On this date in history, 8/13/2002, Ozzfest made the annual tour stop at Deer Creek. This time around the metal smorgasbord featured Ozzy Osbourne, System Of A Down, Rob Zombie, P.O.D., Drowning Pool, Adema, Black Label Society, Ill Nino, Down, Hatebreed, Meshuggah, Lost Prophets, Chevelle, The Apex Theory, Neurotica, The Used, Mushroomhead, Seether, Glassjaw, Switched, Otep, and Pulse Ultra.

This show ended up being sort of bizarre for me. First of all, I went alone, because my son went with a bunch of his friends, so I was on my own. No problem there.

A few days prior to the show I had accidentally washed one of my contact lenses down the sink, so I wore my glasses. Again, no problem. I just determined to stay out of the mosh pits and everything would be just fine!

I enjoyed some killer sets by Otep, Meshuggah (unbelievably brutal and fantastic!) and Hatebreed, along with okay sets by Neurotica (who did a pretty cool cover of “I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles, The Apex Theory (who actually benefited from a brief rain storm that united the crowd in an act of drenched solidarity) and Mushroomhead (who suffered from technical issues that were probably out of their control).

Phil Anselmo and the mighty Down were the headliners of the second stage and I had managed to maneuver my way to the very front of the stage. The first two songs were crazy good, and then the unthinkable happened!  A crowd surfer’s foot made contact with my head, and my glasses fell to the ground, instantly trampled and destroyed! I blindly pushed back through the crowd and found a payphone and called my roommate who was coming to the show later to see Ozzy and System Of A Down.

I luckily got her to bring my one remaining contact to me. While I waited, blind as a bat, I at least got to listen to Black Label Society and Drowning Pool (coincidentally, their lead singer’s last performance before he was found dead on his tour bus the next day) and finally my contact was delivered just in time for me to see Rob Zombie’s final song!

System and Ozzy finished in stellar form and that is my report for Ozzfest 2002. Moral of the story…be careful when rinsing contact lenses!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic


On This Date in History


Emperor of Sand (Reprise)
On a playlist with: Baroness, Crowbar, Devin Townshend Project
Listen “Sultan’s Curse” (here)

I’ll admit that I’ve never been a raging Mastodon fan, but every album they put out always has at least a few songs on it that I can jam to. For example, “Blood and Thunder” will always have a special place in my heart because of the clown pit in the music video (and because I murdered gnomes to it back in my World of Warcraft days), and “Divinations” is a killer song too. This time around, Mastodon slightly broke away from their normal mold of music and the results are something that should please any fan of the band new or old, even if the record itself isn’t quite perfect.



Body Count
Bloodlust (Century Media)
On a playlist with: Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies, Biohazard
Listen “No Lives Matter” (here)

If political hardcore music isn’t your thing, then you should stay far, far away from this album. However, if you’re not a sheltered fuckhead who can handle a message about the shitty state of our country, then this album will be quite the fun listen. Ice-T’s lyrics here center around the themes of racism, police brutality, class warfare and the like as the always have. Although it’s shitty that he’s been making music about these things for more than twenty years, this album is easily the band’s best in quite some time.


Woe to the Vanquished (Napalm)
On a playlist with: Havok, Slayer, Exodus
Listen Full album stream (here) Review (here)

The fifth album from the Los Angeles thrash outfit is much more refined than their previous effort, IV: Empires Collapse. This album cuts out all the bullshit and gets straight to the point, which is to whip your ears into a maniacal frenzy of double kicks, fast riffs and shouted vocals. As our very own Maximus put it, “in an era of overly-serious and excessively-performed metal music, Warbringer are one of the most refreshing bands we have.”


demonhunteroutlive1-150x150Demon Hunter
Outlive (Solid State)
On a playlist with: Killswitch Engage, Trivium, All That Remains
Listen “Cold Winter Sun” (here)

Everyone needs a little bit of metalcore in their life, right? Now if you’re one of the few people who didn’t just skip to the next album after reading the word metalcore, then props to you for being a trooper. Although I wouldn’t really call myself a Demon Hunter fan, they’ve never really put out a bad album and considering this one is their eighth, that’s quite the achievement. I do have to say though, I’m not really sure what was going through their heads when the line “We are come undone” was written.


diabolicalmessiah-150x150Diabolical Messiah
Weapons Against the Sacred (Dark Descent)
On a playlist with: Death, Behemoth, Belphegor
Listen “Unmerciful Campaign of Hate” (here)

How great is that album artwork? Nothing says Satan quite like rampaging demons murdering angels with huge tits. On the likely chance that you’ve never heard of Diabolical Messiah, they’re a Chilean blackened death metal act who last released an album in 2010 called Satan Tottendemon Victory!!! (yes, with three exclamation points). Weapons Against the Sacred has the recording quality that black metal elitists will love and the death metal heaviness to bury the weak-minded who stumble upon it.


The Elysian Fields Adelain (Vinyl) (Nuclear War Now) listen
Agatus The Eternalist (Hell’s Headbangers) listen
Autopsy Severed Survival (Picture Disc) (Peaceville) listen
Astral Doors Black Eyed Children (Metalville) listen
BackWordz Veracity (Stay Sick Recordings) listen
Bereft Lands (Prosthetic) listen
Bestial Warlust Blood & Valour (Hell’s Headbangers) listen
Bolt Thrower Realm Of Chaos (Full Dynamic Range) (Vinyl) (Earache Records) listen
Chevelle Wonder What’s Next (Vinyl) (srcvinyl) listen
Darkthrone A Blaze In The Northern Sky (Picture Disc) (Peaceville) listen
Darkthrone Dark Thrones And Black Flags (Peaceville) listen
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance (Peaceville) listen
Death Human (Remastered Reissue) (Vinyl) (Relapse) listen
Falls Of Rauros Vigilance Perennial (Bindrune/Nordvis) listen
Gruesome Fragments Of Psyche (Relapse) listen
Imminence This Is Goodbye (SharpTone Records) listen
Invidia As The Sun Sleeps (SPV) listen
Nightrage The Venomous (Despotz Records) listen
One Last Shot The Death Of A Poet & All Of His Friends (N/A) listen
Saturn Beyond Spectra (Rise Above) listen
Sinner Tequila Suicide (AFM) listen
The Artificials Heart (Tragic Hero Records) listen
The Moth Gatherer The Comfortable Low (Agonia Records) listen
The Royal Seven (Long Branch) listen
Troubled Horse Revolution on Repeat (Rise Above) listen
Windswept The Great Cold Steppe (Season Of Mist) listen

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