Ozzfest Show Report For August 26th In Camden NJ
Band Photo: Slipknot (?)
The day was August 26th, the day of the Ozzfest, the festival all metal-heads know and worship. Bringing the heaviest tour to the masses year after year. This year was a year to remember with bands like Slayer, Judas Priest, Lamb of God, Slipknot, and upcomers Atreyu, Bleeding Through, and Lacuna Coil; among others.
After encountering a problem with getting my photo pass for the show, I calmed down and went into the venue. Immediately I witnessed how things have changed since my first concert in '99 because now the pit is completely different, and not in a good way. When I went to shows a few years ago it was a metal-pit, none of this stupid special-ed karate move bullshit. I can't stand the fact that these few ignorant bastards have to ruin my well earned, and easily spent money by being arrogant and having no respect for other people in the pit.
The first band I actually got to see was God Forbid, and they had a great set, playing some old and new songs and they had such amazing stage presence. The only complaint, was again the few ignorant people who decided to gang-jump a few people 8-on-1 on NUMEROUS occasions with no security around to do a damn thing either. Never-the-less the guys from God Forbid played an awesome set, and it was followed with another great band; Unearth. The came out playing some heavy ass riffs, tearing up the stage like there's no tomorrow. They played songs like "The Stings of Conscience" and "The Great Dividers" and the pit was insane, but as with almost every pit the same people ruined it (for me at least).
I didn't get a chance to see Otep up close but their sound was okay, they sounded better last year, their sound was too washed out, too much bass and drums, too little guitar and vocals. They did play good songs though, like "War Pigs" and "Warhead" and they were followed by another great band; Lacuna Coil. I must admit I was never a huge fan of the band up until recent months before the 'Fest. However, along with a FRIENDLY pit going on, and great stage presence they had an amazing set. They played great songs like "Heavens A Lie", and "Swamped" along with a few others. Christina's voice sounded more amazing then I thought possible.
After a brief 10-minute-delay the almighty metallers Lamb of God came out after revealing a new stage banner that advertises their new album "Ashes Of The Wake"(which is out in stores now!). They played a lot of older material from "New American Gospel" such as "Pariah" and "Black Label" (without the wall of death unfortunately). They also played a new, ear-shredding, song entitled "Laid To Rest" and it sounded just as good live as it does on CD. Also, the pit was mixed between old-school(better) pits and hard-core(stupid special-ed karate moves) pits so it wasn't all that bad this time. Right after they finished Hatebreed took the stage, I didn't get a chance to see them, however, I could hear them the entire time they played, and they sounded great as usual, playing a lot of older material and newer stuff as well. They really got the crowd into it as they always do so well.
After taking their time setting up Slipknot finally took the stage. Opening with "(sic)", "The Blister Exists” and a whole variety of other songs. Their sound was incredible as usual, they had great presence and Corey Taylor was able to get the fans REALLY into it as usual. The pit was incredible, not one single idiot trying to punch the air during 'Knot, which made for an incredible experience. I miss pits where the people in them have respect for one another.
I got to the main stage just in time, Black Label Society was just coming on, they played a mere 20 minutes of great metal. Zakk didn't do the usual double-performing because of Sabbath playing instead of Ozzy. So in my opinion his amazing talent got wasted by only giving him 20 minutes. Up next was Superjoint Ritual, I'm not a huge fan of them or Phil anymore either, their sound sucked and Phil was too high, or drunk to even talk straight so I didn't enjoy seeing them too much. DImmu Borgir was up right after SJR, and it was a good experience, I'm not too fond of "black metal' but they put on a good show.
Up next was the reigning gods of thrash metal, Slayer. They played a lot of older songs as well as newer ones. They played everything from "Chemical Warfare" to "South of Heaven" and "Raining Blood" to "Disciple" and everything in between. Lets just say they did not disappoint at all, with sound loud enough to make anyone go deaf and music that made my neck hurt for days afterwards it was a show to not forget anytime soon. I am not really fond of Judas Priest (bash me all you want but I like their music, and respect how they changed metal for the better, I'm just not a big fan of them) and being as I've seen Sabbath two or three times prior to this year I left after a few songs into the 'Priest set. However, I regret leaving now as something RARE happened, Ozzy had to call out from coming down with bronchitis so Rob Halford covered for him and played with Sabbath which is something nobody will probably EVER see again, disappointing some and making others have memories to haunt their wet-dreams for years to come. (no pun intended)
All-in-all this years Ozzfest did not disappoint, other then a couple problems, such as the assholes in the pits, the day was amazing, the bands kicked the hell out of Philly or Camden officially). Hope a lot of you were fortunate enough to stick around the entire day to witness the rare moment that Halford played live with Sabbath...hopefully by next year the stupid trend of "special-ed karate kid moves" will be done and over with so I can enjoy my concerts once again!
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