WORCESTER, Mass. Metal phenoms DragonForce will kick off their North American tour at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 21.

The London-based group will release their fifth studio album ‘The Power Within’ – band’s first release with new singer Marc Hudson – just days before the show.

“We are really excited to be playing the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival again, especially as its the North American launch show for the new album, said guitarist Sam Totman. Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see new singer Marc Hudson in action will witness what a great singer he is! Its been a long time since we last played the festival and are looking forward to seeing old friends again and giving everyone a great show.

DragonForce has gained a cult-like status in the metal community, growing from relative unknowns in the United States to an impossible-to-ignore.

The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

The complete lineup for Friday includes The Black Dahlia Murder, The Acacia Strain, Oceano (final show), All Shall Perish, Nile, Skeletonwitch, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Molotov Solution, The Contortionist, Conducting From The Grave, Fit For An Autopsy, Hour of Penance, Legion, Lionheart, First Blood, Gaza, Reign Supreme, Incendiary, Palehorse, Longshot, Rude Awakening, XFocus MindsX, and CDC.

Saturday’s lineup is All That Remains, DragonForce, Overkill, Iwrestledabearonce, Protest the Hero, Periphery, Structures, Elitist, Suidakra, Hung, Diamond Plate, Trumpet The Harlot, Bane, Shipwreck, Cruel Hand, The Mongoloids, God Forbid, Naysayer, Rotting Out, Cockpunch, The Greenery, Expire, Wrong Answer, Revenge, and Manners.

Sunday will close out the weekend with Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, Vanna, For Today, Chelsea Grin, Attila, MyChildren MyBride, Texas In July, Volumes, Like Moths To Flames, The Air I Breathe, Glass Cloud, Sleeping Giant, Stick To Your Guns, On Broken Wings, For The Fallen Dreams, In The Midst Of Lions, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights, Counterparts, Gideon, Fire In The Skies, Recon, and To Speak Of Wolves.

Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices are: $40 (Friday), $45 (Saturday), and $40 (Sunday) or $115 (three-day pass). Two special VIP fan packages are also being offered through Sound Rink (www.soundrink.com).

Sponsors this year include All In Merch, Monster, Tama, Ibanez, Zildjian, Metal Blade Records, Break Thru Music, Shook Clothing, Planet Wave, D’addario, Pro Mark, Evans., In Tune guitar picks, R&D Express, SSV Silver Surfer Vaporizers, and Hails & Horns.

Performers are subject to change.



  • Comment by Sarthos — February 15, 2012 @ 00:29

    First to comment, YAY!!! I suddenly have an irresistable urge to move to New England…
    In all seriousness though, what a line-up! Might i ask something to not only the members of Dragonforce, but the community at large?… Most other metal bands (Specifically Power Metal) have made a song named after the band. (Ex. Freedom Call: Good song, by the way, but can’t hold a candle to the power of the Dragons Flame!) Why have we not yet heard a song called “Dragonforce”, or even a switch of words, like “Force of The Dragons”? The way you guys write music, it would be the most epic song ever to be remembered through the ages of music history, not just metal, but the very force of life!!!………
    I digress too much… I’m behind you guys all the way and have been since “Valley of The Damned”, with no intention of changing, even if the new album bombs, because no matter what others think of it, I will own it and listen to it along with every other song by the most unstoppable band in the world, because you guys alone are writing HISTORY!!!!!! Long Live Dragonforce: The Guardians Of Heaven, Earth, And Everything Epic!

  • Comment by driftman — February 15, 2012 @ 21:36

    OMG I LIVE IN CT!!! (below massachusets, where this is)
    I have been wating for this for a while, as I have never been to a true concert, and Dragonforce would be an EPIC start.

  • Comment by Sarthos — February 26, 2012 @ 20:42

    I withdraw my comment earlier saying “Even If the new album bombs” because the now released single in and of itself could drop armies to its knees…… and anybody disagreeing with me will drop as well when i play it on my keyboard…… Great music written by great people……… Yes………… (to everyone thinking i’m being sarcastic, i’m not. This is serious talk. xBox=Fantasy, Dragonforce=Reality, Rap=Crap. HAHAHA!… oh yes… i went there…)

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