After announcing its relaunch in 2019, this year’s edition of the Mayhem Festival lineup – which brings together some of the biggest bands in hard rock + metal – is highly anticipated. That might be an understatement, and while there’s plenty of options for this year’s lineup, we may well have our first two headliners – at least if the rumors swirling are true.
Georgia metalcore band Left To Suffer are a name you need to know, and considering the band is currently on tour with Hunt The Dinosaur and Brojob, that’s not a lineup you’ll want to miss, either. It only makes sense, then, that Brojob vocalist Jacob Wallace would join LTS on their new single, “Loathe”. Lying somewhere between deathcore, hardcore, and metalcore, “Loathe” is the latest in a string of singles that show off the band’s punishingly heavy sound, and while it’s not a sound they can necessarily trademark, it is heavy and pissed-off. Why would you need anything more?
Remember Canadian metalcore/deathcore band Blind Witness? We certainly hope so. While the band only released a couple albums, they nonetheless made a big impression in a crowded scene last decade, and while the band hasn’t released an album in more than 5 years, that seems likely to change very soon.
Look, we get it. Progressive metalcore is a hugely crowded subgenre in itself, with young (and really talented) bands popping off all over the place. Bands like Erra, Veil Of Maya, Born Of Osiris, and Novelists are pushing the subgenre to new heights, both critically and commercially – but there is, of course, room for more talent. Enter unsigned Arkansas act Levels, whose new single, “Encapsulate”, does a great job of encapsulating their overall sound and talent.