Virtually nothing can defeat the raw power of rock music, with the possible exception of paper music. Pump your fist with this GrouponLive deal to the Trespass America Festival featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and more at Oswego Speedway. For $21, you get one general-admission ticket on Tuesday, August 7, at 3:25 p.m. (up to a $42.15 value, including all fees). All tickets include admission to the preparty at 11:15 a.m. Doors open at 11 a.m.
The Trespass America Festival infiltrates the Oswego Speedway with a lineup of seven metal bands determined to slay the crowd with an arsenal of acoustics. Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory promises the event to be "a theme-park thrill ride for metalheads." Zoltan's slashing riffs and indefatigable guitar needling powers his band through their latest album, American Capitalist. Its antagonistic, come-at-me anthem "Back for More" soundtracks the digital gridiron battle in Madden NFL '12, as well as Knucklehead fans' morning battle for cleanliness in the shower.
Killswitch Engage gets back on the stage with its original vocalist, Jesse Leach, the frontman who rocked 2002's Alive or Just Breathing. After dates in Europe, Trivium returns stateside to tout In Waves, the latest album in which metal's horizons were broadened by layering the genre's signature sound with fire extinguishers, cardboard tubes, and other unlikely instruments. Four hundred shows in two years have hardened Pop Evil into grizzled road warriors who sing about the "hell on heels" that is "Boss's Daughter." Battlecross, God Forbid, and Queens outfit Emmure will also take the stage to keep heads banging and practice heralding the apocalypse.
The rock ‘n’ roll revelry begins hours before the festival with a free preconcert party featuring live performances by rising stars of progressive metal, such as the Grammy-nominated Shadows Fall, whom Revolver magazine called “so catchy, they’re still trying to live it down.” Also on the schedule, Red Line Chemistry and its new single, “Unspoken,” recall the methodical, slow-burning fury of a band like Tool, or a tyrannosaurus trying to use a can-opener.