The final countdown to Carolina Rebellion 2017 - part of the World’s Loudest Month concert series - is upon us. For three days, fans will revel in the sights and sounds of more than 60 of the hottest, heaviest and most definitive rock bands.
Soundgarden, Def Leppard and Avenged Sevenfold will headline the seventh annual festival, which runs May 5-7 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While those bands can be the anchors of your must-see list, there’s still a vast number of artists and sets to choose from, across four stages (a.k.a a good problem to have).
Since you can’t clone yourself to catch all the acts (trust us, we’ve tried) your fest friends at AXS are here to lend a hand. We’ve narrowed down the list for you to five bands, in particular, not to miss this year.
Hatched by guitarist Billy Howerdel with Tool mastermind Maynard James Keenan, A Perfect Circle hasn’t toured since 2011. Now back on the road for only a select few shows – one of which is Rebellion - catching APC’s performance will be cemented as a brag-worthy piece of music history. The jealousy-inducing experience gets better, since you’ll likely hear one of the band’s first new songs in more than a decade. The band’s new album is due out later this year and is the first since 2004’s eMOTIVe.
Set: Friday, May 5, at 8:20 p.m. - Monster Rebellion Stage
Hailing from Bayonne, France, the heavy metal outfit recently announced they’ve joined Metallica's WorldWired Tour 2017, on a number of dates. The four-piece band first made an international impact with the 2012 album L’ENFANT SAUVAGE; and 2016’s MAGMA earned Metal Hammer’s coveted “Album of the Year” title and a Grammy nod. Critical acclaim aside, Gojira’s weighty guitar riffs are intricate and seemingly spiritual, lending the band a consummate sound. Joe Duplantier’s vocals range from deep growl to more “lyrical finesse” as the frontman for one of the most extreme bands that France's musical pallet has ever known.
Set: Friday, May 5, at 7:35 pm. - Gold Stage
With visually captivating theatrics illuminating their live shows, In This Moment is one to watch. The band’s 2015 Rebellion set was highly anticipated, with Maria Brink and company holding the crowd’s attention from beginning to end. Expect to hear hits from the band’s Black Widow release - "Sick Like Me," "Big Bad Wolf," and "Sex Metal Barbie," among them – but above all, expect the unexpected.
Set: - Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. - Monster Rebellion Stage
American rockers Highly Suspect are touring in support of their successful sophomore album The Boy Who Died Wolf. With several sold-out dates on their trek, Carolina Rebellion’s massive main stage size and sound will offer an unadulterated chance to catch the band live. This year marks the trio’s first time on the festival bill, having only released their first album, Mister Asylum, in July 2015. Featuring frontman Johnny Stevens’ smoldering vocals, the Brooklyn via Cape Cod band has also been dominating the rock and alternative charts. To think, the band was on the cover-band bar-circuit just a few years ago.
Set: Friday, May 5, at 3:45 pm - Monster Rebellion Stage
With a no-nononsense approach to music, So-Cal rock trio Kyng is free of pretense, studio strategies and tricks. What you see is what you get and with these guys, it’s real, raw hard rock-n-roll. Fueled by frontman/guitarist Eddie Veliz’s impassioned vocals, Kyng’s blues-soaked riffs and thunderous rhythms are the backbone of their latest album Breathe In The Water (2016). Powerful and unrelenting, a performance by Kyng isn’t one you’ll soon forget.
Set: Sunday, May 7, at 12:50 p.m. - Monster Rebellion Stage
Stay tuned to AXS.com for continuing coverage of Carolina Rebellion 2017.