New England Metal and Hardcore Festival ***FRIDAY ONLY*** feat. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
The Red Chord, Cavalera Conspiracy, Corrosion of Conformity - Blind, Jasta, Code Orange, Overcast, On Broken Wings, Fit For An Autopsy, The Atlas Moth, The Banner, Black Mask, Homewrecker, Discourse, Phinehas, Downpour, Boris The Blade, Within The Ruins, Begat The Nephilim
261 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608
Doors 3:00 PM
This event is all ages
Between The Buried And Me
The Red Chord
Guy Kozowyk - vocals
Mike McKenzie (Gunface) - guitar/vocals
Greg Weeks - bass
Jonny Fay - guitar
Brad Fickeisen - drums
Intelligent, thought out metal, where the technicality and heavy factor are set on Œ10¹ without the cheesy stigmas of death metal. A breakdown will show up every now and then, but the true power of this band relies in their original licks and speed. "Like a Train Through a Pigeon" is blastbeat into hyper-thrash into blastbeat with a couple breakdowns thrown in that are easily Hatebreed¹s Harvard graduate of a cousin in execution. Especially on the track "Catalepsy," the listener is sucker-punched in the face with a sickening breakdown around the 1:20 mark--their missing front teeth serves as evidence. Production is a per! fect compliment to the style.
Those who have survived a car crash will always remember those feelings from the immediate aftermath: anxiety, fear, shock, bewilderment and an overwhelming adrenaline rush igniting all of their senses. When heavy objects collide unexpectedly there are always passengers whose perception of reality undergoes a sudden transformation.
Blunt Force Trauma, the pulverizing new album from Cavalera Conspiracy, is the musical evocation (and possibly even the literal equivalent!) of those sensations. Abrupt, hyper-charged and possessed of some of the fiercest riffage and percussive bombardment of the Brazilian born Cavalera brothers' storied career, it's a sophomore-slump defying declaration that the Cavalera Conspiracy was no mere one-off, fluke or temporary side-project.
"If you liked the first Cavalera Conspiracy album you're going to love this one," promises vocalist / guitarist Max Cavalera. "It's more brutal. It's more in-your-face. 'Blunt force trauma' is the feeling you get when you hear it!"
An invigorating mixture of the speed and aggression of Slayer, the urgency and willpower of seminal hardcore like Minor Threat and the heaviness and musical prowess of Cavalera Conspiracy's Inflikted debut, Blunt Force Trauma is eleven tracks of intense, powerful and jarringly immediate metal with punk attitude and venomous spirit.
Iggor Cavalera's performance is an instant reminder as to why he's long been recognized as a drumming icon in the scene. Stomping, multi-dimensional and full of the rich experiences he's had with a variety of ethnic percussion and within the world of hard-driving and pulse-pounding DJ work, the preeminence of what Max's brother lays down on Blunt Force Trauma is undeniable. Bassist Johny Chow(Fireball Ministry) and lead guitarist Mark Rizzo (Soulfly) have a chance to show off how touring behind the first Cavalera Conspiracy album gelled things as a band.
Max's riffs are as jagged edged, authentic and deliberate as they've been for decades and his lyrics match them in turn as he screams about historical warriors in "Genghis Khan" and a very hard-to-kill Russian in "Rasputin." The album's opener, "Warlord" (which festival audiences got to hear last year), is an immediate call to metal arms.
"Because we had a band that had already played together for so long we were really tight and we really knew where we were going with this album," Max reports. "We just blasted song after song everyday in the studio."
Cavalera Conspiracy was created following a decade long silence between Max and Iggor, the two brothers who formed the legendarily trailblazing heavy metal band Sepultura as teenagers together in 1984. Across six studio albums the Brazilian punishers perfected the art of darkness (look no further than thrash classics like Beneath the Remains and Arise) while exploring the underbelly of third world political issues and broadening the genre's horizons with an exploration of indigenous culture, culminating with the landmark Roots album in 1996.
Max left the band acrimoniously in December of that year and quickly formed Soulfly whose seven albums have garnered worldwide success and acclaim. His brother stayed in Sepultura for a few more albums before splitting himself in January, 2006. A few months later the phone rang. It was Iggor calling Max to set aside the bullshit that had pursued them both in the press during the ten year period since they had last spoken.
Less than two years later the metal world was turned upside by the debut album from Cavalera Conspiracy.
A bold testament to the talent and power these two possess together, Cavalera Conspiracy’s debut album saw the brothers joined by Rizzo and Gojira's Joe Duplantier on bass, whose schedule kept him from touring. With Chow now his full-time replacement and producer (and former Soulfly guitarist) Logan Mader at the helm Blunt Force Trauma somehow ups the ante from the already beyond impressive Inflikted. "Logan is really great to record with. He's done some really amazing records with Devildriver and Gojira." Drums were recorded at a studio in Los Angeles called The Lair ("huge doors, accents on the walls; it looked like an old castle") with the rest of the work happening at Mader's Hollywood studio.
With some of the darkest thrash riffery since Sepultura's early bombast on Morbid Visions and Schizophrenia combined with the punk attitude that has always been present (emblematic in the way the brothers have always embraced everything from Black Flag to Agnostic Front, whose singer Roger Miret guests on "Lynch Mob") there's no denying the power and majesty of Cavalera Conspiracy and the magic that inevitably happens when Max and Iggor get together.
"I write riffs all of the time and when I'm writing I don't know if they're going to be for Soulfly or for Cavalera, to tell you the truth. I just write them and put them on a CD," Max says. "But later I listen to the demos and I pick which song is going to go with each because I know by the way of the riff and the rhythm which ones will be better for Iggor to play. I know when I'm listening to which ones will go with Soulfly and which ones will go with Iggor."
At a 2010 festival in Brazil Max was able to hang with Iggor's family, meeting some of his kids for the first time. "I visited his hotel room with his whole family there and saw everybody," he says. "I spend as much time with him as I can. Sometimes on that last tour we'd just go on the back of the bus and just hang out for a couple hours and just talk about our past, our present and our future, you know? It's just really great having him back. And it's really cool that we hear from other people in bands. People tell us they are happy to see me and Iggor back together. That makes me very happy, too.”
"It feels amazing to work with my brother Max again. I think this second album solidifies us more as a band and separates us from all this one shot projects,” Iggor commented. “After touring all over the globe with Cavalera Conspiracy, it was time to write some new stuff and I am very proud of this release. Blood is thicker than anything!"
Max Cavalera is very forthright about the fact that Cavalera Conspiracy is a metal band. "Cavalera is super metal, it's supposed to be metal, it's not supposed to have anything else but metal and hardcore in it. The new album is even heavier and more aggressive than the first one." While that's all of course true and metal is known to be a very aggressive and sometimes negative genre, there's an overwhelming positivity surrounding the Cavalera story.
"I wanted Cavalera Conspiracy to continue because that's my way of seeing Iggor and playing with Iggor and to continue my music legacy with him," Max says. "It's a perfect time for us. We've been getting along great - really, really awesome. That festival in Brazil for like 100,000 people was one of the best shows I've done in my entire career. It's just killer to play with Iggor again. I really, really enjoy playing with him."
Corrosion of Conformity - Blind
On Broken Wings
The Boston 5-piece known as On Broken Wings formed in early 2001. On Broken Wings play heavy, heavy music and have been compared to groups like Converge, Poison The Well, Every Time I die, Eighteen Visions, Glassjaw, and more.
OBW pride themselves on their competent live shows, giving them a chance to feature the more original aspects of their sound.
On Broken Wings has released a CD with Eulogy entitled SOME OF US MAY NEVER SEE THE WORLD.
OBW are currently recording their forthcoming CD for Eulogy at Big Blue Meenie in NJ. The CD will hit stores in June 05.
Fit For An Autopsy
The Atlas Moth
The Atlas Moth have carefully perfected their signature blend of bone-shaking heaviness and overwhelming urgency, adding in startling moments of clarity that allow the melodies to shine through the mire. Their swamp-worthy sludge epics are heavier than sin, a call for cleansing and nothing short of brutally honest.
From the state that brought you The Misfits, Thursday, My Chemical Romance and For the Love of comes one of New Jersey's newest and strongest outfits, THE BANNER, who have come to claim their place at the top of the heavy music mountain. Like a constantly evolving. mutating monster from the late night creature features, the Banner crushes stereotypes of what horror rock is and should be.
THE BANNER's schizophrenic blend of hardcore, punk and black metal flavor blasted its way into the New Jersey hardcore scene in 2000, and have since rocketed their way to the top tier of northeastern hardcore bands. From gut wrenching, metal tinged ballads, to bone crushing, mosh-laden breakdowns, the band seamlessly blends their influences into a finely honed and unique sound. Known through out the tri-state area for their insane live shows, the band earned spots on The Warped Tour and Skate and Surf fest as well as opening spots for many of the nations premier hardcore, punk and metal acts including Poison the well, My Chemical Romance, Bleeding Through, Eighteen Visions, Death By stereo, Throwdown, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust, A Static Lullaby and many others.
During the span of their existence, fans of the band have become accustomed to blood drenched insanity on the stage. The band is adept at drawing in a crowd, balancing the serious and aggressive lyrics of charismatic singer Joey Southside with a sense of fun and audience inclusion that blurs the line between band and audience.
The energy The Banner brings to the live environment can also be found in their collected recordings. After recording a widely circulated demo, the band released their first ep, "Posthumous"(2004) on Blackout! Records. The songs exhibited both heavy and melodic elements that blend together into unique, energetic hardcore anthems, with Joey providing horror-themed lyrics as metaphors for intensely personal musings. The band further honed their sound on following recordings, including a split with Dead Wrong on War Machine Records (2004), and a full length on Blackout!, titled "Your Murder Mix Tape"(2004). Following this, the band chose to finish their contract on Blackout! With a more experimental piece, a 32 minute song that allowed for guitarists Garrett Defalco and Chris "Beef" Leboeuf to expand their musical range, while the rhythm section of Ian Mullen (drums) and Fingerz (bass) provided both Neurosis-inspired pounding and more ethereal, light moments within the span of the piece.
The present and the future for the Banner continues to look bright. With their recent release of 'Each Breath Haunted', their Ferret debut, The Banner has unleashed their monster on the music scene. They'll be supporting 'Each Breath...' with rigorous touring through 2005 and 2006... Look for the Banner on tour in your local graveyard soon!
Black Mask is a four piece chaotic, hardcore, grind band from Punxsutawney, PA.
South Carolina straight edge hardcore, formed in 2011.
Phinehas was formed with a simple purpose: to be a band of Christians that brings the hope of Jesus to the hopeless and rejected. Though the line-up has changed over the years, the root of the band has only grown. From their first 10-day tour in 2010 to their 121 shows in 2012, Phinehas has been sharing their story and building relationships across the US. They want the people they meet on the road to walk away feeling loved for who they are no matter where they may be in life.
Musically, when Phinehas' debut full-length "thegodmachine" was released in 2011, they caught the ears of critics and metalheads across the globe. From the shreddy riffs and the sassy solos to the versatile vocals and the pounding drums, "thegodmachine" brought a freshness to a scene that was suffering from the over-saturation the digital age has wrought. The mustaches they donned in one of their promotional photos even inspired a fan to coin Phinehas' music as "mustache metal". They released three music videos from their debut that have accumulated over 1.2 million views combined. Their January 2013 EP "The Bridge Between", featuring both full-band songs and stripped-down acoustic arrangements, showcased the diversity of their musical interests and abilities. Since becoming a full-time national act in the summer of 2011, Phinehas has been touring extensively around the country in support of these two releases with bands such as WRITE THIS DOWN, TO SPEAK OF WOLVES, FAMOUS LAST WORDS, RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA, SPOKEN, THE PARAMEDIC, DESIGN THE SKYLINE, CHALLENGER, IT LIES WITHIN, A PAST UNKNOWN, and more.
Now, 2 years following their debut on Red Cord Records, Phinehas is ready to push themselves even further with their sophomore effort "The Last Word Is Yours To Speak". Under the pressure of having to follow up their critically-acclaimed debut, Phinehas delivered in a big way. Their new album ups the ante of metal in every aspect. It's faster, it's heavier, its production value is top-notch, and it will be stuck in your head from the first listen. With this new record and their relentlessly energetic live performances, Phinehas is ready to carve their niche in the music industry for good.
Boris The Blade
Thanks to their balls-to-wall brand of technical deathcore, Melbourne's BORIS THE BLADE have earned a reputation amongst fans worldwide for being Australia's most violently heavy metal act.
The release of their debut EP 'Tides of Damnation' in 2011 on RTD Records marked the beginning of the bands rapid ascent to the top tier of the Australian brutal music scene. The EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes metal chart, culminating in national tours and support slots for international metal acts - and Australia's own Parkway Drive – all within the bands first 6 months of existence.
The success of the EP was followed up with extensive touring, including supporting Obey The Brave (CAN), All Shall Perish (USA), Thy Art Is Murder (AUS) and Bleeding Through (USA) on their final Australian tour.
2014 sees BORIS THE BLADE sign with Siege of Amida / Century Media for the worldwide release of their debut LP 'The Human Hive', as the band takes their live assault global.
Within The Ruins
"Recognizing the talent and passion of Massachusetts natives, WITHIN THE RUINS, it’s no wonder Victory Records added them to its growing roster. This quintet is armed with a unique take on blending technology and metal together to write music that sets their band apart from the numerous metal bands today. WITHIN THE RUINS have mastered their technique of bringing breakdowns, riffs, tempo and a dash of personality together in order to form one cohesive entity. The development of WITHIN THE RUINS first began in 2002. That was when founding members Joe Cocchi (Guitar) and Drummer (Drums) began taking a more serious approach and started heading out on the road, doing DIY tours from 2006-2009. At that point in time the lineup was comprised of Tim Goergen (Vocals), Mike Beaujean (Bass), and Kyle Marcoux (Guitar), in addition to Cocchi and Drummer. As things progressed for the band, January of 2010 brought change when Jay Van Schelt (Guitar) was brought in to replace Marcoux; this change refueled the band to write their best record to date entitled INVADE." - last.fm