As reported earlier, the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival (presented by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps) will return once again to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. for its 8th edition this year. Friday April 28 tickets are $35.00, Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30 individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are on sale now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at www.tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. Proclaimed in past years as one of the best American festivals focusing on heavy music, the three-day show will host numerous metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands along with a jam-packed vendor area where fans can purchase hard-to-find CDs, t-shirts, and other music merchandise. ESP Guitars will be giving away guitars and Krank Amps will be giving away amps and even a half stack. As the festival approaches, there will also be a schedule of artist signings and other surprises. "If you decide to go to only one fest this year, this should be it," says Revolver Magazine and MetalJudgment.com calls it "...hands down, the best metal fest in the world." The show will once again take place on two stages at The Palladium. Bands that have already been confirmed for the festival are: Lacuna Coil, Gamma Ray, DragonForce (first time EVER in America!), Arch Enemy, Chimaira, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bullet For My Valentine, Exodus, Cryptopsy, 100 Demons, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Bloodline Calligraphy, Bronx Casket Company, Byzantine, Caliban, Cattle Decapitation, Colin Of Arabia, Damnation AD, Dead To Fall, Death Threat, Demiricous, Dying Eyes Bleed, Ed Gein, Embrace The End, Folly, Full Blown Chaos, Goat Horn, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Horse The Band, Hypersolid, If Hope Dies, Immolation, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Ion Dissonance, Ligeia, Losa, Mercury Switch, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, On Broken Wings, Protest The Hero, Ramallah, Righteous Jams, Ringworm, Sanctity, Scars Of Tomorrow, Second Story Window, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Still Remains, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, The Acacia Strain, The Absence, The Classic Struggle, The Miles Between, Torn Assunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Promo Queen, and Wolf. More bands are being announced every day, talent is subject to change, vendors at this year's event will include Century Media, Trustkill, Eulogy/Hand of Hope, Metal Blade, Red Rocket Records, and many others. For more information, please visit: www.metalandhardcorefestival.com or www.myspace.com/metalandhardcorefestival