For those about to rock

Programming note: OTD is live all weekend . . . two exclusive Boston-rock tracks going up Saturday and Sunday. Don't sleep.

You want us to get mad at Ozzfest. Not gonna happen. Not even if these kids show up:

You want us to defend Ozzfest. Not gonna happen. Not even if these guys show up:

Everything you can possibly say is wrong with Ozzfest? It is. And it's probably worse than you think. Then again, y'know, Mastodon is playing. Black Sabbath could, conceivably, suck -- just like, theoretically, Gibson could stop manufacturing guitars tomorrow and go into the tutu business. We're pretty sure this isn't cool, but OTD's class-of-'88 thrash batteries seem to get revved up every time the new As I Lay Dying album comes on. And go ahead, hate on Killswitch Engage and Trivium if it'll make you feel all butch and Rob Halford about yourself. If this is what mall metal sounds like now, then build some fucking more malls.

Barring traffic snarls, it's about a 40-minute drive from Boston to Mansfield. Unless, that is, you're grinding the official OTD Ozzfest Mixtape on smash. Then it's a hair over 32 minutes. Click, drag, burn:

1. Mastodon, "Blood and Thunder" (mp3)
2. Archenemy, "We Will Rise" (mp3)
3. As I Lay Dying, "Meaning in Tragedy" (mp3)
4. Black Dahlia Murder, "A Vulgar Picture" (mp3)
5. Bury Your Dead, "The Color of Money" (mp3)
6. Shadows Fall, "The Power of I and I" (mp3)
7. Killswitch Engage, "Rose of Sharyn" (mp3)
8. Trivium, "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" (mp3)
9. Mastodon, "Iron Tusk" (mp3)

Ozzfest officially kicks off tomorrow -- Friday, July 15 -- at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield. Off the record, most of the bands are rehearsing in the neighborhood. Whatever you do, don't drive up to the Tweeter today expecting to see a run-through or something. That's definitely not a good idea.
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