Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he founded Gigantour—his three-year-old Ozzfest competitor—to remedy what he perceives as the lack of a focus on musicianship on the touring-festival circuit. Makes the thing sound like a snooze, I know—but this year’s lineup is anything but sleepy. As always, Megadeth headline; they’re supporting last year’s surprisingly solid United Abominations, which boasts riffs much more complicated than Mustaine’s politics. Sweden’s In Flames have a new one out called A Sense of Purpose that wouldn’t turn off an AFI fan. Children of Bodom, from Finland, might possess a flair for the dramatic that’s even deeper than that of H.I.M., their higher-profile countrymen. Also with Job for a Cowboy (Gigantour’s youngest act) and High on Fire.
Tue., April 22, 5 p.m.; Wed., April 23, 5 p.m., 2008