Ten Bands To Watch At Reading And Leeds 2012 (Seriously, We Found Some)
We got Catherine Morris to pick out ten bands that make this year’s Reading and Leeds lineup just about worth a pop. Just.
So you’ve finally got round to scraping the mud off your boots from Download and washing the dried blood out of your hair from Watain’s fiery show at Bloodstock the other week; you’re back at at the office nursing your sore neck and reliving Machine Head‘s Bloodstock slot over and over. The summer of metal may be well and truly over (in Britain anyway), but even if you’re heading to Reading or Leeds later this month, you can still get yourself a healthy dose of heaviness – and Hammer has picked out the 10 best headbang-friendly acts playing over the weekend. You’re welcome.
First up on the lineup are the masters of riff-laden, groovy prog-metal, Mastodon. A slightly inexplicable addition to the Reading/Leeds lineup, but who’s complaining?! This one is a total no-brainer. And if you need any more convincing, check out the above video of them playing ‘Dry Bone Valley’ at Brixton earlier this year. Awesome.
Next up are British modern punk heroes Gallows, armed with a new singer in the form of ex-Alexisonfire frontman Wade MacNeil and a brand new album coming out in September. If you missed these guys at Download, now’s your chance to catch them. Check out the video for new single ‘Last June’ above.
Norway’s Turbonegro will be bringing the party with their unique brand of death-punk rock ‘n’ roll. See above for the vid for ‘You Give Me Worms’ (lovely) from their new album ‘Sexual Harassment’, out now!
4. Cancer Bats
This year has already seen Toronto hardcore crew Cancer Bats release the brilliant new album ‘Dead Set On Living’, play six gigs in one day on their ‘Pentagram Tour’, and tear shit up at festival stages around the world. Reading/Leeds will be no different – these guys’ career is on the up, and rightly so.
5. Bullet For My Valentine
Another band that can be relied on to kick ass live are Welsh boys Bullet For My Valentine. And if you can’t get enough of Matt Tuck you can also check him out in AxeWound, his brand new ‘metal as fuck’ side project with Cancer Bats’ Liam Cormier.
6. At The Drive-In
Good news for any At The Drive-In fans who were gutted when the boys split up after ‘The Relationship of Command’ – they’re back together again for what will be their only UK festival appearance of the year. You can also catch them at their own show at London’s Brixton Academy on August 28. Awesome!
7. Every Time I Die
Before they tour the UK in October and November in support of their sixth album ‘Ex Lives’, the brilliant Every Time I Die will be bringing their intense hardcore to the R&L stages.
8. Coheed and Cambria
New York proggy hardcore act Coheed and Cambria have already announced that they will be releasing their new concept album ‘The Afterman’ in two parts, with the first coming out on October 8, and now the boys are hitting the R&L stages ahead of their November UK tour. Check out the trailer for ‘The Afterman’ above!
9. Black Moth
Excellent Leeds-based stoner outfit Black Moth, who featured in Hammer not long ago, have rightfully secured a place on the BBC Introducing Stage – definitely worth checking out. Watch the video for ‘Blackbirds Fall’ above, from their debut album The Killing Jar, and keep an eye on these rising stars.
10. Foo Fighters
Erm…look, if we have to justify this one to you, why are you even going?