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This year's Metalfest lineup looked to
be the lamest yet, as it's steadily gone downhill in the
last few years. The majority this year were your
standard Headbangers Ball fair, consisting mostly of
bands playing recycled hardcore and thrash riffs with
downright horrible vocals...all dressing the same with
their tight vintage shirts and jeans, or worse, wearing
makeup and having pretty boy haircuts. Of course there
were the Hatebreed ripoffs, including Hatebreed
themselves...why not just book Agnostic Front and do
it the right way? Thankfully, there was no onslaught of
the now incredibly-overdone-in-MA Shadows Fall spawn.
Needless to say, I only caught a few bands.
Kylesa were the closest thing I saw on the 3 day line-up
to resemble stoner rock or doom. No one seemed to know who
the hell they were, but they put on a good show around
3:30pm on Friday afternoon. Obituary were the next band
I really wanted to see, they came on around 9pm and
tore the crowd a new one with their grindy old-school
death metal. I finally got to hear "Slowly We Rot" live.
Killer. Now if only Carcass would reform as well...
Day 2: I missed Strapping Young Lad...damnit. I'm sure
they were insanely metal as usual. Danzig went on sometime
after 10pm, and opened with several new songs (bad idea
when your best material is from the first 3 Danzig
albums). Then came the part we were all waiting for,
(all of us over 20 who know who the Misfits are) Doyle
came out in full Misfits garb, and they played a way-too-short
Misfits set. Misfits songs average in around 2-3 minutes
long, so I was hoping for a nice half-hour set with say,
10-13 songs...I think we got about 5-6. "We Are 138",
"Skulls", "Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?", and
of course, "Die, Die My Darling". No "London Dungeon",
"Death Comes Ripping", "Braineaters", or "Green Hell"
I missed the 3rd day...one can only hope for a better
lineup next year.
Reviewed by: Wolfie