Lamb of God and Anthrax Heat Up Snow-Filled New York City
“It’s a Monday night!” said Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe as he seemed happily surprised at the insane crowd that filled Hammerstein Ballroom. The show was originally set for Saturday but due to the massive blizzard that hit the Big Apple, it was moved to Monday -- but that sure as hell didn’t stop New York fans from attending the show.
Lamb of God’s gig began with ”Desolation” and “Walk With Me in Hell,” which set the tone for the obliterating show. They also performed new tracks “512,” “Still Echoes” and “Overlord” from their latest album VII: Sturm and Drang. Blythe was unstoppable and his high jumps were as soaring as the voices of fans who shouted out favorites “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For,” “Laid to Rest” and “Redneck.” Fans will continue to walk with Lamb of God in hell, on Earth and wherever else they decide to go. When the band comes to town, their fans show up in full force.
New York’s own Anthrax took the stage beforehand and kicked things off with a one-two punch as they cranked out “Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t” from their last album Worship Music. They also performed their new track “Evil Twin” from their upcoming disc, For All Kings, due out Feb. 26. Old school thrashers moshed around to notable tracks like “Antisocial” and “Caught in a Mosh.” When it came time to war dance during “Indians,” singer Joey Belladonna messed up a little but leave it up to guitarist Scott Ian to amp up fans even more and the second war dance was even better than the first.
California band Deafheaven served as support with a unique and experimental sound and a hypnotic stage presence. It's clear why they've been generating a lot of buzz recently. Before that, the Texas boys of Power Trip displayed a heavy sound which shows influences from Motorhead to New York hardcore in a high energy set.
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