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: September Mourning released its “Volume III” EP in December 2019. The next full-length album, “Volume IV,” is in the works.
What You Need to Know: September Mourning is a dark culture fantasy band based on a graphic novel (Top Cow/Image Comics) created by singer Emily Lazar and comic legend Marc Silvestri. The band of reapers that helps bring the story to life on stage is Rich Juzwick (former guitarist for Gemini Syndrome), Kyle Mayer (former drummer for 10 Years) and Aaron Hoover (former guitarist for Sea of Treachery). Blurring the lines between media like few—if any—other acts ever have tried to do, the band uses a modern hard rock/metal sound, laced with goth and electronic elements, to tell the story of September, a human/reaper hybrid, and her fight to save the souls of humanity.
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