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Lamb of God Concert Review In Place of News

Sorry for the lack of news yesterday, but after a long day's work, I stopped at home briefly before hitting the road again to go see Atreyu, Eighteen Visions, Chimaira and Lamb of God play in Springfield, VA. So let me give you a brief review of the show.

I got there just in time to see St. Diablo wrap up their set. Next up was Atreyu, who's album I have listened to only a few times. They sounded good and played more of their fast stuff - I recalled them to be a slower-paced band because of some of the drawn-out jams on their latest album. But I enjoyed their show an unique sound a lot. Following Atreyu was Eighteen Visions. I first liked them for their grooves and fat riffs, but quickly tired of their vocals, and the singer's mic being pushed too loud only made matter worse. Fortunately he let the crowd sing about a third of his vocals.

I was looking forward to seeing Chimaira again (last saw them open for Slayer over a year ago), but they were unable to make it because they were involved in a bus accident the night before. Everyone is ok, BTW. So Lamb of God took the stage. I was getting kind of tired by now anyway. But let me step back and preface my comments on Lamb of God's performance.

I wanted to see this concert for the variety in the lineup - I liked what I'd heard of Atreyu; I like Chimaira and wanted to hear some new material from their upcoming album; and I had heard good things about Eighteen Visions - but I was really interested to see and hear what Lamb of God was like live. It is always great to experience local and up and coming bands, but that enjoyment absolutely pales in comparison to the exhilaration of an experienced headlining band who commands the stage and crowd with their perfomance. And that is exactly what Lamb of God did.

From the warmup and opening notes, and finally the shoe flying in the mosh pit mid-way through their opening song, I knew I this is what I drove an hour and a half (120 mile round trip) through post-rush hour traffic on DC's beltway on a Monday night for. It was well worth it. "That's what I'm talking about," I commented to my friend after the first song. Lamb of God is one of those bands who actually sounds BETTER live than on a studio recording. Their raw energy and style was made to be played live and they played with the precision and poise of a band who's been playing for a long time (despite having only a couple of releases). They pummeled the crowd with an hour-long set of their best songs, mostly from New American Gospel, with a Burn the Priest classic and a couple of new songs from the upcoming As The Palaces Burn. Lamb of God was not one of my favorite bands going into this show, but their performance is certainly one of the most memorable and I am now, more than ever, eagerly awaiting their new album. Their performance also served to remind me that I need to get out and do this shit more often!

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