Featuring Tribal State, Halo of Ashes, Blackleaf Gardens, Filth Dog
Tribal State: Tribal State is a five piece rock band based in Auckland, consisting of drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitars. Formed in April 2009, Tribal State got to work quickly writing and composing songs drawing from each individuals diverse background in musical taste. This electric range in musical ideas shines through in Tribal State's unique sound. The band have found a unique blend of vocal harmonies, musicianship and song arrangement over well crafted rock songs in which these musical ideas showup strong throughout Tribal State's performances. They also were runner up in NZ National Battle of the bands in 2010.
Halo of Ashes: Intertwining a hard rock essence with heavy metal grooves, Halo of Ashes' unique snarl gathers influence from a wide variety of bands, including The Doors, Alice in Chains, Skid Row and Lamb of God. Capturing a raw and powerful energy that cannot be denied, Halo of Ashes injects a much-needed dose of no-nonsense into an often plasticised musical climate. The band was originally formed in April 2009 and since solidifying a complete line-up in 2011, they have played a relentless string of gigs to an ever-increasing fanbase. Showing no signs of slowing down, Halo of Ashes landed an opening slot for legendary metal vocalist Tim Owens in June 2012 and plan to have their debut album released before 2012 comes to a close.
Blackleaf Gardens: Blackleaf Gardens are a five-piece experimental/progressive/heavy metal band hailing from West Auckland, New Zealand. Bringing crushing riffs, groovy tunes and chaotically progressive rhythmic sounds strung together with catchy bipolic vocals delivering screams to lullibies. Centered on the exploration of the mind, freedom of the body from politics and expansion of the soul Blackleaf Gardens brings you an explosive and bizzare stage presence to remember.
Filth Dog: Straight out of Henderson Valley, Filth Dog is a raw melting pot of hard-driving rock & roll, dirty grooves and slow burnin' blues that will set your bar room on fire and get your mojo working. "Stone rollin, wind blowin' the dog and bone in the city of sin woman stealin' my high feelin' medicatin' on the whiskey and gin"