Fun Fun Fun Fest Preview: Headbanging & Horns On The Black Stage
Tia Carrera (Fri., 11:55am) Austin's improv psych-metal power trio burns stages alive.
Burning Love (Fri., 12:30pm) Heavy hardcore from Toronto in a Corrosion of Conformity vein.
Kvelertak (Fri., 1:40pm) Fresh from the end credits of Trollhunter comes this Norwegian black & roll troop, three axes ablaze.
Torche (Fri., 2:15pm) Miami's finest stoner rock group borders on the cuddly, with upbeat melodies and Harmonicraft vocals.
Municipal Waste (Fri., 3:40pm) Fresh from Chaos in Tejas, Virginia's thrashiest serve up a Fatal Feast.
Napalm Death (Fri., 4:25pm) Legendary Birmingham extremists continue death-dealing on Utilitarian.
Converge (Fri., 5:15pm) No witchcraft involved on this veteran Salem outfit's hardcore/death metal/emo new brew, All We Love We Leave Behind.
Red Fang (Sat., 1:55pm) The blood on this Portland, Ore., quartet comes from the freshly chewed corpses of Seventies/Eighties metalheads past.
Brutal Truth (Sat., 2:30pm) Still helmed by metal veteran Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Nuclear Assault), Gotham's gnarliest grindcore gaggle growls about the End Time.
The Sword (Sat., 8pm) Local trad metal icon and Metallica fave gives its latest LP, Apocryphon, a rousing send-off with its semiregular F4 performance.
Pallbearer (Sun., 12:55pm) Little Rock's heaviest wail about Sorrow and Extinction.
Liturgy (Sun., 2:05pm) Boundary-pushing Brooklyn act courts controversy with its self-styled "transcendental black metal."
Valient Thorr (Sun., 3:35pm) North Carolina's manliest metal band returns to whip hair, bang heads, and drool into beards once more.
Between the Buried and Me (Sun., 6:05pm) Not content with four power chords and an unrelenting roar, this North Carolina progressive metalcore outfit lays down the concepts on its Parallax two-parter.
Turbonegro (Sun., 8:50pm) Proud of its Sexual Harassment, Norway's politically incorrect glam/punk/metal titans return without fan fave singer Hank von Helvete.