Lamb of God at Fillmore Auditorium, 12/10/12

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Eric Gruneisen
Randy Blythe of Lamb of God at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver last night. Slide show: Lamb of God & In Flames at the Fillmore photos.


LAMB OF GOD @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM |12/10/12

The high point of Lamb of God's set came somewhere around the mid-point, when, after projecting pictures of the band's fans in the military on the twin screens flanking drummer Chris Adler, Randy Blythe dedicated "Now You've Got Something to Die For" to the men and women of our armed forces. Blythe got the crowd singing along so fervently that, at one point, the band and Blythe dropped out completely and let the audience, which was as loud as the band, carry the refrain.

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Eric Gruneisen
Lamb of God last night at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Slide show: Lamb of God & In Flames at the Fillmore photos.

A bit earlier, when the set got going, the twin projection screens on stage showed what looked at first like a test reel, but the visuals soon changed to the famous Lyndon B. Johnson "Daisy Girl" campaign ad from 1964, with the little girl picking petals off a flower counting down to nuclear war. But it stopped just shy of the mushroom-cloud footage -- that came later in the show. As the colorized black-and-white image zoomed in on the iris of the young girl until it was so large that each screen contained one giant eye, Adler pounded out a furious beat, and his image became engulfed in flames as the rest of the band came together for "Desolation."

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Eric Gruneisen
Lamb of God at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver last night. Slide show: Lamb of God & In Flames at the Fillmore photos.

For his part, particularly on songs like "Ghost Walking," Blythe sounded like some kind of supernatural wild animal, more so than just kind of unintelligible, guttural vocals that typify a lot of death metal. Before "Walk With Me in Hell," Blythe commented how the air here is thinner than he and the other "flatlanders" are used to, and that if he fell down unexpectedly, "Just kick me in the head," he said. "I'll wake up eventually."

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Eric Gruneisen
John Campbell of Lamb of God last night at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Slideshow: Lamb of God & In Flames at the Fillmore photos.

"Ruin" was dedicated to bassist John Campbell's brother Jeff from 3 Kings Tavern, who was off to the side of the stage. On the screens, images of faith healers and cult leaders, including Jim Jones, David Koresh and the Manson Family, appeared in succession. At the end, one of the guitars made a sound like an ambulance from somewhere in Europe was slowing down.

"Omerta," beginning with a spoken word section at the beginning and followed by a slower melody, accompanied by juxtaposed images of Jesus and other religious imagery with infamous gangsters, struck the darkest note of the night. After that tune, Blythe said the band was done with slower songs and the outfit went into "Contractor," a track which couldn't have offered a more extreme contrast, tempo-wise.

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Eric Gruneisen
Randy Blythe of Lamb of God at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver last night. Slideshow: Lamb of God & In Flames at the Fillmore photos.

With two songs left in the set, Blythe thanked all the bands that shared the bill, and for In Flames, he said he had to try his best black metal. The guitar riff was too fast at first, and so the band tried again, and Blythe delivered some rapidfire guttural vocals. It may have lasted the length of eight runs through of "You Suffer" by Napalm Death, prompting Blythe to joke, "We just wrote five black metal records."

After that, he made mention of how Denver is a big city, especially compared to Richmond, Virginia, but that even so, this was the West and we have some redneck tendencies. "I can smell my own people," Blythe declared. "We know why you're here with us tonight. You're just a bunch of rednecks." Of course the song that followed was the funny but also fiery "Redneck," followed by "Black Label," which closed the show.

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Eric Gruneisen
Randy Blythe of Lamb of God at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver last night. Slideshow: Lamb of God & In Flames at the Fillmore photos.


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