Crowbar is an American sludge metal band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1990. Through infusing a slow, low-keyed, brooding doom metal sound with the aggression of hardcore punk, they pioneered a style known as sludge metal alongside other bands of the New Orleans heavy metal scene such as Eyehategod, Soilent Green, Acid Bath, and Down.
Exhorder is an American heavy metal band from New Orleans, Louisiana. They are considered progenitors of the groove-oriented thrash sound later made famous by bands such as Pantera, Lamb of God, White Zombie, and Machine Head. Their debut album Slaughter in the Vatican has been regarded as a large influence on the New Orleans metal scene. Initially active from 1985 to 1994, reformed from 2008 to 2011, they have since reformed in 2017.
Obituary is an American death metal band formed in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Initially called Executioner, the band changed their name to Xecutioner in 1986 to avoid confusion with the thrash metal band Executioner from Boston, and then changed their name once again to Obituary in 1988. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, rhythm guitarist Trevor Peres, bassist Terry Butler, and lead guitarist Kenny Andrews. Obituary has gone through several lineup changes, with the Tardy brothers and Peres being the only constant members. The band was a fundamental act in the development of death metal music, and is one of the most successful death metal bands of all time. To date, Obituary has released ten studio albums, and with the exception of their 1997–2003 split, they continue to perform live around the world.
Incite remains one of the most formidable and fresh forces in heavy metal. Their third full-length album, Up In Hell, reinforces that status. Teamingup with award-winning super producer Matt Hyde [Deftones, Slayer], the Phoenix, AZ quintet unleash a torrent of staggering grooves, thrashing riffs, and pummeling rhythms. Over the years, they've toured alongside the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, Soulfly, Throwdown, Cavalera Conspiracy, and more. Moreover, they've been extolled by everybody from Kerrang! and Revolver to ARTISTdirect. In addition, they've gone Top 40 on Sirius Metal Charts with tracks like "Army of Darkness" and The Devil's Dozen on Liquid Metal with "The Aftermath". Revolver also named All Out War its "Album of the Week" upon release. However, there’s nothing like spending time in Hell with them. – Rick Florino