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Concert Review: Gods of Metal (Day 4) (Ozzy & Freinds, Opeth, Black Label Society, Lamb of God) Milan, Italy June 24, 2012

From the second I heard that one of my all-time favorite bands and fathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath, were going to reunite for a tour I jumped on grabbing tickets as soon as possible.  No other bands were yet announced, but man, an opportunity to see Black Sabbath in what could be their final tour, hells yeah, you can’t put a price on that.  Unfortunately due to Tony Iommi’s battle with leukemia which arose after tour dates were set in the Black Sabbath show that was scheduled was canceled.  Luckily Mr. Tony Iommi was able to muster up enough strength to pull of a single homecoming show in his hometown of Birmingham, England and got to get the satisfaction of having the band come full circle and land back at home.  To Mr. Iommi, I say get well soon and I can’t wait till you can get the Sabbath ball rolling again.

But what about all the other shows that Black Sabbath promised to play?  Well, what’s the next best thing to Black Sabbath?  How about the face of the band, Mr. John Michel Osbourne, err, Ozzy!  Well, I bought tickets to see Black Sabbath, I’ve already seen Ozzy God knows how many times now and Black Sabbath only twice.  They tossed in Slash, Zack Wylde, and Geezer Butler, so I guess I can say I was sold on not trying for a refund on my ticket.  Having Opeth on the bill too, helped a pinch 😉  But before I get too ahead of myself, how about a little info on what else went down that day, it was a festival after all.

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Monday Metal Madness – Festivals

Last week, the Sunday set for Download, UK got all the votes. Looks like people want to see Black Sabbath…and the rest of the bands that day. I guess I made the right choice.

If you live in Europe and some parts of America, chances are you live within range to catch one of the major festivals. Given sufficient funds to catch any ONE of those festivals which one would it be? Are you the type drawn by one headliner? Do you like the sampling of metal all day long no matter who is playing? Here is a list of festivals in and around Europe/America. Cast your vote and let us know which on appeals to you most.  Also, If I forgot a festival or a region like Australia, fee free to write in your choice with a link so we can check it out too.  Have a great week!

Download Festival – United Kingdom

Wacken Open Air – Germany

Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium

Hellfest – France

Gods of Metal – Italy

Bloodstock Open Air – United Kingdom

Sonisphere Festival – Traveling (multiple locations)

Tuska Open Air – Finland

Maryland DeathFest – Maryland, USA

Barge To Hell – Cruise Ship – Florida, USA

Metaltown Festival – Sweden

More Gods of Metal Bands Announced

A slew of were announced today and what I had thought would be a one-day festival is turning into a 4 day affair.  Looks like I got tickets for the right day as Sunday, June 24th just got better with the addition of DevilDriver, and August Burns Red.  So add that to the real Gods of Metal, Black Sabbath, along with Opeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium you got yourself a hell of a day filled with glorious metal.

Below are the dates and announced bands to be playing with a couple WTFs in there:

Thursday, June 21st:

Man-O-War (Headliners)


Holy Hell

Friday, June 23rd:

Guns & Roses (Headliner)

Within Temptation

Sebastian Bach

Killswitch Engage

Blackstone Cherry

Ugly Kid Joe

Saturday, June 24th

Motley Crue (Headliners)

Sunday, June 25th

Black Sabbath (Headliners)


Lamb of God



August Burns Red


There are more bands to be announced, but I am quite content on the day I got my tickets for.  And now for my opinions on the lineup so far….  First off I do have to say the promoters are putting together great lineups.  So far the bands that are playing with each other on their respective days compliment each other well.

Who remembers those guys who play guitars on the beach and hate everything?  Ugly Kid Joe!!  That was way random, but a very welcome addition, just wish it was on Sunday.

Man-O-War there’s another bit of randomness for you, but I like the whole Power Metal theme of the day.  I’d like to see who else the fill the open spots, Rhapsody would be absolutely perfect, but I don’t think they are on good terms with Joey DeMaio (of Man-O-War) after he completely screwed them over some years back.  I wonder how many fur loincloths and gloves of metal one can find at the show.

It also looks like Within Temptation has a good chance to become headliners.  Seriously, what promoter signs Axl Rose, errr, Guns & Roses up for a tour, it’s not like they are well known for being punctual, putting on stellar performances, or keeping the audience in good spirits and not rioting or anything.  Supposedly they will be focusing on material from Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion.  Ya, know, the albums that Slash and Co. on them…

The Gods of Metal Festival is being held in Milan, Italy at Arena Fiera Milano.  Ticket info can be found here.

Check out a couple tunes from the Sunday additions below.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

The Italian Date for Black Sabbath Just Got Sweeter

At the announcement of a new album and coinciding tour for a re-reunited Ozzy-era Black Sabbath didn’t get me worked up enough, the announcement that they would be playing a few metro stops away from my humble abode did.  The Gods of Metal festival is hitting Milan, Italy on the 24th of June and will be held at Arena Fiera Milano.  headlining is the fathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath, and now recently confirmed, are 3 killer bands, and 1 of which whom has turned this into a do-not-miss event for me.  Lamb of God and Trivium, 2 bands that I quite enjoy have been added to the roster, but it’s the band under Sabbath that has got me excited for this show.  Opeth will be playing right before Black Sabbath and I can not think of a more suited band for the fathers to follow.

As info on this festival pops up I’ll keep you all updated for all the metal fans who may want to take a trip to one of the most beautiful countries in the world for an awesome day of metal, pizza, and pasta.