10 Heavy New Bands To See This Summer

Following on from NME.com’s impressive list of 50 bands to see this summer, I thought I would pipe up with my tips for the best new heavy bands you should check out in the next few months.

With a whole heap of festivals, tours and amazing shows on offer – 2011 is the year to get out into a field, venue or basement and get rowdy with some of the best heavy music on offer.

From metal to hardcore, punk to thrash – we all know that the best noise in the world is the loudest, and these 10 bands know exactly how to get a party started.

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The LA hardcore collective are one of the most exciting new acts I’ve seen this year. Chaotic energy, inspiring melodies and passionate delivery make them essential viewing this summer.
Playing: Download Festival

Your Demise
One of the best Brit hardcore bands around and currently making big waves across the pond, their live shows are a rowdy and lively affair – and 2010’s album ‘The Kids We Used To Be’ is a must-hear.
Playing: Download Festival

Title Fight
Pennsylvanian noise masters with a grating and gnarly vocal narration. Their debut album ‘Shed’ is out May 2 and was produced by Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand songwriter Walter Schreifels. Very good indeed.
Playing: UK tour in July

Welsh metallers recently signed to Roadrunner Records with new release ‘Revenge For The Ruthless’ out May 2. Machine Head meets Bullet For My Valentine with killer melodies and stodgy riffs.
Playing: Intro Festival

Maryland metallers and instigators of the whole ‘djent’ tech scene, these faster-than-lightning complex noise blasters will have all musicians and fans alike gaping with admiration and disbelief.
Playing: Sonisphere Festival

While She Sleeps
Sheffield melodic metallers delivering impressive and passionate tunes at full force. Latest album ‘The North Stands For Nothing’ is worth a spin or two too.
Playing: Slam Dunk Festival

La Dispute
Upper Midwest hard-edged hardcore rockers released a split with (equally good) Touché Amoré last year. Chaotic cathartic noise and bounding rhythms should make their UK performances something special.
Playing: Hevy Festival


London hardcore crew with an ever-growing fan-base around the country. Punk attitude, honest lyrics and a gang delivery. New album ‘Bright Lights’ due out later this summer. Tough!
Playing: GhostFest and Download Festival

Norwegian rockers (with a borderline unpronounceable name) who recently wowed fans at Nottingham’s Hit The Deck Festival. Coming back to the UK this summer to melt some faces, theirs is a set you should queue not to miss.
Playing: Download Festival

Brutality Will Prevail
As the name suggests, these burly Welshman don’t always play nice. Solid groove hardcore with a metal stomp getting kids up and down the country swinging their fists in fear.
Playing: Hevy Fest