Lamb of God – O2 Academy, Glasgow – 16/01/2014

@AnybodyBC reviews the @LambOfGodBand @Decapitated @HuntressKills show in Glasgow for @PlanetMosh. @Roadrunner_UK @rrusa

 

Huntress
Huntress

Attending a kick ass metal gig is always a great start to a brand new year and 2014 began perfectly in the company of  brutal groove metallers Lamb of God in the O2 Academy, Glasgow.
The venue was almost crammed to capacity, when the opening band, Huntress, appeared on the stage. They were a very interesting pick as support act. Quite a “soft” beginning to the evening, Jill Janus and her band gave a short 30 min set before the more extreme acts that followed. Playing songs off their two album, it was the double whammy of ‘Zenith’ and ‘Eight Of Swords’ that impressed.

Decapitated
Decapitated

Next up and much more eagerly awaited by the crowd was the technical death metal team from Poland, Decapitated. Although this band had a really rocky history before they started playing again (under Vogg’s initiative), they still kick ass. The band played 45 minutes and featured songs from their entire career. Their aggression onstage really encouraged the moshpit action on the main floor. Getting the blood boiling, fists pumping and heads banging, Decapitated are one of the best death metal bands on the planet. The level of technicality is insane and the ferocity of its delivery on ‘Lying and Weak’, ‘Pest’, and ‘Spheres of Madness’ begged the attention of all in attendance. They left the stage with the crowd suitably warmed up for the main event.

 

Lamb of God
Lamb of God

Lamb of God are currently nearing the finish line for  the”Resolution” European tour. In spite of this they came to Glasgow with their full power and brought the musical equivalent of a napalm attack to the Glasgow chapter.  Randy was enthused and invigorated and it wasn’t hard to notice as he said “Glasgow is the craziest crowd in the tour”.  They kicked the show into gear with  ‘Desolation’ and ‘Ghost Walking’ from the last studio album ‘Resolution’ and when Randy asked the fans to ‘Walk with Me in Hell’, the venue erupted in a sweaty fervour. All evening, John Campbell was a mass of flailing hair as he rumbled his bass line alongside Chris Adler’s rhythmic constructions. The notable absence tonight was guitarist Mark Morton, who had to sit out the European tour (understandably) due to a family emergency. Competently filling his shoes was Paul Waggoner from Between The Buried And Me”. Paul did a great job and held his own and stood proud amongst friends.

Their entire set held such mind blowing songs like ‘Now You’ve Got Something to Die For’, ‘Ruin’ and ‘Set To Fail’. Lamb of God are a band who laugh in the face of adversity and with a few hard years now firmly behind them, they are clearly embracing the sheer joy of being onstage as a ferocious team. The show closed with an encore of four songs including the obligatory ‘Redneck’ and the pummeling ‘Black Label’ after which, Glasgow was laid to waste. It’s going to take a while for us to recover from this musical beating.

Setlist:
Desolation
Ghost Walking
Walk with Me in Hell
Hourglass
Set to Fail
Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
The Undertow
Omerta
Ruin
In Your Words

Encore:
Vigil
Redneck
Laid to Rest
Black Label

Links:
www.lamb-of-god.com
www.facebook.com/lambofgod‎
twitter.com/Lambofgodband

 

About Jurga Kalinauskaite

Photographer, journalist, curious wanderer.
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