CONCERT REVIEW: Megadeth – Lamb of God – Trivium – In Flames Live at American Bank Center Arena


 

Ooohhhh what’s this?!?! Another Metal Tour of The Year! Thank you, may I have another! Last year I made it to the first show of the Megadeth and Lamb of God combo and this time I’m catching their fourth concert of the tour. My city stop was initially scheduled last year but was canceled, so as soon as I saw the tickets go on sale this time around I bought mine immediately. One benefit for tonight’s show was not having to drive six hours, my drive took twelve minutes from home to the venue.

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Watch Lamb of God Perform with Guest Singers (Chimaira, Trivium, In Flames) in Place of Randy Blythe


Lamb of God had to perform without their frontman D. Randall “Randy” Blythe on “The Metal Tour of The Year” with Megadeth, Trivium and In Flames for the band’s concert Tuesday night (April 19) in Grand Rapids, Michigan after testing positive for COVID-19. Fill-ins for Randy included Trivium’s Matthew K. Heafy and In Flames‘ Anders Fridén, as well as Mark Hunter of Chimaira, who toured with LoG back in that bands’ heyday. Blythe reported on social media he is already feeling better and hopes to rejoin the group this week. Watch footage of the performances, uploaded by the Brewtally Speaking podcast.

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Louder Than Life 2022 Festival Books Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, KISS, and More!


 

Louder Than Life Festival has announced its lineup for 2022, seeking to top the epic edition in 2021. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot and KISS will headline the festival of 100 artists over 4 days! Joining them will be Rob Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon, Alice In Chains (And A Separate Set From Jerry Cantrell), Alice Cooper, Incubus, Evanescence, Lamb Of God, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Mastodon, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless and many more! Taking place from September 21st – 25th 2022, the fest takes place at The Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center Passes are on sale now for $10 down (through March 31) at the link below. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Annihilator – Metal II


There’s a fine line between “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and “there’s always room for improvement”, and more often than not the re-recording of old albums usually falls snugly into the former category. No matter how much more accomplished the revised version might sound from a technical standpoint, the overall results rarely change. Lightning in a bottle cannot be captured twice.

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Dave Mustaine Says The New Megadeth Album is Now Due Out This Summer


 

In a new interview with Forbes discussing the “The Metal Tour of the Year”Dave Mustaine says that Megadeth’s new album due in 2022, The Sick, The Dying And The Dead, will be released this summer and that the band will soon announce another major tour. “The Metal Tour Of The Year’ will kick off on April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada and run through May 15 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Megadeth and Lamb Of God Announce Leg Two Of “The Metal Tour Of The Year” with Trivium and In Flames


Megadeth and Lamb of God have announced the second leg of “The Metal Tour of The Year!” Direct support will come from Trivium and In Flames. In Flames had to be replaced on leg one by Hatebreed. Read our review of leg 1 here. Pre-sale tickets and VIP Packages go on-sale tomorrow at 10am local time. General on-sales begin Friday, January 14th! Megadeth’s new album The Sick, The Sying, and The Dead should be fully announced soon.

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Slipknot, In Flames, and Ghostmane Booked for the First Ever Knotfest Germany


Slipknot has announced they will headline the inaugural Knotfest Germany, set to take place July 30th, 2022 at Rudolf Weber Arena in Oberhausen. Along with the headliners Slipknot, In Flames and Ghostemane will also apprear with many more bands TBD. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, December 14.

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Metal Supergroup The Halo Effect (ex-In Flames) Shares Debut Single “Shadowminds”


Previously announced new Metal Supergroup The Halo Effect, featuring former members of In Flames, have released their first new music! The band is streaming the single “Shadowminds” right now at all DSPs. The band unites one-time In Flames members Jesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquility) (vocals) – a crazy amount of talent. The band will release their debut album via Nuclear Blast in 2022 and will open for new labelmates Machine Head and Amon Amarth next fall in Europe. Check out “Shadowminds” now!

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FESTIVAL RECAP: Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Blue Ridge Amphitheater – Danville, Virginia


Massive music festivals are commonplace now, but they were far and few between fifty years ago. They are hard to produce well, but can be great moments in time for fans and musical artists. For every Lollapalooza, Wacken, and Ozzfest, we have Altamont, Woodstock 1999, and Fyre Fest as well. No festival sets out to fail or do harm and hurt the trust of fans, but sometimes that happens. Blue Ridge Rock Fest, as it turns out, became a perfect storm of too many fans, too small a town, to support those fans. Purpose Driven events had put on severa

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Trivium Shares New Photos of Their “Airplane Hangar” Compound


Trivium recently shared their first new single and video from their expected next album, “In The Court Of The Dragon.” The track and video also feature an epic intro composed and orchestrated by Ihsahn (Emperor). Now the band has shared images from their compound, based in an abandoned airplane hangar in Flordia. The band made news at the height of the pandemic in 2020 – buying the hangar to convert it into a recording studio, Metallica-style HQ, and streaming venue/video production stage with their earnings from their very first livestream. The band — Matt Heafy [vocals, guitar], Corey Beaulieu [guitar], Paolo Gregoletto [bass], and Alex Bent [drums] has been influential in validating livestreams and streaming economy in general for being a legit way for bands to augment their revenue in the face of the global shutdown. Catch the band soon on the Metal Tour of the Year with Megadeth, Lamb of God, and In Flames soon and European tour dates with Heaven Shall Burn, TesseracT, and Fit For An Autopsy.

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