The Rust Belt Chronicles preview start to Louder Than Life!!!

We’re less than a month away from Louder Than Life and The Rust Belt Chronicles will be doing a preview of the festival. We will be featuring the lineup for the Danny Wimmer Presents event beginning with Saturday’s card and working right up through the final headliner on Sunday night, Prophets of Rage.

If you’ve never been to Louisville for this rock-n-roll gathering, take it from me it is well worth the drive. Not only is there two days of great music but you can also experience Bourbon World which is presented by Courier-Journal featuring over 20 various bourbons.

Whether bourbon is or isn’t your thing you will enjoy the vast array of grub that is available. Barbecue is the main theme but there’s also Island Noodles, chocolates and gelato. There’s no reason to leave Champions Park hungry. Food is readily available throughout the festival grounds.

LTL tickets are selling fast but you can still get yours by visiting There are still several ticket levels available for purchasing.

To begin our preview we’ll start the band Palisades out of Iselin, New Jersey. This five piece ensemble has been doing their thing since early in 2011. Their first EP (The Rise) earned them a record deal with Rise Records. Their debut release included the single ‘Outcasts’ which opened at #181 on the Billboard Top 200. Their second album ‘Mind Games’ was a dropped in January of 2015 and was an immediate success, debuting at #81 on the top 200. It also reached the second spot on the Heatseekers list as well as earning the same distinction on iTunes rock chart.

Earlier this year their self-titled album hit the shelves and the single ‘Let Down’ has been an absolute monster on Spotify, already having more than two million streams.

Louis Miceli Jr. has been the lead vocalist since day one. Other original members include guitarists Matt Marshall and Xavier Adames as well as drummer Aaron Rosa. Brandon Elgar became the band’s bassist in 2016. Palisades has a distinctive sound all their own. They are currently on tour with Nothing More who will be performing on Sunday. Both bands will be part of the lineup on Shiprocked 2018, as will several others who are playing the fest.

Through Fire hit the scene in 2015 although founder and lead guitarist, Justin McCain, is a veteran having been a member of Emphatic who had two albums. He is also a successful song writer, record producer and executive.

The band inked a deal with Sumerian Records and their debut work “Breathe” met with fan approval across the country upon its release on July 1st, 2016. “Breathe” spawned hit singles ‘Stronger’, the title track and ‘Where You Lie’. It was #4 on the Heatseeker’s chart, seventh among the US Hard Rock list, 15th on the Indie chart as well as #25 on the US Rock tabulation.

Besides McCain, the Omaha, Nebraska based band also consists of Grant Kendrick (lead vocalist), Jesse Saint (rhythm guitar), Patrick Mussack (drums) and Kyle LeBlanc (bass). The latter came on board earlier this year which allowed Saint to move to his current position.

Our final band for this article is one of the hottest rising acts of the day, DED. This nu-metal group from Phoenix, Arizona just released their debut album “MIS-AN-THROPE” in July and it has risen up the charts in meteoric fashion. That in and of itself may not sound like a big deal but considering the fact the band seemingly came out of nowhere makes it mind-boggling. “MIS-AN-THROPE” hit #3 on the heat seekers charts and number 80 on the US Sales list. The single “Anti-Everything” climbed to the 18th spot on the US Main Rock collection and is 22nd on the US Active list. It also spent time at the top slot on Octane’s Big Uns.

Joe Cotela (lead vocals), David Ludlow (guitar, backing vocals), Matt Reinhard (drums), Kyle Koelsch (bass) were friends who decided to get together to write and perform music. The success of DED’s debut album proves that they were right to do so. They recently finished up a tour with Korn, Stone Sour and Skillet and like Palisades and Nothing More, will be at high seas in January aboard Shiprocked.

In a recent interview with The Rust Belt Chronicles, Cotela elaborated on what it’s like for the Suretone Records artist to have the acceptance they have gotten thus far.

“It feels great to see that the chemistry we have with each other is actually being shared with a ton of fans,” he stated. “We really didn’t set out with a specific fan target; were really just making the music we liked and the fact that so many fans have found a connection with it is just amazing. It’s very gratifying knowing that something you are so passionate about is well received.”

I highly suggest you add “MIS-AN-THROPE” to your CD collection. It’s definitely aggressive and full of anger yet tunes like the radio friendly “Anti-Everything” shows the diversity of this talented foursome.

Well there you have it, the start to what is going to be an epic weekend. I hope to see you in Louisville. Until then this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/   



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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

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