I’ve seen LAMB OF GOD a number of times since 2007, where I saw them at the With Full Force festival. I had no clue who they were back then, but I was fairly impressed by their intensity. The new Slayer, they were called at the time. That hasn’t really come to fruition, but LOG have had an impact, that’s for sure.
The turn out in front of the Helviti stage is a testament to the popularity of the intense troupe from Richmond, Virginia. When Randy Blythe and the rest of LAMB OF GOD played here in December as part of the SLAYER farewell entourage, I was surprised that not only ANTHRAX, but also LOG turned out to deliver rather disappointing shows. ANTHRAX relied far too heavily on covers rather than their own material and LOG didn’t really manage to push the usual intensity over the edge of the stage. I’m hoping for a different effect tonight!
Hm, the set starts off with “Omerta” from Ashes of the Wake. Just like in December. I know it’s a heavy song, but it doesn’t kick off an extreme metal concert the way I think it should. It’s too…slow. It’s not the explosion LAMB OF GOD should be!
Anyhoo, the concert has been kicked off, and the sound, from where I’m standing, is excellent. I’ve chosen to stand just in front of the mixer for once, rather than moving forward. Eventhough the place is packed, I’m aware I miss some of the intensity. Perhaps that this is why I, once again, sense that the spark is missing slightly. I can see that Randy is making all the right moves and screams and growls exactly the way he’s supposed to.
I also can’t help notice on the big screens on the side that Randy has reached a point in life where ancle and knee support has become a necessity after years of jumping around the stages of the world. There’s no doubt that he never spared himself and that this is part of their success.
At some point, a Swedish girl’s passport ends up on the stage. Blythe takes his time to read the girl’s name and she eventually moves to the front and gets her passport. Lucky girl (and the blonde girl gets a compliment as well on the way).
So, what exactly am I complaining about? With a killer sound,a front man like Randy Blythe, songs like “Walk With Me in Hell”, “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For”, “Hourglass”, “Laid to Rest” and “Redneck”, I’d say that objectively very little can go wrong. Subjectively, however, for all the intensity, dust and circle pits, I’m a tad bored from time to time during the gig, and mainly upheld by the enthusiastic colleagues and ex-colleagues I’m surrounded by during the concert. It’s good to see others who’re enjoying themselves, even if you’re only partly convinced yourself.
3. Walk With Me in Hell
4. Now You've Got Something to Die For
5. As the Palaces Burn
7. Still Echoes
8. Engage the Fear Machine
9. Blacken the Cursed Sun
12. Laid to Rest
Randy Blythe - vocals
Mark Morton - guitar
Will Adler - guitar
John Campbell - bass
Art Cruz - drums