Photos: Rock on the Range Day Three with Metallica, Deafheaven, The Dillinger Escape Plan, More

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Photos: Rock on the Range Day Three with Metallica, Deafheaven, The Dillinger Escape Plan, More

Columbus, Ohio’s three-day worship of drop-D guitar tuning, shitty beer and bands who Matt Pinfield used to party with cycled through two very competent days, overcast both by torrential rain clouds and Chris Cornell’s heart-rending death. But damn: Sunday really nailed it. The festival has evolved to straddle a more complex balance of rock. If chunky, growling and generic—if capable—mainstream metal à la Five Finger Death Punch was both the median and average of previous years, inviting Primus, Deafheaven, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Dorothy is an excellent way to show the more colorful outliers of the spectrum, sans any Lollapalooza/Coachella alt-rock dilution. Example: you can still mosh to Dillinger even as they twist into a jazz-prog-classical technical breakdown before lead singer Dimitri Minakakis lacerates his vocal chords on “Milk Lizard.” Metallica topped off the night with an extended curfew due to previous weather disruptions, cleaving out selections from new album Hardwired…to Self-Destruct and their ‘80s/early ‘90s discography. Amy Harris captured the brutality in the gallery above.