Gig review: Lamb of God and Decapitated at O2 Academy Leeds

Lamb of God at the O2 Academy Leeds. Picture: Danny Gartside/
Lamb of God at the O2 Academy Leeds. Picture: Danny Gartside/
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It’s not very often I can say that I have been to a show and been absolutely blown away by the support act, as well as the headlining act.

Decapitated came on stage to sound check a couple of minutes before they were due to play, and the one thing that instantly got my attention was the fact that they covered a Pantera track to get their sound levels in place. Awesome song, by and awesome band, covered brilliantly.

About their own stage performance and songs? Just as good as the soundcheck, if not better, so Decapitated are a band I’ll be keeping an eye on in the future.

Now, I did see Lamb Of God at Bloodstock Open Air festival last year, and I thought back then that they were pretty good at what they do, but nothing really prepared me for their own headline show.

One word really does describe their intensity on stage, their performance, hell, even their music. Brutal. Absolutely brutal. For me, Randall D. Blythe over the past couple of years has become an absolute hero with what happened with his incarceration and trial, so I started really following him.

On stage, and off stage, the man is humble beyond belief, even speaking about Leeds guitarist Jon Gomm, and how he admired the man’s musicianship, and he even mentioned that he had got a chance to meet him for lunch. A true fan of a Leeds lad. Anyway, I digress.

For sheer stage presence, Lamb Of God have it all, from being humble to being larger than life. Their distinct sound and music really does speak for itself, and as brutal as the music is, they are a stage act that ranks in my top five all-time favourite shows, and I am certainly sold now, as a fan for life.

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