Lamb of God recently returned to Philadelphia for a special televised, double-set event for a AXS TV broadcast with a star-studded cast of metal titans, including Sweden’s In Flames, US supergroup Hellyeah, and Sylosis. Blow The Scene was on hand to deliver a new show review and massive sets of exclusive photos for your viewing pleasure.
This showcase at the Electric Factory marked the first time Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe had been back to the City of Brotherly Love since his bizarre detainment in the Czech Republic for 5 weeks, beginning last June on charges of manslaughter for the death of a fan following a LOG performance on May 24th, 2010. Despite numerous grainy YouTube videos surfacing with footage supporting Blythe’s claims of innocence and definite lack of any substantial evidence, it was announced earlier this week that the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm.
As news breaks of Randy Blythe’s indictment on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic, manager Larry Mazer responded this week with the following statement, “After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.”
This was a special performance as Lamb of God partnered with AXS TV for a live broadcast exclusively for this Philadelphia show. Traveling with a full multimedia production, the band chose Philadelphia, site of the platinum DVD Killadelphia, knowing that it would be a wild night of metal. And a wild night of metal it was! The broadcast ran from 10 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. while fans were treated to a special double-set!
All this, as Lamb of God continues to support their latest and seventh studio LP, Resolution, which was released last January with an impressive #3 debut on the Billboard Top 200, selling more than 52,000 units in its first week of sales.
LOG did not forget to bring attention to the fact that this show was within a day of both Mark Morton and Chris Adler’s birthdays. All of the bands came back out on stage to sing and drink shots with a big cake and scantily clad women. Fans got a great mix of old and new songs and the camera crew got a large Philadelphia crowd that was going absolutely crazy throughout the night. And if that weren’t enough, LOG was nominated for Grammy earlier this week.
Although LOG were the definite commanders of the evening, Sweden’s melodic death metal innovators, In Flames, put in a performance no one could sneeze at. The band mixed in a healthy dose of classic and new material, so no matter if you were a fan of new or old, you got some serious jollies in.
In Flames, who have never been afraid to experiment with their sound, are currently touring in support of their latest EP on Century Media entitled, Where The Dead Ships Dwell, which features a number of unusual collaborations and song remixes. As to be expected, the metal community had mixed impressions, but ultimately predominantly warm reviews would tip the scale for the record as was evidenced by SputnikMusic who commented, “All in all this is a solid EP with interesting choices of remix artists. Each of them contributes with their own unique and special style of altering the original song, making it quite a diverse remix EP. “Where the Dead Ships Dwell” was also probably the best song of “Sounds of a Playground Fading” to remix due to its melodic structure. It is sure not classic, and not even excellent. But you need to give these guys some slack, because this EP is fun and enjoyable in every way possible, which I’m guessing was the intention of it from the start.”
Supergroup Hellyeah, who feature Mudvayne lead vocalist Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett, Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla, and former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul, rounded out the bill with openers Sylosis for what proved to be a bulletproof evening of metal. Hellyeah continue to tour in support of their latest LP, Band Of Brothers, which hit streets earlier this year via Eleven Seven Music with Sylosis touring in support of their third full-length Monolith, which hit streets in October via Nuclear Blast. We included links to all for further investigation!
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