Every now and again, a record captures the mood of an era with such frightening accuracy that even though it might not be the greatest thing you’ve ever heard, it resonates so profoundly that you have no alternative but to sit up and take notice. Not since the ’80s, when the burgeoning thrash scene was fuelled by a world living in fear of murky politics and the threat of nuclear war, has the timing been so perfect for such a scathing indictment of present times. Continue reading
Vanguard level Metal band Lamb of God has set a self-titled release Lamb of God for their next album name and a May 8th date via Epic Records in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. The new album will be the first without co-founder and former drummer Chris Adler who left the band in 2019. He was replaced by Art Cruz (Prong, Winds of Plague). Cruz has been playing with LoG since 2018 and toured with Slayer on their farewell tour for his very first gigs. The record is their first since their comeback album VII: Sturm Und Drang in 2016, which saw them tour the world and become one of the dominant bands in the genre. The first single ‘Checkmate‘ was teased earlier this week and drops tomorrow, Thursday, February 6th. Continue reading
On of Modern Metal’s leading lights, Lamb of God has shared a video teaser hinting at their next release, due at some point in 2020. The clip shows the band in the studio and ends with a solemn “2020”. Watch it below. The new LoG album will be the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed VII: Sturm Und Drang (Reprise). The band also released a tribute EP to a fallen fan, The Duke in 2016, and also reconvened under their original moniker Burn The Priest to celebrate twenty years as a band in 2018 with an album of covers of Hardcore and Metal songs, Legion: XX. The new album will be the first without former co-founding drummer Chris Adler who departed the band in 2019. He was officially replaced by Art Cruz (Prong, Winds of Plague), who was a live fill-in for the band until he joined officially.
Chris Adler and Lamb of God parted ways this past July, after Chris co-founded the band 26 years ago. He was replaced in their line up by Art Cruz (Winds of Plague/Prong) Now in a public post, Chris has acknowledged the split and talked openly. Continue reading
HAIL! the metal supergroup cover band project featuring ex-Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler, Exodus vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, Vio-Lence/Ex-Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel and former Megadeth/Black Label Society bassist James LoMenzo, performed classic songs by Motörhead, Black Sabbath and Metallica on October 18 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Watch fan-filmed footage below. Continue reading
In a surprising move, Lamb of God has announced that Chris Adler is no longer a member of the band he helped build since 1999. In a report by Metal Injection, the band made a statement on social media today announcing the move. The band has welcomed Art Cruz (Prong/Winds of Plague) as the permanent replacement for Adler, whose brother Willie is still in the band. There has been no statement by Chris at this time. Adler has been sidelined from Lamb Of God’s live shows since 2018 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident and did not have a clear timetable for his return. Adler is booked to perform Russian tour dates this fall with Hail!, the metal supergroup-type shows. Continue reading
Terrible news for up and coming band Betraying The Martyrs, as they lost all of their gear, personal belongings and band merch when their van trailer of the band’s Mercedes Sprinter caught on fire. None of the members were hurt, thanks to the bravery of their driver, but all of their belongings were destroyed at a total unsalvagable loss. They have been forced to cancel the rest of their North American summer “Rapture” tour. The incident happened around 4 a.m. when the trailer caught fire. All band and crew members were able to safely to exit the vehicle with no major injuries. Tragically, all of the band’s equipment was lost in the blaze. A crowdfunding campaign has already been launched to help support the bands. You’re going to want to help when you see the photos below. Continue reading
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler will join forces with Exodus vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, Vio-Lence/ex-Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel and former Megadeth/Black Label Society bassist James LoMenzo for a run of shows in Russia in October in a new version of heavy metal tribute band HAIL! . So far, one date has been leaked: October 19 at the Rock House in Moscow. Continue reading
We were gathered at The BB&T Pavilion to pay respects to the life and times of the almighty Slayer. Joining us here in the congregation is Cannibal Corpse who showered us in hymns new such as ‘Red Before Black’ and old, like ‘Hammer Smashed Face’. A funeral pyre of from Amon Amarth which included ‘Twilight of the Thunder God’, ‘As Loke Falls’ as well as Raise Your Horns’. A fitting tribute.
As the chaotic decade of the aughts was closing down, metal’s upper echelon of bands was never in better hands. Few bands embodied the changing of the guard like Richmond Virginia’s Lamb of God who ushered in the decade with New American Gospel (Prosthetic) after famously changing their name from Burn The Priest and really reset the bar of possibility for modern, popular metal bands. The upper tier of genre greats were struggling to find themselves, so along with other leaders of the era such as Mastodon, Gojira, Amon Amarth, and Machine Head, LoG spearheaded a new generation. The five albums (and one live album/DVD) the band put down in ten years really each marked their own distinct high point for the band. Wrath (Epic/Roadrunner) arrived with fanfare and expectations higher than ever. Three years after the slickly produced Sacrament, the band was craving the rawer, more direct approach of their earlier albums and went with producer Josh Wilbur at the helm. Of course, their musicianship was never higher and lyrically the album would touch on timeless themes of American politics, religion, fear-mongering, desperation, anger at systematic injustice, addiction, and self-analysis. Continue reading