S.O.D., Misfits On Tap For Metal Meltdown

A couple of veteran New York outfits will be in the driver's seat at this year's March Metal Meltdown as S.O.D. and The Misfits have been tapped to head up the 2000 edition of the two-day metal shindig.

The recently reunited hardcore purveyors S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death if you're playing along at home) and New York punk legends The Misfits will head up a bill that also includes Sentenced, Overkill, The Step Kings, In Extremo, Jacobs Dream, and some 100 others. The metal onslaught will descend upon Pennsauken, New Jersey's South Jersey Expo Center on March 10 and 11 this year and will also boast sets from Impaled Nazarene, Dillinger Escape Plan, Virgin Steele, Mortician, Fleshgrind, Anal Blast, Lo-Phat, Vitamin F, Bongzilla and many more. S.O.D. will headline the first night of the festival, while The Misfits will headline the second and final night.

As is usually the case, the two-day concert will also boast non-musical distractions in the form of adult

film star Jasmin St. Claire (who will host the event) and numerous stars from the World Wrestling Federation and Extreme Championship Wrestling.

The show is also the latest stop in what promoter Jack Koshick has dubbed the Metal Mania Series. Spinning off from Koshick's successful Milwaukee Metalfest, the Metal Mania Series also includes Texas' November To Dismember and Los Angeles' Mayhem In May (see "Milwaukee Metalfest Spawns Metal Mania Series").

For S.O.D., the Metal Meltdown comes on the heels of 1999's "Bigger Than The Devil," only the band's second studio album ever and first since 1985's "Speak English Or Die." "Bigger..." comes amid the band's latest stab at a reunion and finds original members Scott Ian, Charlie Benante (both of Anthrax), and Billy Milano, joined by bassist Dan Lilker.

Meanwhile, The Misfits are continuing to make the rounds in support of last year's "Famous Monsters." Jerry Only,

Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Dr. Chud, and Michale Graves had been supporting the release on the road with the likes of Gwar and were last seen making the rounds with World Championship Wrestling star Vampiro.

Tickets for this year's March Metal Meltdown are $55 for a two-day pass, or $35 for a one-day ticket.

For a full-length interview with The Misfits' Jerry Only, check out the MTV News Online feature "The Misfits: Welcome To The Party, Honey!"

-- Robert Mancini

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