Rock on the Range: Day 2 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 2 (Saturday, May 17).
Latest Album: Hail to the King (2013)
Southern Rockers Avenged Sevenfold will make the trip to Columbus, Ohio to headline Day 2 of Rock on the Range. Avenged Sevenfold may be the reason you are even attending Day 2 of Rock on the Range, but if they are not, I advise listening to “Bat Country” and “Little Piece of Heaven” to truly grasp what Avenged Sevenfold is all about.Slayer
Latest Album: World Painted Blood (2009); Slayer is in the works to complete an unnamed eleventh studio album
Rest in Peace Jeff Hanneman.
Slayer is the quintessential thrash metal band and likely were (and still are) idolized by a large portion of bands performing at Rock on the Range. I wasn’t even alive when Slayer began to shred and melt faces regularly. It will truly be an honor to even be in the same vicinity as Slayer, let alone see them perform.
Latest Album: La Gárgola (2014)
Chevelle has positioned themselves as a hard-rock, post-grunge band that is wildly successful. Vena Sera remains one of my favorite albums to date and still is rotated into my CD player in my car. I am exceptionally excited to see Chevelle perform, as well as them releasing a new album – La Gárgola.
Latest Album: SaVages is due out July 8, 2014
Hailing from Canada, Theory of a Deadman is prepared to show casual listeners of rock music that they are more than two #1 hits (“Bad Girlfriend” & “Lowlife”). In fact, Theory of a Deadman is successful across all of their albums in the United States (one platinum album) and their native Canada (all four albums are Canadian platinum). I would imagine that SaVages – their new album – will be just as successful for Theory of a Deadman.
Latest Album: 13 (2013)
Though I did mention above that “Slayer is the quintessential thrash metal band”, it is pertinent to point out that Slayer had heavy influence from Suicidal Tendencies. Suicidal Tendencies not only liquefied audiences with their raw talent, but they also began as a band with a bit of infamy in the early ‘80s. Nonetheless, Suicidal Tendencies will demonstrate what it truly is to be metal.
Latest Album: Onyx (2013)
Pop Evil has officially been a band since 2001, but has only released three total albums since 2008. Don’t fret, however, because Pop Evil has amassed enough experience and songs through the years to whet your appetite and then some. Lead vocalist Leigh Kakaty will make sure you have a raucous time at Rock on the Range.
Latest Album: Puppet Strings (2014)
Known to the uninitiated only for the song “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” and late ‘90s fame, but Fuel is a band that has redeemed itself over the past decade – which was filled with constant band replacements, subpar record sales, and lack of direction. Fuel returns with a new album, Puppet Strings, and original vocalist Brett Scallions to prove that they are more than just a ‘90s band.
Latest Album: Justice (2011); Take Em Out EP (2012); Rev Theory’s third studio album is currently under wraps, but is slated for some time this year. The new single “Red Light Queen” is out now.
Are you a fan of Blue Mountain State? If so, then you’re likely a fan of Rev Theory because their song “Hell Yeah” is the opening song for Blue Mountain State. Aside from being known for that, Rev Theory has done fairly well on the US Main charts with all, but one of their singles. Rev Theory is featured on various video games including Madden NFL 2009, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and several WWE games. If you have played any of those games, you are likely a fan.
Latest Album: Going to Hell (2014)
The Pretty Reckless is known famously as just “that band Taylor Momsen is in!” Trust me; they are much more than just a band with an actress as lead singer, though Momsen shows that she can sing much better than I had previously thought. Her voice is like a raspy Siren calling for sailors. The Pretty Reckless will offer up dark lyrics on topics that are rarely touched upon in rock music (especially from a woman’s perspective) and will prove to you that they aren’t phonies at Rock on the Range.
Latest Album: The Few Not Fleeting (2009); Nothing More’s newest album will be made available June 24, 2014.
This quip from Nothing More’s Facebook page sums them up well:
Nothing More have undergone a spiritual awakening of sorts ought not to distract from the fact that, in the live arena, they are absolute animals. Raw aggression crashing alongside precise riffing, thunderous bass and nigh on tribal percussion to jaw-dropping effect on a nightly basis. The dictionary definition of ‘get in the van and play until you’re dynamite live’, they’ve grown through the grassroots by dripping blood sweat and tears across America, challenging the stereotypes of what you might think a band like this can incorporate into their show. Four way drum battles? Three members playing one bass guitar? These guys push the limits in more ways than one.
There is nothing more for me to add!
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Latest Album: Ride On (2014)
If you go into Texas Hippie Coalition’s set believing they will be crooning songs about free love, peace, and tie-dye shirts, you are going to have a dreadful time. Luckily I’m here to tell you about Texas Hippie Coalition. They are known to their fans by the acronym of THC (get it?) and that’s pretty much all that is hippie about them; their long hair too. Instead of singing about love and peace, THC lead singer, Big Dad Ritch, chants spectacularly about such things as being “Pissed Off and Mad About It” and having “No Shame.” It’s not love and peace; it’s better.
Latest Album: Exhibit B: The Human Condition (2010)
Exodus, a band that has a carousel of band members, is one of the most veteran groups during the entire weekend of Rock on the Range. Despite the constant flux of new, old, and recurring band members, Exodus can still bring the pain musically. Expect for your ear drums to bleed, in a good way.
Latest Album: Sin and Bones (2012); Fozzy has an untitled album due out sometime in 2014.
This is the most anticipated band to watch on Day 2 – for me at least. Chris Jericho has been a favorite wrestler of mine since the mid ‘90s when I still watched professional wrestling. As time went by and I began to stop watching professional wrestling and had unfortunately forgotten about Jericho. Several years later I come across this band Fozzy and, lo and behold, Chris Jericho is in it! He’s even the lead singer.
Basically, I am excited to witness one of my childhood heroes rock out on stage.
Latest Album: Kill’em All
King 810 is probably the most controversial band to appear at Rock on the Range this year because of intimidating lyrics, insane performances that continually lead to small riots, and the overall gang-like aura around the entire band. Despite the controversy and the possibility of a riot, King 810 can be one of the most exciting performances of the day – witnessed from afar.
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Latest Album: We as Human (2013)
Currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, We as Human are a Christian rock band that has finally hit their stride in the music industry. Their sophomore album, the self-titled We as Human (2013), reached #66 on the Billboard Top 200 and #3 on the Top Christian Albums. We as Human hope to ride this success to enthrall fans on Day 2 of Rock on the Range.
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Latest Album: Hail the Apocalypse (2014)
No, Avatar the band has zero to do with James Cameron’s Avatar or the anime series Avatar. Avatar is a metal band from Sweden that wears clown-like black and white face paint. The face paint tremendously adds to the sadistic performances and lyrics by Avatar. If you’re scared of clowns, or just individuals with their faces painted, I’d steer clear of Avatar. For everyone else, don’t miss these guys.
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Latest Album: Cavalier Youth (2014)
Pulling inspiration from Blink-182 and Incubus, You Me at Six are a five-piece pop rock band from Weybridge, Surrey. That’s England for the non-geography majors. Though You Me at Six have a sizable following in England and the United States, they want to fully break through and playing at Rock on the Range could help You Me at Six do just that.
Crobot is self-described as “Dirty. Groove. Rock.” and I would have to agree with that self-description. If you are enticed by bands like Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, and/or Wolfmother you will be enticed by Crobot as well.
The band’s interests are quite hilarious too: “Greyhounds, Leafhounds, Boozehounds, and Groovehounds.” If you need me to explain any of those, comment below and I will gladly tell you.
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Latest Album: Full Blast Fuckery (2013)
Not to be confused with Tom Hank’s friend in Castaway, Wilson is “five dudes in a van with beards working harder than your parents.” They are also a metal band with manners that would frighten even the most lax parents, but who cares about manners with a metal band? No one attending Rock on the Range, that’s who. I expect Wilson to bring enormous amounts of energy and genuine fun during their performance.
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What bands are you excited to see at Rock on the Range? Let us know below in the comments!
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