thought I'd copy pasta the gig review I did for another site here
metallica/lamb of god/baronness
Not bad, sound was pretty awful so I couldn't make it out, some sort of vaguely doomy stuff with these really soaring vocals. My interest in them has been piqued to the point that I'll probably download some stuff to see if I should buy some music.
Lamb of God-
I wasn't really fond of Blythe's dumbed down tuff guy stage banter but I can't deny that all the other dudes in the band had excellent stage presence- that elusive grey area between "really getting into it" and "posing". Was good to watch, particularly the lead guitarist. Lamb of God's breakdown-heavy, "variations on three different riffs" was pretty fun and if tickets are cheap I may go and see them if/when they play Perth again, but I can't see myself ever buying/listening to them outside of a live context. Moronic quote of the night from the lead singer:
"Perth is the only city we ever play in Western Australia" <-- yeah well no shit
A far more intense two hours than I imagined. I wasn't front row but second row, which was a freaking hard position to maintain seeing as I couldn't grip the barricade. Not much in the way of moshing, just a never ending crowd slamming it's way to the front. Was hard work to keep my position.. A lot of the smaller people near me couldn't take it for too long. My dehydration didn't help either. Really intense crowd.
Excellent, excellent set though. Some problems with the sound early but that didn't last too long. James's voice sounded really good, he even pulled off the "we're gonna SCREAM OUT" scream in Hit the Lights, was rad. The other thing I was most scared about- the drums (no shit, right) seemed solid enough throughout (naturally, I wasn't thoroughly analysing his performance, I was there to enjoy the show), the machine gun bit in One sucked but otherwise Lars didn't detract from my enjoyment and added to the enthusiasm with his typically lively stage presence.
I think like 90% of the people though I was really there to get my Hetfield boner on and he delivered. Such a commanding stage precense- whereas the lamb of god singer was jumping off shit and running around like a monkey on meth to get us into it James didn't need that. I think the fact that these days he's a pretty huge tank adds to it. He just has authority, y'know? Whenever he came to sing in the microphone in front of me it was always brutal though, just because it meant an EPIC crowd slam was gonna happen. Still, he was fantastic, Kirk and Rob seemed tight (Somewhat like Lars, Kirk makes up for the occaisonal dubious bit of technique with a very good stage presence), Lars didn't suck too much, sound was good, bass was audible and the stage show with the lasers and pyro were absolutely fantastic. Also it was way louder than I expected! Only underwhelming bit was no Creeping death, but I'm sure they'll play it tomorrow.
That was just your life
The end of the line (works much better live)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (sounded amazing)
Broken Beat and Scarred
Fade to Black
Kirk noodle (notable for him basically just looping the "Sign of the Southern Cross" riff off Mob Rules for a minute or two)
Sad but True
The Four Horsemen
All Nightmare Long (worked absolutely brilliantly live.. my favourite song of the night)
Master of Puppets
Hit the Lights
Nothing Else Matters
Seek and Destroy (might've missed a song here..)