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Ozzfest 2006 Comes To Bristow, Virginia

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Another year, another Ozzfest. After a star-studded lineup for its ten year anniversary last year, Ozzfest was faced with the challenge of putting together yet another great lineup for its eleventh year. When I went to Bristow, VA on Sunday, August 6, 2006, I was wondering just how good a lineup they managed to scrape together. I knew the bands that were playing, but the real question remained whether the main stage bands could hold their own with primarily younger, nu-metal bands on it and Ozzy closing out the second stage.

The temperatures had fortunately dropped from the 105F degree humid days of only a few days earlier, but the sky was crystal clear for most of the day and the intense sun beating down on you in the 90F degree temperatures was still enough to take a lot out of you and require constant re-hydration.

Once again, I managed to miss some good bands I'd hoped to see play the second stage. Arriving only a little late, it then took an hour to actually make it through the line and into the Nissan Pavilion. During that time, I managed to hear a little of the Red Chord and Strapping Young Lad, having already missed All That Remains.

The second stage was fairly good this year, with highlights being Unearth, Full Blown Chaos and A Life Once Lost, and then Ozzy, of course. Atreyu had their moments, as did Between The Buried And Me and Walls of Jericho. Bad Acid Trip and Norma Jean just seemed too noisy overall, not establishing many good riffs or grooves.

With Black Label Society and Ozzy closing out the second stage this year, there seemed to be lacking the big name younger bands closing it out. While Unearth and Atreyu are fairly successful acts, they don't have much on recent headlining acts such as Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Slipknot and others. Given the void of classic metal and older, established acts on the main stage as well, this was somewhat disappointing. While Ozzy and BLS are big names, they are the usual fare for Ozzfest.

Furthermore, with Ozzy's closing of the second stage this year, there was a barrier erected around "the pit" area of the second stage, and only ticket holders could get in. So not only could us lowly lawn ticket holders not get up close to see Ozzy for once, but we couldn't even get up close to see any of the second stage bands as in years past.

Overall, Ozzy did a good job on the second stage. His voice held up for the most part with only a few errant notes, in what was a decent hour-long performance.

Dragonforce started playing the main stage almost immediately. The main stage and especially audience reaction seemed pretty subdued for most of the evening with the initial bands appealing to specific niches. Dragonforce was fast, but had that cheesy power metal vibe to it. Lacuna Coil put on a good performance, but sounded much more nu-metal than I've ever heard them. Without the vocals of Christina Scabbia, one might have thought Korn were playing up there. Hatebreed arguably had the most energy and aggression in their music, but their straight up, no frills hardcore style clearly did not appeal to the masses either.

Avenged Sevenfold had some heavy riffs in their older material, but overall put on a lackluster performance with the exception of their cover of Pantera's "Walk" with Bleeding Through's Brandan Schieppati on vocals. The cover was so well executed and Brandan sang Phil Anselmo's style of vocals so well, that this song was not only the highlight of Avenged Sevenfold's set, but of the entire night.

Disturbed and System of a Down followed and both put on decent performances, but performances that were mere shadows of their main stage debuts that impressed me in previous years. Both bands focused heavily on their newer material, which is arguably not as strong (or at least heavy) despite the increased album sales. System of a Down played at least the first 45 minutes of their set of only new material from their latest releases, Mesmerize and Hypnotize. Both bands' guitars did not sound like the typical down-tuned nu-metal that is so critical to their respective sounds, and therefore the guitars sounded weaker overall. In addition, neither bands' vocalists sang with the precision or intensity of either their studio recordings or their past Ozzfest performances. As stated, the performances were adequate – even somewhat enjoyable – but they were a far shot from replacing the typical main stage headliner-caliber bands such as Slayer, Tool, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and others who have played the main three slots in years past.

In the end, Ozzfest 2006 in Bristow, Virginia was an enjoyable day out. Half of the fun is always in the atmosphere and reading what's on people's shirts and such. The performances weren't bad but the lineup wasn't as strong as it could have been. Ozzfest 2006 may go down in history as the least memorable Ozzfest in the eleven years, even if remembered for Ozzy playing the second stage and one killer cover of "Walk."

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1. FallenAngel writes:

f*** yea, AVENGED kicks f***ing ass. they rock!!! <;3

# Aug 10, 2006 @ 12:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Raw writes:

Wow that's news to me regarding the second stage. I was pretty close during Unearth and Atreyu and didn't see any barriers or such. I think the biggest bummer to me this year came months ago when A7X was announced as the "surprise" band rather than a more respected metal act that could have rounded out the main stage.

I disagree on Lacuna Coil, as I thought they put on the best performance of the day overall, but otherwise it sounds like we had pretty much the same experience. I hope Ozzfest can do a little more next year to keep up with the Gigantours and SOTU tours, and for Christ's sake lose B.L.S. every year.

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3. slayerdisciple writes:

goddamnit why couldnt the unholy alliance come to VA at all

# Aug 10, 2006 @ 2:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathbringer writes:

Raw, it's probably because Ozzy didn't play in your area, right? I think in making sure the high-paying ticket holders got to be up close as if he were playing the main stage, they simply screwed everyone one else over on the second stage. That's my guess.

And I agree with slayerdisciple, the whole DC area got skipped for Unholy Alliance. That is one tour I would have loved to see every band on... I'm hoping Gigantour will stop here this year at least.

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5. Raw writes:

Yeah, Ozzy skipped Indy, but is his presence reason to barrier off the whole second stage all day long? Anyhow, that makes two straight years that Ozzy has bailed on Indy.

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6. Deathbatgirl writes:

too bad for you guys my show rocked avenged was f***ing awesome as usual and ozzy was there yeah lacuna coil rocked. ozzfest was alright this year i hope avenged has another run on it next year.

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7. FallenAngel writes:

they better be in it next year since i couldnt go this yerar :(

# Aug 11, 2006 @ 9:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. lorlor writes:

I for one hope A7X does NOT come again. They have no place at Ozzfest and are totally lame! I didn't even enjoy the show very much as a whole this year. It was too darn hot, and SOAD put on a weak performance, and Draimen talked too much and seemed like a robot on stage rather than a performer. He never once made any eye contact with any of the fans. It was a waste of $100 for pit tix.

# Aug 12, 2006 @ 12:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. FallenAngel writes:

well you have your opinion on it and i have mine... you dont have to go next year but i will... so yea i want them to go...

# Aug 12, 2006 @ 8:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. helladuck writes:

I'm not sure which show you went to or saw deathbringer, but the first 3,000 people in line got the green wristbands which allowed you into the pit for the 2nd stage. It didn't matter what you paid for the tic. And the reason it is done only on the Ozzy dates is because they know 5,000 more people will show up earlier to see the Ozzman Cometh and they want people to be safe. Not everyone that loves metal loves to punch their buddies in the face durng the show. Especially us older fans.

Regarding A7X, I agree they dont belong, however if the sound didn't suck at Nissan as much as it did, some of us may have felt differently afterwards, allthough A7X and DragonForce are complete ripoffs of Maiden, and everysong sounded exactly the same. Hatebreed was a little too much for me. Lacuna Coil....hmmm....I thought they stunk up the joint too. Just because you and your band headband together on stage at the same time EVERY SONG YOU PLAY, doesnt make you metal. As far as Disturbed and System go, I think they were as good as they have ever been, and I haven't missed an ozzfest yet. It's a shame to see System go on haitus for a while or maybe for good. They didn't bullsh** at Nissan they simply ripped 23 tunes and rolled. I thought it was effing fantastic.

All in all, weak lineup, terrible audio, and even though we had Ozzy, would have rather see him headline in the dark for a full set. At the same time I completely understand why it was the way it was this year and happy to see the show go on, with or without the prince of darkness.

# Aug 13, 2006 @ 3:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ThePoision writes:

i thought that Ozzfest was pretty good i didnt like A7X their new stuff sucks and they just didnt sound good to me as does SOAD i dont like them i left the concert early because of them. i liked Lacuna Coil though and all the other bands. the reason though as to why Disturbed may have sounded a little off is because their singer has been having problems lately and actually just got surgery done to fix all the problems he was having with his voice because all year he seems to have been kinda sick and not really able to perforn like normal

# Aug 31, 2006 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. rising end writes:

lorlor you paid 100 dollars? ouch, you could have seen 5 club shows with big name, quality bands this summer with that money.

# Aug 31, 2006 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. I don't even know writes:

I missed out this year on going, but the lineup wasn't too great and ozzy wasn't coming to the show near me, so wasn't the biggest loss. but for those that went to an Ozzy date, how was he this year. I've heard he was bad and I've heard he was better than he has been in a long time, so what would any of you all say?

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