Looking over the final lineup for the Free OZZFEST this year, makes me wonder, who from my generation is fired up about going to this concert.
The main stage is supposed to be Ozzy, Lamb of God, Lordi, and if rumor serves me correctly, Buckcherry.
To me, Lordi, and Buckcherry would be my only reason for hitting this show. Lordi is huge over in Finland, but the great unknown here (although they hit #37 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart in the U.S. this week.) Do a quick search for Lordi at the Hard Rock Hideout and check out the review for Arocalypse with all of the videos. They are kind of like GWar, minus the gore, and a hell of a lot more talent. The singer takes a little of getting used to, but the band is excellent.
This is where my rant begins:
Looking at the stage two lineup is a plethora of Death Metal Bands.
Hatebreed, Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator, Behemoth, Nile, Ankla, Circus Diablo, The Showdown, 3 Inches of Blood, Haath, In this Moment, and CHTHONIC.
After reading through this lineup, I must admit that I was not familar with any of the stage two bands. I started viewing their myspace pages, one by one, checking out the sound of each band, and quite frankly, I wonder if Ozzy and Sharon have lost their mind, or if these are the only bands that they could get to play for free.
With the exception of In the Moment, who has a very good female singer (Maria), (this band could easily be another Evanescense), however she struggles to get her voice heard over the band’s death metal screamer. This band was the almost highlight. I could not listen to the rest of them.
Maybe I missing the whole reason behind the OZZFEST. To me Ozzy grew in popularity from his days with Black Sabbath, and cemented it in the 80′s with his solo discs. I would think he would look for artists of this kind. There are hundreds of bands playing 80′s style hard rock everyday in the world, that would kill for the exposure in the U.S. I dig more and more of them up everyday and review their music here.
It makes me wonder if Ozzy has forgotten his roots. If this is the metal that appeals to today’s generation, the music has completely moved beyond me. I enjoy hard rock and heavy metal music, but the key to each band must have a singer who can sing well. Judging from most of the bands on the Ozzfest in 2007, their will be more screaming than singing.
Truly sad if you ask me. Good thing it is free. You will need to save your money for some earplugs and aspirin for the headache you will have afterwords, if you choose to attend.