As of this writing, the music world continues to be in a state of suspended animation as the Coronavirus outbreak – particularly in North America – dashes any hopes of returning to music venues anytime soon. We’ve bungled the pandemic so poorly here in the states that our moron President and many of his colleagues have been diagnosed with the disease due to failure to follow social distancing measures. Having fans in attendance is starting to seem like a thing of the past, so more and more artists will start turning to live-streamed performances.
Modern Metal legends Lamb of God absolutely tore the roof off their performance of their recent self-titled album last Friday. They blasted through their entire album, played a few classics, and one new song, “The Death of Us”, from Bill and Ted Face The Music. The event was hosted by SirusXM host Jose Mangin and featured an interview with D. Randal Blythe, and an interview and livestream performance by UK tech-metal band Bleed From Within, who were awesome. . The band will perform their second live stream in a row this coming week, when they perform all of their classic album Ashes of The Wake Friday, September 25. Whitechapel will provide the pre-LoG music this week. Continue reading
Terrible news for the music world as published reports announced that Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, has passed away. He was 34 (UPDATE: Riley’s age was originally said to be 35, and we have edited this story). Power Trip ascended to the new wave of American Metal, combining Crossover Thrash and Hardcore, partly on the strength of Riley’s incredible performances, brilliant politically-minded lyrics, and killer style. No cause of death has been revealed and according to a statement from the band, funeral and visitation arrangements are pending. Riley was a brilliant talent and mind, and he will be missed. Many leaders of the music world paid respect from Ice-T of Body Count, Lamb of God, Code Orange, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Jesus Piece, Anthrax, Thursday, Thrice, Machine Head, Creeping Death and more you can read below. Even Fox News, once a source of ire from Riley, had to pay respect! We interviewed him a few years back and he was awesome. The band has been one of the best in the world live in a short period of time. Riley’s family released a statement via social media which you can read below and you can read the many condolences of fellow peers. RIP Riley.
Whenever the subject of UK thrash metal arises, Bristolian act Onslaught are always one of the first names mentioned. From their 1985 debut to their split in 1991 and eventual reformation in 2005, the band have been one of the leading lights of the genre. Often heralded as the “English Slayer”, like their now defunct US counterparts, Onslaught draw from a history of both punk and classic metal to make their point.
Lamb of God, riding high on the strength of their recent self-titled release (Epic Records) have announced they’ve rescheduled their European tour dates, which had been postponed/cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally intended for April 2020, the dates will now be in November & December 2021. Reconfirmed to join them as special guests are labelmates, German thrash classics Kreator, with Texan thrash squad Power Trip opening proceedings each night. Continue reading
“Back in Black 40th Anniversary: A Virtual Celebration” livestream event will take place this Friday, July 24 At 5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT . Hosted by Jared James Nichols, the “Back in Black 40th Anniversary: A Virtual Celebration” will feature Slash, Sebastian Bach, members of Alice in Chains, Cage the Elephant, Anthrax, Trivium, Lamb of God, Refused, Airbourne, GWAR, Cherie Currie, Dave Amato, Orianthi, Sergio Vallin of Mana, Emily Wolfe, Brian Posehn, and many more. The special event will include AC/DC testimonials, appearances, tutorials, and performances. Tune-in on Friday, July 24 at 5:00PM ET to watch the free livestream, “Back in Black 40th Anniversary: A Virtual Celebration” across the Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitch channels of Consequence of Sound. To kick the event, enter to win AC/DC gear including the Gibson Custom Shop 1961 Les Paul SG “Red Devil” guitar in Cherry Red just like Angus Young’s of AC/DC, as well as, two Gibson SG Standard’s in Ebony.
It’s like month four-hundredth (or so it feels) of social distancing and quarantine. Basically, every tour slated for the Spring and Summer have either been scratched or tentatively rescheduled for next year. For those not keeping score that means that we’ve lost a Megadeth and Lamb of God co-headliner, Deftones with support from Gojira, and a Sepultura trek featuring the likes of Sacred Reich and Crowbar. So, it’s been a rough year. Not content to sulk over the loss of their own tour with Jinjer and Toothgrinder, Suicide Silence decided to try something different.
Megadeth, Lamb of God have just rebooked their highly anticipated co-headlining tour that will cover two-legs in 2021. The North American shows will also feature Trivium and In Flames as direct support for the entire run. This will be Megadeth’s first headlining tour in North America since Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and got a clean bill of health. New dates are listed below. Continue reading
Lamb of God just released their new album, Lamb of God, last Friday via Epic Records (review here, exclusive interview with Willie Adler here). Following the Friday release of their new self-titled album, Lamb of God is connecting with fans through daily online activities today through Thursday, beginning with a “live quarantine video” today on YouTube. The video features three songs recorded by the band live from quarantine. Tune in to watch at the link below.
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