ARTISTdirect.com Picks Hard Rock Bands That Will Change the Game in 2015
Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:48:33
There are quite a few hard rock bands out there actually breaking ground and pushing the envelope, including Gojira, Tremonti, and Hollywood Undead, to name a few. They’ve been doing it for a long time, and they continue doing it. We wanted to take an opportunity to spotlight them and their plans for 2015 as well as give the stage to some young guns who are bound to be noted as tomorrow’s trailblazers. We constantly hear that this style of music is dead, yet it’s selling out festivals left and right throughout the country. These bands are building fan bases the good old-fashioned way. That’s why they’ll last!
There you have it. We’re giving you our 2015 Game Changers. Read on!
Hard Rock Bands That Will Change the Game in 2015
The French metal titans will uncover their sixth full-length album and the follow-up to 2012’s unanimously praised L’Enfant Sauvage [Roadrunner Records] later this year. Anybody who’s into hard rock or heavy metal knows what a massive deal this is. They are the genre’s most important and innovative outfit since Tool, merging ethereal cinematic soundscapes with polyrhythmic, metallic jackhammering. Underneath it all, there’s almost industrial stomp that’s yielded from live instrumentation. Mario Duplantier’s drumming proves intricately inimitable while Joe Duplantier’s voice can volley from vicious to vibrant. Jean -Michel Labadie and Christian Andreu round out a sound that’s as thick as it is welcoming. They helped blast open the doors for the likes of Periphery, and they’ve also won fans in everybody from Slash and Metallica to Machine Head and Mark Tremonti. They’re about to make heavy music completely theirs. A new monster has been born.
Watch “Born in Winter”
See our interview between Gojira, Mastodon, and Kvelertak!
Flint, Michigan’s most daring, dynamic, and diverse outfit King 810 assaulted every sense with last year’s Memoirs of a Murderer [Roadrunner Records]. It’s a timeless collection that split its attack between voodoo-infected acoustic dirges and the most dangerous and thought-provoking heavy music to emerge in recent memory. David Gunn’s poetry also conjures the ghost of 2Pac just as well as Kendrick Lamar does on “Mortal Man” from To Pimp A Butterfly—straight up. The guys are currently slaying venues alongside Tech N9ne on his Special Effects tour and finished up a run with Slipknot and Korn. They’re in good company as their sights are set on the throne.
Watch “State of Nature”
See our First Reaction to Memoirs of a Murderer!