Battle for Ozzfest

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Battle for Ozzfest
Genre Reality television
Directed by Lisa Caruso
Rick Telles
Judges Ozzy Osbourne
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Original network MTV
Original release 25 October 2004 (25 October 2004) – 10 January 2005

Battle for Ozzfest is a reality TV show that aired during autumn 2004 on MTV, where eight bands 'battle' it out in a series of challenges to win a spot on the stage of the metal festival Ozzfest, which is a primarily heavy metal-subgenre based music festival.[1] The series lasted 12 episodes, the winner being decided by online voters.[2]


A Dozen Furies won the spot on the 10th anniversary of Ozzfest, and got $65,000 in cash, gear from Gibson guitars, and a record deal from Sanctuary Records.

After the show[edit]

  • A Dozen Furies, Cynder and Manntis played the Battle for Ozzfest tour which was selected by being one of the top three finalists.[5]
  • Manntis got signed by Century Media Records following the conclusion of the show but have since become unsigned once again.
  • A Dozen Furies went on numerous tours with acts such as Gwar and Disturbed but have since broken up.
  • Curse Your Name released a self-titled LP in 2008, and most recently released the album Better Off Dead in December 2011, while vocalist and show contestant Ryan started a solo project.
  • Final Drive are still active and unsigned. Chelsea (contestant and representative for Final Drive) is no longer in the group.
  • Beyond All Reason are recording a new album
  • Jesse (contestant and representative for Trauma Concept) is no longer in the group. He has since formed a new band, Impressions In Flesh, and they are currently in studio recording their first album.
  • Guilt By Association are still active and unsigned.
  • Sicks Deep are still active and unsigned
  • Big Dave still tours with Ozzy and the Ozzfest.


  1. ^ Goodman, Dean (23 October 2004). "Ozzy Osbourne gets real with MTV rock band show.". Houston Chronicle. Reuters. Retrieved 4 Apr 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cynder Loses All But its Cool ; MTV Voters Bounce Piedmont Band From Reality Show, But Its Members Relish The Exposure.". TRIAD. Greensboro News & Record. 11 January 2005. p. B1. 
  3. ^ Hahne, Jeffrey (8 November 2004). "Triad Band Included in new MTV Reality Show". LIFE. Greensboro News & Record. p. D1. 
  4. ^ De ATLEY, Richard K. (25 October 2004). "Manntis // Eight bands share path to OZZfest; one will arrive". SHOWTIME. The Press-Enterprise. p. C13. Retrieved 4 Apr 2010. 
  5. ^ Zaleski, Annie (23 April 2005). "MUSIC REVIEW; Click your heels and mosh! You're in Ozz". THE EDGE. Boston Herald. p. 29.