As Hevy Fest returns in 2015 with a stellar line up, there’s loads of awesome bands to catch. If you’re finding it hard to choose who you want to watch the most this year then take a look at our top ten bands we think will steal the show. Oh and if the music isn’t enough to tempt you, it’s at a bloody animal park. Metal and animals go hand in hand, obviously.
When Thrice announced their hiatus in 2011, they had promised they were not breaking up. Three years after their last show and the boys are back and set to headline the festival. The beloved quartet are well-known for their triumphant and powerful live shows that capture the essence of the genre they fall. Get ready for a nostalgic hour or so that’s likely keep you captivated with an impressive display of epic proportions.
They already have a Kerrang! award nomination for Best Live Band already under their belt, and Nottingham born Baby Godzilla have already carved a name for themselves for their impressive live show. A wild performance that blurs the line between stage and audience, their live sets have become renowned for their dangerous and energetic nature that will unquestionably leave you asking yourself why you haven’t seen them before. Truly not to be missed.
The Colour Line
Winning their spot on the Hevy line up by a public vote, The Colour Line are not to be avoided. The Hull born hardcore outfit are impressing audiences all over, and have a couple of festival appearances lined up for the summer. Wild and reckless, their act is the perfect blend of serious and fun. Heavy riffs and catchy tunes make for a tremendous live show and it’s clear to see why they won their billing.
On paper mixing grime with djent shouldn’t work, but Hacktivist have time and time again proved that it does. Debut single ‘Unlike Us’ made the number two spot on Amazon’s UK Metal chart, and the band have been pulling in a following ever since. Their unlikely blend of grime and metal make for a brutally entertaining live show sure to be packed with high levels of energy and an annoyingly good cover of Kanye’s ‘Niggas In Paris’.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
If you’re yet to see The Dillinger Escape Plan, you might want to ask yourself what exactly you have been doing. Not to worry, though, as now is your chance. With a large back catalogue to play from, there’s plenty of tracks to keep everyone entertained. Their historically chaotic shows are impressive to say the least, spewed out with such force and speed you’ll be in danger of being blown away. Figuratively and literally.
Fresh of a UK tour with Funeral For A Friend, Grader are creeping their way into the forefront of the UK hardcore scene. The Scottish quintet have two EPs and plenty of touring experience to put on an energetic and aggressive set that won’t leave you disappointed, but rather eager to see them again. Due to release new material later this year, Grader are definitely ones to keep an eye on.
The much loved Californian hardcore five-piece will be back in the UK this summer for Hevy Fest, and it’s a show not to be missed. Their live shows are held together with Jeremy Bolm’s emotive and honest vocals, and paired with the warped guitars and menacing drums of the band, make for a gripping and genuine experience. They don’t currently have any other UK shows announced, so don’t miss out.
When bassist Jonathan Athon died last year the future of Black Tusk was briefly uncertain. However with Corey Barhorst filling in on bass, the American power trio have been touring steadily throughout 2015. The sludge metal titans are known for their brutal and heavy sound, which translate into a fiercely intense live show packed with face melting riffs and tight vocals.
They’re an up and coming band with a bright future ahead of them, and one act you probably shouldn’t miss this year. Their debut album ‘Lives Lived’ is a seriously strong album with a lot of killer and no filler, and their live shows are just as great. Aggressive, gritty and destructive are three words that accurately describe Fathoms, and who wouldn’t want to see a fucking great band spill out some banging tracks?
Born through the flames and destruction of electronic rock band My Passion, Fort Hope have risen from the ashes and reinvented themselves with a strong sound and clear vision. Their 2014 debut album ‘Courage’ reached number 8 on the British rock chart and secured them support slots with Finch and Mallory Knox, and 2015 is looking like their year, as they released their self titled EP in February. Get yourself down for a good time.
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Words: Chloe Painter