Who’s ready to party?
Tour headliners, the Austin-based Scorpion Child, serve a mix of southern rock and dirty guitar tones. Their lead single, “Polygon of Eyes,” even has a hint of a more recent progressive-rock band, The Mars Volta. After forming in 2006, the band released their debut in June on Nuclear Blast Entertainment. In support of the release, they were this year’s Sumerian stage headliner on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest.
Label-mates Kadavar of Berlin, Germany bring psychedelic classic rock and beards with their ‘70s vibe of music. Their sophomore release, first on nuclear blast, “Abra Kadavar,” is great for fans of Black Sabbath and Pentagram.
Pasadena’s Gypsyhawk are “four metal dudes playing rock and roll and bringing the party every time they get on stage,” says former guitarist Andrew Packer. Their Metal Blade debut and second full-length record, “Revelry & Resistance,” is head-banging party rock.
Five guys that know a lot about partying are Detroit, MI’s Wilson. These dudes are self-procraimed “Party Animals,” as are their fans. They have been touring across the country since 2010, supporting bands including Gwar and Warbeast. Wilson’s debut record on Easy Killer Records is 10 tracks of full-fledged southern metal.
Opening the tour is the Texas-trio Mothership. Heavy guitar solos and dirty riffs influenced from many ‘70s artists make up their set. In 2012, they signed with the California-based label Ripple Music, and are currently on their first national tour.