Arrived after Huntress due to the beast known as East Bay traffic. Just in time for Testament, who had a pretty cool stage setup, more than you would expect for a supporting act at a usual theater show (ahem fuckyouslayer). I haven't been much of a Testament fan but this show put me... over the wall. Alex is a killer guitar player to see up close, and I've always been a fanboy of Gene Hoglan. Lame that they're third on the bill and they didn't really play anything outside the norm.
It's been a while since I've had to watch an entire set from a band that I actively despise. Going into it, I was pretty open minded and figured there might be something positive to take away from the KSE set, but holy shit their music obnoxious. They've got the sound and the performance down, and I might be hypocritical about it because of the style of their music, but it's so fucking exploitative it's not even funny. Constant breakdowns, the cookie cutter melodic guitar parts and vocals. I remembered what it felt like to be forced fed shitty music in high school. Adam Dwhatever is so annoying to watch and to top it off at the end of the set he went on an "I'm so drunk bro" rant. The positive takeaway for me was that he wore a horse mask during the last song, which isn't totally played out on the internet or anything...
All the pent up bro rage made Lamb of God a lot more enjoyable. Solid performance backed up by smoke guns and screens that switched between band close ups and footage of shit blowing up. Once again, a lot more than what you expect at this kind of gig (SLAAAYERRR). Chris Adler is a bad mother on the drums and manages to stick to the opposite end of the jerkoff spectrum as Yngwie Malmsteen. I was only disappointed that it looks like we got one less song from Palaces
than the previous shows.
Overall, pretty good show, and good to run into some people I hadn't seen in a while, including getting crowdsurfed over by a friend we didn't know was there
. Catch it if you still have the chance.
More Than Meets the Eye
Into the Pit
The New Order
Disciples of the Watch
Over the Wall
Lamb of God
Walk With Me In Hell
Set To Fail
Now You've Got Something To Die For
Laid To Rest