While you may be aware of Lamb of God’s status of one of the leaders of American metal for over fifteen years, you may not know how passionate the members of the band are about their fellow people. Perhaps that doesn’t matter to you, and you only like your music without the entanglement of human affairs included with your “bree bree bree” death vocals. Maybe music is your ultimate escape from the coils of life and you’d rather not think about the hard stuff.Continue reading
Lamb of God has announced the track listing for their upcoming album VII: Sturm Und Drang, due in July from Epic Records (US) and Nuclear Blast (all other territories). An exact release date is forthcoming, but the band released the single ‘Still Echoes’, on their revamped website, digital retailers, and streaming services on May 18.
VII: Sturm Und Drang track listing:
1. Still Echoes
2. Erase This
8. Engage The Fear Machine
9. Delusion Pandemic
Lamb Of God vocalist D. Randall Blythe has a pre-order available for his upcoming book Dark Days: A Memoir (Da Capo Press; July 14, 2015), he tells the story of his incarceration after landing in Prague for a concert in 2012 and was immediately arrested on manslaughter charges for the death of a fan two years prior.
Several packages are available for pre-order now at Randyblythe.net, including book & t-shirt bundles, book & hoodie bundles, bundles w/ signed lithographs of Blythe’s photography prints, and more.
UPCOMING Randy Blythe “Dark Days” Book Signings:
Jul 13 (7:00pm): The Strand – 828 Broadway, New York, NY
Jul 14 (6:00pm): Bookends – 211 Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ
Jul 15 (7:00pm): Book Revue – 313 New York Ave., Huntington, NY
Jul 17 (7:00pm): The Fountain – 1312 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA
Jul 19 (4:00pm): Book Soup (co-signing with Corey Taylor) – 8818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
International LAMB OF GOD Tour Dates:
Jun 05: Rock Im Park – Nuremberg (DE)
Jun 06: Forta Rock – Nijmegen, (NE)
Jun 07: Rock Am Ring – Mendig (DE)
Jun 09: BEASTFEST – Hamburg (DE)
Jun 11: Greenfield Festival – Interlaken (SI)
Jun 12: Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf (AT)
Jun 14: Download Festival – Donington (UK)
Jun 16: Arena Club – Moscow (RU)
Jun 17: Club Kosmonavt – Saint Petersburg (RU)
Jun 19: Hellfest 2015 – Clisson (FR)
Jun 21: Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel (BE)
Jun 22: Zeche – Bochum (DE)
Jun 25: Bravalla Festival – Norrkoping (SE)
Jun 26: Tuska Open Air – Helsinki (FI)
Jun 28: Den Atelier – Luxemborg (LX)
Jul 03: Roskilde Festival – Roskilde (DK)
Jul 05: With Full Force Fesitval – Leipzig (DE)
LAMB OF GOD Direct Support to Slipknot on “Summer’s Last Stand” US Tour w/ Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White:
Jul 24: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 25: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
Jul 26: Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Jul 28: DTE Energy MusicTheatre – Detroit, MI
Jul 29: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
Jul 31: Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 01: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Aug 02: XFINITY Theatre – Hartford, CT
Aug 04: XFINITY Center – Boston, MA
Aug 05: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Aug 06: First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 08: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Aug 09: Parc Jean-Drapeau (Heavy Montreal) – Montreal, QC
Aug 11: Jiffy Lube Live – Washington, DC
Aug 12: Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach, VA (HOME STATE SHOW)
Aug 14: Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
Aug 15: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Aug 16: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Aug 19: Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
Aug 21: USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 23: White River Amphitheater – Auburn, WA
Aug 24: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC
Aug 26: Concord Pavilion – Concord, CA
Aug 28: MGM Resort Festival Grounds – Las Vegas, NV
Aug 29: AK-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Aug 30: Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
Sep 02: Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Sep 04: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
Sep 05: Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
If you told me sometime in 2000 that the singer of Lamb of God, whom I saw in Poughkeepsie NY opening up for GWAR, would have his own art exhibition 15 years later I might not have believed you. Tonight we were in downtown Manhattan at Sacred Gallery NYC experiencing just that. A reception to salute of the opening of D. Randall Blythe’sShow Me What You’re Made Of: A Special Photography Exhibition was held. The event was packed with fans and friends of the man. He was around for the entire evening, answering everyone’s questions about each piece, recreated as large format fine art prints for this gallery setting with custom mades frames. His work is very versatile: going from light-hearted to some very dark and personal pieces. It’s an extremely in-depth look into the multifarious mind of Blythe. On the eve of the opening, Randy remarked about his passion for photography and the journey that led to the creation of this collection:
“I’ve been lucky enough to travel literally around the world several times for my job, and for the last few years I have carried a camera with me everywhere I go. Show Me What You’re Made Of will showcase fine art prints of what I consider to be some of the most striking images that I have collected, both at home and during my travels. The body of work is quite diverse, and in an attempt to highlight that diversity, all the photos will be shown in custom made frames made of reclaimed wood, adding to the individuality of each piece. The frames are made by my friend, Richmond, VA musician Greta Brinkman (former bassist for Moby, The Deborah Harry Band, White Cross, and currently with RVA doom merchants Drug Lord). I am especially pleased to have my first exhibit at Sacred Arts, a gallery with such a solid connection to my community- the underground music and arts scene. I hope to see as many of you as possible at the opening, so come on out, check out some photography, and be sure to say hi to me and Greta!”
When asked if this exhibit was going to tour, Randy said if another gallery asked, he would consider it. Show Me What You’re Made Of… is showing at Sacred Gallery NYCfrom now until June 30th. See it while you can, it’s worth it.
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY OMAR CORDY
Richmond, VA based author, photographer, music critic, composer and Lamb of God vocalist D. Randall Blythewill be holding his upcoming photography exhibition D RANDALL BLYTHE: Show Me What You’re Made Of, taking place from May 2 – June 30, 2015 at Sacred Gallery NYC. The opening reception will take place on May 2nd from 8-11pm. Sacred Gallery NYC is located in Manhattan’s SoHo District at 424 Broadway on the northeast corner of Broadway and Canal.
“I’ve been lucky enough to travel literally around the world several times for my job, and for the last few years I have carried a camera with me everywhere I go.”
“Show Me What You’re Made Of will showcase fine art prints of what I consider to be some of the most striking images that I have collected, both at home and during my travels. The body of work is quite diverse, and in an attempt to highlight that diversity, all the photos will be shown in custom made frames made of reclaimed wood, adding to the individuality of each piece. The frames are made by my friend, Richmond, VA musician Greta Brinkman (former bassist for Moby, The Deborah Harry Band, White Cross, and currently with RVA doom merchants Drug Lord). I am especially pleased to have my first exhibit at Sacred Arts, a gallery with such a solid connection to my community- the underground music and arts scene. I hope to see as many of you as possible at the opening, so come on out, check out some photography, and be sure to say hi to me and Greta!”
The English version of Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski’s bookConfessions Of A Heretic: the Sacred And The Profane: Behemoth And Beyond, premiering March 19, 2015 and pre-orders in the webstore starts in January 2015.
The book was originally written in Polish by Darski, Krzysztof Azarewicz and Piotr Weltrowski, now will be available in English thanks to Mark Eglinton (Official Truth: 101 Proof – The Inside Story Of Pantera with Rex Brown), a bestselling author and ghostwriter. Foreword by D. Randall Blythe of Lamb Of God
Confessions Of A Heretic is the forthright and erudite memoir of the front man and driving force behind the Polish heavy-metal group Behemoth, currently at the top of their game following the success of The Satanist.
Presented as a series of interrogations by friends and associates, the book reveals a complex man of great contrast—a health-conscious, highly personable intellectual known for his extreme views and even more extreme music—lifting the lid on everything from his clashes with the Polish Catholic church to appearing as a judge on the Polish edition of The Voice to his recent battle with leukaemia.
The book will be issued by Jawbone Press, but in the meantime get details here.
“Music is the only reason why I’m not prison (laughs) or dead, you know? I’m a dude who came from a little redneck town, and I didn’t fit in. It was horrible. Music definitely got me through it.” ~ D. Randall Blythe
In the opening minutes the documentary film As The Palaces Burn, Randy Blythe’s harmless musing about the course of his life was strangely prophetic. The music that got Randy through the toughest part of his young life and certainly brought him fame and glory as an adult, almost certainly cost him his freedom. Originally intended to be a look at Lamb of God fans around the world and their connection to the music, the band was turned upside-down by Randy’s June 2012 arrest and imprisonment in the Czech Republic, for the death of a fan in 2010 that the band was unaware of. As unlikely as this turn of events was for one of the biggest bands in metal, the film is an eye-opening account into the events that unfolded from the case, Randy’s personal struggles, the effect this had on the band both from the trial, and beyond.
Directed by Don Argott (Last Days Here) and produced by his 9.14 Pictures, the film first sees the band at the start of the Resolution (Epic) album cycle a touched on the last few years of the band, and the changes brought about by Randy’s (at the time) new-found sobriety. Although certainly not alone in the partying mode, Randy’s antics when drunk, seen many times in the past in the bands DVD’s, was singled out as a derisive force. On the flip side since undergoing a change in life due to sobriety, everyone one around the band marveled at the shift in his personality. Randy himself gave a confessional account of nearly having a nervous breakdown and not knowing how to deal with a sober life, until overtime he learned to cope and live his life freely. If the film stopped right there, it would still be a surprising, candid film, that few bands, metal or not, have ever made.
Early in the film the the focus was on Oscar from Columbia and Pratika from India, and the ways they connected to he bands music and a little look into the life of each fan at a LoG concert. Then the film shifts radically from Randy’s arrest at the airport in Prague, and his following imprisonment and eventual release. Band members like Mark Morton. Willie Adler, and Chris Adler talk at length about growing together, but often being at odds despite the common goals they share. Still, nothing will prepare you for seeing the band greet Randy at the the airport in Richmond, Virginia following his release from prison. It is a tear-inducing moment of anxiety and relief seen on screen by the band, and for the viewer. At the same time, some of the grief they share only intensifies throughout Randy’s voluntary return to Prague to stand trial for manslaughter. Through it all Randy was humble, and deeply stricken by the pain of the death of a fan of his, for the victim’s family, as well as himself, even though he was innocent. He still carries a heavy burden that has changed his life, even with the positive outcome of the trial.
The film’s access inside the proceedings and preparations with Blythe’s team of lawyers and the courtroom is a revealing look at legal systems abroad, and for those who deride the American system of justice, I’d say we have it pretty good here. Although Randy was exonerated of all the charges, the fact remains that Daniel Nosek, a 19-year-old fan of the band died following a Lamb of God show, and his family must cope with the loss somehow for the rest of their life. No matter how much you support the band, the film goes to great length to express the sorrow at the loss of life by this young man, and their hope is that Daniel is not forgotten through all of this.
Fans will come away from watching this film with a lot of mixed emotions about the band. To a man, the entire organization around LoG were all very supportive of their front man through his ordeal. However, the band is clearly far from close friends anymore. Certainly each member, and Randy, had to reconcile the possible loss of their careers and livelihood from the case had Randy been convicted and served any length of prison sentence. It is of note that while the film is clearly sympathetic to the plight of the singer and his band, it pulls no punches of the realty of a group of guys who have always have an uneasy alliance as friends, sober or not. Like most bands of their stature, there is a lot less of a brotherhood than the fans may want to believe. As LoG approaches middle age and veteran act status, they have grown up, and also grown apart with expanding families and other interests in their life trumping the chaos and mayhem of the killing road of metal music.
As The Palaces Burn is a film unlike any other, about a unique band who went through an experience that hopefully, never happens again. It’s a great film with some amazing cinematography and editing. Argott proves again to be a masterful story teller and the many emotional moments in the film are augmented by Mark Morton’s sparse score, full of his interesting guitar work. Those seeing the theatrical version will see a special Q & A the band did with Eddie Trunk about the film.
Keith (Keefy) Chachkes