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INTERVIEW JOHN WAITE 2013

LIVE LAMB OF GOD METRO CITY September 26 REVIEW

 

 

LAMB OF GOD

with MESHUGGAH

 

Metro City, Perth

September 26th 2013

 

 

The combination of modern metal stalwarts Meshuggah and Lamb Of God co-headlining are in some eyes, a dream combination. Both are quite different from each other, the former are more industrialised with technical brutality and imaginative tempo changes verring more outside conventional song structures and the latter are more straight up in your face stripped back metal. But the team up of the two are in fact, are perfect for each other as I found out at their show in Perth.

 

 

I have seen Meshuggah live a couple of times, both times at the Soundwave Festival so this was the first time seeing them at a more intimate club show. And this setting is really more suited to the band and their brand of metal which can at times be difficult to get into but at the same time, finding that groove sweet spot is like finding your way out of an intricate maze, it's both satisfying and rewarding. Now I will admit I don't listen to a lot of Meshuggah's albums. I have heard some of their albums but seeing them perform live is something that I was more interested in. There is something about their live show that sounds more attractive to me, they really amp it up more and make it sound more heavier than their studio tracks. Maybe seeing these wierd songs actually performed in person is the main attraction for me. But whatever it is, I like it and I will see them live again and again when I can.


 

Lamb Of God came on after Meshuggah, closing the night for the 2 main acts. No support acts at this show which means both bands get pretty much equal stage time hence a co-headling show. The Virginian metallers ripped straight into two tracks from their latest album "Resolution" before heading into classic "Sacrament" song "Walk With Me In Hell". The band sounded as good as they Always do, with drummer Chris Adler always the highlight of their whole performance with his precision drum skills an absolute pleasure to watch. The setlist contained the usual trcks that Lamb Of God fans know well and the band pump out these songs at virtually every show no matter what - "Set To Fail" a more recent regular off the 2009 "Wrath"" album but others like "Now You've Got Something to Die For" and "11th Hour" now becoming expected tracks in their sets. One thing I have noticed is bass player John Campbell's amazing bass sound, every once in a while throwing in a huge thump sound at certain points in a song. I don't remember if this had always been something he done but it's something I have noticed in the last couple of times I have seen the band. Either way, it's an amazing sound to hear and feel.

 

 

The band ended the setlist with the always reliable "Black Label", still considered to be one of their best tracks to date and that ended yet another Lamb Of God show in Perth. I have lost count how many times they have come here with their most recent visit at the 2012 Soundwave Festival but you will never hear any complaints about it from me. I look forward to their next show!

 

 

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe

 

 

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