The 5 best records released by bands at Rockville

Editor’s note: Readers may know Ryan Pritt as the News-Journal’s top-notch sports editor. Who knew he was an avowed heavy-metal fan? If the sports thing doesn’t work out, you have a future as a music critic! Take it away Ryan.

Welcome to Rockville serves as both a showcase and proving ground for artists, pairing heavy metal legends with up-and-comers to provide attendees with a good sense of the past and the future.

The 2023 edition will be no different. The four-day festival kicks off Thursday, May 18, and will rock through Sunday, May 21 with Tool as the closing act.

Tool, formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, is just one of the acts with decades of success behind it. Pantera, Deftones, Slipknot, Godsmack, Evanescence, Incubus, Avenged Sevenfold, and others have been stalwarts of the genre for years.