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Lamb Of God: overcoming the odds?

Sometimes it is almost impossible to live up to the hype and expectation that surrounds certain gigs and tonight, unfortunately, Lamb Of God have the fates conspire against them, making their headline slot very much a case of “what if?”.

It certainly starts well enough, the anticipation of the band’s return to the UK after the trauma of the last year is sky high. When, through the lights and dry ice, steps Randy Blythe, the reaction from those in attendance is one of universal elation. Even the people here who aren’t familiar with the band’s material, and strangely enough there is a large proportion of curious bystanders present tonight, seem to have nothing but genuine goodwill for the man. As the opening to Desolation starts the set it seems that the band are keen to match the adulation with pure aggression and intensity. Unfortunately the sound doesn’t do LOG justice; the guitars are muddy, the vocals overpowering and it’s just plain too quiet.

It then goes from mildly annoying to potentially gig threatening as the front barriers collapse, ironically enough during Ruin. There is a monumental gap whilst the problem is sorted and unfortunately when the song restarts it has robbed the band of any momentum, the crowd have mellowed and, most surprisingly of all, Lamb Of God seem uncharacteristically sloppy.

It takes a good portion of the set before their game is raised back to anything near the level that you would expect from such an exceptional band, and, to be fair to them, when they sign off with Laid To Rest, Redneck and a brutal, scorching Black Label not many bands could touch them. Ultimately though, this is not the iconic moment that it promised to be. To coin a popular ad campaign; tonight, through no fault of their own, it’s good, but it’s not quite Lamb Of God.

Setlist

Desolation
Ghost Walking
Walk with Me in Hell
Set to Fail
Ruin
Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
11th Hour
The Undertow
Omerta
Contractor
Encore:
The Passing
In Your Words
Laid to Rest
Redneck
Black Label

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With Halloween nearing in just a week, what better timing for the boys of Boston’s Sonic Pulse, (the beer-fueled, power thrashing super group featuring members of Razormaze, Skull Hammer, Ravage and Vindicator) to unleash their new music video for “Bong Zombies?” The directorial debut by vocalist Dan Hammer can be viewed below. Dan commets:

“Directing the video was actually one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. There’s nothing more fun than trying to keep 10 metalheads, most of who have likely have some form of ADD, on task and trying to keep track of the shots that need to be taken at the same time. The graveyard scenes were filmed secret-agent style by sneaking into a graveyard with 40lbs of dry ice along with a fake bong and lighting equipment at night, with the rest being filmed at or around my house and in an abandoned room in a warehouse. You’ve gotta use guerrilla tactics if you want to save money on production lol!”

The video is in support of Sonic Pulse’s new album “Lager Than Life,” which is now available digitally and on CD through bandcamp, and will soon be released as a limited edition vinyl with only 500 copies via a soon to be named label.

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Fields Of The Nephilim has unveiled the first track from the forthcoming “Ceromonies” project, which can be found in the player below. The band issued the following press release:

“‘Penetration’ is a dazzling assault on the senses; a ferocious blast of machine-gun strobes and billowing dry-ice that switches between vivid colours and intense monochromatic flashes, set to a precise, brutal and ritualistic soundtrack.

“A demonstration of their dark power which first featured on the ‘Zoon’ album, ‘Penetration’ is an example of the Nephilim at their most extreme, a track which welds the jackhammer rhythms and guttural roar of that album’s industrial vision to the chiming guitars and dramatic melodies for which they are most widely known.

“Whilst other tracks such as the elegaically beautiful epic ‘Wail Of Sumer / And There Will Your Heart Be Also’ from the ‘Elizium’ period demonstrate the softer, more atmospheric moments in their canon, and the likes of ‘Moonchild’, ‘Preacher Man’ and ‘Psychonaut’ represent some of the band’s biggest hits, ‘Penetration’ is a unexpected shot of adrenaline straight to the heart.”

The “Ceremonies” live album and DVD is set for release on March 19th, 2012.

PENETRATION (FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM) from SHEERFAITH on Vimeo.

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Playing to a somewhat smaller audience than they probably deserve, Finnish folk metal pioneers Amorphis take to the stage amongst a sea of dry ice and launch into a performance designed to please both hardcore fans and newcomers alike. Looking surprisingly tanned for a group of Finns, the band appear to be in good health and push plenty of energy into the songs, vocalist Tomi Joutsen in particular becoming a blur of flailing dreads and pumping fists. Hitting Black Winter Day and other classic material from their groundbreaking late-nineties period, the group throw in enough new material to showcase their current sound, ably bridging a gap between their two incarnations.

Following Devin Townsend – or Devin Town Send as the big screen captioning would have it – is no easy task but thankfully Fear Factory are blessed with a stellar sound that makes their material sound positively apocalyptic. While their Sonisphere set was a sometimes embarrassing spectacle due to fraility of Burton’s clean vocals, their appearance here today is infinitely more convincing, and the decision to end the set on with a handful of numbers from their career best Demanufacture means that thing end on a high.

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