Photos by Ben Barayuga
As the fans piled into the World Trade Centre, the anticipation to see the groove metal band from Virginia, USA was palpable. The closer it got to 9pm when they were due to start, the louder and more frequent the chants of “LAMB OF GOD” got from the crowd.
Opening with the fast ‘Desolution’, a track from their new album ‘Resolution’, the crowd went crazy, Lamb of God were here and they were going to be LOUD. Bring it on. The sound was absolutely perfect so props to the sound engineers on the night. The lighting throughout the show was exceptional, from the deep reds covering the crowds in Hellish light to the flashing strobes that made your moshing look like it was in slow motion.
Other crowd favourites included ‘Now you’ve got Something to Die For’, ‘Laid to Rest’ and ‘Omerta’ – all from their ‘Ashes of the Wake’ album. I’ve only put these three as crowd favourites but the entire crowd loved EVERY song (if you want to see/listen to the whole set then check out the link at the end). When Randy started speaking the instantly recognizable opening lyrics to ‘Omerta’, the crowd knew what was about to come and started chanting the lyrics along with him before the explosive guitar came in. Randy had great stage presence and rapport with the crowd – in a break between songs he talked about Manila. He said about how much he loves playing here... and about the traffic which is now synonymous with our capital. He also said about how crazy the Jeepneys are and how he’d love to buy one, take it back to the US and “put all our stuff in the back and go on f*****g tour in it) – drawing huge cheers from the crowd.
Lamb of God Live in Manila is presented by Pulp Live World.
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