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Sonic Temple Artists to Watch

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Sonic Temple Music and Arts Festival is quickly approaching and we couldn't be more excited! With over 50 bands including Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot, and Deftones you know it's going to be an absolutely killer time.

Each year, Sonic Temple provides up and coming acts the opportunity to get in front of thousands of fans and prove they are ready to break out. Some stand out acts from last year include Fever 333, Badflower, Yungblud, and The Glorious Sons.

If you're making the trek to Columbus, Ohio these are some new bands you should be putting on your must see list. We'll take a closer look at more bands as the dates get closer (May 15, 16, 17), but for now, check these groups out and get your Sonic Temple tickets secured so you don't miss any of the action!

Dirty Honey

Dirty Honey is on a tear! In 2019 the band toured with Guns N' Roses, released a new E.P. and had two strong radio singles "Rolling 7s" and "When I'm Gone" both of which are still getting serious rotation on active rock stations. We caught up with Dirty Honey in December and it was one of our top shows for 2019. If you're a fan of classic rock giants like Aerosmith, Boston, and Led Zeppelin Dirty Honey is the band for you. Look for these guys to tear the stage down at Sonic Temple this year!

Fire From the Gods

Following in the footsteps of Bad Wolves, Five Finger Death Punch, and Sevendust before them, Fire From the Gods have found the perfect mix of heavy guitars, crushing drums and melodic vocals that make them tailor made for modern rock radio. FFTG released a new album American Sun in November and spent much of the fall on tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves, and Three Days Grace.

Nearly every video on the band's YouTube channel has views in the millions and their latest single "Right Now" hit number nine on Billboard's mainstream U.S. rock chart. FFTG have several festivals lined up for 2020 and some one-off dates including two nights in London with fellow Sonic Temple rockers The HU. 2020 could be a huge year for this group. Catch them at Sonic Temple before they blow up so you can say you "saw them when they were on the side stage."

Dinosaur Pile-Up

Hailing from Leeds, this three piece post-grunge band is making some moves in the states. Dinosaur Pile-Up's single "Back Foot" spent the back half of 2019 climbing the charts eventually hitting number five on Billboard's mainstream rock chart. Every time I hear "Back Foot" I can't help be reminded of "Click Click Boom" by Saliva. There's almost a rap flow to the verses and then a high energy chorus and bridge that calls back to 2000s active rock. Don't let me be the judge, check out Dinosaur Pile-Up and hear for yourself!

Code Orange

Code Orange are getting ready for a big year. Between their new album Underneath dropping in March, going on tour this summer with Slipknot and A Day to Remember, and closing out the Wave stage at Sonic Temple things are looking great for the Philly rockers.

Since forming in 2008, Code Orange has spent a lot of time in the hardcore scene, even changing their name from "Code Orange Kids." But on 2017's Forever, Code Orange showcased a more grunge and industrial sound and helped put themselves in the eye of the mainstream. I really enjoyed Forever because you couldn't fit the album in a perfect box. Electronic elements, brutal breakdowns, and clean singing helped break through the hardcore label.

I got the chance to catch Code Orange when they opened for Deftones in 2016 on the first leg of the Gore tour and they slayed. The band has already dropped two tracks ahead of their release including the title track "Underneath." Both are equally aggressive and primed for a circle pit. I can't wait to see the crowd erupt when Code Orange delivers their new tunes.

We can't stress this enough, Sonic Temple Festival is going to be a spectacle like no other. Don't sleep on this one. Tickets are available now!


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