Words and Photos by Rob Haberman

When some think Valentine’s Day, they think of love and romance, but for those at House Of Vans, they thought of circle pits and a once-in-a-lifetime, intimate show with metal heavyweights Lamb Of God and Chicago’s own Harms Way.

Kicking off the night with their brand of metal-infused hardcore were Chicago legends Harms Way. With the chaos that ensued both on stage and in the crowd, fans and the bands alike knew what was to come later in the night.

Announced with less than a week’s notice, Lamb Of God played this half-venue, half-indoor skate park shortly after announcing their giant summer tour with Megadeth. Fans waited out in the harsh, Chicago cold for hours for this chance to see the legends themselves in a venue massively smaller than what they normally play.

The band was on fire with frontman Randy Blythe commanding the stage with an energy that frontmen half his age couldn’t handle. The crowd ate it up in droves, offering nonstop pits their entire set.

Harms Way

Lamb of God

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