The summer festival circuit has officially begun and with that, we have a recent entry fighting for your hard-earned dollars. Chicago Open Air is a new festival that will be at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois on July 15th-17th. This festival has some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal music congregating in one spot as we are heading towards the apex of summer. Did I also mention that there will be a craft beer village and local cuisine? With all this talent, you are going to have to make some tough decisions – as set conflicts might come into play. Here are a couple of recommendations on who you should see during the three-day trek:
Rammstein: The German industrial/hard rock band has been at it for almost 22 years now cranking out songs like “Du Hast” and “Mein Herz Brennt “. Known for their elaborate stage show that uses pyrotechnics in abundance, this is the only U.S. date that the band has for the foreseeable future. Definitely set aside some time to watch their headlining set that Friday.
Beartooth: If you’ve ever been to a Beartooth show, you will bare witness to one of the most energetic and hardworking bands in the post-hardcore scene today. Bred from the mind of Caleb Shomo, Beartooth has been an outlet for all his past frustrations and struggles. Their recently released sophomore album, Aggressive is primed with songs that are ripe for a live festival setting. If you need a proper warm up on Saturday, check them out.
Slipknot: Roaring back into the metal scene with the 2014 release, .5: The Gray Chapter , Slipknot has been one of the ongoing bench marks in all of music. As ferocious as their music is, their live show matches that intensity. There has been some talk of the band taking another hiatus soon, so you want to catch their headlining set on Sunday.
Letlive: Lead singer Jason Butler will perform climbing on scaffolds, speakers, and basically anything he can get his hands on. Los Angeles’ own have been within the forefront of post-hardcore music for 14 years and counting. They are releasing their fourth album, If I’m the Devil.. this Friday. Their Sunday set will be one of the ones that you remember the entire festival.
Meshuggah: Since 1987, this Swedish djent/extreme metal band has been continually carrying the torch. Since 1991’s Contradictions Collapse, Meshuggah has had enact for complex time signatures and polyrhythms – they might as well be in the dictionary under the definition for “heavy”. These veterans have an album in the works for this year and will have you head-banging throughout Friday.
Babymetal: If you’re looking for something different, look no further than Japan’s own fusion of J Pop and Metal music: Babymetal. The consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as “Su-metal”, Yui Mizuno as “Yuimetal”, and Moa Kikuchi as “Moametal” who have a backing band as well. The band has released two albums, most recently, Metal Resistance back in March. With a run of recent sold out shows in the U.S. under their belt already, you might not be able to know whether to sing along or mosh during their Sunday set.
Go ahead and check out the festival website here to get your one and three-day tickets while they still last.