New SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD Concert Report!
On August 11th, the metal masses descended on Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA for their dose of the Summer's Last Stand Tour. A few metalheads, myself included, were glad to see the show still happened after Slipknot's bassist, "Vman", was hospitalized due to severe dehydration a week prior to the show. After getting the go ahead from the medical staff, the tour resumed and invaded.
The pit area began to rapidly fill up and people started filling up the seats a little more and the lawn seemed to also get a little more packed in anticipation of Lamb of God hitting the stage. When the lights went out and the opening notes of "Walk With Me In Hell" began, the crowd went insane and the band launched into the beginning of a punishingly polished, high energy set. I was blown away at how active Blythe was, leaping and jumping and running all over the stage like a rabid jackrabbit. His vocals sounded incredible live and the energy that he had throughout was infectious. Obviously, being in their home state gave them an extra boost of energy because after the second song, Blythe said "Holy crap. What the fuck is up Virginia?!?" before going on a comedic rant about families visiting.
As Van Halen's "Runnin' With the Devil" came on through the PA, the crowd immediately became frenzied and energetic in anticipation of the evening's headliners, Slipknot, hitting the stage. When the curtain drew back, it was almost as though you'd been transported to this eerie circus/fun house setting as 9 men in masks hit the stage. With the opening notes of "Sarcastrophe", the venue erupted into a chorus of cheers and an explosion of sound. As the song carried on, the two drumsets begin to alternately raise and lower and at the height of its short rise, began to rotate. Pyro began to come in as explosions and flame jets went off and Corey Taylor's snarl was at its fiercest. Taylor constantly addressed the crowd throughout the band's set as "My friends...no, no, My Family".
Read Greg Watson's full report here…[Full Column Link]
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