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Your guide to Ozzfest

Your guide to Ozzfest -- Who's who at the annual metal blowout, from Incubus to Pantera

Ozzfest, the traveling mosh-rock festival founded by Ozzy Osbourne, has become more than just a way to separate headbangers from their cash. (The annual tour has grossed $60 million since its inception four years ago.) With its constantly changing lineup, it also serves as a peek into the revived state of heavy metal. Whether you caught an early show or plan to attend one before the tour ends in September, here are the bands that will share the stage with Ozzy this summer. Consider it a preview — or a warning.

PANTERA
SOUND
Dark, sludgy but rhythmic death metal featuring singer Philip Anselmo’s deep, wrong-turntable-speed bellow
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC
Their ages — these Texans have been around since the early ’80s, making them battle-scarred vets.
CURRENT ALBUM
Reinventing the Steel, 10 more servings of the same gruel they’ve been slopping out since they reinvented themselves a decade ago.
SAMPLE LYRIC
”Born to a world so young and proud/ But over your heads hangs a black cloud/Grow your hair and crawl inside yourself.”
OZZY WOULD BE PROUD
Steel’s ”Goddamn Electric” is a big-time suck-up to the Ozzman: ”Your trust is in whiskey, weed, and Black Sabbath.”

METHODS OF MAYHEM
SOUND
Squalid brew of hardcore rap, tattooed hard rock, and grimy industrial
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC
A non-country band fronted by an ex-con — in this case, former Motley Crue drummer and boating-recreation poster boy Tommy Lee.
CURRENT ALBUM
1999’s barely listenable Methods of Mayhem, most notable for cameos by smackdown-rock all-stars Fred Durst, Lil’ Kim, and Kid Rock.
SAMPLE LYRIC
Lee excoriates the media for covering his troubles with the law and for publicizing his sex-manual videotape with recurring wife Pamela Anderson (”I ain’t gettin’ paid to entertain your bridal showers/Rockin’ my porno tape for hours n hours”).
OZZY WOULD BE PROUD
Becoming a father hasn’t prevented Lee from writing songs with titles like ”Proposition F— You.”

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
SOUND
New-generation biker rock that occasionally threatens to skid into a wall
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC
With their shorter hair and nondescript images, the Queens look more like matchbox twenty rejects than bacchanalians.
CURRENT ALBUM
Rated R, a comparatively lean, melodic grinder that pays homage to everyone from Cream to Alice in Chains — assuming those bands would have also dabbled in audio exotica like Indian tablas, jazz vibes, and New Orleans marching-band horns.
SAMPLE LYRIC
”You’re a head case with a smile/Can’t stop to make up your mind.”
OZZY WOULD BE PROUD
”Feel Good Hit of the Summer” consists of seven words total: ”Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy, and alcohol.”

STATIC-X
SOUND
They call it ”evil disco,” but we call it industrial-strength cheese: dumbed-down, doom-driven neo-metal derivative of NIN and Ministry.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC
Singer Wayne Static’s foot-high electroshock hairdo, mutton-chop sideburns, and braided goatee.
CURRENT ALBUM
Forsaking good ol’ Midwestern values in favor of nasty nihilism, Wisconsin Death Trip’s technotronic thrash is legitimately hair-raising.
SAMPLE LYRIC
”I always loved you love dumpling/Your s—‘s like chocolate cake.”
OZZY WOULD BE PROUD
Album art depicts band members bound to electric chairs.