Part two of our journey to meeting the bands of this year’s Rock on the Range festival will see a heavy focus on quite a few veterans to the annual gathering in Columbus, Ohio. Remember, click on the band’s names to link to their site and find out more information on them. Songs will be linked as well to their YouTube channel. Shall we?
Miss May I
Our first band in this second edition will keep us in the Buckeye State. West of Columbus sits the city of Troy. That town brings us metalcore outfit, Miss May I. They’ll be bringing new music with them when they play the festival, but I’m sharing their breakout song Relentless Chaos. It captures what the early metalcore vibe was all about.
One of the more intriguing acts on this year’s lineup is Pittsburgh’s Lacey Sturm. You most likely remember her as the lead singer for rock band Flyleaf. She’s been away from the spotlight for awhile and is now touring for her soon to be released solo album debut. Check out her new single Impossible or if you’re feeling nostalgic there is always Flyleaf’s I’m So Sick.
We Came As Romans
Another metalcore outfit, these guys hail from Troy, Michigan. They’ll also be bringing new music with them, but on a lighter note, catch them covering Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble. They’ve been one of the more popular acts from the past and their latest track Who Will Pray? should be a highlight this year.
Memphis May Fire
Metalcore bands tend to be pretty pessimistic and question everything, espousing little faith in anything. The typical message is one of “we’re all doomed” and “what’s the point”. A lot of people can relate to that mentality. However, in today’s society, it’s refreshing to hear a band of that genre, like Memphis May Fire, that sends a much more uplifting message. They acknowledge that mankind needs help. That earns a horns up from me! Check out The Sinner by this Texas group.
This band hails from the United Kingdom and in typical British fashion, they are hard to pigeonhole to a particular genre. They’ve got a real cool vibe on Rabbit’s Foot and proudly show their psychedelic influences in their cover of Jefferson Airplane’s Somebody to Love as well as Black Sabbath’s The Wizard. I’m definitely intrigued enough to say that this is a band that I must see this year.
RED SUN RISING
Another band from the Buckeye State, Red Sun Rising comes to us from Akron. The Rubber City rockers are local favorites and have earned their playtime on 99.7 The Blitz with their stellar track The Otherside. They’ve been the definition of a band working to climb the rock ladder with relentless touring. It’s paying off for them and by the sound of their latest single, Emotionless, they’re just getting started.
Texas Hippie Coalition
This Texas group has a unique brand of heavy, southern metal. Clearly influenced by groups like Pantera, Black Label Society, ZZ Top and after seeing them live at Rock on the Range before, their roots in the blues goes back much farther than that. With their throwback image and no-care attitude, they will hands down put on one of the most fun sets of the weekend. Check out Pissed Off and Mad About It, as that song encompasses everything that this band is all about.
Named after the brothers that founded the band, this Oklahoma City group has a hard rock vibe. I imagine that their show will be pretty cool. The tracks that I’ve listened to, especially We Are The Enemy, seem to have a lot of room for crowd participation and mandatory sing-along pieces.
If you want full out debauchery, Wilson from Detroit is your band. More heavy than Steel Panther but equally as crazy, this band brings their self branded, full blast f*ckery without apology. Enjoy College Gangbang to fully grasp what the f*ckery is.
Genuinely heavy, the Butcher Babies have built up a reputation for their live performances. The Los Angeles group is fronted by two women that notoriously wear very little on stage. That doesn’t take away from the very real live performance that they put on. Influenced by bands like Slipknot and Alice Cooper, these girls absolutely own the stage and the band behind them provides the explosion of sound that brings the whole thing together. Check out Magnolia Blvd or Monster’s Ball if you’re unfamiliar with the group.
That concludes the second edition of this year’s Meet the Bands of Rock on the Range. If you missed the first one, check it out, here. What did you think of this group of ten? Let me know in the comments section below and stay tuned for the third edition, coming soon, as we work our way through the lineup all the way to the headlining acts. As always, if you like what you read, please subscribe for free by clicking the Subscribe link at the bottom of this page!