There were three bands on the second stage that I was really looking forward to (In This Moment, Daath, and 3 Inches of Blood), and one on the main stage (Static-X). Here's an overview of what we saw:
In This Moment - They were one of the band I really looked forward to, and I was not disappointed. They were high energy, and sounded great.
Daath - This was another band I was really looking forward to, and they also did not disappoint.
3 Inches of Blood - These guys also put on a great show. Now the three bands that I actually cared about on the second stage are done.
The Showdown - We went and got lunch, so we didn't see these guys, but we could still hear them. They sounded OK.
Nile - They were on stage when we got back. Not really my cup of tea, but they did a good job.
Ankla - I had never really heard of these guys before (though I recognized the name from XM-42). I was really impressed. Great music, high energy, lot's of fun.
ChthoniC - These guys were so stereotypically death metal that they were almost a parody of the whole genre. Still, they did have some good points, such as incorporating the erhu into their music, and at least one song calling for Taiwan's independence from commie China.
DevilDriver, Behemoth, Hatebreed - we didn't see any of these three as we were wandering over to the main stage. We could hear them pretty well, however, and they all sounded good.
Black Tide - this was a basic metal band circa the late 80's early 90's (think early Metallica). Not bad, but really nothing new or exciting.
Lordi - Imagine the comically stupid theatrics of Gwar, but replace Gwar's tollerable music with the crappiest of worthless hair-band "metal" (and I use that term very loosely) from the 80's. Bleech!! These guys sucked. Plus they seemed to know they were in the Milwaukee area, but were under the impression that Milwaukee is part of Michigan.
Static-X - Totally kicked ass, best show of the night!! And, my daughter didn't seem to mind me jumping around a bit (though that was a lot easier when I was her age).
Lamb of God - I only know a couple of their tunes (Redneck being my favorite), but they totally kicked ass. They even got a giant pit going running up and down the hill (Alpine Valley is in a valley (duh), and has a huge lawn section made from a large bowl shaped hill, if you have MySpace account, check out the pics to get an idea, the slope of the hill is just brutal).
I'll have to check out more of their stuff. I am sure Ashley has most, if not all, of their stuff since this is right up her alley...
Ozzy - He's getting old and tired (and out of tune). We stayed for a few tunes. He did a kick-ass job on War Pigs, but otherwise I wasn't overly impressed. We were tired and left some time in the beginning half of his set.
All in all, this was a great father-daughter bonding activity!