Offering a platform for heavy artists from all over Australia to converge upon Melbourne, Invasion Fest three years on rolls around once more; offering an opportunity to showcase the indisputable abundance of our countries local up and coming, artists.With the full lineup taking shape yesterday evening- welcoming the announcement of Hallowers’ reforming, this years Invasion Fest lineup is instilling envy in interstate heavy music fans, enticing people to make the trip, and making me even more stoked that I now live in Melbourne.

However my excitement may be coming admittedly two months in advance, with a lineup jam packed with interstate and local bands that absolutely blew my mind the final concoction brought together by Ash Hull Shows, Invasion Fest & nailed it, and it is set to be an absolute killer year for the festival. Putting my anticipation to a constructive use allow me to be your guide to the ruckus that lays ahead, as I highlight my top 5 bands of this years line up (however hard it was to pinpoint just five):

5-Polaris (NSW):
The five-piece hailing Sydney’s south, ignited my interest when they came to town recently as a part of the Vultures Above, Lions Below tour. For those unfamiliar with them, they are certain to demand your complete attention from the start to the end of their set. Showing a diverse range both vocally and instrumentally, allow Polaris’ to win you over with their melodies that infectiously work their way into your head.

4-Ambleside (SA):
Since seeing this band come through the place which I lovingly know as home Mildura in the past I have been able to see an incomparable growth in Ambleside. Watching on as they currently lead the charge of melodic hardcore in Adelaide something makes me proud of these people I saw way back when, in a little cider bar with a childs trike hanging from the roof. Their intimacy and lyrical content when combined with their instrumental melodies drag you into their set, and I recommend strongly not to miss the absolute feels fest that is the emotional ride embarked upon within Retrospect.

3- Jack The Stripper (VIC):
This year has been fuelled with electric hype surrounding this band, from landing support for The Dillinger Escape Plan; playing alongside The Cancer Bats at their sold-out Melbourne show, Showcasing at Bigsound and now embarking upon a Tasmanian tour in October. It seems that everywhere I look Jack The Stripper continue to emerge with their venomous ferocity demanding me to get off my ass and actually see them play. Their sound dripping in brutality combined with soul-shredding guitar comes to life and creates a certain progressionary journey throughout their tracks. This collective continually making me hate myself for making poorly timed visits home that coincide with their Melbourne dates, are sure to demand crowds for their sets entirety.

2- Graves (NSW):
Similarly to Polaris, Graves’ name had floated around quite a bit among my friends group- And I once again stupidly, prior to Chelsea Grin @ The Corner Hotel earlier this year hadn’t actually thrown myself to the dominant ferocity that is their sound. With a brutality set to drag everyone in from the very start of their set, I am anticipating a hugely engaging show from yet another Sydney-based heavyweight. Whether you know/listen to Graves or not I cannot recommend enough the crucialness of experiencing their set as a whole and watching as their savage melodies translate into what proved to be one of the most dominant stage presences I have ever witnessed.

1- She Cries Wolf (QLD):
Harnessing an unrivalled chaos, my number one must not be missed band on this years Invasion Fest line up goes to the boys making the track from Queensland- She Cries Wolf. Taking Melbourne by storm for the first time earlier this year accompanied by Blind Oracle, She Cries Wolf brought to Melbourne their token anarchic live show that they have made themselves renown for in the short span between now and their formation in 2014. From the intimacy of Wrangler Studios in Footscray to the slippery floors of Musicland in Fawkner- if the past is anything to go off of, they will be back fuelled with the same energetic chaos that has cemented them as being one of the most entertaining live bands I have ever seen.