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NY Rock Confidential By Jeanne Fury Online coverage of the New York
City music scene since 1996...

In This Issue:

Lamb of God at Irving Plaza, New York, NY

New York City was recently under siege from a barrage of turds. In a move that was akin to asking New Yorkers to bend over, grab their ankles, and smile for the camera, the Republican party decided to hold its convention of turd burglars in our fair city. As if Madison Square Garden needs more misery (Two words: Knicks basketball. Ouch.), it was sodomized by throngs of Republicans passing through its doors for a couple of very painful, very un-lubricated days. Just when we thought the earth was going to open up and swallow us whole, a sign from God appeared that would purge this city of all the foul, foreign, Bible-bumpin' demons.

Yes, there is a God. Lamb of God. People have referred to the Richmond, Virginia group as "the only metal band that matters," "the best metal band alive," and "extreme metal's saving grace." They are all that and a bag of ram heads. They swooped in and blew the nuts off Irving Plaza on Monday, August 30, 2004 – a fitting unwelcome wagon for the Republicans.

Lamb of God's 2003 album As the Palaces Burn went after the political jugular by addressing the mess of war and scare tactics employed by the government. Metal bands can growl about severing heads, killing Jesus, and boiling one's foes in demon doo-doo, but those aren't exactly "extreme" musings. Heck, if Cannibal Corpse wants to sing songs about cumming blood, being addicted to vaginal skin, and getting fucked with a knife, that's cool by me. But Lamb of God's huge appeal lies in part in their railings against oppressive realities.

Singer Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Will Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler make up the skull-mashing machine. When they took the stage, I was so happy to see long-haired, grim-faced dudes in cut-off camo shorts, you'd have thought Oprah gave me a Pontiac. Or perhaps I was so chipper because of the brutally jubilant crowd. There wasn't a staid section on the floor. (Thankfully, I was in the balcony and could observe the madness from above.) And let it not go unnoticed that Lamb of God pulls in some seriously hot women.

The band is batshit insane when it comes to writing a song that can loosen your teeth. Promoting their new album Ashes of the Wake, they were brutal as a train wreck, but also intensely groovy. Mark's and Will's small guitar nuances bit off that lumbering sound inherent in extreme metal and tweaked the overall arrangement ever so slightly. And while metal isn't known for producing the most articulate of frontmen, the singular short-haired Lamb, Blythe – wearing an anti-Bush t-shirt – had no qualms telling the crowd to vote "that reprehensible monkey" out of the White House. (Think Phil Anselmo knows what "reprehensible" means? We know he's familiar with monkeys.) When Blythe told the crowd to scream "Fuck Bush," it was more savage than a dude in corpsepaint shouting for gore.

September 2004

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