OZZFEST 2004 Review: PHILIP ANSELMO Should Shut Up And Sing

Gemma Tarlach of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviewed the Ozzfest 2004 traveling festival when it hit East Troy, Wisconsin on Saturday (August 14). An excerpt from her review follows:

"Opening the main stage with his boogie-based biker metal BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, Zakk Wylde was one of several artists who dedicated a song to U.S. troops overseas.

" 'Without them, we wouldn't be able to hang out here,' Wylde said. SUPERJOINT RITUAL melded hard-core punk and heavy metal with tight and ferocious songs such as 'Personal Insult'. But too much of the band's half-hour time slot was wasted by front man Phil Anselmo, formerly of PANTERA, and his martyr-messiah rants.

" 'I cripple myself for the sake of heavy (string of expletives) metal,' Anselmo bellowed when taking a break from directly haranguing the thousands who sat with arms folded during his set.

"Memo to Phil: Shut up and sing.

"Representing the opposite end of the metal spectrum - and the country of Norway in these Metal Olympics — black metal's DIMMU BORGIR braved bright afternoon sun in full scary-dude face paint for a half-hour set of swooning keyboards and grandiose songs such as 'Spellbound'.

"Theatrical Satan-centric metal wasn't everyone's cup of beer, so to speak, and many in the crowd used the time to peruse the T-shirt kiosks." Read more.


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