In this post-Covid, post-Brexit England, tonight can be celebrated as the night it all came together for Lamb Of God and Kreator fans.
Prior to recent times, international bands have rolled through our island without hold-ups or delays. But nowadays, tours are coming up against logistical problems that can result in cancellations, withdrawals, or postponements. Tonight’s show – billed as the ‘State of Unrest’ tour – was originally due to take place in December 2021! A year later, as arrangements fell through once again, the rescheduled date was bumped from December 2022 to March 2023. After that, just as we all thought things were back on track, the tragic events at Brixton Academy caused a suspension of that venue’s music license, and the need to find an alternative location for a few thousand metalheads to lose their sh*t. Changes were made, and it is for that reason that I find myself walking up the long approach to London’s prestigious Wembley Area.
Size-wise, It’s a pretty significant upgrade for the headliners. Even with Kreator and Sylosis included on the bill, one might wonder if a band like Lamb Of God has the presence to fill up such a large space. I’m confident they do. The five-piece played a BLINDER of a headline set at UK’s Bloodstock festival last year, as did Kreator the year before – so, both bands have a proven track record of putting on a great show to a huge audience – and it really IS a huge audience. It seems the venue upgrade has allowed more people to pick up a ticket because the space is full enough to give Sylosis a warm welcome as they walk out onto the Wembley stage.