Behemoth is a blackened death metal band from Poland. Prior to the beginning of the tour, the band’s drummer Zbigniew Robert “Inferno” Promiński stayed home as he was about to become a father to his second child. As a fill in, Behemoth called upon ex-Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon Rice to take over drum duties for this tour. The lights went out and the already packed Forum erupted into a roar as Behemoth was about to make their way to the stage. All the band members made their way to the stage with frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski being the last one to come out with metal rods in both hands with the ends of them being on fire as to prepare the audience for some truly evil metal. Behemoth started the show with Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer from their newest 2014 album The Satanist which earned the number one spot on Loudwire’s best metal albums of 2014. The band was off to a great start with a fast and brutal song as Nergal unleashed his hellish vocals onto the audience that immediately went wild for the band. The second song was the band’s most popular song, Conquer All. It has a heavy intro that always gets the fans to pump their fists in the air and of course with the heaviness of the song itself, mosh pits quickly formed as Behemoth played one of the best songs of the night. Behemoth was an opening act for the tour so they didn’t get much set time, but they made sure to their set a heavy one and leave their mark on the audience. Behemoth would play songs such as: Decade of Therion, Messe Noir, and Ov Fire and the Void. To finish their set, Behemoth played Chant For Eschaton 2000 which is their usual closing song. Towards the end of the song, Nergal thanks the audience for coming out and does his speech of, “It was a great honor playing for you tonight! Stay Strong! Hail Satan!”. With that, Behemoth finished up the song, waved goodbye to the audience, then left for the next amazing band to come on stage.
Lamb of God released their seventh studio album Sturm Und Drang in 2015 and the band has been actively touring for it. Lamb of God came out and started the show with their most popular song, Laid to Rest. You could feel the energy that Lamb of God gives off during their live performance and fans reacted to this by jumping and moshing. The show was off to a great start. Lamb of God wasn’t about to slow things down for the next song was another one of their other popular hits and is always dedicated to the men and women in the Armed Forces, NowYou’ve Got Something to Die For. This song gets the crowd going just as wild and is always a great addition to the setlist. Lamb of God‘s stage setup was amazing with different light setups and a screen displaying scenes of war. All that plus fog cannons letting out streams of fog whenever it called for it during a song. Frontman Randy Blythe proves to be one of metal’s greatest frontmen as he is very energetic and charismatic on stage never slowing down and always giving it 110% on stage. Lamb of God played hit after hit and who could keep still and not headbang when they play songs such as: 512, Blacken the Cursed Sun, and Still Echoes from the newest album. Nearing the end of the show, Blythe made a quick speech to the fans about everything that’s going on in the world right now and then told them that they could all…Walk With Me in Hell. And so, Lamb of God played the song and once again got the crowd jumping with it’s catchy rhythm. Now that the show had come to and end, Blythe demanded to see the biggest mosh pit of the night as the band finished with Redneck. The two mosh pits that had been going on throughout the night had merged into one giant mosh pit giving Blythe the satisfaction that he was looking for. Lamb of God finished up the song and left the stage as it was being covered by a white curtain making way for the kings of thrash metal, Slayer!
With vocalist Randy Blythe acquitted of all charges against him from being charged with manslaughter in March, Lamb of God set out to continue their tour promoting their newest album, “Resolution”. One of their stops was surprisingly in my area in Ventura so I knew that was a must go show for me.
The crowd was set and ready the whole night as they roared in excitement as Lamb of God prepared to take the stage and opened with the first track from their new album, “Desolation” then continued with the single from the album “Ghost Walking”. All the songs they played were greatest hits which included: “Walk With Me in Hell”, “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For”, “Redneck”, and “Laid to Rest”.
Randy Blythe and the rest of the band were on top of their game and kept the crowd going as Randy let out his signature growling singing style which was more or less easy to understand. Chris Adler being one of my favorite drummers is always awesome to see live and seeing him using his drumming techniques and go crazy while drumming is one of the many reason why I look up to him, in fact it was his drumming that got me into Lamb of God in the first place. Since I wasn’t too familiar with my metal scene, it was interesting seeing the different types of metal heads that lived in my area. Some of them you could tell they were into metal while others you could look at and wonder if they even know who Lamb of God is and didn’t come just to take up space or because someone forced them to.
I could say that the actual Lamb of God fans were all up front doing mosh pit after mosh pit to all their songs and jumping up and down when Randy directed them to. After the show I managed to catch up with some of the band members and I personally congratulated Randy on his trial and being proven innocent and that it was very brave of him to face the trial instead of running from it. This was definitely an energetic show and it was nice to see one of the many bands I listen to come to my area instead of having to drive to Los Angeles and farther all the time. Lamb of God is a must-see live band for any metal fanatic.
No matter what year it actually is right now, this Rock On The Range lineup for 2013 is indeed super awesome. Upon a Google search trying to see Soundgarden‘s set list from last night in New York City, we stumbled upon this line up of past, present and future heroes and wondered how exactly one would bring themselves to actually go to Ohio. Headliners include Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. Some may say “What is it 1993 or something?”, but those people might not be aware that all three of those bands released new, critically acclaimed records in the past two years. Korn (can’t type the backwards R), Bush,Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Swedish Rockers Ghost,Middle Class Rut and Heavy Metal favorites Sevendust are among the notables.
It’s all going down May 17th through 19th at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. And tickets are on sale February 1st and you can head to the festival’s official website for more details on everything that is Rock On The Range. This one looks like a lot of fun. The full lineup as released so far is listed below.
Rock On The Range 2013 Line Up:
Alice In Chains
Three Days Grace
Bullet For My Valentine
Lamb Of God
A Day To Remember
All That Remains
Device (with David Draiman)
In This Moment
Black Veil Brides
Motionless In White
Middle Class Rut
Red Line Chemistry
Thousand Foot Krutch
Beware of Darkness
Love And Death
2012 has got to be one of the best year’s for me to go to concerts. There’s bands I had never seen before but have wanted to, bands I hadn’t seen in 2-3 years, and even bands I thought wouldn’t come around again for a long time.
10. Metalachi 5/5/12 – The Roxy Theater – Hollywood, CA
The world’s first and only metal mariachi band. This was a special Cinco De Mayo concert at the world-famous Roxy Theater. Even though these guys aren’t really known and don’t put on a crazy show with fancy lighting or huge stage setups, I still gave these guys a spot on my list for creativity in what they do. They take popular/well-known (mainly)rock/metal songs and cover them using mariachi instruments. When I first heard about them last year, I couldn’t believe it and had to see it for myself. This was actually the second time I saw them. Here they are doing a Dio cover.
9. Lamb of God 10/31/12 – Hollywood Palladium – Hollywood, CA
I had been aching for a while to see Lamb of God live and then they finally announced US tour dates. The first set of US tour dates had to be cancelled due to singer Randy Blythe’s imprisonment in the Czech Republic. Once released, new tour dates were announced and I jumped on them. They were everything I expected them to be live. Crazy, energetic, and most of all, brutal. After the show I met up with all the members of Lamb of God at different times as they exited the building and got to talk with them for a bit. What a way to spend my Halloween. Will definitely check them out again.
8. Van Halen 6/1/12 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
One might wonder why a band like Van Halen might be so low on my list. Well I have good reasons for it. When Van Halen last came it was 2007. By the time I heard about it, I had just missed it by a few days and since then I’ve vowed to make it next time they come around. This year they released their newest album, “A Different Kind of Truth”, which featured original singer, David Lee Roth, for the first time in 27 years. My dad has been a Van Halen fan since the 80’s so when they announced this tour, I got tickets for the both of us. The openers for them was the 70’s funk band, Kool and the Gang. That was a real treat for me since I never thought someone from my generation would ever see them. The reason that they’re so low on my list is that, in a way, they were just simply…boring. I’ve seen videos of them from back in the day and I thought for sure I’d see one of the greatest shows I’ll ever see. I paid hard-earned money to see a great show. I also have to put into factor that 3 out of the 4 members are at that age where they probably don’t have the energy like they used to, but then again I’ve seen bands their age put on spectacular shows. David Lee Roth still danced to most songs but he didn’t jump around as I’ve seen in older videos. Eddie Van Halen didn’t do much other than play guitar. He usually stayed in one place and walked around and didn’t run or jump around as I thought he would. Personally, I think they’re at that point in their career where they don’t really care anymore since they reached stardom a long time ago.
7. Megadeth 12/7/12 – Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
I had the chance to see Megadeth twice this year and I picked this day from the second time as my favored show. This tour was celebrating the 20th anniversary of their double-platinum selling album, “Countdown To Extinction”. This being one of my favorite metal albums and my second favorite Megadeth album, I just had to go to this. The titans of thrash metal, Megadeth, as always put on an awesome metal show for us metal heads. The show carried out really well and frontman Dave Mustaine showed no sign of slowing down anytime soon. He even announced that my particular show would be released on DVD! After the show I caught up with all the band members except for Mustaine. In this video, before they play Holy Wars, a friend of mine who happens to be the biggest Megadeth fan I know, throws her hand-made Megadeth flag at Dave and he holds it up for everyone to see. I got it on video just for her.
6. Linkin Park and Incubus 9/8/12 – The Home Depot Center – Carson, CA
This was this year’s Honda Civic tour. It featured alternative rockers, Linkin Park and Incubus. I haven’t seen Linkin Park since February of 2011 so I was due to see them again. I did see them again in December at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, but I chose this night in particular. This was also my first time seeing Incubus. Both bands put on a great show. Incubus went up first and played greatest hits from their past albums as well as songs from their newest album, “If Not Now, When?”. When they finished, Linkin Park came on. They were the highlight of the night for me. They’re one of the few bands I can see and no matter how hard I try to resist, I end up singing along to every song. They were out supporting their newest album released this year, “Living Things”. The only problem I had during the show was the venue. It was a soccer stadium. I could tell that no matter where you sat, It’d be a terrible view and would be too far to see anything clearly. The only way you’d have a good view is if you were on the floor and had a close-up view. As always, I cannot wait for them to come back.
5. KISS and Motley Crue 8/14/12 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
KISS and Motley Crue had to be one of the hottest tours of the summer. This was the first time in 30 years that they had toured together since 1982. I hadn’t seen KISS in 2009 and was anxiously waiting for them to come around again. Motley Crue I’ve been seeing every year since 2008 and this made the 6th time(the most out of any band) I had seen them. My only complaint is the venue. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater has got to be the worst venue in the world. Everything about that place is terrible. Driving there, trying to get into the venue, finding parking, food/merchandise pricing, and it’s a long walk to the seating area. As for the band themselves, they were awesome as always. First up were the kings of glam metal, Motley Crue. I’ve been a huge Motley Crue fan and I’ve yet to get tired from seeing them. Due to the terrible layout of the venue, I missed most of their set. I took a half day from work and I still got there late! I only got around to fully hear their last 2 songs but they put up an awesome display of pyros, fireworks, buckets of blood, and women on stilts. When KISS came on, the crowd went crazy. It had been too long since they last came around. Thanks to my dad, they were one of the first bands I remember listening to When I was just a kid. They still rock even at their age. They played greatest hits along with some newer stuff. I know it won’t be soon but I hope KISS comes back without having me wait another 3 years.
4. Scorpions 6/22/12 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Scorpions live is the true definition of a rock show. This was their Final Sting/farewell tour and probably the one and only time I’ll ever see them, sadly. The opening was the rock band, Tesla. I was only familiar with a few Tesla songs since they never really caught my attention but from what I hear, they’re one of the most underrated rock bands. My dad has been a Scorpions fan since the 80’s but has never seen them before so when I heard they were coming around, I jumped at the opportunity to take him and I wanted to see them for myself. They put on an all-around rock show and I was really enjoying myself. Even at their age, they still rocked and ran around. They played all greatest hits that I was familiar with. There was hardly a dull moment in that show. I just wish I could see them again. singer Klaus Meine still sounded great and all the other member still had it in them. My dad and I both agreed that they were much better than Van Halen which is why Scorpions is much higher on my list.
3. Iron Maiden 8/9/12 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
There’s no questioning it, Iron Maiden is one of the greatest bands of all time and one of my all-time favorite bands. I last saw them in 2010 for the time and I was dying to see them again. I got my wish this year. This show was definitely better than the last time since they played their older stuff compared to last time where they played mainly songs from their more recent albums. With this tour they recreated their 1989 Maiden England tour and played several songs from their “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album which is what the tour was based off of. Iron Maiden is everything you could want at a metal concert. They had multiple stage setups, fireworks, pyros, giant Eddie robots, and of course awesome metal music. The whole time the crowd was insane and reacting to whatever song they played. Singer Bruce Dickinson sounded great for his age and all the other members were at their best. Throughout the night, you never knew what was gonna happen next with each song. Their mascot, Eddie, came out as a giant robot multiple times, devils spitting fire, and fireworks. They are a band for anyone that’s into metal to go see. Will definitely see them again without thinking twice about it.
2. Rammstein 5/17/12 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
Rammstein has to be one of the best bands you’ll ever see live. they’re simply spectacular. Almost every song they play, they have something special planned. During “Feuer Frei!”(Open Fire), they come out with fire-breathing masks. During “Mein Teil”(My Part), they played out the cannibalistic story of Armin Meiwes when singer Till roasted keyboardist Flake inside a huge pot using a big flamethrower. During “Engel”(Angel), singer Till comes out wearing giant angel wings that spit out fire from the tips of the wings and are already covered with flashing fireworks. During “Pussy”, singer Till gets on top of a huge penis-shaped cannon and shoots foam at the crowd. Rammstein is one of the most fun bands you could ever see. i can tell I’ll never get tired of them. I saw them for the first time last year when they did their first US tour in 10 years and I didn’t think they’d come around again until later that year they announced they’d be coming back and I jumped for joy. I won’t hesitate to see them again.
1. Rockstar Mayhem Festival: Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, and more! 6/30/12 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA
This year, without a doubt, the best show for me this year was the 5th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival. This was the 2nd biggest tour of the summer which packed over 28,000 headbanging metal heads and I was there for the opening night!! The main bands that I went to see were Anthrax, Motorhead, Slayer, and Slipknot. I’ll focus this on Slayer and Slipknot since they were the headliners. Slayer and Slipknot are 2 of my favorite bands and both have different fan bases. There were fans that were there for Slayer and hated Slipknot, there were fans that loved Slipknot but didn’t like Slayer, then there were fans like me who loved both bands to the fullest. I never thought I’d see Slayer and Slipknot share the same stage together in one night so this was a dream come true for me. Slayer was incredible and totally blew us away. They played mostly greatest hits including some of my personal favorites that I’ve never seen them play before from the 2 previous times I’ve seen them. With drummer Dave Lombardo being my idol as a drummer, I’m always happy to see his skills live. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman was still out to due his arm injury and was temporarily replaced by Exodus guitarist, Gary Holt. After they finished, Slipknot came on. I hadn’t seen them since 2009 and waiting for them to come back was a very painful wait. This was their first US show since the passing of bassist, Paul Gray. Guitarist Jim Root was out due to his appendix bursting so one of the guitarists from As I Lay Dying(who was also one of the bands on the tour) filled in for him temporarily in the back. Slipknot made their return to the US with sheer force and the crowd reacted really well to it. My eyes got a little watery from joy and excitement once the curtain fell and Slipknot was on stage opening with “Sic”. The whole night they played greatest hits and I was enjoying each and every song and even singing along. Slipknot is just one of those bands where you have to see them live to feel the intensity and electricity for yourself. They’re definitely on my list to see again.
This was my first time seeing the American heavy metal band, Lamb of god. This was their 3rd show since the one month incarceration in the Czech Republic of singer, Randy Blythe. The show took place at the world-famous Hollywood Palladium on the sunset strip in Hollywood, California.
The opening bands were Sylosis, Hatebreed, and In Flames. Sylosis put on a good show to get the crowd warmed up, once Hatebreed hit the stage the crowd started going wild with mosh pits. In Flames also put up a good show and people still weren’t slowing down with mosh pits. Once Lamb of God hit the stage, all hell broke loose. There were people crowd surfing and mosh pits everywhere. The whole band sounded great and had an impressive light display. They opened with the first track off of their newest album, Resolution, called Desolation followed by the next track, Ghost Walking. After that they played hits from other albums so they mixed it up well instead of songs from their newest album. We thought the show was over until they came out for an encore set which included: In Your Words, Laid To Rest, Redneck, and Black Label. During the final song, Black Label, the entire floor opened up to do a Wall of death which I’ve never witnessed before so it was definitely a sight to see. All 4 bands did a great job and I cannot wait for Lamb of God to come back again and kick our asses!
We were pumped earlier this year when we shared with you dateson the upcoming Lamb of God/Dethklok/Gojira North American tour. We are now sad to share with you that the tour has been cancelled due to Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe’s bogus imprisonment.
Due to the continued incarceration of LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band’s co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.
LAMB OF GOD wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.
From all of us at Concert Confessions we wish Randy the best of luck and send good energy out in the world that he is cleared of these bogus charges ASAP.
Slipknot is launching their own music festival. Dubbed Knotfest, the event will hit the Midwest for two incredible days of music and more this August. The event will rock Council Bluffs Iowa on the 17th and Minneapolis Minnesota (technically Wisconsin) on the 18th. Lineups for each day are as follows:
08/17/12 – Mid-America Motor Complex – Council Bluffs Iowa:
Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, The Urge, Prong, Dirtfedd
Lamb of God, Dethklok and Gojira Team Up For North American Tour
Update 07/26/12: This tour has been cancelled due to Randy Blythe’s legal situation. To read more about the cancellation, click here.)
What more can we say? According to ThePRP Lamb of God, Dethklok and Gojira are teaming up for a late summer North American tour. This tour is going to be brutal as fuck and you can check out all the dates down below. We will update the post when we know more details but for now you can check out the dates below.
08/01 Seattle, WA – WaMu Thater
08/02 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theater
08/04 Calgary, AB – Big 4
08/05 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
08/07 Winnipeg, MB – Convention Centre
08/09 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
08/10 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
08/11 Toronto, ON – Heavy TO
08/12 Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL
08/14 Grand Rapids, MI – Delta Plex
08/15 St. Louis, MO – Family Arena
08/19 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
08/21 Chicago, IL – Congress Ballroom
08/22 Detroit, MI – Compuware Arena
08/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
08/24 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater
08/25 Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center
08/26 Baltimore, MD – Pier 6 Pavilion
08/29 New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
08/30 Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena
08/31 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater
09/01 Philadelphia, PA – Outside at the Electric Factory
09/02 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Convention Hall
09/04 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
09/05 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
09/07 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
09/08 San Antonio, TX – Sunken Garden
09/09 Dallas, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
09/11 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
09/13 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theater
09/14 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheater
09/15 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic
Update 08/08/12: This cruise has been cancelled. Click here for more information
Good news metal heads, cruises are no longer just for your out of touch parents. From the fine folks who bring you the annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, it’s the Mayhem Cruise. Departing for the Bahamas from Miami on December 7th, 2012 the four day trek will feature performances from many of your favorite heavy metal acts. Some of the musical highlights include Lamb of God, Anthrax and Hatebreed. In addition, the cruise will feature DJ sets from JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid of Slipknot).
Ticket packages start at $699 and payment options are available. For more details, check out the official site by clicking here.
07/20/10 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre: Maryland Heights, MO
Videos by BeeZnutZ
Days after catching Tom Petty Axeman Mike Campbell fainting on stage, BeeZnutZ brings to us a ton of footage from the Maryland Heights, MO stop of the 2010 Mayhem Festival. Check out all of the footage below.
Municipal Waste/God Forbid/DevilDriver/Children Of Bodom & Lamb Of God:
The Palladium – Hollywood, CA 04/03/09
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito
There is nothing more shocking than showing up to a show in Los Angeles on Friday night at the early hour of 7:30pm only to discover that the main floor is operating at capacity and you are stuck in the very back of the already packed auditorium. How could this be I thought to myself. God Forbid is not even ½ way into their 25 minute set and I have to enjoy this carnage from the back? Shocked, I did what any self righteous Hollywood douche bag wearing boxer briefs filled with cameras and a mini pharmacy of fun would do. I walked up to the bar and ordered a plastic cup of vodka with a splash of energy drink for color (ask for light ice and remember that good tips = good karma). After all, when you get booted not once but twice from the various guest lists and still make your way into the venue without paying a cent, you know your luck is good and nothing will get in your way. With that said, I set out to make the Palladium my personal playground, and I did exactly that.
Unable to snap any photos/videos of God Forbid due to poor location and an abundance of security, I enjoyed three songs from the New Jersey band. A perennial opening act, I have seen these guys as an support a whose who of metal bands more times than I can remember. While I don’t own a single record, I will say that they never disappoint at getting the crowd excited for what’s to come. Days after losing guitarist Doc Coyle, it seemed to me that the band didn’t miss a beat. Replacement guitarist Kris Norris (formerly of Darkest Hour) fit right into the fold knocking out riffs as a sea of devil horns rose in approval. Before the three little ice cubes could melt away into my drink the band had already said goodnight. Plotting my attack, I walked towards the main floor entrance and confirmed what I had fully anticipated to see. The two guards simply could not handle the stream of people leaving the floor with the stream of wristband-less youth using the large opening to bully their way past.
I am a huge As I Lay Dying fan. With them on the bill, the No Fear Energy drink tour as they are calling it was not to be missed. However, as many are aware As I Lay Dying was forced to drop off the first five dates in order for front man Tim Lambesis and his wife to wrap the 18th month process of adopting a child from a third world nation whose name escapes me. With Suicidal Tendencies filling in on the other four dates (they were not allowed to fill in for the Hollywood show as they had played the very same venue the week before/Click here for full review) we were lucky enough to get Santa Barbara’s most mediocre metal band as a replacement. It would be very easy for me to rip the generic DevilDriver apart, but I will just leave it at this. While craptastic on many levels, DevilDriver is far superior than the last band Dez Fafara fronted – the late 1990’s Nu Metal joke known as Cold Chamber. Despite watching the last three songs of their set with an open mind (I mingled with friends during most of the 30+ minute set) I simply have nothing kind to say. Next!
As soon as Devildriver left the stage I obtained another plastic cup full of Vodka with even less energy drink for color. My pal and I were in position to make our move onto the floor. Mi amigo went first and got through with nothing more than a tap on the shoulder that he blatantly ignored. I was right behind him, but a tiny Latina midget with huge cans cut right in front of my path. As I tripped over the pint size senorita I feared I would lose my shot despite not spilling a drop of my drink. I focused in and when the moment was right, I found a hole and went right through it as if I was Frank Gore beating up a defense on a brisk Sunday afternoon. It was almost too easy. With a drink in one hand, and my cell phone in the other, I was simply too important to stop and talk with tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber. As I mumbled something about the earlier mentioned midget and her large rack, I walked right past with nothing more than an “excuse me sir”. Those two suckers were overwhelmed with the daunting task of keeping the masses from the floor which was fine by me. After all, it is God’s will that I bring the people the real story behind the shows, and with the one two punch of Children Of Bodom and Lamb Of God still to come, there was no way I was not making it down to bootleg straight from the pit.
Children of Bodom
Children Of Bodom - Hollywood, CA 04/03/09
Long before the heroes hailing from Espoo Finland took the stage, the capacity crowd was chanting their name. BODOM, BODOM, BODOM rang through the hall. As soon as the lights went down the chants only grew in volume as the five men who make up Bodom took to the stage. Having imbibed a bevy of substances, I was ready to have my face melted by the melodic death metal masterminds. While their set was not terrible, I found myself expecting more. Perhaps with it being the second show of the tour, the band was a tad jet lagged, but overall it felt as they looked bored and were simply going through the motions. The crowd however did not seem to care as they went bonkers for Bodom. Songs like “Living Dead Beat” and “Hate Me!” caused huge circle pits to erupt upon the venues floor.
With very dark stage lights that resulted in terrible photos, I found myself trying to keep up with keyboardist Janne Wirman and his multiple containers of alcohol Watching him double fist drinks made my liver hurt. During “Blooddrunk” alone he must have downed at least two cocktails. Knowing I was not leaving the floor anytime soon I graciously let him win. Perhaps this was a bad idea, as he later admitted to sucking real bad. Sure he blamed it on the monitors, but as front man Alexi Laiho encouraged the crowd to chant “Janne Fucked Up” the intoxicated musicians returned back to his post before launching into a violent version of “Downfall“. Overall, even a mediocre set by Children of Bodom is something pretty awesome. I have no doubt that these guys will pick up steam as they travel across North America.
I have seen a lot of crazy things go down at metal shows over the years, but what happened between the Bodom/Lamb Of God set change takes the cake. The Live Nation employed promoter of the show decided to use the stage left balcony to get married. After a beautiful version of “More Than Words” by Extreme (rumor has it Nuno actually played it with Steve Perry) the fans on the floor chanted for Lamb Of God as the minister began the ceremony. The minister quickly grew annoyed as sound check drowned out her words. Finally with a break in the roadies earning their paycheck, the couple said I do. The blushing bride walked to the edge of the balcony and tossed her bouquet down to the largely male crowd below.
Lamb of God
With the wedding now over, it was time to get brutal. The lights went down and a pre-recorded version of the first track from Lamb Of God’s latest record “Wrath” played from the PA. With my camera tightly in hand, the band emerged and the second “The Passing” ended went right into the second track on the new record – “In Your Words”. The place errupted and a large pit broke out right where I was standing. As bodies went flying past me, I think I may have been to inebriated to realize just how careless I was being. Whatever, it was Friday night and I am alive to tell the tale today right? As the set progressed, things just seemed to get faster, louder and crazier. Front man Randy Blythe owned the stage, running around, jumping from drum risers and informing the crowd that they were a bunch of syphilitic pussies for not cheering louder when he demanded we give ourselves a round of applause.
The set consisted of a lot of new material. Dueling guitar players Willie Adler and Mark Morton tore it up on songs like “Contractor” and “Broken Hands”. The crowd was very much into the new material, but the biggest pits came during now classics from the bands brutal back catalog. “Walk With Me In Hell” sent fists flying as metal kids policed the pits taking out the big armed hardcore kids. Even with that joke GWB out of office, “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For” is still an intense reminded that a pointless war is still taking place overseas. With it being a Hollywood show, the band gave shout outs to both Danzig and Casey Chaos. I am pretty sure the only song from their 2003 masterpiece was “Ruin”. Played perfectly, I didn’t think the floor could get any more crazy. However, as the band wrapped their roughly 70 minute set with “Laid To Rest” two massive whirlpools of human flesh moving in opposite directions broke out. It was nothing short of madness, yet somehow I survived the entire thing with the greatest of ease.
Lamb Of God 04/03/09: The Palladium - Hollywood, CA
The band came back out after a quick break. Making fun of any meth head who got into a pickup truck and drove from the middle of no where to see the show, the Virginia 5 piece launched into what I guess would be their most commercial hit to date – “Redneck”. From the record Sacrament this song probably had the smallest pit of the night, as many got ready for what they had waited for all night. As “Redneck” wrapped, the band didn’t even have to tell the crowd what time it was. While they did warn anyone and everyone to get off the dance floor who didn’t know what was next, the smiles across the faces proved that these sick fucks were ready for an excuse to get violent on each other. As the band launched into their final number – “Black Label” (the only song played from their debut record New American Gospel) the crowd used the gargantuan dance floor to create the most massive wall of death I have ever seen. Charging at each other Braveheart style, bones were broken, faces busted open and pure anarchy ruled the sold out venue. As the mob became one, a circle pit that covered the entire floor formed from the carnage. It may be hands down the largest and fastest circle pit I have ever seen. As I watched through my camera lens (from the very back of the floor) I smiled watching the crazy fucks swirling for one last time. As the band left the stage, I once again confirmed what I have known for years. Lamb Of God is the most brutal, skull fucking American heavy metal band to emerge over the past 20 years. With six weeks of dates left on their current North American tour, the No Fear Energy Drink tour is one any heavy music fan should not miss.
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Lamb Of God 04/03/09: The Palladium – Hollywood, CA