Wednesday, Aug. 9, as the fog rolled in over the city center at San Francisco, a legion of metal fans rolled in through the doors at the Bill Graham Auditorium. Coming from all over the Bay Area, thousands of head bangers came to see one the years most anticipated shows. The reunion of Thrash metal mavens Slayer and American death metal titans Lamb of God was too insane to pass up.
Not since the original Unholy Alliance Tour from 2006 (aside from festivals) have fans seen Slayer and Lamb of God on the same tour, and this year the devilish pair brought along the Polish black metalers BEHEMOTH. Although the auditorium wasn’t fully filled out in the early hours of the night, BEHEMOTH crushed the stage as they always do. As Behemoth wrapped up their set the crowd quickly dispersed to get their drinks and be back in time for Lamb of God.
Although Lamb of God has visited the Bay several times in the last few years, it has been nearly five years since they played in San Francisco, and judging from the crowds reaction when Randy Blythe stepped on stage, the city of SF has greatly missed them. Starting their set with a couple classics from the Ashes of The Wake album, Lamb of God immediately grabbed the audience’s attention. Having already recently toured in support of their latest album VII: Sturm und Drang, Lamb of God played mostly songs from their previous decade. Unleashing hit after hit from the critically acclaimed Sacrament album, Randy engaged the audience and incited their participation during the always-intense ‘Walk With Me In Hell’.
With the energetic jumping of frontman Randy Blythe matched with the stoic presence of long time bass player John Campbell, Lamb of God has developed a stage show that although it hasn’t changed much in the last 15 years, is still amazingly entertaining.
After a brief intermission and set change, the band someone inevitably yells out at virtually every show ever came on. With logos of old and new projected onto the white curtain while ‘Delusions of Savior’ plays in the background Slayer started their night. As the curtain dropped and the shredding began, Slayer hit the crowd with the title track for their latest album Repentless. As the furious four raged through their night, it was surprising to hear so many classic tracks. With the majority of their set coming from the thrash icons older albums, Slayer blasted through rarely played tracks like ‘Hallowed Point’ and ‘Born of Fire’ from the Seasons in the Abyss album. In the end, Slayer did not disappoint the fans and closed out their night with 2 of their most recognized songs ‘Raining Blood’ and ‘Angel of Death’.
The Repentless World Tour with Slayer, Lamb of God and BEHEMOTH continues below:
Aug. 11 - Eugene, OR -The Cuthbert Amphitheater
Aug. 12 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theatre (Click Here For Tickets)
Aug. 14 - Dawson Creek, British Columbia - Encana Events Center
Aug. 15 - Fort McMurray, Alberta - SMS Equipment Stadium
Aug. 17 - Missoula, MT - KettleHouse Amphitheater
Aug. 18 - Salt Lake City, Utah - The Complex * NO SLAYER
Aug. 19 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
Aug. 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre