29 Sep 2023

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Fans of Metalcore, Progressive Rock & Metal rejoice, because the ultimate heavy prog festival is about to invade Butlers Reef, Oakura Saturday December 02 and this festival will take no prisoners.

Seven bands absolutely crushing it in New Zealand & Australia and beyond will perform under the mighty marquee this December. Rock Monsters will unite them all in one face melting, tech defying beast of an event. Get ready for a day and night of pure metal mayhem Aotearoa!

The chart topping, award-winning metal band Northlane will headline Rock Monsters 2023.

Through fearless evolution and unmatched innovation, Northlane are the vanguards of heavy music across the globe.

The band’s critically acclaimed sixth record, Obsidian (2022), debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart – their second #1 and fourth Top #3 album overall. They have also won three consecutive ARIA Awards for Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album as well as an AIR Award for Best Independent Heavy Album.

Written By Wolves are renowned for their highly energetic live show, the band have already shared the stage with international heavyweights such as Machine Gun Kelly, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum, Sublime With Rome, Suicidal Tendencies, Hed PE, Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate, We The Kings, Four Year Strong, Stevie Stone, Kehlani and back-to-back tours with two of New Zealand’s biggest Rock bands – Devilskin and Blindspott.

Crooked Royals unearth harmony from unpredictability. Infusing metalcore with moments of head-spinning off-kilter prog, alternative melodies, and even nocturnal trap R&B, the band switch lanes seamlessly and smoothly.

They bob and weave past boundaries with a deft and dynamic approach. After racking up millions of streams independently and touring with various genre heavyweights, they perfect this vision on their full-length debut album, Quarter Life Daydream out through esteemed label 3DOT Recordings.

Take fireball vocal powerhouse Dity and the hard hitting, harder grooving Raven brothers, bind them together and you get Coridian.

It’s the four piece Auckland based group who are fast becoming one of the best new names in Kiwi rock.

Coridian have toured extensively around Aotearoa, including several of their headlining tours and performing with high profile NZ acts such as Devilskin, City of Souls, I Am Giant, Ekko Park, Dead Favors, Skinny Hobos and Written by Wolves.

They’ve also supported international acts such as Skillet (USA), P.O.D (USA), Fuel (USA), Fozzy (USA), Sumo Cyco (CAN) and Red Sea (AUS).

Having played up and down their beautiful country, Pull Down The Sun are no strangers to New Zealand. Boasting an international standard of modern metal, they have been hand picked to support many local and international acts.

Pull Down The Sun creates a glorious set of imagery that holds true to sheer riff obedience, making motions from heavy and erratic, to dark and moody, through to light and uplifting with minimal effort. Their journey through to 2020 brings us their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Of Valleys and Mountains’.

Simply described, Claemus’ music is the result of blending odd-meter, hooky melodies and heavy guitar riffs. The band incorporates a wide variety of sounds beyond what might be expected of a Three-piece metal band, ranging from soaring synthesisers, orchestral arrangements and rich vocal harmonies. With this array of sounds at their disposal, Claemus creates dynamic and exciting compositions, which ensures each piece of music has a unique and original character to it. Each song, however, is distinctly Claemus.

Heavy, driving, progressive rock, with moments of introspective contemplation, Elidi explores diverse musical and lyrical groove-oriented themes with an ear to the ground and an eye to the sky.

Elidi released their critically acclaimed debut EP titled Sin in 2018, recorded and produced by Sam K Sproull, Jon Grace, and music legend Tom Larkin at Homesurgery Recordings, Melbourne, Australia. Elidi are now in the process of writing their first full length album, and their mission is to push their sound even further and serve as a mirror to the world they see with what they create.


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