Rock on the Range: Day 1 Preview
Rock on the Range is a three day metal and rock music festival in Columbus, Ohio during the weekend of May 16, 17, and 18. There will be bands you recognize and bands you do not recognize, and this preview will help jumpstart your memory on bands you know well, bands you have not listened to in some time, and bands that you will become fans of while at Rock on the Range! There will also be comedy at Rock on the Range with the Rock on the Range Comedy Tent featuring Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine, Don Jameson, and more!
To add to the comedy segment of Rock on the Range, on Thursday, May 15 there will be a comedy roast of lead vocalist for Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor. Sebastian Bach will be the Roastmaster for this occasion. For more information about ‘Roast on the Range’ please click here. Tickets are still available for this separate event.
Below we will be giving you a preview of the bands that will perform on Day 1 (Friday, May 16).
Bands on Day 1:
Latest Album: Chinese Democracy (2008)
Easily the most recognizable and lauded band during Day 1 of Rock on the Range, Guns N Roses helped bring rock music back into popularity during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Though the only original member remaining is Axl Rose, you will regret everything if you miss this performance. Guns N Roses is one of the bands you must see before you die – if you’re a true fan of music.
Latest Album: Staind (2011)
Coming off a two year hiatus, Staind reunites to perform at Rock on the Range. Staind will fill your appetite for grunge music and excite all genres of fans attending the festival with their live performance. Staind has sold over 15 million albums worldwide – including eight top ten singles – and I am sure they will sell plenty more after gaining new fans at Rock on the Range.
Latest Album: Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (2011); Rumored title to 2014 album is Isolate and Medicate
Hailing from South Africa, Seether has been nothing short of brilliant. Seether has had 11 singles reach the #1 spot, four gold albums and a platinum album, and created one of my favorite songs of all-time with “Broken.” Seether will keep you wanting more and more.
Latest Album: Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014)
Black Label Society is the most well known heavy metal band on Day 1 of Rock on the Range, and I promise you they deserve that honor. Beginning in 1998, Zakk Wylde recorded Sonic Brew originally to be a solo album, but decided to create a long term band. That is how Black Label Society began and they have never looked back. Be ready to have your face melted off by Black Label Society.
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Latest Album: Disarm the Descent (2013)
One of my personal favorites of Day 1 is Killswitch Engage. Killswitch Engage was one of the first heavier sounding bands that I began listening to – thanks to my older sister! They have run through a few lead vocalists, but still definitely have the same sound and emotion that the original lineup had in the early 2000s. Killswitch Engage does a wonderful job of mixing hardcore instrumentals with powerful vocals and lyrics.
Latest Album: Down III: Over the Under (2007); EP: Down IV – Part Two (2014)
The first two lines from Down’s website biography sum Down up well:
‘You know it’s Down as soon as you hear them. That’s the way it’s always been, and nothing will ever change that.’
That’s as succinct of a description of a band I have ever read, but I will add to it for those that have not heard of Down. Down is a quintet of rugged musicians that have experience playing in major bands, such as Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, and Eyehategod. They have forgotten more about metal music than I will likely ever learn. Down will put hair on your chest with how insanely good they perform. (I suggest you pick up NOLA if you can get your hands on a copy.)
Latest Album: The Chair in the Doorway (2009) – Living Colour may release a new album this year.
Famously known for the hit “Cult of Personality” in the late 1980s, funk metal (how crazy awesome does ‘funk metal’ sound?!) band Living Colour is much more than just one hit song. The group is a quartet of spectacular and driven musicians that have overcome obstacles to become the pioneers of funk metal. Those obstacles have led to deep and meaningful songs about racism, politics in America, among other topics. The raw energy Living Colour brings to every performance can only be matched by other critically driven musicians.
Black Stone Cherry
Latest Album: Magic Mountain (2014)
Though Black Stone Cherry sounds like a type of frozen drink you would buy at Jamba Juice, they are quite the delicacy for the ears. Bursting on the scene with Southern Rock as their main priority, Black Stone Cherry dazzles audiences with superb guitar play and lead vocalist Chris Robertson’s raspy, deep voice.
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Latest Album: Irons In the Fire (2013)
Known to many by one of his previous monikers – Kazzer – Redlight King stretches across several genres, including rap rock, alternative rock, and nu metal. Redlight King will likely stay in the alternative rock spectrum, however.
Latest Album: Broken Crown Halo (2014)
Aside from a few aforementioned bands, Lacuna Coil may be the hardest working metal band on Day 1 of Rock on the Range. Lacuna Coil has put out 7 studio albums, 2 EPs, and been on countless tours over the past 15 years. The band also has a penchant to make music videos for a litany of songs they have created. If you’re into gothic metal, Lacuna Coil will be quite the treat for you.
Latest Album: Tracing Back Roots (2013)
One of the more intriguing bands at Rock on the Range is We Came As Romans because of their frequent use of synthesizers and keyboards – two instruments that were once uncommon for a rock or metal band to use. We Came As Romans used their uniqueness to find a niche in the rock world, except that niche has grown tremendously over the years. Though there will be hardcore dancing at nearly all performances, expect more dancing that you would find at a dubstep concert.
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Latest Album: In The Dark EP (2013)
Reignwolf (real name: Jordan Cook) has taken the rock world by storm with the single “Are You Satisfied?” and his amped-up performances that leave you drenched in sweat. His gnarly performances and guitar acumen earned him a spot on tour with Black Sabbath. If that isn’t enough of a vote of confidence to give Reignwolf a listen while at Rock on the Range, then I don’t know what will get you to see Reignwolf. His set could be the most enjoyable set all day.
Thousand Foot Krutch
Latest Album: The End Is Where We Begin (2012)
Known for their single “Falls Apart”, Thousand Foot Krutch, or TFK when they refer to themselves, is proving that they are much more than a single from years ago. TFK has released 7 studio albums over 16 years and won myriad music awards. Now can TFK prove their mettle (Ha! Puns!) to the crowd in Columbus, Ohio? I believe so.
Latest Album: Burn the Serum (2014)
I will let the below video do the talking for Kyng!
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Latest Album: Goliath (2013)
Quite possibly the most “shocking” (as some have called them) band that will be attending all of Rock on the Range, is the Butcher Babies. I won’t divulge too much on the “shocking” things the Butcher Babies do during their acts, but I will state that their performance will be something that you have never quite seen before, except maybe in strange movies.
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Latest Album: Time & Pressure (2013)
Remember the band Egypt Central? Well, two members of the now defunct Egypt Central (Joey Walser and Blake Allison) came together to create Devour the Day. Devour the Day continues down the same path as Egypt Central with a focus on hard rock and powerful lyrics.
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Latest Album: Jinsei x Boku = (2013)
One OK Rock is a Japanese metal band with attitude – oh and extraordinary skill! Don’t disregard One OK Rock, these guys know how to have a good time, they know how to get a crowd going, and they have wicked style for a metal band. I may be more excited to see what getup the band members have on than the music, but I promise that One OK Rock does rock.
Latest Album: Universe (2014)
Truckfighters is bar none the best name for a band that I have ever come across. I can’t really find a reason as to why the band decided on the name Truckfighters, but it’s a terrific name. Now is their music up to par with their stellar name? Absolutely. Truckfighters is one of the more seasoned bands on the Rock on the Range lineup and their brilliance can be seen on stage. Witness the brilliance May 15 in Columbus, Ohio.
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Latest Album: Medication Generation EP (2013)
Described as the “crossroads between hard rock and electronic music”, W.E.R.M. caught the attention of their home state of Florida in 2012, which led to the group being signed by Republic Records in 2013. Each member brings a certain style to W.E.R.M. that leads to the group’s uniqueness. Lead vocalist Clayton Sturgeon states about their performances, “What’s the point of going to a show if it’s not a party?”
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Latest Album: Revolution Rise (2013)
Kill Devil Hill oozes with experience and talent. Bassist Rex Brown has played with Pantera and Down, lead vocalist Dewey Bragg fronted Pissing Razors, and newly acquired drummer Johnny Kelly was with Type O Negative. This heavy metal supergroup will demonstrate their skill to the fullest and is a lesser known band that you should definitely catch.
Will you be attending Rock on the Range this year? Let us know in the comments and tell what you expect at the festival!
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