It’s only fair as Tech-Fest is this week, that I present to you the bands that i am looking forward to seeing and that I think that you should see too. My opinion on that at least.
The Acacia Strain
It’s an obvious choice, let’s be fair, but The Acacia Strain are headlining Saturday’s main stage and I am incredibly excited to see them. So let’s get in to why you should see this band if you haven’t before. Since 2001, The Acacia Strain has been fronted by Vincent Bennett, voice of an angel, that kind of dedication deserves definite praise considering the numerous members that have been apart of this bands amazing journey through the deathcore scene. You will most definitely understand the difficulties behind being consistent with lots of changes and that they have been able to pump out amazing albums with multiple top 10 spots in the US charts.
Betraying the Martyrs
Okay, let’s be fair, a little piece of me inside is hoping that they’ll break out their cover of Let It Go. Understatement of the year so far maybe, but it would be incredible to watch a bunch of hairy men pit to this in person. That is the reason you should go see them, just in case. Of course I’m kidding as Betraying the Martyrs have an extensive collection of what I can only describe as “absolute bangers” that stretch across a lot of different subgenres of metal and I’m a sucker for a progressive metal band.
Right, Martyr Defiled are local to me so I have to put a little bit of favouritism in this list. It’s their farewell tour and it’s a sad time indeed seeing this band part ways, they are an incredibly talented, lovely group of people and I wish them all the best with their future endeavours.
Admittedly, I am pretty late to the party with Jinjer, given the amount of time I had spent on YouTube listening to the likes of Otep and Arch Enemy. That being said, i’ve enjoyed going back and listening to their old stuff and listening to them progress through the many years they’ve been active now. I love their sound and they recently finished a european tour with Arch Enemy which i’d have love to have seen but definitely excited to see them kill it at Tech-Fest.
Two words: Rap. Metal. DVSR are finally here in the UK and Europe and I would definitely recommend you go see them, having recently released their new EP Therapy at the end of 2017, they’ve got some killer songs and I’ve seen some live footage of them!
Bring on the major fan boy moment. I was meant to go see Crystal Lake last year in Manchester and I ended up very ill but finally, I get to see them! I’m a massive lover of the Japanese and the music they produce when it comes to metalcore, Crossfaith, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, the list is really is endless. If you like beefy breakdowns and slick riffs, then you’ll be at the right place.
From Sorrow to Serenity
These guys have taken the metal scene by storm supporting some big names in the industry and it’s easy to see why. A new album is in production at the moment, planned for release in late 2018. Having received nothing but praise since their last time at Tech-Fest in 2016, it’ll be nice to see how they’re received with new vocalist. If their latest single Supremacy is used a gauge to predict the future album then again, they’ve killed it because it is incredible.
Tides From Nebula
Tides From Nebula will bring a something a little different if you’re looking for a nice chilled out instrumental experience. That’s all i got, they have a unique sound and I really enjoy listening to them.
Ravenface have reunited! I was listening to this band just before 2010 and was gutted when they announced that they were splitting up in 2014 but they’re back with a new album on the horizon and a recently released album in 2017. This band have an phenomenal combination of clean and heavy vocals accompanied by some tasty, face melting riffs.
Heart of a Coward
Last but not least, Heart of a Coward are headlining on the Thursday and this will be the second time I have seen them, the first time they were supporting Trivium and they were unbelievable to watch live.
A few side notes to add is that their is going to be a secret act on Sunday on the main stage before Betraying the Martyrs which is something to look forward to. Sorry to hear that Protest the Hero have had to cancel and I hope that Rody has a speedy recovery. It’s going to be a very warm weekend so remember to bring plenty of sun cream, keep yourselves well hydrated and I will see you there.