After what seems like forever (if you’re discounting last year’s Download Pilot), the long wait for the return of Download Festival is merely a couple of days away. We’re already packed and ready for our return to the hallowed turf of Castle Donington for three days of top rock action and are now going through the all-too-stressful job of trying to pick through a packed Clashfinder.
To help navigate the hundred-plus bands ahead of us, we’ve picked who we think should be ten must-see bands for the weekend.
1. Skynd (Opus Stage)
There is nothing better than coming across an act that just grabs you by the throat and demands your attention which is exactly what industrial-goth duo Skynd will do as they tear up the Opus stage during their early afternoon set on Friday. Combining macabre tales of true crime with ear-battering industrial rock, we’re hoping we will still be talking about Skynd’s set as we head home on Sunday evening.
2. Cellar Door Moon Crow (Dogtooth Stage)
We love it when a two-piece turn up and makes the kind of life-affirming noise that Sheffield brothers Cellar Door Moon Crow make. If the name hadn’t already caught your attention, the brothers have been fine-tuning their sound into something that has been tearing up stages across the UK in recent months. So, if your Download weekend is needing a fix of something to kickstart it, this Sheffield pair has everything cranked up to eleven and ready to go.
3. Dirty Honey (Opus Stage)
If it’s bluesy rock n’ roll you want then the highly-rated Dirty Honey should be a band on your radar for the weekend. Kicking off the Opus Stage on Saturday at the ungodly hour of quarter past eleven, the band have already wowed crowds supporting The Black Crowes so should be ready to rock Download ahead of their UK tour supporting Rival Sons. It might be early doors on a Saturday but get here early if you want to witness one of the brightest hopes for rock music before their profile explodes.
4. Dead Posey (Avalanche Stage)
Hailing from Los Angeles, dark rock duo Dead Posey is another band making their Download debut this weekend and you should be very excited about getting to witness this creative cocktail of industrial rock grind and punk rock attitude. Whereas their music might be more suited to a seedy backstreet nightclub than the blazing sunshine of the Avalanche stage, if you’ve fallen under the spell of their Freak Show EP, you’ll know that dragging yourself up from your Saturday night hangover for their set will be well worth it.
5. Will Haven (Dogtooth Stage)
Sacramento alt-metal maulers Will Haven are a band who have flown under the radar for so long it hurts. While their fellow Sacramento scene buddies Deftones are headlining arenas around the world, Will Haven have retained something of a cult status among the metal community. That being said, those who know, know so will be ready for this very welcome UK visit from the Sacramento heavyweights. If you’re still to experience the beauty that is Will Haven, check out their recently released new single and we’ll see you in the pit.
6. Spiritbox (Avalanche Stage)
Every so often a band comes along that just takes the metal scene by storm and this year it is the turn of Canadian Djent Metal crew Spiritbox. Making their long-awaited debut at Download, Courtney LaPlante and the band really deserve a higher slot at the festival given the excitement that is surrounding their appearance but we know that those lucky enough to get a space in the tent for their set will not be disappointed by the band who are being touted as the future of metal.
7. Static Dress (Avalanche Stage)
Having deservedly tasted success at the Heavy Music Awards recently, Leeds hardcore punks Static Dress are primed and ready to kickstart the Avalanche Stage with a bang on Saturday. Impossible to pigeonhole, we’ve already caught the band supporting Knocked Loose recently so, given the excitement that must be running through the band following the recent awards, their set at Download promises to be a visual and sonic treat for everyone.
8. Deftones (Main Stage)
If we’re picking out epic sets for the weekend then you know Sacramento alt-metal titans Deftones will surely be one of them. It’s been a fair while since we’ve crossed paths with Chino and Co but, even in the early evening haze, we know that as soon as the band slam into one of the many classics surely to be included in their Download set, 80,000 people will lose their minds.
9. Orbit Culture (Dogtooth Stage)
Over the years the Swedish metal scene has produced a list of genre-changing bands as long as your arm. Joining that list alongside the melodic death metal of At The Gates to the tech-metal juggernaut that is Messhuggah, comes Orbit Culture who head up the new breed of talent coming out of Sweden with a sound packed with crunching modern metal grooves and throat-ripping vocals.
10. Iron Maiden (Main Stage)
As much as we can’t wait to see the rock circus that is Kiss or the jarring Brit-rock of Biffy Clyro our choice for headliner this weekend has to be the mighty Iron Maiden. If you’ve seen pictures of their stage show or checked out the setlist already, you know that you’re going to be in for a treat. However, with this being their first appearance at Download since their mammoth headline set in 2016, you know that Bruce and the band are going to make sure their return home is an unforgettable one.
For more information and ticket details, head over to the Official Download Website.
The V13 Fix #004 w/ Darkest Hour, Glitterer, LowLives and more
From pop to metalcore, experimental grindcore to indie, each week The V13 Fix will bring you a roundup of all the new music worth hearing…
Welcome to the latest The V13 Fix our weekly round-up of some of the best albums, singles and EPs to drop in our laps/inboxes this week. From pop to black metal to experimental pop to punk rock, there is something for everyone in this mix of new music. Check out and support all the bands and labels if you like what you hear and if there is a particular album you like, make sure you head over to Spotify and check out one of our specially curated playlists where there is more great new music added daily.
Alternatively, if you’re in a band or want one of your bands considered for inclusion get in touch. While we can’t guarantee every album or EP we receive will be included, there are still plenty of other ways we can support you.
So, without further ado, sit back, plug in your headphones and get this week’s V13 Fix of new music…
When Japanese genre-smashers Crossfaith exploded onto the scene with their brutal, electronic-laced metalcore, the world sat up and paid attention. Well, after twelve months regrouping, the band are back with this new single, a massive statement that they’re ready to pick up where they left off but with a new energy. This new slice of heaviness from the band is packed dangerously full of pulsating electronics and pummelling metalcore. Equally as explosive as it is anthemic, “Zero” heralds a new chapter from the band who, after hitting the reset button twelve months ago, have returned with a vengeance.
Pick up your copy of “Zero” from here.
‘Perpetual | Terminal’
It’s incredible when you realise that Perpetual | Termainal is the tenth album in the rollercoaster career of US metalcore/metallic hardcore mob Darkest Hour. Spirit and dogged determination has kept the band going to this point and it is a theme which provides the heartbeat of this savage collection. Guitarist Mike Schleibaum explains: “The record’s theme centers around the duality of survival while embracing rebirth,” and, hearing the band hurtle through each of the eleven tracks, Perpetual | Terminal certainly feels like the sound of a band who have been reborn. An uncompromising, unrelenting metal assault, Perpetual | Terminal highlights exactly why heavy music would be worse off without Darkest Hour in it.
Pick up your copy of Perpetual | Terminal from here.
Now, even though the new wave of modern death metal bands is doing a sterling job in keeping the flag flying high for the genre, sometimes it’s nice just to take a trip back into some of the old-school bands. Having formed in Milwaukee in 1990, Morta Skuld are still battering away with their latest offering from the death metal stalwarts indicating no sign of slowing down. For fans of the likes of Obituary, Morbid Angel and Deicide, the band expertly combine groovy moshy sections, blastbeats with swamp born vocals. Creation Undone isn’t metalcore, it’s not deathcore, there are no symphonies, this is just straight between the eyes brutality.
Pick up your copy of Creation Undone from here.
M.U.T.T. are a trashy punk rock band straight from the gutters of the San Fransisco punk rock scene. There isn’t much you need to know about the kind of punk rock M.U.T.T. peddle except that it comes devoid of airs and graces. Taking a route one approach, M.U.T.T’s punk noise is covered in snot and packed with attitude. Formed from the ashes of Culture Abuse, the project has moved on from the more rock and roll stylings of their debut album, Bad To The Bone, into more trashy waters. Offerings like “Downtown Boy” come with a suitably unpleasant sneer plastered across their face and, while this EP might a fairly brief listen, M.U.T.T pack plenty of bite into those eighteen or so raucous minutes.
Pick up your copy of Dirty Deeds from here.
Gen & The Degenerates
Alt-punk collective Gen & The Degenerates tattoo their principals proudly onto their debut album. Written to a backdrop of disaster, tragedy and misfortune, ANTI-FUN Propaganda comes from a world of late nights and early mornings, sexuality, gender politics and mortality. It’s a punk rock album at its beating heart but, as vocalist Gen puts it, comes with a humourous approach and a love of dirty disco pop. Lyrically, tracks like “Famous” may come from a dark, bleak place but, as the video for “Big Hit Single” highlights, there is a wry smile and a sense of sarcasm nipping away at the subject matter to make sure we don’t lose sight of the fact that, while a quick look outside your window will show a world imploding on itself, it’s important to enjoy what time we have while we’re here.
Pick up your copy of ANTI-FUN Propaganda from here.
Following his previous band Title Fight ceased touring, lead singer and songwriter Ned Russin needed a creative outlet. The creative outlet soon manifested into what originally started out as solo project but, six years later, has blossomed into a fully-fledged band and the release of their fourth album, but debut as a full band, Rationale. An album with a sound deeply entrenched in the DC hardcore and indie rock scenes, Rationale is a rowdy listen packed with jarring indie guitars and slick pop melodies with the cohesiveness paying testament to the fact that Russin has found bandmates who share his creative vision.
Pick up your copy of Rationale from here.
Hands of Kalliach
Spawned from the minds of Edinburgh, Scotland husband and wife duo have blended together melodic death metal melded with Scottish folk music to create an album that is a work of art. The title of the album is inspired by enormous whirlpool, Corryvreckan, which lies between some of the western isles of Scotland. As harsh yet as beautiful as the inspiration behind it, Corryvreckan is a jaw-dropping piece of work. Soaring passages of melancholic Scottish folk music crash into brutal death metal, like two perfectly matched components. Through the folk music, the pair capture a drama and the emotion that can only come from being truly living and breathing it. When matched up with the extremities of the death metal scene, the end result is utterly majestic.
Pick up your copy of Corryvreckan from here.
Job For A Cowboy
For fans of iconic progressive death metal outfit Job For A Cowboy, it’s been almost a decade since new music was last heard from the band. Having teased for a number of years, the band are now back with their follow-up to 2014’s Sun Eater pretty much picking up where the 2014 album dropped off. Unsurprisingly, Moon Healer is the kind of album you really need to invest your time and effort into to really appreciate. Skim over it and you’ll find another incredible album in the Glendale’s musical armoury. Dig under the surface and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world which thematically picks up the story from Sun Eater while musically delivers it in a tightly woven package of complex, experimental, progressive death metal.
Pick up your copy of Moon Healer from here.
Austrian Death Machine
Ten years since their last outing, Austrian Death Machine are back with Quad Brutal, their first album for new home Napalm Records. Formed fifteen years ago by As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis, the Arnie-inspired neck-wrecking death machine is back reinspired and reinvigorated. Joined by a bunch of friends from across the metalcore scene including members of Ov Sulfur and Wolves At The Gate, Lambesis is back with another full-throttle, adrenaline-fueled metal feast. With more muscle than your typical weights room, Quad Brutal is just pumped-to-fuck, beefed-up metal. There’s nothing fancy about this. No need to put your brain into gear, Quad Brutal is just here for when another couple of plates on the end of that bar just doesn’t seem enough.
Pick up your copy of Quad Brutal from here.
To date, Alberta, Canada three-piece Royal Tusk have gigged with a veritable Who’s Who of Rock from Slash to Halestorm while, during the pandemic, frontman Daniel sang on viral at-home collabs with Stone Sour, In Flames, and Mastodon. Listening to the hard rockers third album and you can probably pinpoint all of those inspirations seeping through the thumping anthems. Full of hard rock bangers like “Fire In Your Veins” and “The Death of Common Sense” to “Hated”, Altruistic has the perfect blend of melody, singalong choruses and power. Of the album, bassist Sandy MacKinnon says “I really hope you want to blast it in your car and headbang” and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy Altruistic than that.
Pick up your copy of Altruistic from here.
Honouring commitments delayed by the pandemic means that it has been almost five years since we have heard a new full-length album from Norwegian progressive folk/black metal band Borknagar. Reading into the whole process the band go through to write an album though, you do get the feeling Fall would have taken as long pandemic or not. An unrushed, flawlessly-crafted peice of work, Fall sounds like Borknagar frontman Øystein G. Brun has worked tirelessly to ensure that every moment of this album plays out like a story. Blast of grim, violent black metal weave through epic passages of progressive rock and folk to tell a tale of survival. Heading towards their third decade, Fall feels like the Norwegians are still riding at the top of their game.
Pick up your copy of Fall from here.
Warner Music / Parlophone
It’s fair to say that 2021’s album INSIDE catapulted Canadian indie rock troop Mother Mother to new heights. Piling up an incredible 300 million streams for said album Grief Chapter has some task ahead of it. The ninth album of their career finds the band at their most energized despite it focusing, lyrically at least, on themes of death and mourning. This is an album that transcends genres not only over the course of the twelve tracks but, as demonstrated on the brilliant opener “Nobody Escapes” or the stomping “Normalize”, many times within songs. An album which may come from a morbid place lyrically, by the end, will have you well and truly hooked.
Pick up your copy of Grief Chapter from here.
It’s the year 2000 and Wheatus earworm “Teenage Dirtbag” is rapidly becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. An anthem for misfits, outcasts and losers, it’s a song we hold close to our hearts even 24 years later. Now, West Coast alt-rockers have gone and written their own version. A wonderfully hopeful slice of slacker rock, “Loser” has an almost pleading air to the chorus while the melody is lifted straight from the grunge/alt-rock 2000s. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming debut album, Freaking Out, so don’t worry if you’re going through that misfit phase because Lowlives have got your back.
Pick up your copy of Freaking Out from here.
Day In Day Out Festival Reveals 2024 Lineup & Details
Daydream State has announced the whole lineup for the 2024 edition of their Day In Day Out festival at the Fisher Green Pavilion in Seattle.
Daydream State has announced the full lineup of performers for its fourth annual Day In Day Out (DIDO) festival scheduled for July 12th to 14th at the Fisher Green Pavilion at the Seattle Center. Headliners include Seattle indie folk powerhouse The Head and the Heart, American alt-rock band Bleachers, including frontman, Jack Antonoff, and beloved pop artist and three-time Juno award winner Carly Rae Jepsen.
Daydream State CEO and founder Jason Lajeunesse comments:
“We are delighted with the response from the local community as we developed DIDO over the last few years. With the overwhelming success of last year’s sold-out weekend, we decided to expand in 2024 by adding a third day. We’re thrilled to bring even more great talent to the heart of the city.”
Daydream State strives to showcase a diverse array of talent at its events. This year’s lineup will showcase genres ranging from retro-pop and electro to indie rock, including English actress, singer-songwriter sensation Suki Waterhouse, Canadian indie band Men I Trust, and violinist, singer, and songwriter Sudan Archives.
In addition to mainstage performers and local DJ sets, DIDO will feature an all-ages viewing lawn, a 21+ VIP lounge deck, a spacious indoor-outdoor beer garden, local food vendors, and more.
The public on-sale begins on Friday, February 23rd at 9 am PST.
Daydream State owns and operates a number of Seattle’s last independent venues, bars, and restaurants while producing a myriad of year-round live events and festivals that celebrate the city’s vibrant music and arts culture. Known for attracting some of the greatest local and national performers to the Pacific Northwest, the Daydream State team is dedicated to the preservation and proliferation of music, entertainment, and hospitality to create one-of-a-kind experiences. Learn more at DaydreamState.com
Day In Day Out 2024 Artists & DJs:
The Head and the Heart • Bleachers • Carly Rae Jepsen • Men I Trust • Suki Waterhouse • Peach Pit • Hippo Campus • The Walkmen • Amyl and the Sniffers • Washed Out • Beach Fossils • Sir Chloe • Sudan Archives • Mannequin Pussy • Les Savy Fav • Blondshell • Illuminati Hotties • Miya Folick • Grace Ives • Mali Velasquez • Acapulco Lips • Acid Tongue + Sarah Savannah • Aleeens • Appaloosa • Avery Cochrane + IVEY • Biblioteka • Brenna Dart • Dark Chisme • DJ Phaedras • Hannah Duckworth • Jul!et • Juliette • King Youngblood • La Fonda • Lemon Boy • Maxwell Edison • Pink Boa • THEM • Waxwitch • Zookraught
Day In Day Out 2024 Sponsors & Partners:
KEXP • The Stranger • Do206 • KNDD • KPNW • BandsInTown • The Nudge • Bolster • Crewfare • White Claw • Pacifico • Coors Light • Schilling Cider • Athletic Brewing • Celsius • Altitude Beverages • Guayakí • Flintts Mints • Cookies Country Chicken
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.
The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.
Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.
If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD
Get your tickets while they last!
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