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

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

When In Flames took the stage just before Lamb of God, a blue light flowed together with streaming blue lights giving the sense of water. Once everyone was in place a distorted chord went directly into the song, "Sounds of a Playground Fading," and when the final strains of the song rang out the band went into "Where the Dead Ships Dwell." Afterward, Anders Fridén pointed to a fan in the crowd who appeared to be nodding off and asked if he was falling asleep. Turns out he was just stoned, as Fridén related to us.

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Eric Gruneisen
Anders Fridén of In Flames trying his hand as a photographer at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver last night. Slideshow: Lamb of God & In Flames at the Fillmore photos.

At this point, the In Flames frontman borrowed a camera from someone in the front and took a picture of the audience and remarked, "You all look good! Even the stoned ones." Some guy lifted up his shirt in front and Fridén laughed and said, "I don't want to see your titties. You're a man." He paused and then said, "But you do have titties." Fridén sprinkled this good natured ribbing throughout the show and kept the energy lively and fun.

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Anders Fridén
The crowd at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver last night as seen by Anders Fridén through the lens of photographer Josh Lowe's camera. Slideshow: Lamb of God & In Flames at the Fillmore photos.

Between the more fluidly dynamic "Cloud Connected" and "Fear is the Weakness," with its impressive display of creative double-kick drumming, Fridén offered some more levity: "I wanna smell Denver!" he began. "I really want people to come down from the bar and throw away that shitty beer you're drinking. It's probably Budweiser or something like that. You should be drinking Avery, Great Divide or Oskar Blues. Life is too short to be drinking shitty beer."

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

"Deliver Us" sounded a bit different for the band, as it made use of a thick electronic bass pulse in the beginning with synths that blended well with the pummeling thrash riff that came crashing in early into the song. When the song ended, Fridén said they were humbled to come here from "a shitty little country called Sweden to play." Then he wryly, and matter-of-factly, pointed out, "Even though our hockey team could come over and kick yours asses any day." Of course people booed and laughed. "I guess I didn't make any friends with that one."

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

In Flames closed with "My Sweet Shadow" and after the song got going, Fridén told us, "From the bottom of our cold, cold, cold Swedish hearts, Denver, goodbye for tonight." Gotta hand it to this band who plays such technically demanding music so furiously; the stage banter in a foreign language is every bit as engaging as their playing and better, for that matter, than many bands from here who are native speakers.

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


CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: Already liked Lamb of God's mix of death metal, grind and hardcore before the show and appreciated a lot more at the show.

Random Detail: Ran into Ray Koren of Thee Dang Dangs after the show.

By the Way: This was one of the best audiences I've seen at a show. Very enthusiastic and respectful.




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Fillmore Auditorium

1510 Clarkson St., Denver, CO

Category: Music


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