METAL BLADE Celebrates 25th Anniversary At NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE Festival

Scott McLennan of Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports:

When was the last time you heard someone say Worcester has it all over Los Angeles?

Worcester at least has L.A. beat in the minds of metal heads, and that comment came during the second day of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, held Friday and Saturday at the Palladium.

Brian Slagel, founder of Metal Blade Records, was receiving a guitar signed by artists from the record label he launched 25 years ago — and fostered into one of heavy metal's premier imprints — when a rep from ESP Guitars drew the L.A.-Worcester comparison. More telling than the words was the fact that Slagel and the Metal Blade crew opted to celebrate its 25th anniversary in Worcester rather than back home in Los Angeles, where the label was born and is still based.

The second day of Metalfest was given over to Metal Blade, with a couple of dozen bands from the roster filling up Saturday's festival schedule. In testament to the depth and breadth of Metal Blade's catalog, the festival retained its typically broad scope of showcasing various subgenres of metal and hard-core rock, using bands from that one stable.

While the Metal Blade anniversary had the big buzz leading up to the festival, the opening day dazzled in its own right, presenting black metal titans DIMMU BORGIR from Norway and BEHEMOTH from Poland as the cappers to a day of music that began early and ran late.

Read the entire report at Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

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