More and more, festivals are becoming the driving force for touring rock and metal bands. While obviously there were none in 2020, festivals are returning in force in 2021, mostly in late summer and early fall. Headliners and co-headliners include such heavy hitters as Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, the original Misfits, Korn, Judas Priest, Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown. Live Metal’s “2021 Festival Spotlight” series aims to bring attention to some of the names in smaller print on the festival admats—the bands you can get up close and personal with at the smaller stages—along with a few higher profile acts we find worth calling out here. See you at the shows.
Latest release: Crobot released the “Rat Child” digital EP on June 18. Its most recent full-length, “Motherbrain,” was released in 2019.
What You Need to Know: Crobot, a band from Pennsylvania with a grooving hard rock sound, found its biggest success to date with the “Motherbrain” single “Low Life,” which hit number 10 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock charts. “It’s some of the heaviest material we’ve ever done, but it’s also some of the funkiest,” frontman Brandon Yeagley said of the album. “We’re widening the Crobot spectrum even more. It’s the catchiest, too. It’s less about wizards and dragons, and more about everyday turmoil and the struggles of life.”
For the “Rat Child” EP, Crobot enlisted a few well-known friends: Frank Bello of Anthrax, Howard Jones of Light the Torch (and formerly of Killswitch Engage) and Stix Zadinia of Steel Panther. “These ‘Motherbrain’ leftovers (and new tunes alike), will satiate your tastebuds for some new Crobot riffage,” the band said. “… Whether it’s gritty grooves, ballistic riffs or that good ol’ Crobot sound you’re yearning for to getcha through, we’ve got just frequencies for ya!”
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