Rock on the Range kicked into high gear on Saturday, May 17. The three-day hard rock music festival entered its second day at Columbus Crew Stadium with Avenged Sevenfold closing out the night with a 90-minute set. Slayer, Chevelle, The Pretty Reckless and the punk-turned-metal Suicidal Tendencies made for a great day of live music. Early afternoon rain hampered attendance early, despite the sell-out.
The festival concludes tomorrow with a headline set by Kid Rock. Other key artists include Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Gojira and Wolfmother. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the music starts at noon, with performances spread across three stages for virtually non-stop entertainment. Check out the official ROTR web page for festival policies and procedures, in addition to ticket information.
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Crobot, possibly the love-child of Russell Brand and Josh Homme, crushed their debut at Rock on the Range. Vocalist Brandon Yeagley moved like a man possessed to the heavy bass lines of Jake Figueroa. Check out their self-titled EP featuring their new video, “Nowhere To Hide.”
Avenged Sevenfold took a short break in late 2012. Fans were rewarded with "Hail to the King," which peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200. They followed with a short North American tour and will headline the 2014 Rockstar Mayhem Festival commencing in July. Armed with the twin-guitar attack of Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates, they spewed complex melodies peppered with lead breaks while vocalist M. Shadows worked the surging crowd.
A proud member of the "Big Four," Slayer are still active despite dwindling down to half of their original lineup. Beloved guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away last year. Tom Araya and Kerry King remain metal juggernauts and have vowed to carry on, releasing their first new music in five years, "Implode," and noted that they're working on new music. They hit the crowd with "Hell Awaits" early and, arguably, gave the most intense set on Saturday (or Friday for that matter).
The Pretty Reckless
Taylor Momsen demonstrated that she can command a stage on Saturday. Her powerful vocals and an uncanny ability to control her audience showed during "Since You're Gone" and "Make Me Wanna Die." The crowd helped out on recent single "Heaven Knows."
Opening for Slayer during their brief 2014 tour, Suicidal Tendencies brought their old-school thrash punk energy to Columbus. Best known for the iconic "Institutionalized," Vocalist Mike Muir was a blur as he rocked the headline slot on the Ernie Ball stage.
Chevelle have spread their reach with their 2009 and 2011 albums, "Sci-Fi Crimes" and "Hats Off to the Bull," respectively. The three-piece from Northern Illinois have mastered distortion laden rock that blends perfectly with Pete Loeffler's vocals. Check out their new album, "La Gárgola," released last month. They were a nice segue between Theory of a Deadman and Slayer.
Rock anthems "100 in a 55," "Boss's Daughter" and "Deal with the Devil" drew plenty of fan involvement on Saturday afternoon for Pop Evil. Drummer Chachi Riot kept the rhythm flowing as vocalist Leigh Kakaty delivered hit after hit.
Nothing More offered an interesting change of pace on the Ernie Ball stage. Call it progressive rock with an edge, they blended experimental vocals with crunching riffs. A power glitch early in the set resulted in some necessary improvisation.