Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Day 1 Review

Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath -Photo Credit: Ross Halfin

Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath -Photo Credit: Ross Halfin

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Day 1, San Manuel Amphitheater, September 24, 2016

Black Sabbath

The arrival of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest was upon Southern California with a gathering of music fans ready to witness an epic weekend of historic proportions.  The first night would be headlined by the legendary Black Sabbath, who were making their final appearance in the area.  And even though he had a cold, this would only serve to make the iconic Ozzy Osbourne sound even more haunting and otherworldly than ever.  Whether you were standing in the expensive seats or dancing ominous around the several fire pits in the lawn, Black Sabbath brought the entire San Manuel Amphitheater crowd together for a massive celebration of a vast and brilliant career.

There was nothing like watching the younger crowd circle pit around the burning flames as the band opened with the eerie refrains of the mighty Black Sabbath magnum opus.  Other songs such as Fairies Wear Boots, Snowblind, and War Pigs clearly enraptured the audience in attendance as far as the eye could see.  Osbourne was as wicked and diabolical as ever, performing with his trademark sense of theatrics.  Tony Iommi remains a total master on guitar, unleashing an atmosphere magic that is stunning to behold.  And Geezer Butler performed some heavy in the depths low end wizardry on bass!  Bringing it all home with an almighty vengeance was drummer Tommy Clufetos, who many music enthusiasts know performed on Ozzy’s 2010 solo endeavor entitled Scream.

The Sabbath favorite kept on arriving, with cuts such as N.I.B. Iron Man, Dirty Women and Children Of The Grave leaving grand and lingering impressions.  And The End definitely arrived when the band burst into a thrilling rendition of Paranoid at the conclusion of their set.

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Here are a few of the other highlights of Day 1 that made Ozzfest Meets Knotfest such as gloriously wicked occasion…


Performing earlier in the day at 12 Noon breakfast hour on the Monster Energy Drink Stage 2 was Allegaeon from Fort Collins, Colorado.  Unleashing their own dynamic brand of progressive death metal, Allegaeon sent the early arrivals into a frenzy with their thunderously solid set.  On the road promoting their just released Proponent for Sentience entreaty on Metal Blade Records, Allegaeon had a very attentive crowd witnessing their absolutely breathtaking performance.

New vocalist Riley McShane performed with a good deal of intensity – many genre fans may recognize McShane from his other bands Sons of Aurelius and Continuum.  The entire Allegaeon lineup is absolutely first rate, performing with passion and imagination. The Allegaeon setlist included Threshold, Gray Matter, Iconic Images, Mind And Matrix, and 1.618.

Be sure to check into their brand new album , which features an appearance by Bjorn  “Speed” Strid of Soilwork as well as a mesmerizing cover of the Rush classic Subdivisions.  And all extreme music fans must witness the Allegaeon experience when they do play in your area, as their live show is an event not to be missed!

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Featuring members of noted underground metal bands of the past such as Acid Bath and Soilent Green, Goatwhore took over Monster Energy Drink Stage 2, performing a death metal ritual that sent the mosh pits into flying dirt overdrive.  Based out of New Orleans and about to celebrate 20 years of spreading their own wicked brand of blackened noise upon the world at large, Goatwhore presented a set that slammed into your senses.

Performing songs from their various albums, Goatwhore spewed out their venomous madness and the crowd responded with a fevered sense of excitement.  Louis Benjamin Falgoust II is a wildly effective front man, spitting out the diabolical lyrics with ferocious precision.  And it’s always a wicked delight to see former Acid Bath member Sammy Duet shred it all into the fiery depths of hell and beyond on guitar.  The membership of Goatwhore absolutely devastated the Monster Stage in one of the most memorable, and truly malevolent performances of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.

Goatwhore’s latest manifesto of sonic terror is entitled Constricting Rage Of The Merciless – now available from Metal Blade Records!

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Dez Fafara and the DevilDriver horde may always be counted upon to unleash gripping live shows that grab their audience by their collective throats – and the band’s dynamic performance at Ozzfest presented the SoCal based band in their finest hour.  Overtaking the Monster Energy Drink Stage 1 in the blazing heat, DevilDriver sent the temperature rising to an even higher degree with their own brand of intensive in-your-face heavy metal.

Trust No One is DevilDriver’s latest release from Napalm Records, and the new songs were absolutely staggering within a live setting.  A clear fan favorite Clouds Over California from the standout 2007 album The Last Kinds Words was one of the many highlights of DevilDriver’s supremely impactful show.

Whether it’s with DevilDriver or his other band Coal Chamber, Dez Fafara remains a force of nature to be reckoned with.  With their extraordinary live shows and celebrated recording output, DevilDriver is sure to weave its wicked spell upon the masses for many years to come!   .

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With bands such as Opeth, Megadeth and Disturbed unveiling solid performances on the mainstage before the arrival of Black Sabbath as well as terrific discoveries to be made on the side stages, this was definitely a banner year for Ozzfest.  Stay tuned for our coverage of Day 2 from Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, featuring the auditory exploits of the one and only Slipknot!

(Review by Ken Morton – Black Sabbath photo by Ross Halfin – All other photos by Jack Lue)

Jack Lue preview photo gallery from Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Day 1 – click here!

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