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Lamb of God

Live in Milwaukee, WI, March, 2007

Review by Greg Olma

When I first heard that Lamb Of God was going to play The Rave in Milwaukee, I was a bit surprised. Their latest Album Sacrament was a huge hit and coming off of a Grammy nomination, I figured that The Rave would be too small to hold the growing legion of Lamb Of God fans. Well, I was right. The show was bumped upstairs to the larger Eagles Club. Even with the larger venue, the place was still packed.

This was my first time attending a Lamb Of God show and it humbles me to say, the music on Sacrament is the only stuff I knew. I was definitely in the minority in what was largely a crowd full of hardcore followers. Luckily for me, a good chunk of Sacrament was played. I’ve heard some of the older fans complain that the new disc is not as good as their previous efforts but the crowd didn’t care, the whole set was received well. Whether you like Sacrament or not, there was something for everyone. “Walk With Me In Hell,” “Blacken The Cursed Sun,” and the Grammy nominated “Redneck” all sounded great live. The older fans need not have worried because the guys pulled out a healthy amount of older material. They played “Hourglass” and “Laid To Rest” from Ashes Of The Wake. As The Palaces Burn was represented with “Ruin,” “Vigil”, and a few others. Lamb Of God even went way back to their early days and gave us “Bloodletting” and “Black Label.”

The only point of reference I have for a Lamb Of God show is that it is similar to a Slayer concert. There wasn’t a huge amount of movement on stage. No one did any scissor kicks off the amps. The main focus is “power and heavy” and that is precisely what Lamb Of God delivered. I recommend you catch the latest (and heaviest) in American metal.

Special thanks go to Scott Enget who helped me with some of the older song titles.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
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