If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe may have been sucker jumped by some kids in recent days but it hasn’t stopped the band from doing their patented thing. Those who thought perhaps the new album was mostly softer after some clean vocals surfaced (which I thought were cool), will be happy to also know the obvious fact that you can’t stop Lamb from delivering a patented smoosh to the face every time as well. You just shouldn’t doubt these guys. Pretty much ever. They just don’t let their fans down.
I’m way more excited about this than the new Megadeth, no offense. I mean that stuff sounds good and now we have Act Of Defiance also, who are awesome…but Black Breath kind of took the awesomeness of Megadeth solos and threw it on their Slaves Beyond Death crossover 2015 masterpiece to an ultimately heavy new level that was like a twice as heavy hardcore/death thrash version that beat Mustaine at his own game and as for Lamb, they don’t need to do anything but their own thing.Add to My Radar
As we celebrate the release of Lamb Of God‘s powerful and compelling new collection of tunes VII: Sturm Und Drang, it seems only fitting that we give a Deep Cuts to a man who has inarguably carried the metal (and punk rock) flag high through thick and thin. Randy is one of the best frontmen with one of the most aggro growls in metal history and some of the most insightful political tracks under his belt as well. The ability of Randy to mix humor, awesomeness, anger and cerebral topics into his lyrics puts him up there with Jello Biafra and the best works of Sepultura when it comes to discussing world struggles. And the way Randy has grown and confronted demons in the public eye has been an amazing thing we all have shared in. Here’s too one of the best ambassadors we have. Let’s rekindle that Presidential campaign, haha.
Vocalist Randy Blythe comments on the release of the new album:“Over twenty years ago this band started in the basement – we’re still standing, and I’m still stoked to be putting out new music. As always, play it LOUD.”
While a new song like “Delusion Pandemic”, a total ripper, could just as well be on this list, here are some older tunes or performances Randy has been a part of over the years that I personally think kicked ass.
See which 3 songs made Deep Cuts this time BELOW.Add to My Radar
Lamb Of God have a new song out “Overlord” (not a Black Label Society cover). The track is startling in that it has the most clean (or only?) vocals we’ve ever heard from the metal leaders. Everyone is saying Alice In Chains but, no…I’d say this is a bit more reminiscent of Testament . Lamb have a big Testament influence and this to me seems more out of the Low or The Ritual-era style playbook. Chuck Billy and now, apparently, Randy manage to sing darker, quieter songs and still have them work amidst the regular thrash chaos. Cheers to Lamb for managing not to become Seven Mary Three or Muddle of Pudd. I’m hoping this isn’t because having a member play on new Megadeth made them want to mellow out (as we all fear the Super Collider pt. 2 potential and await Mustaine to try and redeem himself from that horrible title track). Either way, the vibe on this song is pretty chill, especially the chorus.
Watch the “Overlord” premiere HERE.
From Randy: “For years I’ve wished that I could have a movie camera directly linked to my brain so that some of the ideas I see in my mind’s eye could be translated into film for others to watch. Although that is obviously an impossibility (and probably a good thing- I find many things amusing that might not be so funny to everyone else), the video for “Overlord” is the next best thing for me. I came up with the idea and wrote the treatment for this video myself- to see Jorge (the director) take my concept, add his own touches, and use his technical know-how to translate my “mental script” into a suitably dark visual narrative is just an awesome, awesome experience for me.
I wrote the song about the dangers of self-obsession in our distressingly myopic and increasingly entitled “me-now/now-me” culture; just like the couple in the video, many people can’t seem to look past their own relatively small problems to see the bigger picture: the world is in serious trouble. Having a bad day at work, or a fight with your significant other, or getting a crappy haircut or table service does not in any way shape or form constitute an emergency. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want them to- deal with it. People who only see their own problems eventually wind up alone because no one wants to hear their crap anymore- we all know someone like that, always whining and complaining about some inconsequential setback as if it were the apocalypse. This song is for those people.Oh yeah- if you’re out and about, watching the video on your pocket hate machine (mobile phone), try not to wander into traffic. A little situational awareness goes a long way.”
P.S. Love the “I still buy records” shirt, Randy! Good job, dudes.
New Lamb Of God music? That’s music to any real headbanger’s ears. “512” does not lead fans into a new Weird Al inspired polka phase for the Virginia thrashers, rather it is the crushing, precise and personal hell traversing warzone of riffs and screams fans crave from their Lamb records. VII: Sturm Und Drang sees release in late July. I can’t believe it has been so long since Burn The Priest. You can check the music for this bad ass tune out below. Turn it up!Add to My Radar
Slipknot have released a brand spankin’ nu video for recent single “The Negative One”, which is rumored to feature Chris from Lamb Of God on drums. I’m not so sure. It doesn’t sound as hard hitting as his drumming usually does, but maybe he adjusted things to sound a bit more tribal, if it is him. The song is fuckin’ cool, though. Very much reminds me of the first Slipknot album but a bit more chaotic.
It’s been a good time in metal for sexy ass crazy demonic babes who are scary and seem possessed in music videos of late, between the girl in this Clown directed clip, the (scariest one) contortionist exorcism chic Pixie (from Game of Thrones) in Savage Messiah’s recent video and the chic in the recent fucking A+ evil awesome new Belphegor joint “Conjuring The Dead”. Something weird is in the air.
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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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Well 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.Add to My Radar
Virginia 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!”Add to My Radar
Riding 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.Add to My Radar
A panel of Czech judges has ruled that concert promoters and not Randy Blythe are responsible for the death of 19-year-old Daniel Nosek at the concert that took place in on May of 24th 2010. In light of a great amount of pressure Randy seems to have said and done all the right things and as elated as he must be to not have to spend anymore time in a Czech prison he was sure to keep Daniel and his family in his thoughts and prayers.
Blythe posted the following statement Instagram:
“I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support.”
Blythe declined to talk after the trial but made the following statements to the court earlier:
“As I’ve stated previously, I do not wish to avoid my responsibility, and if I thought I were guilty I would plead guilty right now,” he said. “I still believe I acted responsibly to protect myself, my band, our equipment, and our audience. I did not strike anyone or run across the stage to push anyone,” as one witness had claimed.
The prosecutor immediately appealed the decision.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
This is probably the worst news anyone in the metal community has reported on/heard in the last few days, and it’s no different for us here at MR. So here we go. Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe has been formally charged with manslaughter by the Czech Republic and will have to go and stand trial. Wow did that suck to write. If you don’t know the deal click right here to find more but basically what they are claiming is that Blythe tossed a kid off stage and that he later died from injuries sustained. There’s a lot of controversy on weather or not he ever even tossed the kid or if it was a bouncer and it looks like it might be up to the courts to decide now.
A Czech news portal called Novinky.cz is reporting that a Czech state attorney filed criminal charges against Blythe on Friday (November 30) related to the death of a fan in Prague two years ago. The attorney’s office spokeswoman Štepánka Zenklová told the Czech News Agency (CTK) the Prague City Court has three months to set the trial date or return the case to the police and state attorney for further investigation.
Blythe has always maintained that he would return to the Czech Republic to stand trial and unfortunately that may happen now. To read several statements from Blythe on the incident click here because I’m running out of space here.Add to My Radar
Lamb of God returned to Manhattan this past Friday with special guests, In Flames, Sylosis, and – appearing only on the first two dates of the tour – Hatebreed (Hell Yeah replaces Hatebreed for the remainder of the tour.) This would actually have been Lamb of God’s second NYC show, but, due to singer Randy Blythe’s incarceration earlier this year in Prague, their first tour with Dethklok and Gojira, as well as the Mayhem Cruise, which they had been set to headline, was canceled.
Metalheads everywhere were eager for the chance to see Blythe back onstage where he belongs, and on November 16th 2012, it all went down at The Big Apple’s infamous Roseland Ballroom.
Click here for the full scoop.Add to My Radar