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The Final Time I Saw Wayne Static Live [Video]

I can't believe the news that I got this weekend.

I was sitting at a Halloween party dressed as Alice Cooper just scrolling through my phone when I scrolled past a story that I never wanted to see" Static-X Frontman Wayne Static had passed away.

The air was taken from my lungs and I just kinda froze. I couldn't believe what I was reading after taking it in for a minute. I started to reminisce of past concerts and intro'ing him at Carnival of Chaos.

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Gojira ‘Explosia’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Let me start this by saying, "I freaking LOVE Gojira"!  I've been so excited to see this band, I would have paid for tickets to Rock on the Range JUST to see them!  

It would have been a weird thing to do, admittedly, buying tickets to a huge show for only one band, and I still would have checked out as many as I did ... but you get what I'm saying.

This French band has been building their followers over the last few years, and among them, tons of well-known musicians.  This band takes the rhythmic and percussive things that a lot of bands are doing in different directions.  They use odd time signatures, weird sounds, cool tapping riffs, and odd song structures to blow people away.

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Mastodon “Black Tongue” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

So many bands at Rock on the Range 2014, so little time!  This was the first year they expanded the event to three days, and there were 60 or so bands over the weekend!  I ran around checking out all the bands I had to see, and I still only managed to see maybe 40 of the 60.  I promise I'll try hard next year.

One band I wanted to see, and did, was Mastodon!  I've been listening to Mastodon since I first got the Remission album when it came out, and watched the bonus DVD on there.  Wicked stuff!

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Killswitch Engage “Always” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

There were so many bands to see at Rock on the Range 2014, it's taken me a few weeks to get through all of the videos I recorded at the shows...and all bands are so good, it's still fun to watch them!  Check out Killswitch Engage from the first day of ROTR, kicking ass with the return of original singer Jesse Leach!

The song is "Always", from their newest album, Disarm the Descent, the first with Jesse back in the band, and the song is really good, of course, and rocks live!

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Heaven's Basement's Aaron Buchanan (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Heaven’s Basement Singer Does Clapping Crowd Handstands at Rock on the Range [Video]

Heaven's Basement is a great English band, and you've heard the songs "Fire, Fire" and "Nothing Left to Lose" here on GRD.  You might have even seen them at Rock on the Range this year!

If you did, then you got to see a really cool crowd surfing thing the singer Aaron does, where he jumps into the crowd, does a handstand, and then leads the clapping during the song!

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Suicidal Tendencies ‘Possessed to Skate’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

I've never had the chance to see Suicidal Tendencies live before Rock on the Range 2014, and I was stoked to finally get my chance!  They're one of those classic bands, that even if you're not the biggest fan in the world, you have to check out.  Mike Muir is an absolute maniac on the stage, and I don't know where he gets the energy or the stamina to move around the stage as much as he does!

Maybe as he gets older, he'll skateboard around the stage...that would be awesome!

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Avatar’s ‘Vultures Fly’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

I wasn't too sure about seeing Avatar before Rock on the Range began this year, since I hadn't really been super excited about some of the things I'd seen online from the band.  I can happily claim to have been wrong about this band.  The Jagermeister stage area was freaking PACKED with people for Avatar, and when they took the stage, I learned why.

They're a really good live band, and they brought a lot of energy to the crowd, and blasted through a great set!

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Exodus ‘Toxic Waltz’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Another band I was really excited to see at Rock on the Range this year was Exodus!  I've seen them a few times, and they always kick serious ass live!  The dual shredding guitars of Gary Holt and Lee Altus (of the fantastic Heathen, too) really make Exodus a force to be reckoned with.

I first saw them before Lee joined the band, and since he's come on board, the band has gotten even better!  And luckily, I got to see Lee Altus briefly after their set and geek out with a picture!

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Introducing a Great Band Called Crobot Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

One of the bands I go the chance to learn about at Rock on the Range 2014 is Crobot.  Don't ask about where the name comes from...it's a story about Crowbars and Robots, and I think a robot girlfriend in the garage...weird story.  Probably best left unanswered.

These guys hit the Jagermeister stage on the second day of Rock on the Range and not only surprised all the people in the crowd with how good they are, but got some serious metalheads wearing Slayer shirts moving and enjoying the show!  That's saying something.

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Lacuna Coil “Our Truth” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Lacuna Coil is a great Italian band I've been listening to since their Unleashed Memories album, and was totally blown away by songs like "Senzafine", "Heir of a Dying Day", and "When a Dead Man Walks", back in 2001.  I've gotten the chance to see them a few times, and they've always delivered a great set, with tons of energy.

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Black Label Society “Godspeed Hellbound” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

So many bands, so many videos, from the three days of awesome that was Rock on the Range 2014!  One band I always love to see live is Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society!  Not just for the awesome shred of Zakk, but also to check out who his co-shredder is on second guitar (Dario Lorina)!

Zakk also writes a lot of really amazing songs, with a lot of artificial harmonics, or "pings" in them.  Check out this live version of a heavy beast, "Godspeed Hellbound" from the Order of the Black album!

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Slayer “World Painted Blood” and “War Ensemble” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Slayer is one of those bands that inspires ridiculous extreme loyalty in it's fans.  Slayer fans don't say, "Slayer".  They scream it!  They've always been one of my favorite bands to see live, and they just bring a simple performance experience to their fans.  It's just a brutal assault on you, without any frills or silliness.

Tom Araya has a really laid-back, happy demeanor when he's talking with the crowd, making sure everyone is having a good time, and helping each other out, so everyone can have a good time.

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