WORCESTER, Mass. – The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and Break Thru Music are teaming up to give a local New England band a chance of a lifetime to play at this year’s 13th annual festival.

Break Thru Music is a new company dedicated to offering upcoming bands a shot playing in front of packed-houses while opening for nationally-known bands.

Break Thru Music will host a series of five shows at the Webster in Hartford, Conn., where bands will complete for a slot on the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 13. This competition is the only way a local band can earn a spot at the festival. More information on Break Thru Music and the competitions is available at

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Thursday, April14 through Saturday, April 16 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

The lineup for Thursday is: Attack Attack!, Vanna, MyChildren MyBride, Our Last Night, Stray from the Path, Arsonist Get All The Girls, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Lions Lions, Armor For The Broken, This Or the Apocalypse, I, the Breather, Across The Sun, Too Late The Hero, Attila, A Plea For Purging, Dr. Acula, The Crimson Armada, Legacy, Counterparts, Legion, An Early Ending, Vemia, and Capitals.

Bands scheduled for Friday are: Biohazard, Blood for Blood, Bury Your Dead, Terror, Winds of Plague, Cruel Hand, Your Demise, Thy Will Be Done, This Is Hell, The Carrier, Suffokate, Born Low, Murder Death Kill, Stick To Your Guns, Trapped Under Ice, Lionheart, Shai Hulud, Close Your Eyes, Legend, Monsters, The World We Knew, The Great Commission, The Greenery, Hundredth, King Conquer, and Betrayal.

Saturday’s lineup is: Hatebreed, Between the Buried and Me, Oceano, Carnifex, Born of Osiris, Job For A Cowboy, Times Of Grace, The Ocean, Dying Fetus, Skeletonwitch, Lazarus A.D., Beneath The Massacre, The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, 3 Inches Of Blood, Within the Ruins, The Contortionist, Volumes, Molotov Solution, Nails, Hung, Sons of Aurelius, A Life Once Lost, Confrontation, Last Chance To Reason, Burning the Masses, Cephalic Carnage, Revocation, Structures, Withered, and Wretched.

Monster Energy is the official energy drink of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 13. All In Merch is the official merchandise company and Hails & Horns is the official magazine.

Metal Blade Records, Atticus Black, D’Addario Strings and Evans Drumheads are also sponsors of this year’s festival. Break Thru Music ( is hosting series of events for bands to complete for a slot on the festival. Mazur PR coordinates media inquiries and Metal Injection supplies fans with videos and interviews at for a preview of all the bands. Jeremy Saffer from and Aaron Peppelis from provide all the official festival photos. This year the festival has also teamed up with a charity called Rise Above ( to help children in Massachusetts get funding for them to learn instruments, play sports and go to events.

Doors open at 1 p.m. on Thursday and the festival will run from 1 to 10:45 p.m. Doors open at noon on Friday and Saturday, with the shows running from noon to 12:45 a.m. It is an all-ages event.

Tickets for Thursday cost $25. Friday and Saturday individual day tickets cost $35. A 3-day ticket costs $89 with a discounted rate of $69 if purchased before February 15. All tickets go on sale Friday, February 4 at 10 a.m. at FYE Stores, online at or (800) 477-6849.


Performers are subject to change.




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