DOPETHRONE When a band names themselves after an album, especially one as iconic as Electric Wizard's third release, they damned well better bring it; in the case of Canada's Dopethrone, "it" has most certainly been brought. The Montreal sludge trio have been bringing kaijū sized slabs of heavy, capable of levelling any major city, for over a decade now and, though not shying away from stylistic callbacks to the inspiration of their moniker, they have always been beasts of their own. From 09's rib-kicking debut Demonsmoke, right through to the wall of noise that is last year's Transcanadian Anger, Dopethrone have always washed down a hearty serving of sludge with a wee swig of stoner blues before shitting it all out with a thick crust around the edges. Easily one of the most brutal sludge bands around today, you won't want to miss these at Riff Fest! GETS WORSE Into our sixth go at Riff Fest, you'd think we'd be aiming to be bigger and better than what has come before. Fuck that though, because this year, it Gets Worse. Leeds is a city that's a little too happy with itself and needs some power violence to ruin its day, so, thankfully, Gets Worse have taken the responsibility of kickin' fuck out of everybody's ears since 2012. After a metric shit tonne of EP's, Gets Worse finally released their debut full length, Snubbed, in February of this year and it's the musical equivalent of getting your head continuously bricked in for half an hour. Rapid fire and full of unrighteous anger - up until it gives you half a chance to breathe with closer 'Rest in Schromph' - Gets Worse haven't fucked about and will continue not to fuck about when they take to Riff Fest this August. CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR Since our very first year, Riff Fest has been a pilgrimage for the debauched and wasted to worship heavy, so this year we're letting you do it properly as you bow down at the Corrupt Moral Altar After years of being associated with that one band from the 60's you might have heard of, Liverpool has done its level best in the past decade to be a hot bed for filthy, nasty riffs; and Corrupt Moral Altar are one of the leading names in that movement. Gliding effortlessly between the jarring aggression of the heaviest of grind and sludge to those infectiously punky hooks, their two full lengths, 2014's Mechanical Tides and 2017's Eunoia barb their way into your brain stem and don't leave your head no matter how hard you pull. Bringing to mind peak era Napalm Death with a bit more cohesion, you'll be lucky if your neck stays in one piece when Corrupt Moral Altar hit up Rebellion. More bands to be announced.