Subliminal Verses Report from Green Bay, WI
Band Photo: Slipknot (?)
Well, here I am again seeing Slipknot again. Probably my sixth or seventh time, but the main reason I am here is for Lamb of God. I guess I shouldn't complain seeing I am in lowly Green Bay Wisconsin. There hasn't been a quality show here in quite a while.
With a crowd of about 3600 on hand at the brand new Resch Center, Shadows Fall were up to bat first. American Head Charge was originally on the bill, but they cancelled long before the recent death of guitarist Byran Ottoson. Otep was also scheduled and they too cancelled for reasons unknown. I've seen Shadows Fall before on the Headbangers Ball tour a while back and on last years Ozzfest trek. Though I am a fan of their live shows, they were thoroughly boring. Brian Fair's vocals were fair at best but the band sounded good. You could tell though that they weren't very excited to be there, which can be expected because this tour was so long. There was no real band presence, as everyone just stood around with Fair occasionally twirling his knee high dreads.
Next up was Lamb of God. All I have to say is, any headlining bands shouldn't ever take these guys on the road with them as they always literally steal the show. They did it this day as they did on last years second stage at Ozzfest and on the Headbangers Ball tour some time back from Killswitch Engage. They opened with Laid To Rest, which shows they were getting their recent radio hit out of the way. Randy Blythe's vocals reigned terror that night in the Resch Center. I've have never seen them sound better and if nobody knew who they were before this, the mainly maggot corp of Knot fans surely knew them after this set. The crowd just exploded into a slew of about 4 or 5 circle pits as LOG perfectly blended songs from all three albums. The crowd was so into these guys. It brought a smile to my face. I couldn't help myself but to hop in and bellow the words to Now You've Got Something To Die For and Ruin. They are truly a sight to see live, if you haven't already. Of the numerous shows I've seen, LOG are truly the most brutal, exciting, and crowd pleasing band around. They truly stole the show.
Then finally was Slipknot, who have put on decent shows in the past. They were minus their guitarist Paul who, they say was in the hospital. I guess I am being biased from the show LOG just put on, but the Knot surely came out flat. Though Corey Taylor was very animated on vocals, everyone else kind of just stood around. Like I said before, they did mention that this was a long and tiresome tour. They also said how excited they were to be in Green Bay but it didn't show. They opened with Disasterpiece from the Iowa release. Then proceeded to spit out radio gems Vermillion and Left Behind. The stage looked awesome and the lighting was superb. The best part of their set was Joey Jordison's 8 minute drum solo. It was also his 30th birthday that night. I'm sure it is a birthday he will forget. I'm not saying it was an awful set, but they wanted to be somewhere else.
Overall I can't complain too much. It was a good show mainly because LOG saved the day. But with a ticket price of $35, I must say it was a bit high for three bands. Seeing a show like Sounds of the Underground is only about $30 bucks for 23 bands. I'll definitely be going to the previously mentioned Sounds tour as Lamb of God are headlining. If you haven't seen 'em, check this tour. Not to mention tons of other great metal acts such as Throwdown, Chimaira, Unearth, The Agony Scene plus many others.
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