Slipknot, Lamb of god, Bullet for my Valentine invade Tinley Park Ampitheatre

Saturday evening we attended the SlipKnot concert at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

The event was well attended, but can’t say it was a sold out. Not sure if the earlier rain showers put a dampened on some peoples plans. But by the time the first band took the stage the weather had cleared and the general admission lawn seats area was filling up.

Bullet for my Valentine was the first to perform. This Welsh heavy metal band formed in 1998. This band has won the Welsh Music Award in 2004 for Best Newcomer, Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2006 and 2010 for Best British Band, and multiple Kerrang! Awards for Best Live Band, Best British Newcomer, Best British Band, Best Single and more.

The second band to perform was Lamb of god. This Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Richmond, VA based heavy rock band release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album, “VII: Sturm Und Drang” via Epic Records in July 2015. Their previous album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated “Resolution,” debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Top 200, #1 on the US Top Hard Rock and Rock Album charts, #2 on the Canadian albums chart, and #3 on the Australian albums chart.

Originally formed in 1994 as “Burn The Priest” while in college together at Virginia Commonwealth University, initially performing in various venues and hocking rough demos amongst the local scene. In 1998, the band changed their moniker to “LAMB OF GOD.” Since the change they have consistently released chart-topper after chart-topper while maintaining a true and constant line-up of members. They have toured the globe and are standing the test of time as the biggest, one of the most influential heavy metal band of the new millennium.

With a large curtain blocking our view of the stage, it seemed to ratchet up the anticipation of the crowd for Slipknot to begin. As they chanted for the band to begin, the stage hands transformed the stage. This well known, attention-grabbing, aggressive style of music and energetic and chaotic live performance of Slipknot was ready to begin. An American heavy metal band, who hail from Des Moines, Iowa, they were formed in 1995. This band sports unusual masks and jumpsuits. They have two very unique drum platforms that raise and spin while they perform. An enormous goats head hands above the main drummer. Throughout this show of lights and sounds, there is the occasional towers of flame, which from the front row can get very warm. Their performance is truly a sight to behold.

Observing the crowd, fans shout lyrics with the lead singer, headbanged and throw up the signs of the horns hand gestures. The band just seems to feed off this energy and this spurs them on to song after song.

After this experience, it is a glimpse into the subculture of heavy metal music. We will give this performances four guitars.

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