Giving you some of the best in all worlds of metal and hardcore, Impericon Festival are back and in a big way with ten acts from all over the globe that are giving you some of the heaviest, emotional and dance filled tracks to put you on your radar. Here is our rundown of all the bands playing this years Impericon Fest.
Putting the groove back into your hardcore, Leeds based Higher Power are here to showcase their ever-growing talent as the festival openers this year. Whilst being quite unconventional with their approach, their material still hits hard with their ‘Space To Breathe’ EP being a great exhibition of their styles as well as their latest single ‘Can’t Relate’ being a sneak peek into their upcoming release. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, this band will make you proud of UKHC and UK music in general.
It’s time for your first section of an emotional whirlwind with South Wales post/melodic hardcore rising stars Casey and their beautiful approach to the genre. Having released ‘Love Is Not Enough’ back in September last year, the album gives you an amazing understanding of the different approaches the band can take with their experience and cult status around the world. With their strong melodies in ‘Haze’ to the punchy aggression in ‘Little Bird’, if you’re looking for a new band to add to your favourites, this will be it.
The technicality of this next band will send your brain into a loop as Napoleon are here to give you a lesson in fast paced technical metal that will leave you with a smile and a puzzled look. ‘Newborn Mind’ has been out for almost a year and it has been perceived as their best material to date with the addition of Wes Thompson providing you a different take on the band with his blend of clean/screams overtop the intricate instrumentation that is provided from the pounding of the drums to the clean cut precision of the band in each section, it will be a nice slice of variety in this years festival running.
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
Another band from Wales but with a totally different musical view that gives you something destructive in its wake. Showing you the heavier side of hardcore blended with black metal/death metal undertones that gives you something full of fury that is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, the band are setting their sights with their upcoming album release ‘In Dark Places’. As well as a career expanding discography which helps you give an idea how evil and ruthless this band can get, you can immediately get the notion where the crowd will get more involved in the pit.
Speaking of hardcore bands with massive pit action, nothing could be closer to the truth than with the homegrown lads in Broken Teeth who look to make a massive statement with a hometown festival slot. Their debut album was one that pleased a lot of the hardcore community with their pounding riffs that plow through the mix and the distinct vocal pattern that adds much more raw emotion into the bands work. With growth being shown in their work from their early classic ‘My Law’ to the two step jam from ‘Show No Mercy’, the natives are looking to give you a great representation of a hardcore band pushing themselves and their boundaries.
IN HEARTS WAKE
The first of the international bands coming out of the woodwork are bouncy metalcore group In Hearts Wake waving the first flag for Australia. The band are making more waves with their live presence and infectious music that if you are a fan of bands such as Of Mice & Men, this will be a band that you don’t want to miss out on. Their two latest record ‘Earthwalker’ and ‘Skydancer’ are prime examples of their new work at hand with tracks such as ‘Badlands’ being a forefront of their powerhouse of discography. With excitement for a new album looming and already reaching the halfway point of the night, this will lead you into new acts of awesome to follow.
MISS MAY I
Having been quite a few years since this band have come to the UK, it looks like Miss May I have a lot to prove when they take to the stage at Manchester Academy2. The heavy metal vibes were stronger than ever with their latest record ‘Deathless’ that channels all those thrash vibes but still keeps to their metalcore routes. With all the flavours of a modern metal band and, once again, an extensive discography that shows off the highs and lows that the band has gone through, its time for the group to step up once again and give you a fresh taste of what you’ve been missing for so long.
The first of two deathcore giants to take to the floor comes in the form of american made brutality known as Carnifex. As the band have progressed from a deathcore sound that seems to be all so familiar with the upcoming bands that come through, they’ve matured and honed their craft to create some annihilating releases such as their latest album ‘Slow Death’ which incorporates a bit of death metal influence. Having just been over to the UK and slaughtered the crowd as part of the Impericon’s Never Say Die tour, its starting to look like they’re going to finish what they started with Round 2.
BEING AS AN OCEAN
As a nice melodic hardcore filler for the deathcore sandwich, Being As An Ocean became a household name with their first record ‘Dear G-D’ and since then they have been making waves all over the world with their infectious lyricism and intricate creations with their latest self titled being another impressive listen to as well as their latest material that has been released over the year. ‘OK’ and ‘Dissolve’ are a perfect example of the band progressing with their sound and the fact that Joel Quartuccio gets very involved in the set and with the crowd, the main support for the night will no doubt be something that will leave you talking about the band and wanting another headline UK tour.
THY ART IS MURDER
Closing the night with a massive smattering on unadulterated deathcore are Australian juggernauts in Thy Art Is Murder ready to tear the entire venue down. With this being the first show on UK soil since CJ McMahon’s much loved return to the band and the release of their latest single ‘No Absolution’, the band are looking more fired up than ever to bring their craft to Manchester with a vengeance to people who may have forgotten. Now it will be the time for fans to hear more of their favourites from ‘Holy War’ with a familiar face as the headliners for this festival date is set to go off with a huge band.
With this looking to sell out, you best get your tickets now you know that all the bands will be awesome! You can purchase tickets HERE.