I'm sure this has been vented before, but here it goes. Last weekend, I was at the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium. Three stages, 50,000 visitors, camp site, the works. Obviously mostly metal bands play there. And metal should be played loud. I have a pretty big 4x60W amp in my car, to play friggin' loud music. OK, that makes sense, I guess. But at a metal concert my ears hurt. The squeeking of the PA is awful. There's no sub bass, although I sometimes see 10 double 18" cabinets running full throttle. An equal amount of power seems to go into the mid-high section, in a way that's really unbearable. So I wear earplugs. No big deal. OK, that makes sense. But upon standing very close to the soundguy I noticed he was NOT wearing earplugs. IS HE FRIGGING NUTS? He must be suffering from SERIOUS hearing loss. Do 10,000 people have to suffer an atrociously bad band sound, because Mr sound guy doesn't take his job seriously? There was this band I really really like: Finntroll. I know every track they wrote note by note, yet I didn't recognize one of the songs they played. The sound was that frigging bad! My girlfriend told me she could't hear a thing. At 105 dB. Opeth, another band I like, seemed to have brought their own sound guy, and he must have been taking his job seriously, because the sound was breathtakingly good. OK, I'm done ranting.