10 Michigan Bands You Need to See at Dirt Fest 2014
There is a lot of bands at Dirt Fest (66 to be exact) and trying to decide which ones to check out can be quite the daunting task. We’ve decided to help you out by highlighting a few of our favorite bands from Michigan that will be performing this Saturday.
Bands have been listed according to the order in which they are playing
It Lies Within - Flint
What can we say about It Lies Within that we haven't already said or that you don't already know? They've been kicking asses all over Flint for a long time and have spread their aural assault to the rest of the country in recent years. You won't find a band on this bill that works harder on (or off) stage than ILW. If you're coming to Dirt Fest to headbang and/or get physical in the pit then we'll see you at the main stage at 12:40p.
Sydetrakt - Flint
Hard rock/metal from the 810 served straight up with no bulls---. Fans of Sevendust, Nonpoint and Drowning Pool will definitely want to check these guys out.
Hell Rides North - Detroit
Drawing inspiration from some of the more influential bands in hard rock, Hell Rides North is a band that fans of Metallica, Disturbed and Gn'R will love!
My Perfect Nightmare - Ypsilanti
My Perfect Nightmare is a band that we first encountered through our old local show -- the Flint Town Throwdown -- and have kept an eye on ever since. The Ypsilanti septet deals in hard rock and metalcore, so if that sounds like your kind of party, then come join in the chaos when they hit the Flint Happens stage. A definite must-see for fans of We Came As Romans, Bullet for My Valentine and KsE. Plus, they're going to be shooting portions of the music video for the song below there.
Battlecross - Flint/Detroit
A band that was handpicked by Metallica to play Orion Fest and has had a ton of other high profile gigs like Mayhem and the Download Festival doesn't need much selling. If you're at Dirt Fest to see some hard-hitting metal -- these are your guys.
This is Life This is Living - ?
Three words best describe this band: "Brutal as f---." These dudes hit hard and, to be honest, scare the s--- out of me personally. There is something indescribable about their song "Street Walker" that still creeps me out when I hear it... I dig it though. As far as metal goes, it don't get much heavier than this.
Autumn Coma - Flint
The Flint Town Throwdown band of 2013 won that title for a reason -- because they're badass! Their progressive metal meets alt rock sound make them a rare animal amongst local acts and the versatility the members have make for an incredible show every time they hit the stage. It also doesn't hurt that drummer Jason Arnold is one of the best I've ever seen perform live... and that's counting major rock drummers like Dave Grohl, Danny Carey and Matt Cameron. If you're into Tool, Incubus, Deftones or just awesome hard rock -- you'll want to see Autumn Coma this Saturday.
Know Lyfe - Lansing
These dudes made it into my All Time Book of Cool the moment I realized that one of their song titles was a reference to 'The Stoned Age,' which is a movie that you should punch yourself square in the junk for being unfamiliar with. If Everytime I Die, 36 Crazyfists and The Damned Things are in your playlist, you'd be doing yourself a great injustice by missing their set.
Ana Kills - Flint
Ana is another of my Flint-Town faves. They play loud and they kick ass. Anyone who is a fan of 90s grunge bands like Nirvana and Silverchair or Post Hardcore a la Taking Back Sunday and Glassjaw will not want to miss Ana killing it on stage.
Shudder - Detroit
Shudder is a versatile band from The D that runs the full gamut from acoustic based mainstream rock to very heavy metal. If you're into Tantric, the guitar pyrotechnics of Avenged Sevenfold or Killswitch Engage, stop by and give Shudder a listen.