Got back a couple hours ago from the Lamb Of God/Slipknot show. This was my 5th or 6th time seeing LoG and my first seeing Slipknot. While I'm a much bigger LoG fan than I am Slipknot, I REALLY dig .5 The Gray Chapter....also dig a few off the last album, not too keen on the first couple records though. Motionless In White and Bullet For My Valentine opened, but I wasn't really interested in either so we just took our time getting to the venue and got there 10 minutes before LoG went on.
LoG came out and did exactly what you expect from a LoG show, a flawless set. The past few videos I've seen from their festival gigs over the last couple weeks, Randy was sounding a little ragged but the dude was in top shape tonight. Guitars were nice and clear....actually, both them and Slipknot sounded great tonight, much clearer than I was expecting. I saw Rush at the same venue on the 30th Anniversary tour and it wasn't that clear. It was nice to see Chris Adler actually rocking the fuck out....that dude normally just sits back there and does his thing but all you could see tonight was his hair flyin' around...and Willie is fucking SKINNY...like, REALLY skinny.
Only 2 new songs, pretty sure it was the same set list they did at the festival gigs, I was hoping for a little more off the new record but whatevs. They closed with "Redneck".... First time I've ever known of them not closing with "Black Label", I was kind of bummed about that.
I love big shows with a huge production.....and Slipknot's set delivered. Lots of fire, all the stage activity....you can actually hear those kegs they're banging on. Corey is a fucking monster vocalist and he was spot on, like spot fucking on the entire set. Whatever he told the crowd to do, they obeyed....Randy's a great frontman, but seeing people react to Corey is a whole different thing. Really surprised at how well you can hear all those guys together that well...you certainly don't hear it that way on the records.
They've been touring for a few months now so they're in machine-mode at this point and you can tell, they seemed very comfortable on that stage.
Definitely a great show, I'll see LoG any time and I'll now do the same Slipknot. I was really just blown away with the energy in that set, you can't fake a lot of that stuff.
Yeah they put on a killer show, so much better live then their records and won me over in concert the first time I saw them for the first album. But honestly after I got out of my anger phase I kind of lost interest in them. Corey is a killer singer and I prefer him in Stone Sour, but he seems to be kind of a dbag and I am surprised Slipknot stays together because Mick Thompson also comes off as a big dbag, his hate for 7 string guitars always pissed me off.