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.

Playing: Inkcarceration

Website: www.tousbelow.com

Latest release: To Us Below released its debut self-titled EP in 2019 via Tragic Records. It’s available on most digital music services, including iTunes.

What You Need to Know: To Us Below is a metal band from Los Angeles, California, and its EP absolutely rips. Beyond that, there isn’t a lot I can tell you. A Google search of “to us below” yields 3.7 billion results, and scrolling through a couple years of the trio’s social media posts provides little insight into who they are or what they’re all about. The band members are much snappier dressers than one would expect from those playing a pulverizing mix of thrash and groove metal, and they pull off a tight cover of Megadeth’s “Five Magics.” This definitely is a band I want to hear more from.

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