An animal kingdom unto itself, heavy metal channels the machismo of a lion, the feverish pace of a wildebeest stampede, and the blood-curdling scream of an ogre tearing his ACL. Let out animal-like yowls with this GrouponLive deal to see Riot Fest and Congress Theater Present Lamb of God with special guests In Flames, Hellyeah, and Sylosis at the Congress Theater. For $18, you get one ticket for general admission on Friday, November 30 (up to a $37.38 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
The ax-wielding alliance of Lamb of God, In Flames, Hellyeah, and Sylosis swiftly dismantles any notion that heavy metal is getting softer with age, rattling stages with a sonic boom of breakneck riffs and throaty bellows. Forerunners of the American heavy-metal renaissance, Lamb of God eschews kitsch for ironclad rock 'n' roll in its purest form. Behind a catalog of acclaimed albums, including the breakthrough New American Gospel, the Grammy-nominated Sacrament, and its latest anvil, Resolution, the quintet has attracted a rabid grassroots fan base and major label success by sticking to its un-formulaic formula. Relentless, technical, and unapologetically un-commercial, the band unleashes an arsenal of Gatling gun guitars, drums that dare the God of Thunder to step outside, and unabashed lyrics that prompt even Mount Rushmore to turn its heads.
In Flames, the Molotov toast of Scandinavian thrash and pioneers of melodic death metal since the early ‘90s, pile drive with hummingbird guitar harmonics and molar-grinding growls. Texas heavy-metal supergroup Hellyeah scares the fillings out of fans with the ferocious tag team of vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne and the drum-pounding malice of Pantera’s Vinnie Paul. Rounding out the lineup, British metalcore quartet Sylosis gives the show a fiery blastoff with brutal labyrinthine epics from their latest album, Monolith.
With its gargantuan ballroom space, the Congress Theater is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the ears. The former movie palace, which boasts a curved upper deck lined with red-velvet seats, beckons concertgoers to its lushly vintage confines for country-music shows, bluegrass festivals, and electronic-music performances. Regardless of the act, audience members revel beneath an ornately decorated domed ceiling that's perfect for jetpack escapes when the dance floor gets too crowded. The theater also is branching out into its surrounding neighborhood by filling attached storefronts with restaurants, small grocers, and other community partners.