Following the cakewalk-shoot of Five Finger Death Punch, Lamb of God at Mayhem Fest was a whole other story. Green and blue washes, lots of hair whips, and the frenetic movements of singer Randy Blythe made this set a true challenge.
However, for all the difficulties, every time Blythe came to the front of the stage, put on foot up on the monitors, and unleashed a guttural scream, everything came into line.
Lamb of God were just a taste of the punishing sets to come – compared to Rob Zombie, these guys had easy lighting. And, hyperbole aside, the lighting was actually great when it was up.
There was a wall of monitors at the front of the stage, so I favored the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 on the Nikon D3 for Lamb of God's performance. The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 came into play mostly for cross-stage shooting (you can see this for the shot of bass player John Campbell.