Lamb Of God – Jim Marshall Stage (Main Stage) – Sunday 16:15 – 17:00
Sunday afternoon is usually reserved for rest, today however there is a place on the Jim Marshall Stage reserved for the heaviest band to occupy that spot this weekend, the one and only Lamb Of God, or to give them their newest moniker, Lamb ‘Of My Fucking’ God. After dropping the game changing “Resolution” back in January the band has gotten back to doing what it does best. Kicking the shit out of the live arena.
This is my fifth time seeing Lamb Of God, and the first time I’ve decided to get involved in the pit, which I do for the first couple of songs. Opening with an earth shattering ‘Desolation’ the band may as well have dropped a Chernobyl grade nuclear bomb on the place, and it still wouldn’t have caused as much destruction, before the dust and limbs have settled we are already onto ‘Ghost Walking’ which works its magic over the audience, coming across better in a live setting than perhaps it does on record.
The rest of the set sees Lamb Of God cherry pick anthems from their vast repertoire, ensuring that every song included feels like a hit in the face from a sledgehammer. Both band and fans are well and truly up for today, which makes for an explosive energy in the air.
Lamb Of God never fail to deliver in any aspect, whether it be on CD or right in front of you, and today is no exception, the band is clearly on fine form, making the most of the time they have, they even look like they are having fun, which is odd because fun isn’t usually a word that you’d associate with them.
As the band readies the the finale of ‘Redneck’ and ‘Black Label’ (The latter featuring a turn on guitar from DevilDriver drummer John Boecklin,) it’s literally as if Armageddon has come to Donington, with the set finishing as crushingly as it started, leaving a pile of broken bodies and possibly bones in its wake.
Lamb Of God came to Download and left the place in ruins, leaving the rest of today’s bill with the unenviable task of trying to follow that…
Lamb Of God Download 2012 setlist:
Walk With Me In Hell
Set To Fail
Now You’ve Got Something To Die For
Laid To Rest
Photograph by Giles Smith Photography