Chicago Open Air Spotlight: FAILURE ANTHEM

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*Every Thursday from now until Chicago Open Air gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*

This week’s artist is Failure Anthem.

On Friday, July 14th, Failure Anthem will be right up with Hell or Highwater (last week’s spotlight artist) to be one of the first bands to take the Chicago Open Air stage in 2017. This will be their second Danny Wimmer Presents festival after playing Carolina Rebellion last year in 2016. The band has made swift progress after only forming in 2013 when guitarist Kile Odell wanted to form his own project after working with several other artists including Motionless in White. From Greensboro, North Carolina, Failure Anthem set out to deliver catchy hard rock songs with a positive message in their music. The band signed with Razor & Tie in 2015 and released their debut record in early 2016.

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FIRE FROM THE GODS Release Official Music Video For “The Voiceless” Off Of Upcoming ‘Narrative Retold’ Album

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Since the release of their debut LP, Narrative, last summer – Austin, Texas hardcore outfit, Fire From The Gods, have experienced a rapid surge in popularity. Attaining a record deal from Rise Records in the process, Fire From The Gods’ second album, Narrative Retold, is slated for a May 19th release. And the forecast could not look brighter for this young band’s sophomore LP, as the official music video for “The Voiceless”, revealed by Fire From The Gods last Friday, is an all-out slammer! Make sure and check out the music video above! “The Voiceless” is one of two tracks featured on Narrative Retold that were produced by none other than Jonathan Davis of Korn. Harnessing a genuine hardcore mentality with the perfect touch of melody, Fire From The Gods are bound to release one of the most solid albums of the year next month – that said based on this raw, powerful track alone. Continue reading

Carolina Rebellion 2017 Preview!

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Carolina Rebellion has become one of the most anticipated festivals, not only this year but each and every year. Carolina Rebellion along with Welcome To Rockville are really the two events that kick off the festival season. Headliners this year at Rebellion are Sound Garden, A Perfect Circle, Def Leppard, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, and The Offspring. Not on is the lineup strong but it is diverse both in the headliners and the lower bands on the bill. The festival returns on May 5th, 6th, and 7th at Rock City Campgrounds in Concord, North Carolina. Don’t waste anymore time and pick up your tickets here.

 

One of the most appealing aspects at the festival this year is the strength of the mid-level bands. Prepping the crowd for the headliners you have bands like Mastodon, The Cult, and Opeth on Friday. Tesla, Chevelle, and Alter Bridge on Saturday. Finally Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Seether on Sunday. Most of these bands also have one thing in common, they are some of the heaviest bands on the lineup. Some 90’s powerhouse acts that haven’t toured heavily for a while are being showcased. Those are bands like The Offspring and Sum 41. Both are bands that I haven’t had the opportunity to see and being a teenager during the 90’s I was certainly a big fan of both bands at one point and time. Eagles of Death Metal are probably known more widely now than they ever were before. The band as performing at Bataclan in Paris, France when terrorists entered the venue and began to shoot concert goers. It was one of the most tragic things to happen at a metal show since Dimebag Darrell was gunned down in Columbus, Ohio at the Villa Rosa. Eagles of Death Metal has not let that night stop them. They have become stronger and even more diligent about spreading their music to the masses.

 

Though the entire lineup is impressive there is 3 must see bands in my opinion. Dinosaur Pile Up is a band I was really looking forward to last year at Louder Than Life, and they really blew me away. It’s your chance now to see them live, and after the first time you can’t get enough of them. The second band is Coheed & Cambira. This band still sells out venues even when people aren’t going out to see live music as much as they were before. They can play back to back nights in the same town, if that’s not enough to tell you how many fans they have then I’m not sure what to tell you. They have a sound that’s truly unmatched and they have a really energetic stage show. The third and final band I will refer you to is In Flames. The band is pretty much as popular in Sweden as Metallica is in the U.S. Their sound has changed over the years, yet they always impress. Longtime bassist Peter Iwers left the band at the end of last year, but the band has decided to continue on as they have had various lineup changes through the years. Maybe the new bassist will breathe new life into the band and give us something we’ve never seen before. Don’t miss this Swedish Thrash sensation.

I know I will be there, and if you truly love hard rock and metal you can’t let yourself miss this either. Buy your tickets now and start preparing now this is bound to be 3 days of pure fun and excitement.

 

Danny Wimmer Presents Premieres Driven: An Exclusive Interview With Korn [Video]

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Korn at Chicago Open Air 2016

Via Danny Wimmer Presents, nu metal band Korn talks about what drives them in why they love playing music. Vocalist Jonathan Davis and guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer discuss some of their inspirations and how much the crowd means to them at shows. You can view the video below. Korn will be performing at Carolina Rebellion on May 6th, Rock on the Range on May 20th, and Chicago Open Air on July 15th. It was also just announced today that Korn will be opening for Rammstein alongside Stone Sour in Las Vegas on July 1st at the T-Mobile Arena. The show is also being presented by DWP and tickets go on sale Friday, March 31st. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook for tour updates and Danny Wimmer Presents for more exclusive content.

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Carolina Rebellion! Line-Up Announcement & Must See Bands!

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Soundgarden (Friday), Def Leppard (Saturday) and Avenged Sevenfold (Sunday) will headline the 7th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion May 5, 6 and 7 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Carolina Rebellion presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are on sale now at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. In 2016, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record breaking year with over 90,000 fans in attendance, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save and to be sure to secure a ticket for 2017. Continue reading

Carolina Rebellion: Friday Review & Photo Gallery

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Chad Grey – Hell Yeah

Carolina Rebellion has become one of the biggest festivals in the country and is 2nd only to Rock on the Range. This year the North Carolina based festival was bumped up to 3 days instead of the normal 2. In doing that this year became the most attended Carolina Rebellion ever. So if you were there as well you were part of the 90,000 people that helped set the record. The festival takes place in Concord, North Carolina at Rock City Campgrounds which is part of the Charlotte Motor Speedway area. The lineup was very thought out to draw fans of all ages who like music from various metal and rock genres. The festival shows its ability to have a wide range of acts that’s music is very different. Day 1 included some acts that would welcome some old school rock and metal heads. Headliners were Lynyrd Skynyrd and Scorpions for the first day. Originally Texas rock n rollers ZZ Top were also supposed to be there, but had to bow out do to an injury to bass player Dusty Hill. Festivals like these are the only place you will ever find Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Baby Metal and August Burns Red all playing the same event. The only bad thing about their being 20+ bands per day at an event is having to miss a few bands here and there due to overlapping or the distance in the stages. The greatest things about overlapping though is the ability to choose who you want to see. Sometimes it works out in your favor and you can skip a band you don’t want to see and other times you have to pick between two amazing bands like I had to do a couple times. You can’t always see every band there. Continue reading

ZZ TOP Cancels Appearance at Welcome To Rockville and Carolina Rebellion!

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Photo by: Ross Halfin

Photo by: Ross Halfin

Welcome To Rockville has announced a schedule change to the May 1 festival lineup at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Legendary Texas rockers ZZ Top has canceled their spring tour–including their expected May 1st performance at Welcome To Rockville, due to Bassist Dusty Hill being injured. The injury will also cause the band to cancel their set at Carolina Rebellion on May 6th at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Continue reading