An animal kingdom unto itself, heavy metal channels the machismo of a lion, the feverish pace of a wildebeest stampede, and the blood-curdling death scream of a wounded cookie monster. Let out animal-like yowls with this GrouponLive deal to see Dethklok and Lamb of God, with special guest Gojira at Congress Theater. For $20, you get one general-admission standing-room ticket for Tuesday, August 21, at 9 p.m. (up to a $40.45 value, including all fees).
The ax-wielding alliance of Lamb of God, Dethklok, and Gojira swiftly dismantles any notion that heavy metal is getting softer with age, rattling stages with a sonic boom of break-neck 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.
As a running gag on the hit Adult Swim show Metalocalypse, Dethklok dismembers its fans in comically macabre manners every time it performs, which only makes it more popular. Albeit a cartoon band, with loony members such as mumble-singer Nathan Explosion and accident-prone bassist William Murderface, the hardcore thrash of the real-life musicians is no joke. Playing in front of projections of their animated alter egos, creator Brendon Small and his ace crew of shredders shake audiences to the core with death-metal opuses such as “Mermaider” and “Bloodlines.” French progressive-metal mavens Gojira start the show with blistering odes to environmentalism that summon nuclear sea monsters to recycle the Eiffel Tower.