- American Head Charge
Joining AHC on the road are Otep and Candiria, two bands also in the process of gaining (in the former case) or regaining (in the latter) a little respect. Otep started out as kind of a death-metal Avril Lavigne -- a girl whose manager built her a band. But on her second album, House of Secrets, she's actually developed a style and a vision, and rips it up live. Candiria is back with its first album since a damn-near-fatal van wreck, stripping its sound down until it's only incomprehensibly intricate about half the time. With this lineup, an evening of mosh-pit frenzy is virtually guaranteed.