"March Metal Meltdown" was the name given to the second annual underground heavy metal festival that took place this last weekend in New Jersey. About 150 groups got together on the four stages of the South Jersey Expo Center. Compared to this festival, Ozzifest (which, by the way, starts at the beginning of June this year) seems like just a regular get-together. The Meltdown brings together only those bands that haven't been on MTV, don't appear in fashionable magazines, and don't have anything to do with mainstream in general. Groups like Fleshgrind, Spite, Vomit Snack, Bongzilla, Dillinger Escape Plan, and In Extremo release their albums on tiny independent labels, which are usually run by their friends. Reviews for these groups come from self-publishing fanzines and heavy metal sites on the internet. The only group that had any resemblance to anything remotely mainstream was Slipknot.
According to the words of the organizer of the even, Jack Koshik, "heavy metal doesn't need the acknowledgement or support of mainstream or a wide audience. It lives best in the underground." The festival was created "for those who dig-" in other words, for its own people. The traditional trash of the old school was presented by Testament, while the Dillinger Escape Plan produced some jazz-inspired chaos, and the German band In Extremo played some new versions of 13th century Viking songs.
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