Last night, I was witness to Lamb of God’s explosive gig at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, with openers In Flames, Hatebreed, and Sylosis.
A bill that could not be fucked with, and a bill with something for everyone with halfway-decent taste. No kids in tight jeans and pink hair putting me in a bad mood whilst waiting for the bands I like — just straight metal and hardcore with no frills, but straight talent.
For a second last night during Lamb of God’s set, I forgot I was at Roseland…because it could have been Madison Square Garden. That was the vibe, and the place was more packed out than I have seen it in some time.
It was excellent seeing Randy Blythe back on stage and in rare form. The energy that dude has. I have never seen someone that tall and skinny bounce around that effortlessly. His pipes were vicious, man, and somehow matched the visuals that flashed on stage.
Lamb of God played all the hits, man. The new stuff, the old stuff — everything from “The Undertow” to “Walk With Me In Hell.”
Chris Adler’s drum smashing was tight and precise, and to my ear, the drums sort of overpowered the rest of the band. Maybe I was listening more for his drums, but that was my impression.
The entire band fucking killed it, and I didn’t see a fucking dissatisfied face in the crowd. This was a fucking metal show. This is a metal tour. If it is coming to your town, make sure you make it out.
I got stuck at work and made it for most of In Flames…and Zeena Koda on stage, helping to introduce the band with the rest of the Liquid Metal crew.
In Flames were fucking bombastic as well. Hatebreed always put on a good show, and from what I hear, Sylosis is the shit live.
I was bummed to have missed them, but was psyched to be able to see Chris and the Lamb of God dudes do what they do best: Rock the fuck out.
Seriously…if you like fun, you should not miss this tour, because Lamb of God are a force to be reckoned with when they tear up that stage.
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