OZZFEST LIVE (Columbia/Sony) Rating: NN
Just as Ozzy's annoying/adorable mug has become a symbol of the best and the absolute worst of all that is metal, the same is true of this live document of his namesake metal extravaganza. The tracks flow seamlessly from one to the next, giving the listener a sense of the highs and lows. There are many lows. It was not really advisable to place OutKast's P.O.D. right after Rob Zombie's More Human Than Human. It only shows how talented Zombie really is and how easy it is to suck in comparison. Similarly, Down's rocking Ghosts Along The Mississippi sets you up for a fall with Hatebreed's horrible A Call For Blood. Like life, you have to take the good with the bad, and doesn't the world seem like an Ozzfest lately?