On a hot and humid Cincinnati night at Riverbend Music Center a line-up of epic proportions rolled into town, and this was no ordinary day. It was 6/6 – International Slayer Day!! The lineup of Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament was sure to celebrate International Slayer Day and Slayer’s last visit to Cincinnati with a bang!
The show all around was amazing! I was on site to cover Behemoth and Lamb of God and when Behemoth took the stage the energy at Riverbend was palpable. Behemoth is a Polish Black Death Metal band that was formed in 1991 with founding member Negral (Adam Darski) leading the band with vocals and guitar. The other members of Behemoth are Seth (Patryk Sztyber) – guitar, Orion (Tomasz Wróblewski) – bass guitar, and Inferno (Zbigniew Robert Promiński) on drums. Inferno first took the stage behind the drums and then Seth and Orion followed. As the music intro started the crowd started to roar and Negral walked out to start this show off with a fan favorite, “Ov Fire and the Void”! Negral took his place behind his huge microphone stand and sounded amazing! Negral’s stage presence is so intimidating with a constant stare into the crowd, his eye’s highlighted by the white and black face paint. He is a force to be reckoned with. The constant and brutal sounds of Infero’s drums paired with the thrash of Seth’s guitars brought a non-stop attack of music to the fans. Orion made trips across the stage pausing to bang his head or stare off at fans while pounding his bass guitar. The band performed “Demigod”, “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer”, “Wolves ov Siberia”, “Chant for Eschaton”, and closed out the show with, “O Father O Satan O Sun!”. What an amazing and EVIL show Behemoth puts on!
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Lamb of God
What can I say about Lamb of God other than they are at the top of their game and one of my favorite bands of all time! Randy Blythe – vocals, Chris Adler – drums, Willie Adler – guitar, Mark Morton – guitar, and John Campbell – bass form the amazing band known as Lamb of God. Lamb of God got its start under the name Burn the Priest back in 1994 and later changed its name to Lamb of God. The band recently released a cover album under the name Burn the Priest featuring tracks originally performed by CRO-MAGS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, QUICKSAND, MINISTRY, BAD BRAINS, MELVINS, S.O.D., THE ACCUSED, BIG BLACK, and SLIANG LAOS. The new album is incredible and really pays tribute to some of the founders of metal and punk music.
To start the show off, the band took the stage sans Randy Blythe while the intro to “Omerta” played. Randy then joined the rest of the band to put on a blistering performance in the hot and humid outdoor venue. The hammering riffs of “Ruin” were up next as Randy paced the stage like a lion in a cage. Randy’s energy is incredible and the crowd definitely agreed by cheering and banging their heads to the tunes. As the set continued one of my favorite live songs to hear live, “Walk With Me In Hell”, came on! It was difficult to shoot photos in the pit while wanting to bang my head to the music!! Mark Morton’s guitar paired with Willie Adler’s guitar are just so powerful with a constant blast of sound! Lamb of God sounded so tight and the songs just kept hammering the crowd with energy. The band performed “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For”, “512”, “Engage the Fear Machine”, “Blacken the Cursed Sun”, and even did an encore with “Laid to Rest” and “Redneck”. I always love seeing Lamb of God live and this night did not disappoint one bit!
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Lamb of God – Cincinnati, Ohio (Click any photo to open gallery)
Behemoth – Cincinnati, Ohio (Click any photo to open gallery)