from Glass Cloud and I wouldn't mind seeing them again in the future.

I headed upstairs after Glass Cloud finished up at 3:15 hoping that the upstairs stage was running ahead of schedule so I could catch Reflections before The Contortionist went on at 4. Unfortunately that was not the case, City in the Sea was playing their last song when I got upstairs and they sounded pretty decent. I decided to stick around hoping that Reflections would be on after them, but instead it was hometown act Years Since the Storm. I was not particularly impressed with their set. They played an odd combination of death/metal/hardcore with some progressive elements. It was kind of a jumbled mess overall and aside from a few cool riffs here and there and a drummer with some solid chops, I didn't find much to like about Years Since the Storm.

I went back downstairs to catch The Contortionist and out of the four times I've seen them, this was the best. No disrespect to recently departed vocalist Jonathan Carpenter, but fill-in vocalist Mike Lassard of Last Chance to Reason just did a better job with the songs. His clean vocals in particular are better than Carpenter's making slower tracks like "Holomovement" especially impressive in a live setting. In addition to being a stronger vocalist than Carpenter, Lassard is a more lively stage presence giving the band a more energetic and immense vibe than the previous three times I'd seen them with Carpenter at the helm. I'm hoping The Contortionist can find someone as good as Lassard to be their new permanent vocalist. The band was spot-on musically as always and hearing them finally play "Vessel" live was badass. Another excellent set from The Contortionist and I wish them luck in their search for a new vocalist.

Within the Ruins hit the stage next and god damn I did not except them to be this good. It's hard to believe this is the same band that opened Summer Slaughter 2011 with a decent albeit unremarkable performance. This go-round could not be any more different, they absolutely killed it. Their set was full of infectious energy, huge pits and the band was just having a whole lot of fun on stage. The biggest improvement from was the vocals of Tim Goregen , which I've never been the biggest fan of, but he was great yesterday. It's also awesome to watch their guitarist Joe Cochi play live. He hits all the crazy guitar acrobatics with the same precision as on record and it's just a thrill to watch. Within the Ruins was without a doubt the pleasant surprise of the day and I can only hope their live show maintains its quality the next time I see them.

After the Burial was up next and they completely destroyed. These guys impressed the hell out of me at Warped Tour last summer and managed to impress even more with their performance yesterday. I don't know what it is exactly, but their music just hits really hard in a live setting. My favorite song by them, "Berzerker", was particularly mind-blowing and somehow managed to be even more impressive than the flawless studio version. Even songs like "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Smiles Upon You" which I don't love on record, were amazing live. Their vocalist Anthony Notarmaso is just an absolute beast with a dynamic stage presence that sets them apart from a lot of other bands in the genre while the band is amongst the tightest I've ever seen musically. They also played a new song entitled "Wolf Amongst Ravens" which is better than a majority of In Dreams and sees the Meshuggah-esque grooves of Rareform making a glorious return into their music. I talked to Anthony after the show (extremely nice guy by the way, very appreciative of his fans and genuinely cares what you have to say) and he said the record is about 75% done and they just have to track drums on the last two tracks and all of the vocals and that it should be out sometime in the fall. If "Wolf Amongst Ravens" is any indicator, we should be looking at one of the finest records of 2013. Another amazing set from After the Burial and I will try my hardest to catch them whenever they play in Massachusetts.

Another Sumerian Records act, Born of Osiris, was up next. Well not quite up to par with the previous time I saw them at Metal Fest in 2011, they we're definitely better than they were at Warped Tour last summer. Ronnie Canizaro was a lot more energetic and sounded a lot sharper vocally than the last time I saw them and the setlist was better by a pretty decent margin. Save for the "Rosecrance/Empires Erased" opener, the rest of the set was strictly songs from The Discovery, which was completely awesome since that is easily my favorite Born of Osiris record. I was stoked to finally hear "Two Worlds of Design" and "A Solution" live and "Recreate" and "Ascension" were just as good as the previous times I'd seen them. Born of Osiris is always a good time live and I'm excited to see them for a fourth time at Mayhem Fest in July.

After Born of Osiris, I was stuck in a conundrum between watching a few songs of Ensiferum on the main stage or head upstairs early to make sure I could get a spot for Terror (Two years ago, they stopped letting people in for Terror's set because it was dangerously overcrowded.) Despite the fact that I am fan of Ensiferum and wanted to check out their set, I decided to be safe and go upstairs and not chance missing Terror. Unfortunately, this decision lead me to seeing Alpha & Omega. These dudes might be the most mediocre hardcore band I've ever heard. They didn't really have much energy and all of their songs lacked the punch that's needed for hardcore to work. Alpha & Omega was just kind of there and their set was wholly forgettable.

It was finally time for Terror to hit the stage. Terror has been amongst my favorite hardcore bands for years and I was so stoked to finally get to see them live, thankfully their stage show delivered. Scott Vogel is an absolute madman on stage running around like a crazy person and just putting everything he has into the performance. Their performance had all the energy and passion that it does on record. There was just one problem with their set: the crowd was shockingly tame. For all the energy Terror was giving off, the crowd didn't even come close to reciprocating it. Vogel's pleas for the crowd to pick it up and move closer to the stage went largely unmet. Of course pits we're still occurring, but they were relatively small and absolutely not big enough for a band like Terror that demands high levels of crowd intensity. Terror definitely put on a great performance, it was just missing the crazy crowd reception that are needed for hardcore shows to thrive.

After Terror wrapped up the upstairs stage for the day, it was time to head back downstairs where Katatonia had just started their set. I've never been into Katatonia and their performance did nothing to sway my opinion. They are undeniably talented band (quite a few songs had some pretty sick solos in them and their vocalist has a pretty good voice), I just find their music to be stagnant and it's simply just not my bag. The crowd definitely disagreed with me big time as they got an excellent reception. I appreciated the musicianship Katatonia has to offer, but their music does nothing for me.

The night came to an end for me with the band I was most excited to see on the day: the mighty Dillinger Escape Plan. Every time you see a Dillinger Escape Plan show you don't what the fuck you're going to get into and this was absolutely the craziest out of the four times I've seen them. Dillinger came barreling onto the stage with "Prancer" from their upcoming record One of Us Is the Killer and just destroyed the stage for fifty minutes nonstop only stopping for about a minute in the middle of the set Ben Weinman to thank the crowd and Greg Puiciato to yell the title of the other new song they played (I couldn't make out what he said to be honest.) Puciato and Weinman did multiple stage dives (there is a rail downstairs, but that didn't stop them) and other various crazy things such as Puiciato performing an entire song on someone's head and ending the set by throwing a couple of Billy Rymer's cymbals around the stage. The crowd was every bit as crazy as Dillinger feeding off the band's insane energy with large pits and crowd surfers galore, it was a truly glorious sight to behold. No one creates chaos in a live setting like the Dillinger Escape Plan and you don't want to look away for a second when they are on the stage. These guys are the epitome of live chaos and remain one of the most elite live acts in all of metal. I am looking forward to see these guys raise hell yet again on Summer Slaughter in August. Dillinger capped off another amazing Metal Fest for me and I'm looking forward to what organizer Scott Lee puts together for the 16th incarnation of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in 2014.

Scores:
TrollfesT 5/10
Fit for an Autopsy 7.5/10
Glass Cloud 7.5/10
Years Since the Storm 4/10
The Contortionist 8.5/10
Within the Ruins 8.5/10
After the Burial 9/10
Born of Osiris 8/10
Alpha & Omega 5/10
Terror 8/10
Katatonia 5/10
The Dillinger Escape Plan 9.5/10

energymetal14
04-22-2013, 09:08 PM
Glad to hear Saturday was awesome! Wish I could have been there. Bummer that the crowd didn't go wild for Terror. I've only been to this fest twice (the past 2 years) and the upstairs crowd has seemed calm compared to other hardcore shows I have been to. Maybe its because there are a lot of casual fans at the fest? I don't know, but I had the same experience with Bane last year. When I saw them later in the year with Terror, though, the crowd went wild.

nbourque
04-23-2013, 04:24 AM
Ill agree with you about the Terror set. The crowd did seem pretty tame. I was towards the back right against the bar and the people around me weren't moving at all. How close were you to the stage?

mastodon421
04-23-2013, 04:45 AM
Glad to hear Saturday was awesome! Wish I could have been there. Bummer that the crowd didn't go wild for Terror. I've only been to this fest twice (the past 2 years) and the upstairs crowd has seemed calm compared to other hardcore shows I have been to. Maybe its because there are a lot of casual fans at the fest? I don't know, but I had the same experience with Bane last year. When I saw them later in the year with Terror, though, the crowd went wild.

I've noticed the same thing, I think a lot of the hxC kids that go wild for bands like Terror just stay away from Metal Fest unless the lineup is completely loaded with hardcore bands (like it was the day Terror played two years when Biohazard/Blood for Blood headlined.)

hellawaits77ny
04-23-2013, 05:22 AM
So suprising about Terror upstairs. When I saw them at NEMHF 2011 they played upstairs, and it was fucking insane. Probably 2nd most intense performance I've ever been to. They overpacked that room badly, and it had to be 115 degrees. Scott demanded that people start diving off the top of the speaker that hangs sort of over the stage. Within minutes it looked like fuckin D-Day. Person after person started jumping off that damn thing. Some dumbass young chick Swanton Bombed herself off the speaker, problem was, no one caught her and she landed on the back of her head. Out fucking cold. No one stopped moshing. My buddy snatched her up and brought her outside to staff, thankfully she was ok. I then get sucker punched in the face moshing, and the pussy took off. Hurt to chew for about a week! And the crowd didn't stop for the entire performance. There were still divers during the last song. Thank God I had about 6 Stoli O + Sugar Free Monsters before, kept me going.

Very cool review though man, as always. Glad you enjoyed the show. And very good point about why the crowd may have been tame. Biohazard/Blood For Blood/Hatebreed/Terror in 2011. That's a lot o' hardcore right there!

mastodon421
04-23-2013, 07:20 AM
Ill agree with you about the Terror set. The crowd did seem pretty tame. I was towards the back right against the bar and the people around me weren't moving at all. How close were you to the stage?

Not too close, I was right next to the soundboard.

nbourque
04-23-2013, 09:30 AM
Not too close, I was right next to the soundboard.

Ahh ok. You weren't too far from me then. I would have liked to have been closer but it was pretty packed.

XDoomsayerX
04-23-2013, 11:10 AM
So suprising about Terror upstairs. When I saw them at NEMHF 2011 they played upstairs, and it was fucking insane. Probably 2nd most intense performance I've ever been to. They overpacked that room badly, and it had to be 115 degrees. Scott demanded that people start diving off the top of the speaker that hangs sort of over the stage. Within minutes it looked like fuckin D-Day. Person after person started jumping off that damn thing. Some dumbass young chick Swanton Bombed herself off the speaker, problem was, no one caught her and she landed on the back of her head. Out fucking cold. No one stopped moshing. My buddy snatched her up and brought her outside to staff, thankfully she was ok. I then get sucker punched in the face moshing, and the pussy took off. Hurt to chew for about a week! And the crowd didn't stop for the entire performance. There were still divers during the last song. Thank God I had about 6 Stoli O + Sugar Free Monsters before, kept me going.

Very cool review though man, as always. Glad you enjoyed the show. And very good point about why the crowd may have been tame. Biohazard/Blood For Blood/Hatebreed/Terror in 2011. That's a lot o' hardcore right there!

:eek: Yup sounds like a legit hardcore show!

Also, nice review Mastodon. DEP is pure violence and chaos live. :drool: