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By Eric | August 17, 2007 11:59 pm
This show was supposed to be at the Dome Theater in Niagara Falls, but was moved the day before. Still not sure why. Anyway, due to heavy traffic on the 90, and stopping to get something to eat first, I missed 3 Inches Of Blood, who were also on the bill. I got there just as Behemoth were setting up. These guys are real death metal from Poland, and they did the whole get-up, from painted white faces, to spitting blood, to wearing the spikey leather accessories. Personally, death metal is just a bit too far out there for me. They were entertaining for the 40 minutes or so they played, but it’s *so* fast and *so* brutal that it’s kinda hard to figure out what the hell is going on. And never mind trying to figure out what he’s screaming/growling. But it was cool enough.
Hatebreed was next, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing them for awhile. I didn’t really get into them until the last couple of years (they’ve been around since ’97, in the mainstream anyway), and everybody always tells me that they put on a great show. Well, everybody was right. The place was packed, and a good number of the kids were all about Hatebreed. Granted, the songs are pretty simple, and are written with the scream-along in mind, but that’s not to say that it’s not a blast to be a part of it! Jamey and the boys looked to be having a blast on the stage, and the crowd gave it right back to them. They opened with To The Threshold, and proceeded to rip through songs from all 4 albums, stopping to thank the crowd after practically every song. My highlight of their set was probably the closer, I Will Be Heard, because the entire place went bonkers when they played it! The setlist (in rough order) was: To The Threshold, Last Breath, Destroy Everything, As Diehard As They Come, Defeatist, Doomsayer, This Is Now, Tear It Down, Live For This, Perseverence, I Will Be Heard.
After calming down from that set, the headliners were up. Lamb Of God. As their tagline says, Pure American Metal. Although the setlist was almost identical to the show I saw in March, they seemed even more energetic this time around. I think the crowd was a bit more into it here than at Harro East as well. LoG, too, seemed to be having a hell of a time up on stage, Randy was a lot more talkative than the last time, and he gave a shoutout to the hometown guys in Every Time I Die (“Party at Andy Williams’ house!”). The one switch from the list in March was that instead of Bloodletting, we got Subtle Arts this time around, and the order was a little different. They sounded awesome, Mark Morton’s solos were incredible, and Chris Adler’s drumming was spot on. Another show where I definately felt I got my money’s worth. LoG’s setlist: Hourglass; Again We Rise; Walk With Me In Hell; Ruin; Pathetic; As The Palaces Burn; Descending; More Time To Kill; Blacken the Cursed Sun; Subtle Arts of Murder and Persuasion; 11th Hour; Now You’ve Got Something To Die For; Laid to Rest; *** Encore *** Vigil; Redneck; Black Label.