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Lamb of God Review @ The Hollywood Palladium 10-31-2012

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Photos and review by Jeff Longo

What kind of candy do they hand out on Halloween in Hollywood? The metal kind of course. At least for the three thousand that lined up outside the Palladium in Hollywood to see the long awaited return of Lamb of God. Although I saw plenty of clowns only a few showed up in costume to do the demon dance with a bill that also that included In Flames, Hatebreed, and Sylosis.

In case you were on another planet or follow mainstream media here is a quick re-cap: after releasing their fifth studio album “Resolution” earlier this year, police arrested lead vocalist Randy Blythe as he entered the Czech Republic during the European Summer tour. He was held for thirty days, charged with manslaughter for an incident in 2010 that accuses Randy of allegedly pushing a guy who (repeatably) jumped on stage during the show, and as a consequence of falling he died sometime afterwards. Fast forward a couple of months and Lamb of God is back on tour in the states with In Flames, Hatebreed and Sylosis.- click for tour dates

England’s Sylosis was a very good choice for an opener. Heavy, thrashy, death metal band I never heard of but after their set the rowdy crowd was plenty warmed up and I would say they gained a few fans. Check them out if you get a chance.

Next up was hardcore mainstays Hatebreed who do exactly what you pay them for, kick ass. They sounded tight as Jami Jasta lead the chants to a greatest hits set. The good news is Hatebreed has announced a January 2013 release date for their upcoming album “The Divinity Of Purpose” their first in three years. I only saw one idiot hardcore dancing and he got smashed early in the set by Beetlejuice. Happy Halloween.

Sweden’s melodic metal veteran’s In Flames played main support and seemed to have a little more fans present. The show kicked up a notch as the light show went into full effect and In Flames proceeded to do their thing. The crowd seemed more engaged but not nearly enough for lead singer Anders Fridén as he let us all know, “See these guys in the yellow shirts they are just waiting to catch you mother fuckers, we want to see you people, our drummer want to smell you”. This is Hollywood, be careful what you ask for!

While we waited for Lamb of God to finally hit the stage the crowd was worked further into a frenzy as the entire crowd started chanting “Take it off, Take it off”, stage left balcony a couple of ladies scantily dressed as playboy bunnies or whores teased the crowd with some boobage.

When the lights went down it was time for some real fucking metal. The openers did their job as you could feel the pent up rage seething over the barricades as the return of Lamb of God for their first California show in over 2 years was only moments away. The drum riser was flanked by two large video screens with a huge Lamb of God Resolution banner in the middle.

The lights went out and the place went fucking nuts. The video screens came to life as video footage of buildings and bridges being demolished flashed while Chris Adler appeared and the drum kit erupted as the rest of the band joined in for openers “Desolation” and Ghost Walking” off Resolution both of which come off way heavier than I expected and were great openers.

 

Vocalist Randy Blithe burst on to the scene like a savage animal with black war paint stripped down his face ala Braveheart and sporting a black CREATURE T-shirt, “Happy Halloween mother fuckers!” Guitarist Willie Adler rocked the holiday as Kenny “Fucking” Powers and a “Shut The Fuck Up” muscle tee. Hilarious. Chris Adler, Mark Mortan, and John Campbell all apparently came as themselves and looked just like them too.

A definate highlight was hearing 11th Hour (2003 As the Palaces Burn), which hasn’t been played live in over five years. Has it been that long? A special video presentation played during “Now you’ve got something to die for” off of 2004’s Iraq War inspired Ashes of the Wake, flashing fan submitted pics of loved ones currently serving in the Military or who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I have to say i was moved and it did give a different dimension to the song.





11/8 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
11/9 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
11/10 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
11/12 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
11/14 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
11/15 TBA
11/16 New York, NY @ Roseland
11/17 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/19 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

dates w/ Hellyeah
11/20 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/21 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
11/23 Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theater
11/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/25 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/26 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
11/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/28 Richmond, VA @ The National
11/30 Chicago, IL @ Congress Ballroom
12/1 Detroit, MI @ State Theater
12/2 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion (no Hellyeah)
12/3 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
12/4 Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
12/6 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
12/7 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
12/8 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
12/10 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
12/11 Farmington, NM @ McGhee Park
12/13 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
12/14 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
12/15 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
12/16 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO

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