How many of us know every single band on a festival line-up? I'm gonna say very few, if any at all.
That's why we at FestivalMart have put together a guide to the Download 2018 Undercard - introducing you to new, small bands, positioned low on the line-up, who you otherwise would've missed.
We hope that you can fit some of these fantastic bands into your weekend, and that our guide keeps your weekend diverse. Here's our top 5 bands on the Download undercard.
General feel: Metalcore featuring State of Euphoria-era Anthrax, mixed with Pantera guitars & rhythm.
Performing in the Dogtooth Stage at some point over the weekend - which is yet to be fully announced - is Higher Power, from just a little further north in Leeds. Their debut album dropped last May, and has this very raw and edgy sound. This band might be onto something. Listen on Spotify below:
General feel: Rage Against The Machine meets Trivium, but this original sound is hard to define. See for yourself below.
Also in the Dogtooth tent are SHVPES, from Birmingham, with a debut album that's really making an impact - getting them support slots for Trivium and Asking Alexandria recently. Listen on Spotify below:
General feel: A comment on the video below reads 'Lana Del Rey meets Darkthrone'. Nordic, black metal at its finest. Listen on Spotify:
Another one from the Dogtooth stage. Myrkur seem to be highly anticipated if the online Download community is anything to go by. The Dogtooth stage might be packed for this unique black metal project.
General feel: Black Sabbath meets Public Enemy. Listen on Spotify:
If you're into your heavy rock/rap, then definitely check out Powerflo on the Zippo stage. Seems like it'll be super-energetic, much like Prophets of Rage last year. According to their Wikipedia, they've actually been a thing since the '90s, collaborating with the likes of Cypress Hill. Now they're their own outfit.
General feel: Hardcore punk. I sensed a little Rage Against The Machine in there, too. Listen on Spotify:
They'll be in the Avalanche stage over the weekend!
General feel: Thrash metal, with a slightly more melodic feel. To be fair, in their 35 year history, the sound has changed numerous times. Check out Gods of Violence, from their latest 2016 release below.
With the day splits now announced, we know Kreator will be on the second stage at Download, the Zippo Encore Stage, on the Sunday.
GRETA VAN FLEET
They also join Kreator on the same bill - Zippo Encore stage, Sunday!
General feel: Heavy hard rock. Think Black Stone Cherry, Whitesnake etc. Enjoy!
Inglorious are on the main stage, on Sunday!
BODY COUNT ft. ICE T
General feel: Ice T combined with heavy, thrash metal. Sounds good to me! And it doesn't disappoint.
Body Count ft. Ice T are on the same run of bands as Kreator and Greta Van Fleet... and Messhuggah as well, while we're at it. That's a pretty great afternoon.