Earlier this year, System of a Down played their first ever show in their ancestral home of Yerevan, the performance arriving exactly 100 years after the Armenian Genocide. It was the event that gave the world the term "genocide," the event that resulted in the slaughter of over 1.5 million Armenians...and it had a specific start date: April 24, 1915. SOAD have since taken to the road to share this message, ensuring their country's history would all but be forgotten. They're headlining Amnesia Fest this year in what should prove to be a memorable gig.
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Can you have a rock fest without Linkin Park? Probably not, and good thing it's not an issue for Amnesia attendees. At this point, the dudes have so many smashes that a set is like two hours of straight hits, a medley of sorts.
There are few bands that bleed "California" and "pop-punk" like the Offspring. Their songs feel oddly classic now, a certain sunny '90s sound partnered with punk ferocity. Their best known album is Americana, and guess what? The guys are playing it in its entirety at Amnesia. You're welcome.
The Deftones are back, that's a gift from God in it's own right. Not only are they back, but for one night only—at Amnesia Rockfest, no less—the crew will perform all of Around the Fur. Get those Instagram videos ready!
Tenacious D, the half-serious, half-silliness metal project of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, are almost making their way to the Canadian fest after winning a GRAMMY. Get ready for laughs and shredtastic guitar riffs!
Those who have a thirst for metal but require the heaviest of the heavy, the sludgiest of the sludge, I present to you Hatebreed. Get those fists in the hair and put your beer somewhere safe; things are about to get messy.
Goldfinger are best known for their hit "Superman," but those wise enough to uncover the rest of their expansive discography will be delighted to learn of their dynamic, power pop-punk and ska sound. Fronted by producer extraordinaire John Feldman and you're in for a real treat.