Lamb of God finished their tour with Anthrax, Deafheaven and Power Trip last Friday 12th. at the Hollywood Palladium but they are getting ready to hit the North American road for a second time later on this year with Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity. If you missed them during this leg of the trek, fear not and check out the list of dates here, but if you still aren’t convinced about checking them out, maybe photographer Karina Parker can convince you with the visuals below:
The Crossover Thrash metal band from Dallas, TX has come long ways since I first caught them live during Scion Fest 2014 (RIP). Playing songs from their Manifest Decimation album, Power Trip was a strong choice to get the show started with energy coming full force from front man Riley Gale. Which it didn’t take long for the crowd to respond with some early moshing. Currently Power Trip is working on new material for their upcoming LP and you can catch them live on the opposite side of the hemisphere as they embark on their headlining European tour in late May 2016.
Recently ending their own headlining tour with Tribulation, Deafheaven quickly signed themselves up for one of the biggest tour of the year so far. Promoting their new album New Bermuda, the style of music was a bit different from the rest of the tour lineup but being from the sunny state of California, they had a huge fan base in a trance throughout their powerful set which featured songs from their various discography. The highlight came at the end of their set when Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) joined the band on stage for a captivating performance of “Dream House” from the 2013 Sunbather album. While the show was intense and captivating, my only reservation is that they can possibly incorporate some kind of visual show on back screens to go along with the music to embrace the audience in a broader way.
One of the big 4 of Thrash, Anthrax, took over the stage. Not much introduction is need here as the pioneers ripped the Palladium to shreds. Recently playing the las Los Angeles HOB show along with appearance of Scott Ian, and other Anthrax members in various tribute shows. The road warriors are currently promoting their forth coming album For All Kings to be released February 26, 2016. I have yet to hear the full album but just hearing the new single “Evil Twin” I am pretty stoked this new album will be a solid one. They played through most of the classic Anthrax which had the crowd excited, but my personal favorite was the Tribute to Dio and Dimebag with the song “In The End” from their previous album Worship Music. It is kind of odd to see such a band as Anthrax not being the headliner of the tour, but I am sure a new tour announcement might be coming soon once their new album finally is released.
Lamb of God
One of my personal favorite bands, Lamb of God always knows how to put on a show. On tour promoting their recent album VII: Sturm und Drang, LOG put on a killer performance that almost demolished the venue. New songs such as Grammy nominated “512” and “Overlord” got a good response from the audience, but the biggest reaction of the night was during “Faded Line” and “Now You Have Something To Die For” (Dedicated to the troops, fallen soldiers and Veterans of the US Military) both of one of their greatest albums Ashes of the Wake. Randy Blythe is probably one of the greatest frontman of all time in my books always knowing how to captivate the audience alongside with Chris Adler who is a king of double paddle, it is no wonder they keep selling out shows. Adler is like a drum machine as he jumps from one tour to another with Megadeth then back with Lamb of God for their 2nd leg of the tour with Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity in early May 2016.