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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes Rock On The Range Festival 2017 edits


Nov 292017

What a huge year for rock music it’s been! 2017 has brought us new albums from Foo Fighters, Stone Sour, AFI, Marilyn Manson, Queens Of The Stone Age and more. We’ve seen a comeback album from At The Drive In and Nothing More being nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. 

Most notably though are 4 albums from Monster Energy rock juggernauts Fozzy, In This Moment, Papa Roach and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Each band with their own unique sound and performance style within the ever-expanding rock genre, these artists have been paving the way with game-changing music for years. Relentless touring and appearances on the festival circuits have solidified just how important they are to the rock music scene.

See the entire list of top 25 rock albums of the year here.

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The evolution of Fozzy continued in 2017 with the release of 'Judas,' arguably the band's best release to date. The incredibly catchy title track became the band's first Top 5 hit, laying the groundwork for more success to follow. The rousing guitar anthem "Drinkin' With Jesus" has earned some spins, while the semi-ballad "Painless" provides one of the band's most accessible offerings. Later album gems "Running With the Bulls" and the riff-heavy "Capsized" also could be candidates for radio attention as Fozzy continue to roll out music in 2018.




Six albums into their career, In This Moment continue to evolve in interesting new ways. ‘Ritual’ is a less sexualized offering from Maria Brink’s crew, but one that plays to the power of her vocals, the strength in her lyrics and still incorporates some of the industrial vibe that fans have come to expect. The big single off the album is the bluesy slow-burner “Oh Lord,” but at year’s end the heaviness and strength of the single “Roots” was starting to take hold. The set includes a guest turn from Rob Halford on the reimagining of a Billy Idol classic now titled “Black Wedding,” and a fresh take on the iconic Phil Collins cut “In the Air Tonight,” while tracks like “River of Fire” and “Half God Half Devil” show plenty of promise should In This Moment decide to dig deeper into the effort.




While festival goers were latching onto Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes as a breakout live act, it’s important to note that you have to have the songs to accomplish that feat. Look no further that the early-year offering ‘Modern Ruin’ to give the band a playground of selections to choose from. Carter turns self-reflection of his own personal struggles into the driving album standout “Vampires.” “ Lullaby ” asks listeners to latch on for the ride aboard an infectious groove as Carter sings of a sleep disorder. “Wild Flowers” and “Snake Eyes” serve up more propulsive rock offerings from the disc, while “Bluebelle,” the album’s shortest song, breaks from the heaviness for a darker rock ballad.




In order to move forward, Papa Roach had to first go back. With the help of the production team of Nicholas “RAS” Furlong and Colin Brittain, Papa Roach delivered one of their most diverse offerings to date. While the hit singles “Crooked Teeth” and “Help” feel at home within the band’s catalog, the guys also branched out a bit with a poppier sound on “Periscope,” brought in Machine Gun Kelly to reclaim their rap side on “Sunrise Trailer Park” and allow Jacoby Shaddix to slip back into a more rap-style delivery on album opener “Break the Fall.” Papa Roach also get more political than usual, offering social commentary on “American Dreams” and the more blistering “None of the Above.” Simply put, Papa Roach’s ‘Crooked Teeth’ has a little something for everyone to chew on.