INTERVIEW: Scott Lee on the Return of The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival


Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Scott Lee to catch fans up on the return of the legendary New England Metal and Hardcore Festival at the Worcester Palladium! It takes place September 15th and 16th 2023, and is headlined by Parkway Drive, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, and many more! Scott gave a preview of the festival, discussed all the extra cool stuff going on this year, took a stroll down memory lane of NEMHCF of years past, and talked about Jamey Jasta’s importance to Metal and Hardcore historeeeeeeee!

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CONCERT REVIEW: Helloween – Hammerfall Live at The Worcester Palladium


 

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this show for months since its announcement. Helloween and Hammerfall: two staples of the Power Metal movement invaded the Worcester Palladium on a warm clear night. When I arrived, enthusiastic metal heads were wrapped around the building and down the block. After I got my credentials and ventured inside and waited for the show to start.

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Watch God Forbid Perform “Chains Of Humanity” Live at Blue Ridge Rock Fest 2022


 

After making their triumphant return at Blue Ridge Rock Festival God Forbid will kickoff 2023 with two shows in their old-stomping grounds! The will play at their home state Starland Ballroom, followed by a gig at the Worcester Palladium. Direct support on both shows will come from Bleeding Through. Tickets are on sale now, with both shows expected to sell out. The band will also host a meet and greet at QXT in Newark, NJ on January 6th. Now you can watch pro-shot video of the band performing “Chains of Humanity” live at Blue Ridge.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Killswitch Engage – Live At The Palladium


An interesting release from Killswitch Engage, metalcore royalty who at the beginning of 2020 had just commenced touring their latest album Atonement. But found themselves heading home as the pandemic struck, licking their wounds and unable to take one of their strongest records out on the road, for shows that included support from former vocalist Howard Jones’s band Light The Torch; Atonement featuring the crushing track (‘The Signal Fire’) which saw Jones trading vocals with current (and original) singer Jesse Leach, and the tour providing the perfect opportunity for both frontmen to hit the stage together. Continue reading


CONCERT REVIEW: Dragonforce – Firewind – Visions of Atlantis – Seven Spires: Live at Worcester Palladium


October 9th, 2009. That was the last time I saw Dragonforce live, with Sonata Arctica and Taking Dawn so needless to say, I was very excited for this show… in the same venue as last time, no less! Added only to the fact that this tour has been on the minds of everyone that originally planned to see it last year when Unleash The Archers were on the bill, but we now have Firewind, Visions of Atlantis, and New England based titans Seven Spires to look forward to. Let’s stop wasting time and get into this symphonic and power-metal night of fun.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Shadows Fall – Unearth – Darkest Hour – Within The Ruins – Sworn Enemy – Carnivora: Live at The Worcester Palladium


I pull up to the parking lot of the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s been two years and a couple of months since the last time I was at one of these things. One 40 ounce of malt liquor is disposed of while sitting in a warm car as ice and rain pounds away on the roof. Must make my way inside and show no weakness. My body has been in a state of mosh retirement for too long and there’s no telling how I’ll fare in a sea of savage longhairs.Continue reading


CONCERT REVIEW: Tech N9ne – Rittz – King Iso – Jehry and More – Live at Worcester Palladium


Strange Music. Always a good time, always fun memories, and always something special when they come to the The Strange New World Tour was supposed to come around in 2020, but obviously was postponed and had a bit of a lineup change due to the change of schedule. Originally it was going to be Tech N9ne, Jelly Roll, King Iso, Maez 301, and Jehry Robinson. The tour that came to be is without Jelly Roll and was switched out with former Strange Music artist Rittz, who now has founded his own record label called Whenever Tech N9ne and CNT Records, the rest of the tour has remained the same… kind of, more on that in a minute.

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Shadows Fall Announces Reunion Show for Later This Year


Legendary Metal band Shadows Fall have announced a one-off reunion show at their home venue, the recently renovated Worcester Palladium, for December 18th, 2021. Direct support will come from a hand picked lineup of Unearth, Darkest Hour, Within the Ruins, Sworn Enemy, and Carnivora! VIP Packages On-sale Wednesday, 6/23@ 10am est. general admission tickets On-Sale Friday, 6/25 @ 10am est. get them at Tickets are on sale now at the link below!

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CONCERT REVIEW: Dax – HunnaV: Live at The Worcester Palladium


Rap and Hip Hop, not what you’d expect from us here at Ghost Cult, but we cover independent artists here as well as a major label! And the “It’s Different Now” Tour is quite literally the definition of an independent tour. Let’s dive into this, shall we….Continue reading


Rock and Shock Festival Disbands


Sad news on the Festival and Convention front as the long-running Rock and Shock Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts has disbanded after 15 years. The announcement was made in a post to social media about the festival canceling all further festivals. The fest paired the best Horror convention and concert series in the USA and made use of both the famous Worcester Palladium venue and the convention center at the DCU Center up the block. Ghost Cult covered many Rock N Shock fests which featured incredible conventions, horror celebrities, amazing vendors , indie films, headliners such as Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Disturbed, Danzig (including a pre-reunion Misfits headline set with Doyle), ICP, Ministry, GWAR, King Diamond, Type O Negative, Lordi, Disturbed, Mushroomhead, Voivod, Amorphis, Twiztid, Dark Tranquility, Hatebreed, Devildriver, Motionless In White, Death Grips, Superjoint, Wednesday 13, Sabaton, Prong, Witch Mountain, Sanctuary, Soilwork, OTEP, Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Cavalera, Conspiracy, Anthrax, Overkill, Misfits, and more!Continue reading