Ozzfest Show Report From July 19th Camden, NJ
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I attended Ozzfest 2005 this year on one of the most disgustingly hot and humid days of the year. It was July 19th, at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. The day was amazing and full of great bands and other then the ferocious heat it was a great day.
I arrived late to the venue, around 11:00 am to be almost exact, just in time to see Soilwork starting their set. They opened with a good “We are Soilwork from Sweden and this must be the USA!” then continued to play the title track from their latest album, Stabbing The Drama. You could tell it was way too hot already at this early time because even the drunk people weren’t even going all out crazy for them. However, they continued to play for about another fifteen minutes or so, making their set about twenty minutes. The set included the aforementioned track, Never, As We Speak and Figured Number Five.
Being as it was hot as hell out I decided to go grab a drink and relax for a little while. I didn’t get to catch A Dozen Furies. I found out that Arch Enemy wasn’t going to be playing due to their bus breaking down. So I made my way out to the stage again due to the fact that the almighty, Ozzfest “freshman”, Trivium were about to take to the stage. This was my fifth time seeing them live and every time they have managed to blow me away. They dominate the stage as if they were veterans of touring and yet they’re just getting started. They played for about twenty-five or thirty minutes and they played the following songs: Rain, Ascendancy, Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation, Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr and they closed with Like Light to Flies. It was amazing to see how well the crowd was reacting to them now, when a little over a year ago on the Roadrage 2004 tour with Machine Head and Chimaira they really didn’t get much recognition from the crowd.
Again, due to the disgusting day I decided to get another drink of water before Mastodon came on. I missed their first and second songs but got back in enough time to catch the rest of their set, unfortunately right as the sun was directly over top of the tar and concrete covered parking lot. They sounded and played as large and massive as the extinct creature they have their name from. Playing for about the usual, thirty minute set, they played the following songs: Iron Tusk, March of the Fire Ants, Where Strides the Behemoth, Mother Puncher, Aqua Dementia, Megalodon, and Blood and Thunder. Shortly before exiting the stage their guitarist shouted “Fuck Clear Channel!” and that couldn’t have made me happier to be honest with you. It was amazing to see them say that, due to the fact of how much of a greed-infested corporation that is.
Right after they exited the stage, the newcomers, and amazingly talented Black Dahlia Murder started setting up. They actually started sooner then the sound-booth was expecting it, due to the fact that they started playing over the PA system’s music. However, they started out with ferocity and didn’t stop until they were done pummeling the crowd with six songs of brutal death metal. They played for probably about 30 minutes as well, playing the following songs: Built for Sin, I’m Charming, A Vulgar Picture, Contagion, Miasma, and Funeral Thirst. They had an amazing pit for the entire duration of their set as well as the previous two bands who played prior to them.
Up next was As I Lay Dying, one of the next bands to break the barrier between underground and mainstream metal if you want my opinion. They also have strong beliefs in their Christian faith, which is something not many know, or not many bands share as well. Even though I’m not really Christian I respect anyone who believes in something as strongly as they do, that is neither here nor there, however. The crowd broke into a huge pit during the first song, Meaning In Tragedy and it didn’t stop until the last beat of Forever was heard. They played the following songs as well: 94 hours, Falling Upon Deaf Ears, Through Struggle, Empty Hearts, Confined and Forever.
Up next were the legends in their own right, Killswitch Engage. This band is one of the most talented, creative, and original bands to break out of the underground in the last ten years in my opinion. Even though I’ve seen them about ten times now I still felt like a child on Christmas morning right before they came on. I had the goose-bumps and everything. They came out playing A Bid Farewell and immediately the crowd broke out into one humungous pit, spawning about three which all came into one almost instantly. They continued to play the following songs: Take This Oath, Fixation on the Darkness, The End of Heartache, Numbered Days, My Last Serenade, Life To Lifeless and Rose of Sharyn to close the set. All-in-all it was an amazing forty minutes, even though I was sweating more then a whore in church I still was singing along to every word and going nuts. It takes a great band to make so many people go that crazy in that ungodly hot-as-hell weather.
Rob Zombie was up next, however it took about forty-five minutes just for him to set up, and due to being dehydrated and too damn hot to even stand still I only stayed to check out one of his songs, which was Superbeast. I headed off to my seats, where I could still hear the music quite well. Zombie played about an hours worth of music, including Super Charger Heaven, Demonoid Phenomenon, More Human then Human, Living Dead Girl, Demon Speeding, Dead Girl Superstar, Thunderkiss ’65 and Dragula. The crowd sounded into it, helping out with the words, and screaming every time there was a pause to let Mr. Zombie be aware that they were enjoying themselves.
In Flames was next, however I had to go and attempt to set up my As I Lay Dying interview. However, that never went through so I wound up meeting up with Travis, the drummer from Trivium at the press tent and interviewed him. Despite the fact that this site has interviewed Corey and Matt from the band within the past 2 years, he was still willing to, as was I being the huge Trivium fan that I am. I will also, by the way, have that interview up later this evening.
I got back just in time to catch Black Label Society, lead by the amazing axe-man, Zakk Wylde take the stage. They played for almost forty minutes or so and played Suicide Messiah, Stillborn, Fire It Up and Destruction Overdrive just to name a few. Also pulling off some insanely intricate solo’s with his tongue during the set, of course, was Mr. Wylde himself.
Right after that, was the mighty metal force known as Shadows Fall, from Massachusetts. I’ve seen them about two times now and every time they seem to get a little better and better. This time was no different at all. They played about forty-five minutes worth of ear-drum piercing, intricate metal and it was the perfect band to set up for Mudvayne, Iron Maiden and Sabbath. They played the following songs: Thoughts Without Words, Enlightened By The Cold, Stepping Outside the Circle, Inspiration on Demand, Destroyer of Senses, and What Drives the Weak.
Mudvayne was up next; however they weren’t setting up as they have been as of late. They hadn’t used a curtain to block the stage’s view for at least two years. I’ve seen them every time they’ve come to Philadelphia or Camden since 2001 and I knew exactly what was happening. They were showing off a new stage-drop banner that boasted a new image that they had on shirts at the venue, which was of two skeletons, one with devil horns, the other with a crown of thorns. They had, I would say, almost nazi-like banners with a red background, then a black out-lined white circle with a black shape of what they used as the stage banner in the middle. Then, circus music started to play so it reassured me what I thought, they were going to come on stage wearing costumes, and/or make-up again. I was right, they PA system stopped playing and the highly recognizable intro riff of Fucking Determined. Singer, Chad Gray had asked the crowd if they were ready and the entire venue erupted. The curtain dropped to reveal Chad wearing a gorilla suit and mo-hawk. Bassist, Ryan Martinie was painted entirely white and was running around stage like a mad-man the entire time and guitarist Greg Tribbett was wearing his old goggles and was painted red I believe. I couldn’t see what Matt McDonough was wearing as he was too far away and behind his drums the entire time. They made sure with their hour of time that they left Philadelphia and Camden yearning for more in the path of their destruction.
They played the following songs: Determined, Silenced, Death Blooms, Nothing To Gein, IMN, World So Cold, Forget To Remember, Happy?, Not Falling and Dig. During the set at one point Chad Gray stopped and went off stage and came back in shorts and a t-shirt. Then stated: “To anyone who plays Camden, NJ during Ozzfest on one of the most disgusting, fucking hot and humid days of the year, PLEASE leave the gorilla suit at home. I’m willing to die up here for you guys but I can’t take that shit anymore.” After about an hour’s worth of ear-blistering music they took their bow and left the stage, making way for the legendary Iron Maiden to take to the stage.
Not knowing what to expect being as I’ve never seen Maiden before so I was looking forward to it. After about a half hour of watching the preview for the new A&E show “Criss Angel: Mindfreak” I really wanted Maiden to start. It looked like a nice show, but it was annoying because it’s all they were playing on the screen. Anyway, not too long after I wished for Maiden to start and that advertisement to stop did I get my wish. The lights went down, other then the sun, and the crowed erupted in a thunderous roar. Then the band made their triumphant entrance to the stage. They started off with Wrathchild and played for about 90 minutes or so. They had a different backdrop from their first four albums, the albums that all the songs for the night were played from. They played the following songs: The Trooper, Phantom of The Opera, Revelations, Run To The Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name, The Number of The Beast, Iron Maiden and an encore of Running Free and Sanctuary. It was amazing to see such an old-school originating band such as Maiden live, and still as energetic and amazing live as they probably were twenty years ago.
I didn’t stay to catch Black Sabbath for more then the first two songs, however the songs that I know they played that evening due to asking a few friends were: N.I.B., After Forever, War Pigs, Dirty Women, Iron Man, Into the Void, Black Sabbath, The Wizard, SBS/Paranoid, and SLPVIL/Children of the Grave. Not definitely in that order, being as I had to ask around and compare to set-lists available online as well.
This years Ozzfest was amazing and one of the best I’ve seen in recent years. I would highly suggest anyone who likes even one of these bands go check out this show. It’s amazing; well worth the relatively high price for the ticket and one of the greatest collections of metal bands performing live in a single day that I’ve seen in a while. Even if you don’t’ like half the bands that are playing, go anyway you’ll be surprised what seeing some one live will make you think of them.
The remaining tour dates for Ozzfest are as follows:
8/2 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
8/4 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/6 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
8/7 - Somerset, WI @ Float Rite Park Amphitheatre
8/11 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
8/13 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/14 - Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/16 - West Valley City, UT @ USANA Pavilion
8/18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
8/20 - Devore, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
8/23 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
8/25 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff
8/27 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
8/28 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/31 - Antioch, TN @ Starwood Ampitheatre
9/2 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/4 - West Palm Beach @ Sound Advice Amphitheatre
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