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Soilwork, Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, Wretched
Swedish melodic death metalers Soilwork are returning as a headliner. Their sound is a fusion of the classic Gothenburg metal sound with power-groove riffs. However, in their most recent albums, Soilwork has also introduced elements from other genres such as blues rock and alternative metal, and adopted a more melodic sound. Their most recent work has more singing and lighter melodies than their earlier work, as well as a more polished production.
Jeff is widely known as the former lead guitarist from Nevermore. Honorably, Jeff is noted as a player of many influences and styles, and is debatably seen as one of the world’s most talented and gifted metal guitarists. It has been said that Jeff takes classic techniques he learned from listening to legends like Jason Becker and Yngwie Malmsteen as a teen and applying his own ingenuity, Loomis has carved his own niche and created an instantly recognizable style.
Canada’s very own Blackguard returns! Blackguard’s sound is unique and incorporates many subgenres of metal such as folk, epic, and melodic death; their most recent album “Firefight” clearly displays Blackguard’s “epic metal” sound. It has been argued that this Canadian ensemble clearly displays the immense skill it takes to assert flawless execution in their live shows. If you haven’t ever seen Blackguard live, they’ll blow you away with their immense stage presence.
The Browning is a four-piece deathcore/electronica band. The group is known for fusing deathcore and hardcore with heavy electronic influences including hardstyle, techno, and trance. The band has been labelled everything from deathtronica, cybergrind, and electrocore to trancecore, ravecore, and technocore, however one thing remains certain; The Browning appeals to a broad spectrum of music fans from all walks of life.
Bursting with tight riffs and strong melodies, Wretched are prepared to make their mark in the metal world with their new take on old school thrash metal. According to the band, Wretched is looking to bring back old school metal and color to the traditionally dark scene.
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