New York death metallers OBLITERATION have issued the following report regarding their participation in the Ozzfest 2004 unsigned band contest:
"OBLITERATION made the audition for Ozzfest. I mean we made it by the skin of our teeth. Literally!!! Newly recruited bass player Mike Greenfield didn't show up until 30 minutes before the interview!!! Talk about grace under pressure. Now Mike is not officially in the band since he still has songs to learn and an audition to get the position, but our most sincere thanks to him for stepping up at last minute notice.
"Let me backtrack here. It all began on Thursday night (June 17). I met Cesar at his house to work on the application for Ozzfest, take a band photo and to debrief Vlad, our vocalist, for the audition. Yet like Mike he still has another audition until he becomes a permanent member. I have faith both of these brothers will rise to the occasion. After all was done there, I crashed at Alex's house where we had a nice joint before typing a bio and then it was off to bed. We woke up at 8:00 and got in the city at 9:00. The line at the Roxy [in New York City] was all the way around the block. We endured blistering sun and drank lots of water. By the time we reached the front of the line, Mike was still not there. This really wracked our nerves because bands without a full lineup were told to leave. After letting many bands cut ahead of us, Mike showed up. My brother from DETERIOROT made good on his word!!! Can't blame him though. We knew he had work. Well then there was part one of the interviews. In front of a video camera seen by Ozzy and Sharon, we were asked why OBLITERATION belong on Ozzfest. Basically I bulldozed through that saying we would be honored to share the stage with legends and would destroy everything in our path. Following that was an all-out black metal yell from the rest of the band except for Alex who the interviewer said was the mellow one in the band, haha. Next they took a quick photo and added it to our press kit. Then was part two of the interview. Being hyper from all the candy they were giving us, we had fun with this one. Seeming unable to not be the focus of attention, the interviewer began prodding me for info. He said what can you tell me about Mike? My reply with a laugh...no comment...He said c'mon this is Ozzfest...You know the Osbournes...you can tell me anything. Fine I said...Last night Mike and I were in a heated debate about Ozzfest and Mike said he would hit Sharon, you know take one for the team. With much enthusiasm, he began writing this down. Then came Vlad. For some reason his service in the military came up. I think it was the Kaiser Wilhelm shirt. Vlad told him he got kicked out because military doctors found psoriasis on his nuts. Once again the pen went to work. All in all an eventful day. Now we wait for a callback. We're keeping our fingers crossed."