Lamb of God Teases New Album Due in 2020

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 ofPlague), who was a live fill-in for the band until he joined officially.

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Lamb Of God – The Duke

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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

Guest Post: Joseph Spiller Of Caricature- End Of Year List

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As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. Today we have Joseph Spiller of progressive metal band Caricature. Caricature put out the acclaimed Shadows: Maxi Single this summer have a full-length in the works for 2016. Here is Joseph’s “Most Topesty Cool Favorite Releases of 2015”.


1. Tigran HamsayanMockroot

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How often can an album tote a definite influence of Meshuggah, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarret, and Porcupine Tree? Add on top that this is still a pure jazz record? Pfffft. This is the sound of someone furthering and redefining a genre.

 

2. Fetty WapFetty Wap

Yeah, before anyone says it sucks because it’s not metal, listen to this record. Fetty is all hits, all the time. Zoogang knows how to make pop hooks as if it’s in their DNA.


3. Steven Wilson Hand.Cannot.Erase

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography


Backing band of the century along with the golden god of Prog. Though it gets overly self-indulgent from time to time, Hand.Cannot.Erase is absolutely stunning.

4. PsycropticPsycroptic

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Do you even riff, Bro? Joe Haley most definitely does.

 

5. GhostMeliora

Ghost, by Meg Loyal Photography

Ghost, by Meg Loyal Photography


I never got the hype on this band. I actually disliked almost everything prior to Meliora, but goddamn, did Papa bring that A-game with this heavily Dave Grohl “inspired” record.

 

6. Abigail Williams The Accuser

Abigail Williams The Accuser
Who doesn’t love a good comeback? Possibly the best thing Ken Sorceron has ever done. Crushing and beautiful with rich song structures. BUY THIS RECORD NOW!

 

7. Lamb of GodVII: Sturm Und Drang

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography


After all that went on with Randy, the band came back and tell that tale along with snapshot a troubled time in the world perfectly. The riffs and drumming on this record are some of their best to date, and Josh Wilbur killed it on the production side.

8. Baroness Purple Record

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Another “Comeback Record” of sorts. Stronger, more refined, defined. The mesh of only the finest points of Yellow & Green mixed lush instrumentation and what sounds like an intense infatuation with The Cure. This one has it all.

9. Ellie GouldingDelirium

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Though not an immensely technical singer, Goulding has a golden voice. The slight raspiness and harmonically rich tambre makes me envious. This album is LONG for the pop genre, but its all top quality with fantastic hooks meshed with smooth beats and tranquil melodies.


10. Solution .45Nightmares In The Waking State

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If you don’t know who this band is, we probably cannot be friends. GROOVES

EXTREMELY HONORABLE MENTION:
I’ll be MeSoundtrack

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The delayed release of the soundtrack to the documentary about the legendary guitar player, singer, songwriter, and former member of The Wrecking Crew,Glen Campbell, who has been battling Alzheimer’s Disease for the past few years. This has two live songs from his final tour that will blow your mind considering his state, along with songs from his daughter that will make you cry while your heart flutters. The title track, penned by Mr. Campbell himself as a final letter to his wife and family will give you goosebumps (unless you don’t have a heart.

 

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Video: Lamb Of God Release Lyric Video- Erase This

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Lamb Of God have release a new lyric video today for the song ‘Erase This’ from their recent album VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic). You can watch the video at this link or below:

 

 

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Lamb of God, Photo credit Travis Shinn

Lamb of God have announced a string of tour dates this winter in the USA. Direct support will come from Anthrax, with openers TBA.

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Lamb of God US Tour Dates Winter 2016, with Anthrax

Jan 15: Stage AE (Indoor) – Pittsburgh, PA

Jan 16: Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

Jan 17: The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD

Jan 19: Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

Jan 22: Constant Convocation Center – Norfolk, VA

Jan 23: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY

Jan 24: Toyota Presents Oakdale – Wallingford, CT

Jan 28: Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI

Jan 29: Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

Jan 30: Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

Jan 31: Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI

Feb 02: Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – Kansas City, MO

Feb 04: Revention Music Center – Houston, TX

Feb 05: Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX

Feb 06: Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi, TX

Feb 08: ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX

Feb 09: Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

Feb 11: Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

Feb 12: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA

Lamb of God, Anthrax Team Up For Early 2016 Tour

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Lamb of God have announced a string of tour dates this winter in the USA. Direct support will come from Anthrax, with openers TBA. The tour starts January 15th in Pittsburgh, PA and hits 19 cities total, ending in Los Angeles, CA on February 12th. General on sale for tickets begins this Friday, November 13th at 10:00am local time. American Express Card Members can also purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 10th at 2:00 P.M. local time through Thursday, November 12th at 10:00 P.M. local time, in select markets.

Lamb of God, photo credit: Travis Shin

Lamb of God, photo credit: Travis Shin

Lamb of God US Tour Dates Winter 2016, with Anthrax

Jan 15: Stage AE (Indoor) – Pittsburgh, PA

Jan 16: Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

Jan 17: The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD

Jan 19: Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

Jan 22: Constant Convocation Center – Norfolk, VA

Jan 23: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY

Jan 24: Toyota Presents Oakdale – Wallingford, CT

Jan 28: Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI

Jan 29: Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

Jan 30: Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

Jan 31: Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI

Feb 02: Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – Kansas City, MO

Feb 04: Revention Music Center – Houston, TX

Feb 05: Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX

Feb 06: Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi, TX

Feb 08: ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX

Feb 09: Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

Feb 11: Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

Feb 12: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA

Lamb Of God and Anthrax Add Deafheaven And Power Trip To US Tour

 

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Lamb of God who previously announced a string of tour dates this winter in the USA with Anthrax, have added Deafheaven and Power Trip as support acts. The tour starts January 15th in Pittsburgh, PA and hits 21 cities in all, ending in Los Angeles, CA on February 12th. Two more dates have been added: Nashville on 1/20 and Sayreville NJ on 1/26. Tickets for all dates are on sale now, except the two new dates which sees tickets available to the public on 11/25.

Lamb of God, photo credit: Travis Shin

Lamb of God, photo credit: Travis Shin

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On The Road… with Slipknot and Lamb of God

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The Summer’s Last Stand Tour” has been going from town to town across the country playing to amphitheaters and to big crowds. In many ways this explosive tour matching up Slipknot with Lamb of God essentially helped to kill off Mayhem Fest, at least in part. Not only are they two of the most potent live bands in American metal, each brings their own fans and unique vibe to the proceedings. Slipknot of course are the modern-day Kiss and Motley Crüe, dealing in pure sensory overload. Only the likes of Rob Zombie, Rammstein and Tool come close to the visual orgy that The Knot can bring. They have been killing it live all over the world since last year’s release of .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner). Audiences in America are naturally hungry for a Lamb of God show, eager to finally hear new songs off of the just released VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic) album. If that wasn’t enough, this tour also has Bullet For My Valentine andMotionless In White (not pictured) to round out a bill that is truly diverse and heavy enough for everyone. Shot here for Ghost Cult byEvil Robb Photography, you can feel a sense of the epic scale of the première concert tour of 2015 so far.

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

Lamb of God, by Evil Robb Photography

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Lamb of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang

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About halfway through Lamb of God’s magnificent new album, Sturm Und Drang (Epic/Nuclear Blast) vocalist Randy Blythe screams into the microphone: “How the FUCK did you think this would end?!” It’s both a question and a statement of defiance, summing up five years that have been nothing less than challenging for this band.

You’ve all read about Mr Blythe’s trials and tribulations; I won’t waste space going into them yet again but surely there must have been points when the band must have wondered how it all might end – fearing that they might never make any record ever again. That they have returned and delivered an album this ferocious, this energised, this brilliant, is utterly remarkable and testimony to a sense of collective tenacity and drive that can only be admired.

Suffice to say, there is an air of valediction surrounding Sturm Und Drang. They are right to feel valediction too: this is a quite brilliant record, their most ferocious since As The Palaces Burn (Prosthetic/Epic) and, in all probability, the best thing they have ever done. Scratch that: there’s no “probability” at all – it’s their best record. Period.

There are so many things to get excited about: the song-writing has never been stronger and the musicianship a veritable showcase of individual and collective talent. Whether you opt for Chris Adler’s drumming, Mark Morton and Willie Adler’s astonishing gifts for killer riffs, John Campbell’s hypnotic, rumbling basslines or Blythe’s vocals (is there anyone who sounds more metal than him? That’s correct, there isn’t) it scarcely matters: on this record, the band haven’t just upped their game, they have decided to change it altogether.

From the scabrous and infectious opening of ‘Still Echoes’ which erupts like a line of aural hand grenades in your head, it is clear that Lamb of God aren’t content with throwing down the gauntlet, they are throwing down every gauntlet ever made. It is an instant classic, a song to cheer to the rafters and to howl along with in the circle pits. It is breathless and brilliant.

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Lamb of God, photo credit – Travis Shinn

And so it continues: ‘Erase This’ pummels you into submission, a neck cracking riff allied to a chant along chorus line are terrific ingredients to blend together and the sonic cocktail they have conjured here is deeply intoxicating. It’s hardly a surprise that Blythe references the challenging times he has been through. On the blistering and belligerent ‘512’ (the cell number that Blythe occupied during his incarceration in the Czech Republic) we are treated to a deeply personal insight into the vocalist’s sense of outrage at the injustice he suffered; you get the sense that Blythe is straining every sinew as he spits out the lyrics with venomous bile. It’s an extraordinary display backed by a relentless band performance.

Lamb of God are not a band you’d readily associate with ballads but on ‘Overlord’, a song that has echoes of Alice in Chains, we see Blythe turn in a clean, nuanced and, ultimately, powerfully affecting performance. The song’s ambition is more than matched by the band’s ability to execute and it positively radiates.

It’s not just the massive riffs or the killer tunes that you warm to on Sturm Und Drang, although they are here in abundance: ‘Anthropoid’ and ‘Footprints’ are two further effortless examples in how to write killer heavy metal songs. What equally impresses on this record is the creativity and detail that has been taken. For example, when Deftones’Chino Moreno makes a startling and very welcome appearance on the exquisite ‘Embers’ it sounds so right, so appropriate that you wonder why they hadn’t tried it before; similarly, The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato adds scope, nuance and texture to the album closer, ‘Torches’.

Sturm Und Drang takes all the emotions, frustrations and challenges of the band’s last five years and distills them into an album of relentless, authentic brilliance. It is everything you hoped this band could produce and more. Sturm Und Drang is the most exciting heavy metal album of the year by a country mile.

All Heavy Metal records should sound this good.

 

9.5/10

MAT DAVIES

Audio: Lamb Of God Premiere Track With Chino Moreno- Embers

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Lamb of God today released another new single from their upcoming album VII: Sturm Und Drang. ‘Embers’ features the vocals of Chino Moreno (Deftones/Team Sleep/Crosses). You can hear ‘Embers’ on their Vevo channel at this link or below:

 

‘Embers’ is the fifth song released from Lamb of God’s upcoming album, VII: Sturm Und Drangdue out on July 24, via Epic Records in the USA and Nuclear Blast for all other territories. Other previously released tracks include ‘Erase This’, ‘Still Echoes’, ‘502’, and the controversial ‘Overlord’.

Cover Art: Art Direction by K3n Adams (www.k3n.com)

Cover Art: Art Direction by K3n Adams (www.k3n.com)

With their album slated to drop next week, the band will begin their stint that night as direct support to Slipknot on “Summer’s Last Stand” US Tour w/ Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White:

Lamb of God tour dates:

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

Audio: Lamb of God Premiere Erase This Track Today

Lamb of God, photo by Susanne A. Maathuis

Lamb of God, photo by Susanne A. Maathuis

Lamb of God released a new single today in the form of ‘Erase This’. You can stream the track at the bands Vevo channel at this link or below:

 

‘Erase This’ is the fourth song released from Lamb of God’s upcoming album, VII: Sturm Und Drangdue out on July 24, via Epic Records in the USA and Nuclear Blast for all other territories. Other previously released tracks include ‘Still Echoes’, ‘502’, and the controversial ‘Overlord’.

 

Cover Art: Art Direction by K3n Adams (www.k3n.com)

Cover Art: Art Direction by K3n Adams (www.k3n.com)

 

Their European festival tour dates wrapped up, the band can next be seen as direct support to Slipknot on “Summer’s Last Stand” US Tour w/ Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White:

 

Lamb of God tour dates:

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