It was a cold night in New York City on Monday, January 25, but inside the Hammerstein Ballroom, metal giants Lamb of God and thrash icons Anthrax were in town to heat up their fans with their style of raw, heavy, and intense metal music.
The concert was originally scheduled for Saturday, but had to be delayed a few days thanks to winter storm Jonas, the second biggest blizzard in the history of New York City. That didn't have an effect on the attendance though, as thousands of fans came out to show their support.
Kicking off the night was hard rock band Power Trip. While they delivered a short set, it was full of anthem-like songs that won over the incoming crowd who were unfamiliar with their songs. Up-and-comers Deafheaven were next, and they had a strong fanbase that banged their heads relentlessly. It was an aggressive set, and full of chugging riffs that reverberated throughout the venue.
Excitement built leading up to Anthrax, and when the longtime thrash band took the stage, devil horns went up in support. Since the early '80s, they've won over audiences with high-energy tunes and an exciting stage presence, and this night was no different. Guitarist Scott Ian stomped around the stage like a madman, and singer Joey Belladonna hyped the crowd with passionate vocals. Fans were treated with a varied setlist of old classics from their 1987 album Among the Living as well as new song "Evil Twin." Sprinkled in were two covers, Trust's "Antisocial" and Joe Jackson's "Got the Time." When all was said and done, Anthrax proved that their still capable of delivering a high-energy set while not feeling nostalgic.
Capping off the night was heavy metal act Lamb of God. To say their set was brutally hard would be an understatement. From the opening notes of "Desolation" to the final chants of "Redneck," fans screamed, crowd surfed, moshed, and threw up devil horns. The varied setlist contained new songs from their 2015 album VII: Sturm Und Drang, as well as multiple tunes from 2003's As the Palaces Burn, 2004's Ashes of the Wake, and 2006's Sacrament. The energy was relentless, and singer Randy Blythe's vocals were menacing as he howled, screamed, and growled with unstoppable force.
On this night, Lamb of God and Anthrax proved why they are two of metal's most exciting live acts. This is a must-see tour for metal fans in 2016.
Pick up Lamb of God's VII: Sturm Und Drang on Amazon.
More photos from the concert can be seen below.
Anthrax at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC January 25, 2016
Lamb of God at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC January 25, 2016