Chris Loomis

Ozzfest Festival Stages @ Glen Helen Amphitheater – 11/04/2017

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Kreator @ Glen Helen Amphitheater – 11/04/2017After the return of Ozzfest in 2016 as part of the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest weekend in San Bernardino, CA – the biggest extreme Metal festival returned in 2017 with Ozzfest on Saturday November 4 and KNOTFEST on Sunday November 5. The festivals namesake Ozzy Osbourne headlined the festival as a solo act on the main stage after closing the show in 2016 as a member of Black Sabbath. With 14 bands scattered across three festival stages, there was certainly a genre of heavy music for everyone. With carnival rides, a vendor village and LOTS of music this was destined to be an epic day of music.

With the southern California temperatures at a nice 70 degrees and a partly cloudy/partly sunny day, the weather was picture perfect for an outdoor festival. The music kicked off at 11:00am and continued till about 5:00pm on the festival stages which kept fans busy migrating from the three stages during the early part of the day then onto the mainstage late in the afternoon.

For coverage of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Main Stage performances click here

For coverage of Knotfest Festival Stages click here

Some of the top Ozzfest highlights on the Festival Stages included:

Thrown into Exile kicking things off at 11:00am . . . and YES there was a decent sized crowd in attendance at this hour to support these Los Angeles heavy hitters.

Another early highlight was Night Demon – this NWOBHM-esque juggernaut picked up right where Thrown into Exile left off. It was barely noon at the end of their set and already Ozzfest was rocking harder than ever!

Denver’s thrash masters Havok set the bar extremely high as vocalist and guitarist David Sanchez kicked things into high gear. The mosh pits REALLY kicked in at this point and so did the extreme dust as a result.

You can’t have a metal festival without some authentic Norwegian Black Metal and that’s exactly what 1349 delivered. Possibly a bit out of character to see full corpse paint in the California sun but that did not affect the brutal set.

Similar to Storm Troopers of Death, Iron Reagan played a fast paced yet comical set of classic thrash metal. With their short songs and idiotic lyrics, this band led by Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta kept the pits going.

A little bit progressive, a little bit alternative but definitely HEAVY Baroness definitely made some new fans at Ozzfest with their crushing set. Recently joining Barones, guitarist Gina Gleason adds a ton more talent as well as a bit of beauty to Baroness.

Well at 3:45pm, German thrash Kings Kreator hit the stage and destroyed San Bernardino with a blazing set of thrash classics as well as scorching new tracks. Vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza immediately captured the crowd and the biggest circle pits of the afternoon erupted.

Other notable Festival Stage performers included Kyng, as well as High on Fire and a BRUTAL performance by Suffocation on the Nuclear Blast stage.

Kyng Photo Gallery

High on Fire Photo Gallery


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