Fear Factory, Lamb of God Vancouver Show Report
Band Photo: Lamb of God (?)
Being one of my favourite bands, the minute I found out that Children of Bodom was coming to town again, I thought to myself that I definitely had to go see them this time. And not only did I get to see them live, I also got to interview their bass player, Henkka. I was supposed to interview Mark Morton from Lamb of God too. But unfortunately, due to some complications, I was unable to.
The doors to the Commodore Ballroom opened at 7. Throwdown went on stage at 7:45. They weren't bad for an opening band. I was impressed by how much energy they've got and how they got everyone jumping up and down in the circle pit they've created. Rumour has it that there are tires under the floor of the Commodore so that it adds bounce...or something like that.
The minute Throwdown left the stage, the "Bodom" chants began. People started pushing and shoving before the band even hit the stage. COB went on at around 8:30 and they did not disappoint. There were some people who complained about the keyboards stealing away the solos, but in my opinion I thought that the added melody was a nice touch. Hennka dropped 10 bucks on the stage at one point and either he ignored it or was so focused that he didn't even notice it, even though it was right at his feet. That bill was lying there for a good 15-20 minutes before a crew member picked it up. What I didn't like about the show was that the music was bit louder than Alexi's vocals. But still, COB put on one of the best shows I've seen and I seriously wished that their set would never end.
Fear Factory wasn't bad, but I didn't really see much that stood out, except for the singer's set of vocal cords. I can't recall the last time I was in such a brutal mosh pit.
Fear Factory setlist:
I left the pit shortly after FF because I predicted that the Lamb of God pit would be even worse. And it was. Everything people said about LOG being one of the best live bands out there was true. They were insanely loud and heavy. That mosh pit was one of the biggest, most aggressive one I've ever seen at the Commodore. Throwdown's singer came out to sing a few lines in "Pariah." Local guy Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Band/Strapping Young Lad), producer for "As the Palaces Burn," made a brief appearance. I think I caught a glance of Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad) after the show, but I could be wrong because I'm really bad with faces.
Lamb of God setlist:
Laid to Rest
Something to Die For
Terrors + Hubris
The Faded Line
What I've Become
Overall, the show was awesome, probably one of the best metal shows I've been to, and I would highly recommend you catch it if you can.
Update: You can view photos from the show in the Photo Gallery.
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