Shinedown - 2021

To mark the fourth outing of the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Purpose Driven Events has amassed a line-up of 180+ bands for the September 9–12 event at Blue Ridge Amphitheater, a long-awaited large-scale concert venue in Southwest Virginia. 

Rock acts lined up for 2021 — including headliners Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, and Limp Bizkit — will appear on six stages over four days. The event will also include additional on-site activities and activations. Special features include Club Experience — a first-ever, one-of-a-kind soundproofed club at a rock festival. Headliners for this special club include Ludacris, T-Pain, and Lil Jon.

From its humble beginnings of 3,500 attendees during its first year, Blue Ridge has grown to an already near sell-out of 150,000 this year. Jonathan Slye, CEO of Purpose Driven Events, shares more about the fan-driven festival:

“What is taking place with Blue Ridge Rock Festival this year is truly humbling, and very special. The entire event is centered around a mission that resonates in a profound way with the fans. We are working around the clock to constantly innovate, listen to our fans, and fight for our passionate community.”

Tickets for Blue Ridge Rock Festival are available now, with single-day and weekend pass options.

Photo: Shinedown


Imperial Triumphant - 2021

Alphaville’s Metal Renaissance

With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.


Photo by Alex Krauss

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Atreyu- 2021

Atreyu's Baptism

At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.


Photo by Ashley Osborn

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Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.


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