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New England Metal + Hardcore Festival Day 2 – Review and Exclusive Photos

All That Remains / Dragonforce
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Day two of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival marked another consecutive outing of heavy music, rabid fans and the second straight day that paramedics were called in to fix the busted face of a dude in the pit.

The Saturday date of the fest honed a much more diverse lineup of bands than the first day, which seemed to cause more of a division between the hardcore and metal fans. Day 2 started off strong with performances from Hung and Huntress, who both took a more creative approach to the fest. The second stage also featured Massachusetts hardcore heroes Bane as headliners.

The main stage proved to be a consistent assault of quality performances with Periphery, iwrestledabearonce, Unearth, Protest the Hero and Overkill taking the stage in back-to-back slots. The incredibly intense vocal showing from iwrestledabearonce’s Krysta Cameron, the old-school lesson in thrash from Overkill and the stunning musicianship of both Periphery and Protest the Hero were just some of the day’s highlights.

Here’s a kicker that you wrestling fans out there will appreciate. Before and after DragonForce‘s performance, a good portion of the crowd were chanting, “YES! YES! YES!”

The final band of the night and hometown favorites All That Remains closed out the show, with a gigantic surge of fans rushing into the pit as the band’s crew set up their gear. Although All That Remains may not have given the best pure performance of the night, they certainly proved to be the favorite act of the crowd.

Stay tuned for our coverage of the third and final day of the 2012 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, where Killswitch Engage will play their first show with former vocalist Jesse Leach as a full-on member of the band in 10 years.

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