Gig Review

Lamb Of God
Decapitated, Huntress
Birmingham, Academy
17th January 2014

Lamb Of God                 Decapitated                      Huntress

Huntress are a newer band on the scene from the US of A releasing their debut in 2012 but they have been together for around 5 years by this point in some form or another, and have just released their latest album “Starbound Beast” predating the tour. Their singer Jill Janus takes on a more heavy metal orientated style of performing but with sort of witch like qualities with the harsh screaming and eerie stage presence. I did enjoy them but at the very odd occasion I felt myself cringing due to both high pitch in the vocals and because of cheesy behaviour, but that’s just because it’s not my cup of tea but as I say I did thoroughly enjoy the set.

Decapitated fronted a powerful assault on the ol’ eardrums with their explosive brand of metal flooding through the air, bouncing off the walls. They’re full of confidence and you can see the ruthless aggression in every movement and etched across the faces. A moderate sized pit broke out which I wasn’t really impressed by due to the expectations I already had in mind for this show but thinking back now they were still pretty vicious. They blasted through their set and it honestly only felt like they plaid a few songs as I turned to my accomplice when they departed as we both said “that went quick” but I suppose a combination of enjoyment and anticipation might’ve been to blame. I would love to see these guys again their onstage presence was just so natural and the whole thing was so professional.

Lamb Of God absolutely tear the place a new asshole; after so long waiting for the expectations I had for the night to come to life, just as I was about to give up hope of reliving my youth in here tonight Armageddon was unleashed. You could not call that moshing it was just completely and utterly relentless brawling with nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and no way of escaping even for a few moments to rest as the whole thing spread across the floor. How can I begin to talk about that setlist; evenly spread across all their albums, all the anthems are present and they all added a adrenaline boost to a rowdy audience who really didn’t need it and could have thrived on excitement alone at that point. “Ghost Walking”, “Walk With Me In Hell”, “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For” and “Ruin” all personal highlights for me. A 4 song encore too with the last 3 being the best moment of the entire night; “Laid To Rest”, “Redneck” and “Black Label” which provoked one of the most savage wall of deaths I have ever had the misfortune to be a part of. I can’t really express anymore how much fun I had here because the band was on fire even though Mark Morton wasn’t able to make the tour, Randy Blythe certainly brought his A-game.

Huntress 3.5/5
Decapitated 4.5/5
Lamb of God 5/5

Review By James Webb

 Lamb Of God

Randy Blythe
Mark Morton
Will Adler
John Campbell
Chris Adler


Rafal Piotrowski
Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka
Pawel Pasek


Jill Janus
Blake Meahl
Anthony Crocamo
Ian Alden
Carl Wierzbicky

 Band Related Links
Lamb Of God Facebook
Decapitated Facebook
Huntress Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?