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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

August 1, 2013

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In case you didn’t know, the metal festival known as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour rolls into Austin tomorrow. When Ozzfest took a dirt nap back in the mid oughts, it seemed to be a signal of times changing. Huge festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, ACL Fest and Bonnaroo all decided that parking in a city and letting fans come to them was a better business model than trying to make a nationwide summer tour. For dedicated metal fans there are plenty of destination festivals, Maryland Deathfest, New England Metal and Hardcore, and Europe, who are the patriarchs of the metal festival.

In a nutshell, I hate festivals. They are designed for people who sort of like music, but really want to say they went somewhere cool and ate a bunch of funnel cakes. For those of us who darken the door of music venues almost daily some weeks, they can be cumbersome at best. What they do accomplish though, is exposing people on the fringe of music to the center, if just for a short while. Mayhem Fest ends this weekend, but I thought I should acknowledge the effort to bring metal to the mainstream, and give you a song from almost all of the artists this month. Enjoy!

:Rob Zombie – We’re An American Band:
:Amon Amarth – Blood Eagle:
:Mastodon – March Of The Fire Ants:
:Born Of Osiris – Machine:
:Machine Head – Aesthetics Of Hate:
:Butcher Babies – I Smell A Massacre:
:Job For A Cowboy – Entombment Of A Machine:
:Children Of Bodom – Bodom Blue Moon:
:Huntress – I Want To Fuck You To Death:
:Emmure – When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong:
:Five Finger Death Punch – Lift Me Up:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

April 5, 2013

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After the death of the touring festivals for more mainstream music in the ‘90s, metal took the reins via Sharon Ozbourne and Ozzfest. It revived the tradition of pairing some of the largest names in metal with new up and coming artists, as well as local bands, and unfortunately some occasional crap, too.

The festival(s) in the last decade have taken on a new skin with parking in one location and getting fans, which have the cash to travel, to come to them. Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Voodoo, ACL and so on, have become an elitist haven for watered down lineups meant for the highest bidders to make a pilgrimage of douchery, and have an excuse to rip off their shirts and complain about how hot it is standing outside while waiting for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

For the rest of us punks and metalheads, a few smart people keep the big tours happening. Summer Slaughter, Vans Warped Tour, and the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour maintain opportunities to see a lot of bands in one day in your city at a reasonable price. I wanted to take this month to give you a preview of the latter.

:Rob Zombie – Call Of The Zombie:
:Amon Amarth – The Pursuit of Vikings:
:Behemoth – Prometherion:
:Mastodon – Quintessence:
:Born Of Osiris – Recreate:
:Machine Head – Locust:
:Children Of Bodom – Bodom Blue Moon:
:Job For A Cowboy – Regurgitated Disinformation:
:Emmure – When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong:
:Five Finger Death Punch – Under And Over It:

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