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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