The 2010 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival enters its 12th year this spring, returning to Worcester, Mass. Taking place at The Palladium, the event will be held April 23 and April 24 -- a special kickoff party, sponsored by Atticus, will also take place on April 22.

Tickets for the Friday's event are $40, and doors open at 3 PM. The lineup includes Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, Baroness, Cro-Mags, Earth Crisis, Death Threat, Death Before Dishonor, COA, American Me, Thick as Blood, Forfeit, XtheWarX, Grave Maker, Rose Funeral, Conducting From the Grave and Howl.

Saturday tickets go for $46 and doors open at noon with a longer bill. Bands set to perform include Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Whitechapel, Skeletonwitch, Eluveite, 1349, Impending Doom, Lecherous, Nocturne, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Chelsea Grin, Abacabb, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Malefice, Swashbuckle, Cattle Decapitation, Acaro, Holy Grail, Disembodied, Cruel Hand, Reign Supreme, the Mongoloids, XTyrantX, Foundation, Soul Control, Alpha & Omega, Burning Empires, Mother of Mercy, Gaza, Across the Sun and Monsters.

There is a two-day ticket special for the 2010 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival at a reduced cost of $80, and all three ticket types go on sale Feb. 12 at 10 AM ET. The curators of the festival are also teaming up with Heavy Hitter Inc. for a South by Southwest showcase on March 19 at Emo's in Austin, Texas.