I was able to snag two tickets to this year’s Ozzfest, which I’m pretty excited about. The lineup looks pretty solid. I’m particularly looking forward to 3 Inches of Blood, Lamb of God and Nile. If you’ve never listened to Nile…it’s probably the most epic, intense, and majestic death metal ever. All of their songs deal with topics related to ancient Egypt, and their music has a definite Middle Eastern flavor, with sweeping blasts of horns and pounding drums that make you feel like you’re in the middle of a movie. I’m curious to hear how they come across live.

I’m also curious about the fact that all of the bands performing at Ozzfest are not being paid. Obviously, no one is forcing these bands to play for free, but I wonder if it will effect the performances. Will the sets be short? Will these bands have the same energy? Any resentment there? I know there is resentment out there. I read this interview with Queens of the Stone Age, and they were pretty pissed that bands were being asked to perform for free. As a fan, I’m never going to turn down a free show, so I’ll leave the hand-wringing to the artists involved.

Finally, as I was perusing the web for metal-themed news, I came across this curious article published this week in the India Times. Something tells me the author might be working with some bad information:
“…Metallica and Pantera showed the world what heavy metal was all about. Numetal followed in the form of Korn, Rage Against the Machine , Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park, among others. And now, Exodus, Kreator, Slayer, Children Of Bodom have struck a chord with the heavy metal listeners with their new genre of music comprising thrash, black, death and hardcore metal.”

How about that? NuMetal pre-dates thrash, black, death and hardcore! And who is this band Slayer? I love their new sound!

But the best part of this article are the Indian online dating ads – SimplyMarry.com. They’re progressive enough to date online, but it’s still straight to marriage.


~ by mikehill25 on June 14, 2007.

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