The last band before Slayer was Lamb of God. The guys from Richmond, VA are one of the best acts in metal today. I’ve been a fan since “New American Gospel” came out and saw them on tour with GWAR way back then (when John played with 3 strings on his bass). If memory serves, they were the first band I ever saw with GWAR that didn’t get booed off the stage, but I digress…

I’ve shot Lamb of God twice before, and pretty much know what to expect when it comes to stage activity – everyone sort of stands around with minimal movement and Randy runs around and jumps off his front-of-stage platform like a crazy man. Perfect. I’m going to get that damn jump shot this time!!

Lamb of God opened with “Omerta”, which was pretty unexpected and kind of “mellow” for an opening song, but the groove is great, and it got the crowd going. No jumps yet.

The second song was “Ruin”, which really got the crowd going! Like a child with ADHD, Randy is getting more and more hyper… There it is!! A running jump! Then another one! Yes!!!

The final song for photographers was, “Walk with Me in Hell” – a crowd favorite and it sets the stage for Randy to do more jumps. Which he did. Off the super high drum riser!! Twice!!!

After I packed my gear back up, I went back to my seat and watched the rest of the show. Nine songs is pretty short for a Lamb of God show, but they chose some great songs to fill out the rest of the setlist. The next song was “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For” and was dedicated to the, “Men and Women of the U.S. Army” – which was met with many cheers from the crowd. The next two songs are my favorites off their latest album, “VII: Sturm und Drang” – “512” and “Engage the Fear Machine”. “512” always sends chills down my spine when I hear the opening riff; and “Engage the Fear Machine” gets the heart pumping and makes me want to move. They wrapped up their set with “Blacken the Cursed Sun”, “Laid to Rest” and another crowd favorite – “Redneck”.

Stage antics aside, as I said earlier, Lamb of God are one of the best acts in metal today. They are always spot-on when playing their songs and know how to keep the crowd energized. With everything that this band, and especially Randy, has been through, it’s good to see them continuing to make great music and do what they love.

Catch Lamb of God on tour with Slayer through August in the United States. For our European readers, both bands will be on your side of the pond starting in November.

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