Concert Review: Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, & Behemoth In Mountain View, CA

Last night (July 26), I attended the opening night of Slipknot’s “Knotfest Roadshow” at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA and it was one hell of a concert.

Behemoth kicked off the night with a dose of blackened death metal. The group took the stage with skull masks and blasted into “Wolves ov Siberia” much to the excitement of those who showed up early to catch their set. From there, the band removed the masks to reveal their corpse paint, before powering through tracks like “Daimonos” and “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer.” The group’s sound was completely on point and they definitely proved that they are a top notch live act. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer,” “Bartzabel,” which frontman Nergal donned a Pope hat for, and “Chant For Eschaton 2000.”

After Behemoth, it was time for Gojira. The band’s brand of groove oriented death/progressive metal captured the audience from the get-go. The group opened with “Oroborus” before rocking tracks like “Backbone” and “Stranded.” They were definitely one of the strongest acts of the night with unmatched musicianship and technicality. If you have yet to see Gojira live, you are definitely doing yourself a disservice. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Oroborus,” “Flying Whales,” and “Silvera.”

Once Gojira finished, it was time for the hard rock stylings of Volbeat. The band were firing on all cylinders and gave the crowd something they could dance to after the heavier nature of the previous acts. As frontman Michael Poulsen said: “Did Behemoth steal your soul? Did Gojira rip your face off? Well, we’re here to make you beautiful again.” The group kicked things of with “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and after that it was nothing but killer tracks and impeccable guitar work from Rob Caggiano (ex-Anthrax) and Poulsen. Some highlights from their set included “Sad Man’s Tongue,” which was complete with a partial performance of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” “Slaytan,” “Doc Holliday,” “Seal the Deal,” and “Still Counting.”

After Volbeat, it was time for the headliners of the evening, nu-metal legends Slipknot. A giant banner with the band’s logo was on display as AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” rocked the amphitheatre. “(515)” then started to play through the speakers as everyone screamed. After the track, the banner fell as the group launched into “People = Shit” followed by “(sic).”

The band sounded absolutely perfect. Between Corey Taylor’s insanely powerful vocals, Mick Thomson and Jim Root’s masterful guitar work, Alessandro Venturella’s grooving bass lines, and Jay Weinberg’s incredible drumming, everything was solid on all fronts. Percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, the new percussionist, who fans have been calling “Tortilla Man,” and DJ Sid Wilson were also extremely entertaining with their stage antics. Furthermore, Wilson and sampler Craig Jones seemed to be more audible in the mix, which was cool to see. On top of the phenomenal showmanship, the band also had awesome stage production that only added to the experience.

The setlist was amazing too. Fans got all the hits like “Before I Forget,” “Psychosocial,” “Duality,” and “Vermilion,” mixed with a couple of new songs including “Unsainted” off their new album “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9) and their 2018 single “All Out Life.” They even pulled out a deeper cut with a performance of “Prosthetics.” It’s too hard to even choose a highlight, but “Spit It Out” is always amazing, especially since the band have everyone get down on the floor only to have them jump back up when Taylor gives the signal.

All in all, it was a stellar show and if you have a chance to catch this tour, it will definitely be worth your while.

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Watch Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Join Gojira Onstage At Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival

During their May 18 set at the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Columbus, OH, Gojira were joined onstage by Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe. You can see footage of them performing “Backbone” below. As previously reported, guitarist Christian Andreu also ended up getting burned in the face by pyro during the set.

Gojira Guitarist Christian Andreu Finishes Show After Getting Burned In The Face By Pyro

During Gojira’s May 18 set at the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Columbus, OH, guitarist Christian Andreu ended up getting burned in the face by pyro. According to Loudwire, the incident occurred after a gust of wind blew the flames into his face. You can see footage of that below. Andreu left the stage for several minutes before returning to finish the set, while taking breaks in between songs to throw water on his face.

Mario Duplantier Says Gojira Are “Working Very Hard” On Their New Album

During a recent interview with KBear 101, Mario Duplantier offered a bit of an update on the new Gojira album. According to him, the band have been “working very hard on the new stuff” and they are “super proud of it.”

Duplantier said the following:

“It’s going well. I cannot give too much details because we still have to be on the same page with all the partners, and we have to give a collective [release] date and et cetera. But I can tell you that, yeah, we are working very hard on the new stuff. Work is in progress, and we are very, very, very happy and super proud of it. We just can’t wait to give you more details.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot, Korn, Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Etc. Tours Set For 2019 “Ticket To Rock” Promotion

A number of high profile summer tours have been revealed as part of the annual “Ticket To Rock” promotion, which gives fans the opportunity to purchase tickets to various shows at discounted prices. Tours that will be part of the deal include a Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth tour, a Korn, Alice In Chains, and Underoath tour, and a Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle tour. Slayer and Shinedown tours will also be part of the promotion in select cities.

Here’s the participating venues (three show packages for $59 unless otherwise noted):

Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater*
Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion^
Dallas, TX@ Dos Equis Pavilion*
Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*
Holmdel, NJ @ PNC BANK Arts Center*
Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center*
Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion*
Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*
Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage & RBC Echo Beach+
Virginia Beach, VA @ Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater*
Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

* Four show package
+ Four show package will be available for $100
^ Five show package will be available for $93

Head to livenationentertainment.com for more info.