Rock On The Range 2011: Five Bands You Must See

A few weeks ago, we heard about the lineup for the 2011 version of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which will feature the likes of Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Arcade Fire and the Strokes. Around the same time, a fake Coachella poster advertising a festival called “Brochella” got passed around the Internet, which featured the likes of Nickelback, Creed and a number of others. But early this morning, the lineup for Rock on the Range 2011 was unveiled, and it looks alarmingly like the batch of bands pulled together for “Brochella.” This year’s festival (which will be held on May 21 and 22 in Columbus, Ohio) features headliners A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour and Staind. They’ll be joined by the likes of Hollywood Undead, Alter Bridge, Bullet For My Valentine and a number of other high-adrenaline rock bands.

It’s a pretty heavy lineup that skews heavily in the direction of the type of post-grunge and hybrid metal that has dominated rock radio over the past few years, and there are probably more duds than not in the lineup. However, here are the acts that are definitely worth a second look should you be making your way out to Columbus in the spring.

Danzig
Glenn Danzig is an undeniable metal god who has fronted seminal bands like the Misfits and Samhain, and he’s an incredibly dynamic performer no matter whose songs he is performing. The Danzig set promises to be dark, intense and endlessly entertaining.

Fu Manchu
Genre shifts will be the highlight of Rock on the Range 2011, and Fu Manchu will provide one of the best diversions. The stoner rock combo play a hard-partying, sludgy, psychedelic version of stoney swamp rock. It may not work exceptionally well at a festival, but it should be a punchy sidetrack.

The Damned Things
Anthrax members Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano already have one high profile show this spring (they’re playing with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer as part of the Big 4 concert in Indio, Caliofornia), but they’ll also be playing with their supergroup (which also consists of members of Fall Out Boy and Every Time I Die and who put out one of the most criminally overlooked albums of 2010 in Ironclast). Their hard rock hybrid should equally inspire mosh pits and singalongs.

Rev Theory
Their 2008 album Light It Up showed off their considerable chops and a knack for hooks, and their soon-to-be-released follow-up Justice promises to be one of the best rock records of the year. The new songs should sound stellar in a live setting, which makes Rev Theory’s set a can’t-miss.

My Darkest Days
Worth it just to watch them play “Porn Star Dancing,” which is the greatest Def Leppard song in decades.

Who do you most want to see at Rock on the Range 2011? Let us know in the comments!