As a joint birthday/Valentines present my fiancee bought me tickets to Defenders of the Faith, primarily because Dimmu Borgir were playing and we both love them.
First up was Five Finger Death Punch. Now, I've never heard of these guys before, but they really had the crowd going so I guess I must be out of the loop They seemed pretty decent live, so I'm going to check them out more.
Next up, Unearth. Now, I have no idea who was doing the sound for them, but it was such a mess. It gradually improved through their set, but at the start all you could really make out was a wall of bass and drums with very little guitar and vocals audible. You could just about make out the guitars by the end of the set, but the vocals were mostly buried in the mix the whole gig. They really looked like they were giving a good set, shame I couldn't hear it properly. Buzz spent the whole set playing a very nice silverburst S7 with a reversed headstock, Ken started with a UV777PBK and switched to a red S7 with "Kill" on the body halfway through.
Then, Dimmu! Now I know I might be slightly biased as they were my favourite band on the whole bill, but I really do think they gave the best show of the night. Effective use of the lights for atmosphere, blacklights, smoke, plus their own brand of symphonic and theatrical black metal. They played a really great setlist too. Suffice to say my neck is still aching Galder and Silenoz were rocking a variety of ESP custom Vís too, though they all seemed to be matt black. Silenoz pulled out an F series of some sort for Puritania too. Definitely need to catch these guys at their own gig.
Finally, Lamb of God. Now, I like quite a few of their songs, but I can never listen to a whole album. Thereís something about their guitar tone that really gets on my nerves, I really donít like it. Sadly, the sameís true live. They were giving a really good performance, but by then end that guitar sound was starting to grate on me. The massive amount of hugely powerful strobe lights werenít helping either. The odd bit now and again is cool, but that many strobes for as long as they set them off each time was really OTT, and I was so bright I had to look away each time too. The fucking enormous wall of cabs was cool though
Ran into a certain Mr Lozek just before LOG, there because heíd bought tickets for his girlfriend as a present. Kind of a theme there.
Finally, a big fuck you to the public transport system. First off, there were engineering works on a very large amount of the underground so we had to leave home stupidly early to get there going around the houses. Secondly, after asking for tickets to Stockwell from Basildon, I ended up with tickets to Chalkwell which is completely the wrong direction. It also meant we had to pay again when we got to Stockwell. Final insult of the night was using Transport for Londonís directions home, and paying £2 each for a 100yard buss ride
Sounds like a good show!\m/
What amps were Dimmu using? Was Silenoz rocking the Blackstar?
Sucks about Unearth's sound, as they sounded great when I last saw them.