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Show review: Life Of Agony, A Pale Horse Named Death 9/13/14

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM (PST)

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“Shed my skin and start again”

It was thrilling to attend the sold out Starland Ballroom Life of Agony and A Pale Horse Named Death show (w/Antwerp openers Diablo Blvd bringing their blend of Danzig-influenced hard rock). It is no secret I am one of the biggest LOA and Type O fans in the world and have been blessed to interview Mina, Sal and to have met Joey Z on different occasions. This band saved my life and I know I am not alone among you metalriot.com readers out there in vocalizing that.

That said, be it their name, the serious nature of their blend of melodic alternative rock and old school hard core and metal or just timing, Life Of Agony are both huge AND underrated. No one knew for sure if they would ever come back now that singer Kieth Caputo transitioned to become Mina Caputo, but from the first note of the band’s set the place erupted and the room was nothing but love. It was completely life affirming and rock n roll as hell.

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Starland Life Of Agony show will be epic

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM (PST)

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From Mina Caputo’s Facebook:

Tix on sale now.!!! Let’s sell this bitch OUT today.!!! http://www.starlandballroom.com/events/detail/252459

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Fun Rage meets Zep Mash Up from Sister Sparrow at Mountain Jam

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM (PST)

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So Mountain Jam in my Upstate. NY neck of the woods is fun and all, but decidedly granola oriented. I grew up and still live in the Woodstock, NY area, so unless my homies in The Felice Brothers are playing, I am usually not into the hippy-centric fests as much as I’d enjoy, say, Deathwish Fest this year,

Mountain Jam had The Roots one year, which was super dope. Generally it has the jammier likes of your Umphrey’s McGee type bands and isn’t a place you’d expect to hear much hard rock, unless Les Claypool is in a frisky mood and busts out some “Damn Blue Collar Tweekers” on that ass.

Anyway, I didn’t go this year but just saw a fun mash up live performance by a very energized Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. What can I say? I now have a crush on Arleigh Kincheloe. Her stage presence and voice in this clip are awesome and I like how she genuinely just looks fuckin’ sexy as hell and in charge without it being some gimmick. The talent is obvious and it should be more about that than someone’s gender. But yeah, she’s totally a babe!

If you can step back from the death metal to enjoy some hard rock (and a face melting harmonica solo near the end of the number), you’ll have fun with this, promise.

At first I was like,”Aww, the dudes in the man are making white guy blues faces when they get into it”, but by the end they are killin’ it and just really obviously rocking out hard.

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As The Penises Burn: Poor Randy Blythe

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM (PST)

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I don’t think Lamb of God are gonna make a documentary about this one. This reminds me of when that fat chic sued McDonald’s for spilling coffee that melted her clitoris, but that may be an urban legend. Maybe Randy saw the One Direction/LoG video MetalSucks posted.

Via Randy Blythe’s Instagram:

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST IS OF A GRAPHIC PERSONAL NATURE & CONTAINS A TALE OF ABJECT MISERY. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY I’M POSTING THIS. I MUST BE HIGH FROM PAIN STILL. There are moments of extreme physical pain in some of our lives that we will never, ever, forget. Tonight I had one of those moments (this picture I took of my friends Jimmy & Mike of EYEHATEGOD has NOTHING to do with this story, but I needed a photo & they do have a record called “Take As Needed For Pain”). The sun was setting & it was beautiful evening as I road along the coast to the grocery store, still in my surf trunks & sipping on a fresh mug of boiling hot black coffee. I was listening to some mellow piano music & making a right turn when I made the tragic mistake placing the mug between my barely covered legs. As I turned my truck, happily humming along to the mellow piano music on my stereo, suddenly there was a searing white hot explosion of agony in my crotch. The lid of my mug had come loose, and liquid caffeinated FIRE had covered my, well…it had covered my penis. I briefly lost control of my truck, swerving into the lane of oncoming traffic, barely missing another truck, before quickly pulling into a nearby parking lot to try & make some sense of this atrocity I had committed against myself. I felt like I was going to throw up for a good minute or two, then I regained control & started returning home to do what I knew what I had to do. I had to put him on ice. I do not normally talk to my penis, he does not have a nickname or anything like that, but if there ever was a time for encouraging words to my lifelong companion, it was now. The words I said out loud to him as I painfully drove us slowly home went along these lines: OH GOD, DUDE. OH MY GOD, THAT HURT LIKE HOLY FUCK. HANG IN THERE DUDE. OH GOD, HANG IN THERE. WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT. DON’T GIVE UP HOPE. OH MY GOD, DUDE. OH GOD, HANG IN THERE, BRO. I must have looked like a crazy man. When I hit home, he went in a glass of ice water for a bit. He will recover, I have faith. Go ahead & laugh- everyone else I’ve told did, including my wife. This day is now a wash. Goodnight.

 

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Interview: Mina Caputo – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM (PST)

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Sometimes people we think we know very well are only showing a fraction of who they really are. It could take awhile, but eventually the things we hide away may become unbearable and need to surface. For years hard rock and alternative fans loved the rich voice of Keith Caputo of Life of Agony, not knowing that the amazing lyricist and musician who wrote the songs and poetry they responded to was locked in an intense internal battle about wanting to come forward as transgender.

In 2011 the dam broke and the world was introduced to Mina Caputo. Ever since childhood Caputo had felt repressed and different, but being raised in a strict Sicilian household and then becoming famous in a hugely popluar but macho hard rock band left Mina feeling afraid to embrace her inner feminine side. A string of terrific solo albums found Caputo pretty much publicly transitioning via empowered (albeit shocking) music videos like 2008’s “Crawling” or “Got Monsters”. Now thankfully LOA are continuing forward with Mina and defying stereotypes of what they have to be. It’s a glorious thing.

Now having released her first solo album as a transgender woman (after many great solo records as Keith), the acclaimed vocalist spoke to me about her journey and the making of the breathtaking As Much Truth As One Can Bear.  Songs like the stunning “Over The Moon” or the wistful “Cracks in the Mirror” detail alienation, strength of character and a willingness to further explore music of all kinds.

Click HERE to read the interview.

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Deep Cuts: Life of Agony

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM (PST)

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We are so pleased that Life of Agony are reuniting for summer European shows with Marilyn Manson and Machine Head, giving the finger to anyone in the heavy world too freaked out by Mina Caputo’s transition to give respect to one of the best bands of all time, that we are doing an LOA deep cuts for ya.

Ever since I first heard “Bad Seed” on Vassar College radio years ago, I was hooked on the dark guitar of Joey Z, the trauma laced emotionally overpowering yet comforting vocals of Caputo, the pounding drums of Sal and the supportive bass work of Alan. This band saved my life and should be a part of any hard rock diet.

Click HERE to see which 3 cuts from this legendary live act and group of true New York originals made the cut.

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Chevelle announce summer tour supporting “La Gárgola”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM (PST)

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Chevelle have achieved their highest ever charting album with new release La Gargola,  the hard rock band’s seventh banger. Always one of the more actually talented popular hard rock bands, the Chicago based act have taken a break from touring to let drummer Sam Loeffler have some time with his newborn son. Fans needn’t worry however, as Chevelle will return in the early summer to kick some ass at a theater near you.

I love these guys. My band antidote 8 even covered “The Red” for shits and giggles at my recent birthday show in my hometown. That was a lot of fun, so I am betting the actual band’s current tour supporting a great new record and seven records worth of big riffs to choose from will be a real gas. La Gargola has some real killers, from the soaring and amazing guitar work of the risque “Choking Game” to the adrenalized thump of “Under the Knife” or the somber and dreamy “Twinge”. Pete Loeffler retains his usual sense of hooky insistence akin to Maynard Keenan circa Undertow, though the trio have long since proved they are their own beast.

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For U.S. fans of Judas Priest that simply cannot wait for the July 15th release date of their latest classic metal album, ‘Redeemer of Souls,‘ there is some relief on the way. On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/redeemer-of-souls-single/id863086125) and other digital service providers. And a clip of the song (plus the single’s artwork) is now available to sample at the band’s website.

If you are wondering what to expect from the mighty Priest on their forthcoming album, guitarist Glenn Tipton has set the record straight. “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!”

There are only a select number of bands that have accomplished what Judas Priest has throughout their career (as well as having served as a stylistic influence on such a wide variety of bands). Soon the group – singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis – will be offering up more classic Judas Priest metal with the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls’

 

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Best accidental use of the Lamb of God logo ever

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:18 PM (PST)

LambofGod_logoWell now, this is pretty great.  It appears that the town of Salem, VA “accidentally” used the official Lamb of God logo to promote an Easter play appropriately titled, Lamb of God.  The town apparently does a play every year and that just happened to be the title this time around.

To check out a picture of the tickets and an official statement from the town click right here.  One has to wonder if whoever was in charge of promotions just Googled the name and used the coolest graphic they saw, or if they are just awesome and have a first class sense of humor?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably know that Lamb of God’s lead singer Randy Blythe was recently acquitted of murder in the Czech Republic.   The band’s last album was titled Resolution and released by Epic Records.

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“When making this record fell in my lap and I had to write these riffs, I didn’t look at it as a negative. On the other side of it, trying to keep the band together… things were fucking toxic. We almost didn’t make it through. If we kept things the same we would have dissolved. If we broke free of it we had a shot at doing what we needed to do… Our last record was Band Of Brothers and it couldn’t have been further from the fuckin’ truth” – Tom Maxwell

If you thought Hellyeah were cool but they never quite reached the heights of their members former bands, rest easy. The leaner and meaner Hellyeah of 2014 is pretty much the band most of us always wanted them to be. Greg Tribbett and Bobzilla had some good contributions and no offense to those dudes. They surely pleased fans of the Damage Plan and Mudvayne days, but this new version of the group is sooo much more on fire. I can safely say that Blood For Blood, the pending new record from the group, is by far their best album and certain to be the best “mainstream” hard rock release of the year (even if it doesn’t feature a cover of “Revenge on Society”, haha). Anyway, This is what you would hope to hear from members of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface…aggressive riffs, Vinnie Paul hitting the drums so hard the world shakes and Chad Gray at his absolute best whether handling eerie, heart sick melody or rapid fire screams and morbid yet hope-infused banter. While a semblance of the group’s party vibe remains, the lyrics are a lot darker and more real on Blood For Blood. Cleaning house really did the band favors and I am done bitching that Chad should just go back to Mudvayne. The more minimal sound and serious, angry themes here work fucking wonders as Tom Maxwell’s sick ass groove metal riffs and Vinnie Paul’s blatantly more excited drumming audibly shine loud and clear. The band sound excited and ready to fire on all cylinders. Hell yeah!

Look…have any of you ever thought about the fact that Tom must be a pretty fucking cool guy if Vinnie feels comfortable with him as his main guitar honcho after what happened to Dimebag? Anybody out there as big a fan of Nothingface’s Violence as I am? Well, this Hellyeah record is where it all comes together and hopefully marks the start of a great new era for the band. Tom talks to us about new member Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple, Monstro),Vinnie Paul playing heavier than he has in years, Chad digging really deep vocally, touring with Avenged Sevenfold and much more. Blood For Blood is a celebration of all things metal.Come June y’all better crank this bitch up to 11!

Tom was under the weather at the time of the interview but he manned up. Thanks, dude! For our exclusive interview with Tom click HERE.

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Lamb of God bassist leaves tour

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:26 AM (PST)

lamb of god - resolutionVirginia metal band Lamb of God’s bass player John Campbell has been forced to drop off of the current tour due to family emergency. His position is currently being filled by Matt DeVries of Fear Factory, at least for the next few shows in Canada.

DeVries commented: “I am stoked and honored to be out on such an incredible tour with some great friends!”

Lamb of God is currently on tour with Killswitch Engage and Testament.

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Rage Against the Machine to return for next year’s L.A. Rising?

Posted by Metal Dude on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM (PST)

It’s been more than exactly two years since Rage Against the Machine played their last show, but now, there have been reports that the band is returning for next year’s L.A. Rising, which is set to take place next August. It’s unclear at this time whether those reports are rumors or actual plans, but we’ll keep you updated.

Although they reunited back in 2007, Rage Against the Machine haven’t released any new material since 1999’s The Battle of Los Angeles. Their most recent recording is the covers album Renegades, which was released in 2000, the same year they broke up.

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lamb-of-god-announce-first-tour-since-randys-acquittal-and-a-special-retreat-weekendRiding high on frontman Randy Blythe recently being acquitted of manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic, Lamb Of God have announced a North American tour and a week long mountain retreat for 170 lucky fans.  The tour begins Thursday May 16th in Asheville, NC, and wraps up on Thursday June 2oth in Norfolk, VA with opening duties being handled by Decapitated and Terror(until June 10th when The Acacia Strain takes over).

For a full list of dates and venues click right here.

Now for the coolest part.  The band is hosting something they are calling the “Metal On The Mountain” retreat at the Full Moon resort in Big Indian, NY.  The band has stated the following in a press release:

“The band announces today the Metal on the Mountain retreat July 15th through 19th to be held at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. The weeklong retreat, which is limited to 170 fans, will feature activities aimed at musicians and non musicians alike. The curriculum, created by the band, will include guitar and drum clinics with Mark Morton, Willie Adler, and Chris Adler as well as group instruction, songwriting sessions and competitions, nightly jam sessions with the band and fans, band Q & A, the premiere of the LAMB OF GOD feature film scheduled for a fall theatrical release, and a full band concert the final night of the retreat. Long time band album designer Ken Adams will discuss the creation of LAMB OF GOD album and t-shirt designs and band tour manager and sound man Brian Griffin will instruct fans on the art of mixing a live metal show. Non-musical activities will include motorcycle excursions with bassist John Campbell, a seminar on primitive fire building by Randy Blythe, and a casino night. Also, all of the fans will enjoy all of the amenities available at the Full Moon Resort. For more information on the Metal on the Mountain retreat, go to metalonthemountain.com.

Well that seems like a damn good time if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.  

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Randy Blythe’s trial delayed to March

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM (PST)

blythe (1)Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe recently returned to the Czech Republic for manslaughter trial. Although the trial was set to wrap up by the end of the week it has been delayed until March 4th due to the illness of a key witness. The delay was requested by the defense and Randy Blythe will return to the states in the interim.

Click here to read a rather uplifting statement taken from Randy’s Instagram.

If you are somehow unfamiliar with the charges facing Randy you can read about them here.

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Randy Blythe, frontman for Lamb Of God, is getting ready to head back to the Czech Republic in early February to face manslaughter charges.  The short version is that a fan died shortly after suffering injuries possibly sustained at a show in 2010 and Randy is being charged in connection.  You can click here to read more details on the story.

This last Sunday January 13 Blythe posted the following on his Instagram page:

“The last two or three days I have been getting ready mentally to leave my home and return to Prague to do this whole trial thing in early February. It’s not something I particularly WANT to do; but inside, my gut and heart tells me it is the RIGHT thing to do. I cannot turn my back on the right thing.”

Blythe is facing the possibility of ten years with no parole, so this whole thing must be terrifying.  To read statements from Blythe and his manager about possible outcomes and their feelings about the whole incident you can click right here.

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