2 weeks from today Concord North Carolina will yet again host the massive Carolina Rebellion music festival. The festival will host 60 bands across 3 days and 70,000 + concert goers all at the Rockcity Campground located at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Though this lineup is MASSIVE, (Honestly, one of the best lineups I ever have seen for this festival.) I have a few bands I urge you to make sure you catch their set because they’re extremely fun to watch. So here you go, here’s Josh’s list of bands you down need to sleep on at Carolina Rebellion 2017.
These guys are no stranger to the Carolina Rebellion stage, having rocked the Jagermeister Stage in 2015 while supporting their debut album Transmissions. Now they’re back and they have a new album that just recently dropped called Vessels. What drives me to this band is their stage presence. The band sticks with the intergalactic theme by having all members but frontman Dustin Bates wear space-themed attire. Starset will be rocking the Monster Rebellion Stage at 12:30 on Friday so don’t miss their set. Check out their latest video for Monster below and make sure you catch their set.
The has been a band that I fell in love with the moment I heard their 2015 release Blueprints. What I love most about this band is how technical their guitars are and their way to blend both screaming as well as clean vocals. I recently caught these guys at Warped Tour 2016 and their crowd was insane, which I promise will be just as crazy due to the amount of “Warped Tour” style bands on this show. Wage War will be rocking the Black Stage at 1:30 on Friday, May 5thso don’t miss their set. Check out their latest single STITCH off their upcoming release later this year.
I LOVE these guys. I’ve personally seen them several times live on headlining and Co-headlining shows and they blow me away every time I see them. I love everything about this band. Their musicianship, their music both instrumentally as well as vocally. I can honestly listen to their 2014 Self-Titled release from start to finish multiple times. If that’s not enough then you need to catch their set just for their Bassanator. I’m not evening going to go into detail as to what that is because it will not do it justice. Get on YouTube and see for yourself. The band has been touring constantly over the last 2 years in support of their Self Titled album, and are currently working on an album. Check out their latest video for “Here’s To The Heartache” and make sure you catch their set on Saturday, May 6th at 12:30 on the Monster Rebellion Stage.
Of Mice & Men
I was torn on if I should include these guys or not. Of Mice & Men are no strangers to large festivals having played the main stage at the Van’s Warped Tour and been a part of Chicago Open Air, but they have recently parted ways with longtime frontman Austin Carlile, due to medical reasons. Though the band has parted way with Carlile, they have promised fans they will continue (READ THE BAND’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT HERE) Having seen the band with Austin at the helm, I’m interested to see the band without him. Of Mice & Men are phenomenal musicians, and honestly, have some of the best fans in the world, so I want to give them a chance to blow me away as a 4 piece.
These guys just dropped a new album Lifelines last October and have been touring full steam ahead ever since it’s release promoting it. I Prevail has everything you’d ever want in a band. Heavy sound, with a hint of Pop Punk, catchy lyrics, with ear-catching guitar hooks. I Prevail will be playing the Monster Rebellion stage at 12:00 and you don’t want to miss them. Check out their video for Stuck in Your Head below.
In This Moment
This will probably be the most well-known band I have on this list because they’re a veteran for Carolina Rebellion, having played both 2013 and 2015, however, I love seeing this band live. This a very theatrical band. Frontwoman Maria Brink has several costume changes throughout their set, her bandmates are also in costume and they bring along their blood girls to add to the show. This is why they’re a must-see band at Carolina Rebellion. The band is currently on tour with Motionless in White for the Half God Half Devil tour and will be releasing a new album later this Summer. In This Moment will be playing at 2:00 on the Monster Rebellion stage, so make sure you catch their set.
Motionless In White
Yet another band who is making their way up through the ranks, Motionless In White is like a band that has played the side stage at Warped Tour and Carolina Rebellion, but now has made their way to the Monster Rebellion main stage on Sunday at 2:15. I love these guys because I like In This Moment they’re very theatrical and you never know what horror movie character bass player Devin “Ghost” Sola will be dressed up as. Motionless In White are currently on tour with In This Moment and have a new album Graveyard Shift that will be just 2 days before they rock the Rebellion stage. Check out their latest video for their single LOUD (F**K IT) below.
Fire From the Gods
There’s just something about Metal combined with Hip Hop when it’s done right, and that’s what you get with Fire From The Gods. These just released their debut album on Rise Records “Narrative” on August 26th, and it’s everything you could want. Heavy guitars, speaker thumping bass, with hip hop vocals and a hint a reggae. Check out their video for End Transmission below and check them on the Gold Stage at 3:30 on Sunday.
Man, these guys are road dogs. I recently saw them open for Memphis May Fire on the March of Madness tour and will also be on Warped Tour all Summer long. These guys are a great up and coming band that you definitely don’t want to sleep on. This 5 piece hardcore/metal from Queens New York, will leave you wanting more with their live performance. Sylar just released their second full-length HELP! on Hopeless records and are touring heavily to promote it. Check out the band’s video for Assume below and catch them on the Black Stage at 3:30 on Sunday, May 7th.
Aggressive was one of my favorite releases in 2016 and I got to see Beartooth on the headlining tour promoting it in a sold out venue in Charlotte NC which was the icing on the cake. Beartooth is on of my favorite bands to see live. When you ask them what genre they are, they’ll just say loud, which is 100% accurate. If you listen to their latest release you’ll hear, hints of metalcore and punk rock. If you see them live, they’ll have you wanting to start a circle pit and then run on stage and grab the mic. Beartooth is an insanely talented band, and have incredible stage presence. Catch Beartooth on the Monster Carolina Stage at 1:15 on Sunday, May 7th and check out their video for Hated below.
Author: Joshua Lowe
Photographer and Editor of Soundlink Magazine, A Father, A Husband and a Martial Artist. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.
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