Believe it or not, the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival isn’t that far off; it’s just a little over three months away. That means the line-up is that much closer to being finalized after the first round of bands was announced this past November. The latest round of bands added to the bill includes 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain.

Neat. This is a pretty solid addition to the line-up with a nice mix of up-and-comers as well as veterans. Battlecross has gained a lot of traction since the release of their second LP and other acts like Rivers of Nihil and Sworn In had well received debut albums. And of course deathcore fan favorites Carnifex and The Acacia Strain are sure to draw a crowd.

In addition, the fourth annual Mission Quest To Metalfest has been announced. The tour line-up includes Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Bent Life, Barrier, Malfunction and Will To Die. You can find info on tour dates and ticket purchases for the festival on the Metalfest website.