The Revolution Is Coming…
With the full announcement for Soundwave Revolution approaching, we here at BLUNT have taken out the leg/ finger work and listed our picks of the essential songs of each act announced so far. Disagree? Argue with us on Twitter or Facebook then!
The Acacia Strain
Track: “Whoa! Shut It Down” off The Dead Walk
These angry Massachusetts blokes are arguably responsible for every mosh band deciding to tune to Z.
Black Veil Brides
Track: “Knives and Pens” off We Stitch These Wounds
These post-hardcore goth-clad glam metalists are riding the success of their debut album after sneaking into KISS’ dressing room and swiping a few tubs of face paint.
The Damned Things
Track: “We’ve Got A Situation Here” off Ironiclast
Fall Out Boy, Anthrax and Every Time I Die came together for your aural pleasure.
The Dangerous Summer
Track: “Where I Want To Be” off Reach For The Sun
This criminally underrated outfit sound like a mature Starting Line, vocalist AJ pulling off a pretty good Kenny Vasoli impersonation.
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Track: “If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is” off D.R.U.G.S.
The Craig Owens machine rolls on with this screamo group that sounds suspiciously like The Used! Bring ear plugs to combat the screaming girls as well as the big riffs.
Track: “Addicted” off Addicted
This Canadian knob twiddler loved his time in Oz so much that he’s taking time out from the decks to bring his chrome dome to the revolution.
Every Time I Die
Track: “Ebolarama” off Hot Damn!
These long serving death’n’roll soldiers have one of the finest live shows in the land. Remember Soundwave 2009?
Four Year Strong
Track: “It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now” off Enemy Of The World
Despite losing keys operator Josh Lyford recently, these workhorses of the pop punk revival continue to roll on like a Sherman tank. That has a beard.
Funeral For A Friend
Track: “Roses For The Dead” off Hours
This Welsh quintet have been kicking it in Australia for years and with a brand new (heavy!) record to show off at Soundwave Revolution, you can expect some good ole British mayhem.
Track: “Here (In Your Arms)” off Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
Need a dance pop respite? Then make time for Hellogoodbye and their accidental gay anthem “Here (In Your Arms)” in your Soundwave Revolution timetable.
Track: “Matter of Time” off Hell Yeah
Southern-fried metal with Vinny Paul pounding the drums, better crack open the Jack now.
Track: “Call of Valhalla” off Crisis In Utopia
Featuring three former members of White Wizzard, these metalheads harken back to a simpler time when Manowar ruled and Judas Priest’s love of spikes and chains was totally heterosexual.
In This Moment
Track: “The Gun Show” off A Star-Crossed Wasteland
A hot tatted-up chick leads this metalcore charge. Need we say more?
Track: “Now Or Never” off From Them, Through Us, To You
Having frequented the Vans Warped Tour, these post-hardcore rockers are no strangers to big-ass festivals and are set to really ‘bring it’ when they arrive in Oz for this slew of shows.
Make Do And Mend
Track: “Transparent Seas” off End Measured Mile
This Hot Water Music loving quartet will have all fans of gruff punk crying tears of joy into their beers come Revolution time. End Measured Mile is the sleeper hit of the year!
Set Your Goals
Track: “Gaia Bleeds” off This Will Be The Death Of Us
The San Francisco punks and BLUNT faves will be bringing a brand new album with them to Australia, Burning At Both Ends.
Track: “Warning” off Union Black
Welsh dudes who thought that mixing metal and reggae in the ‘90s was a superb idea. Limp who?
Track: “Community Property” off Feel The Steel
A glam metal hangover on a mission to slay groupies and offend everyone in their path. Please leave your bras at the gate.
Story Of The Year
Track: “We Don’t Care Anymore” off In the Wake of Determination
Veterans in the post-hardcore scene, you must have been making like Patrick and living under a rock if you haven’t heard the infectiously heavy anthems of these Midwest natives.
Track: “Fat Lip” off All Killer, No Filler
These Canadians provided the soundtrack to our teenage years (and not to mention American Pie 2) and will be returning to our shores after a crowd-pleasing stint at this year’s Soundwave.
Track: “Fire Away” off Ups And Downsizing
Warning: by watching even 10 minutes of these ‘90s style punk rockers you will have at least 2 of their songs stuck in your head for the next week. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Track: “Revolution” off Terrible Things
This super duper group – featuring dudes from Hot Rod Circuit, Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria – love their sickly sweet rock and, let’s face it, so do we.
Track: “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” off This Providence
Catchy songs riddled with heavily Christian undertones? These light pop-punk riffs may be anti-Satanic, but damn, they’re infectious.
Times Of Grace
Track: “Strength In Numbers” off The Hymn Of A Broken Man
When Jesse and Adam D of Killswitch Engage reunited to form an uber-melodic metal band, BLUNT sat up and paid attention. We suggest you do the same!
Track: “Jet Black New Year” off Five Stories Falling EP
Proving there is more to New Jersey than juiced up gorilla heads, post-hardcore elder statesmen Thursday will be showing off their brand new ambient record No Devolucion.
We Are The In Crowd
Track: “Both Sides of the Story” off Guaranteed To Disagree
With a lead vocalist oozing the appeal of Hayley Williams, these Paramore-esque pop-punk New Yorkers team punk rock chic with some duelling male vocals.
We Are The Ocean
“What It Feels Like” off Go Now And Live
We Are The Ocean sound like a British version of Alexisonfire, and that’s fine by us.
Track: “Possession” off This Is Exile
Keeping the “deathcore” genre alive, Whitechapel are not for the faint hearted. And neither will the pit they generate at Revolution. Can you say “Wall Of Death”?
The Word Alive
Track: “The Only Rule Is That There Are No Rules” off Empire
One of the better exponents of key-mosh making noise at the moment, check out the twin guitar acrobatics and get your spirit fingers a-wiggling
Track: “Black Hearts Now Reign” off The Endless Storm
These Boston boys continue their hometown’s reputation for aggression. Bit of a chicken? Stay well away.
Track: “Ocean Avenue” off Ocean Avenue
Nawww, pop-punk with a violin!
Track: “Crystal Clear” off All Our Kings Are Dead
The UK’s answer to Anberlin with more catchy, dramatic rock jams and suitably dramatic vocalist. Could be a dark horse favourite.
Track: “Hello Tomorrow” off MFZB
Making their way down under for the first time since, well, ever, these pop-punk rapcore O.C. locals are headed here armed with their epic eight-album back catalogue.