It’s Musical March Madness! The sprawling bracket — both a parody and a tribute to the NCAA basketball tournament, masterminded by MTV News’ James Montgomery — takes the 65 biggest names in rock, splits them up into four regions, assigns them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 65. Over the next few weeks, we will present a series of polls that will allow you to vote for the match-ups presented in MTV News’ Band Bracketology. You vote for the winners, we’ll keep advancing the seeds and, in the end, we’ll have some sort of champion. What will the winner receive? Little more than our esteem (as well as that of the fans) and some Internet bragging rights.
It’s the final day of the opening round, and while the polls are still open on a handful of the other races, today’s match-ups focus on the South region — perhaps the toughest in the entire tournament. Top-seeded Kings of Leon are a powerhouse, for sure, but can they survive the onslaught from the rest of the pack? Let’s take a look at the first two pairings of the day.
(2) Paramore vs. (15) Coheed and Cambria
Paramore narrowly missed scoring a top seed, as they have been on a tremendous streak since last year’s release of Brand New Eyes. But Coheed and Cambria are due for a surge, as their new album Year of the Black Rainbow (a prequel to the story told in their other albums due to hit stores on April 13) is a fantastic piece of post-hardcore prog. Both bands have singers with great hair, but which one will advance?
(7) All Time Low vs. (10) Mastodon
Like the above match-up, this is a competition between slick pop shine and brutal execution. Baltimore pop-punkers All Time Low had a great 2009, scoring big with their album Nothing Personal and the single “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t),” while Mastodon remain one of the most respected and revered metal bands in the world (driven home by the power of 2009′s Crack the Skye). Who will make enough noise to move on to round two?