Quit Complaining: Here Are 11 Heavy Bands Playing This Year’s Vans Warped Tour That Will Totally Scramble Your Brains


Alright, you turds. We’ve read the tweets, we’ve seen the comments and now we’re ready to put you all in your place regarding this summer’s last ever cross-country Vans Warped Tour which is officially one month away.  

For all those who think there aren’t enough heavy bands on this year’s bill, you’re wrong. Dead wrong.    

Whether you’re looking to pit until you can’t breathe or headbang until your neck snaps in two, we’re here to highlight the eleven bands that NEED to be on your daily Warped Tour schedule. To check out our list, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to grab tickets to the Vans Warped Tour here.

NOTE: We only included band’s playing the entire tour. So don’t give us shit about not including Knocked Loose or Harm’s Way.  


If you aren’t familiar with these Pure Noise Records newcomers, shame on you. After making a name for themselves while out on tour with Anti-Flag and Stray From The Path earlier this year, Sharptooth is ready to take their aggressive act out on the road to literally scream “Fuck You Donald Trump” all day long.   

Kublai Khan

If you’re looking for a chance to get all your aggression out while most likely receiving a solid punch to the face, the Kublai Khan pit is calling your name. These dudes will 100% create the most havoc on tour no matter what time or which stage they play.  

Deez Nutz

Alright before you jump to conclusions, go ahead and wipe that smirk off your face. Deez Nuts aren’t some joke band named after an old ass Vine. These Aussie veterans are the real deal Holyfield and have been combining hardcore riffs with hip-hop swagger since ’07. Just trust us on this one, Deez Nuts are a must see. (Okay, maybe that is kinda funny.)


There’s only one way to react after seeing Nekrogoblikon live in person and that’s “Holy shit, what in the actual fuck did I just watch?!” Performing their self-proclaimed “Goblin Metal,” you won’t know whether to smile at the Danny Divito-sized monster on stage or headbang until your ears bleed. How about just go with both?  


If you’re looking for some top-notch, straight-to-the-point metal music, look no further than Unearth. Serving as one of the more seasoned bands on tour, there’s a reason these savvy vets have been able to stick around for nearly 20 years.  

Chelsea Grin

With promises of releasing their “heaviest” album here in 2018, there’s no doubt Chelsea Grin deserves to be on this list. Already with a track record of being incredibly brutal, who knows what a “heavier” Chelsea Grin might sound like, especially with their new lineup featuring ex-Lorna Shore vocalist Tom Barber. 

Wage War

Look, there’s a reason Wage War is being pegged as the future of metalcore and championed by bands like A Day To Remember. After just one listen to their smashing sophomore LP Deadweight and watching about twenty seconds of their live set, you’ll soon understand too.  

Motionless In White

Motionless In White are no strangers to the Vans Warped Tour. After already playing the festival a handful of times over the years, the Chirs Motionless-led outfit will be back one last time to create nothing but chaos. Performing tracks like “Necessary Evil” and “Rats” off their blistering album Graveyard Shift, you will definitely not want to miss out.  

Ice Nine Kills

With hopefully new music ready for the summer, Ice Nine Kills are a can’t miss at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Performing haunting-yet-heavy tracks about exorcisms and murder, the horror-obsessed act will give you chills in the best way possible.  

The Amity Affliction

While The Amity Affliction may have slowed things down a tad on their latest album This Could Be Heartbreak, something tells us they’ll be guns a-blazin’ come this summer. Expect “Open Letter” and “The Weigh Down” to be your mosh pit go-tos this year.  

Every Time I Die

Do we even need to explain why Every Time I Die made this list? Go stand in their pit for like 10 seconds and you’ll immediately understand from the opening riff.