Lamb of God Singer Reveals What He Remembers of Deadly 2010 Czech Show

It was a bad day, but I wish I could remember more of it.

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Lamb of god vocalist D. Randall Blythe finally tells the whole incredible story of his arrest, incarceration, trial, and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic over the tragic and accidental death of a concertgoer in this riveting, gripping, biting, bold, and brave memoir.

On June 27, 2012, the long-running, hard-touring, and world-renowned metal band lamb of god landed in Prague for their first concert there in two years. Vocalist D. Randall “Randy” Blythe was looking forward to a few hours off—a rare break from the touring grind—in which to explore the elegant, old city. However, a surreal scenario worthy of Kafka began to play out at the airport as Blythe was detained, arrested for manslaughter, and taken to Pankrác Prison—a notorious 123-year-old institution where the Nazis’ torture units had set up camp during the German occupation of then-Czechoslovakia, and where today hundreds of prisoners are housed, awaiting trial and serving sentences in claustrophobic, sweltering, nightmare-inducing conditions.

Two years prior, a 19-year-old fan died of injuries suffered at a lamb of god show in Prague, allegedly after being pushed off stage by Blythe, who had no vivid recollection of the incident. Stage-crashing and -diving being not uncommon occurrences, as any veteran of hard rock, metal, and punk shows knows, the concert that could have left him imprisoned for years was but a vague blur in Blythe’s memory, just one of the hundreds of shows his band had performed over their decades-long career.

At the time of his arrest Blythe had been sober for nearly two years, having finally gained the upper hand over the alcoholism that nearly killed him. But here he faced a new kind of challenge: jailed in a foreign land and facing a prison sentence of up to ten years. Worst of all, a young man was dead, and Blythe was devastated for him and his family, even as the reality of his own situation began to close in behind Pankrác Prison’s glowering walls of crumbling concrete and razor wire.

What transpired during Blythe’s incarceration, trial, and eventual acquittal is a rock ‘n’ roll road story unlike any other, one that runs the gamut from tragedy to despair to hope and finally to redemption. While never losing sight of the sad gravity of his situation, Blythe relates the tale of his ordeal with one eye fixed firmly on the absurd (and at times bizarrely hilarious) circumstances he encountered along the way. Blythe is a natural storyteller and his voice drips with cutting humor, endearing empathy, and soulful insight. Much more than a tour diary or a prison memoir, Dark Days is D. Randall Blythe’s own story about what went down—before, during, and after—told only as he can.

Kill Ritual – New album ‘Karma Machine’ out in September on Scarlet Records

Artwork was completed by longtime Kill Ritual artist Jobert Mello (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Benedictum). ‘Karma Machine’ also marks the debut of new vocalist David Reed Watson , drummer Koryun Bobikyan and bassist Bobby HQ Storm.

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Formed in 2010 by former Imagika lead guitarist Steven D. Rice, Kill Ritual have released 2 critically acclaimed albums, ‘The Serpentine Ritual’ (2012) and ‘The Eyes Of Medusa’ (2014), and are now ready to unleash their fury with ‘Karma Machine’, a powerful sonic beast that can be described as the perfect mix of all the band’s influences. Encompassing 9 tracks, the CD finds Kill Ritual going from heavy to melodic while retaining their thrash roots. The album was once again produced by guitarist Steven D. Rice and mixed/mastered by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque. Artwork was completed by longtime Kill Ritual artist Jobert Mello (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Benedictum). ‘Karma Machine’ also marks the debut of new vocalist David Reed Watson , drummer Koryun Bobikyan and bassist Bobby HQ Storm. The album will be available starting from September 18.

The track listing:
Just A Cut
Rise
The Enemy Inside
The Key
Karma Machine
My Green Room
Kundalini
Land Of The Dead

The Camera’s Eye ​

The band have also finished shooting a video for the song “Rise” at Sound Wave Studios in Oakland CA. with Mike Sloat (Testament,Machine Head,Lynard Skynard) that will introduce the new line up prior to the September 18th release.

Kill Ritual 2015:
David Reed Watson-Vocals
Steven D. Rice-Guitar
Koryun Bobikyan-Drums,violin
Bobby HQ Storm-Bass

VOIVOD touring Europe as part of the “Deathcrusher 2015″ package; New 7” EP in the works!‏

VOIVOD’s drummer Michel “Away” Langevin checked in with the following comment about the upcoming tour: “We are proud to be part of this crazy line-up and psyched to go back to Europe again this year. What a thrill to meet all our friends once more and share the stage with our partners in metal.”

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Following their acclaimed return to European stages in May, Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD are confirmed to return to Europe in October as part of the heavyweight “Deathcrusher 2015” tour alongside CARCASS, OBITUARY, HEROD, and label mates NAPALM DEATH.

VOIVOD’s drummer Michel “Away” Langevin checked in with the following comment about the upcoming tour: “We are proud to be part of this crazy line-up and psyched to go back to Europe again this year. What a thrill to meet all our friends once more and share the stage with our partners in metal.”

And just in time for this outstanding tour package and as further teaser for their next studio album, the follow up to 2013’s acclaimed Target Earth release, VOIVOD has announced they will also release a special and limited split 7″ EP together with label/touring companions NAPALM DEATH. Look out for more details about this project very soon!

VOIVOD live 2015: 

“Deathcrusher UK / Ireland Tour 2015”

Carcass, Obituary, Voivod & Herod

Presented by Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin, Big Cheese & RageWear

10.23.15 Wolverhampton (UK) – Wulfrun Hall *

10.24.15 Glasgow (Scotland) – Barrowlands *

10.25.15 Belfast (N. Ireland) – Limelight 1 *

10.26.15 Dublin (Ireland) – Olympia *

10.27.15 Bristol (UK) – Motion *

10.28.15 Newcastle (UK) – Northumbria Uni *

10.29.15 London (UK) – Forum *

10.30.15 Manchester (UK) – Ritz *

“Deathcrusher Tour 2015”

Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod

Presented by Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin, Big Cheese & Rage Wear

10.31.15 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix Zaal *

 11.02.15 Köln (Germany) – Live Music Hall

11.03.15 Geneva (Switzerland) – L’Usine

11.04.15 Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA Longhorn

11.05.15 Prague (Czech Republic) – Folimanka Hall

11.06.15 Magdeburg (Germany) – Factory

11.08.15 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Tradgar’n

11.09.15 Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan

11.11.15 Gdansk (Poland) – B90

11.12.15 Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja

11.13.15 Leipzig (Germany) – Täubchenthal

11.14.15 Geiselwind (Germany) – MusicHall

11.15.15 Vienna (Austria) – Simm City

11.16.15 Munich (Germany) – Backstage *

11.17.15 Bologna (Italy) – Estragon Club

11.18.15 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7

11.19.15 Wiesbaden (Germany) – Schlachthof

11.20.15 Berlin (Germany) – Astra *

11.21.15 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Speedfest

11.22.15 Saarbrücken (Germany) – Garage *

11.23.15 Paris (France) – La Cigale *

11.24.15  Lyon (France) – Le Transbordeur *

11.26.15 Madrid (Spain) – Sala Riviera

11.27.15 Lisboa (Portugal) – Cine Teatro Corrois

11.28.15 Bilbao (Spain) – Sala Santana 27

11.29.15 Barcelona (Spain) – Sala Razzmatazz

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Team Up With LORD DYING For USA Fall Invasion‏

Though TOXIC HOLOCAUST are currently in the midst of a 20-date European tour that has included appearances at renowned festivals across the subcontinent (including Slovenia’s Metal Days and the upcoming Czech fest Brutal Assault), the band won’t rest for more than a few weeks before hitting the road again.

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Neo-thrash revolutionaries TOXIC HOLOCAUST will join forces with fellow Portlanders and Relapse sludge/thrash colleagues LORD DYING this fall for a 34-date US tour. The trek will begin in Seattle and wreak havoc across the northern half of the country before weaving back through the southern US to conclude in Oakland.  A complete listing of dates is available below.

Though TOXIC HOLOCAUST are currently in the midst of a 20-date European tour that has included appearances at renowned festivals across the subcontinent (including Slovenia’s Metal Days and the upcoming Czech fest Brutal Assault), the band won’t rest for more than a few weeks before hitting the road again. Still in support of the universally-acclaimed 2013 record Chemistry of Consciousness, the trio of relentless road warriors has been called one of “the most enduring and genuine crossover bands of the modern generation” by Terrorizer and has long since established its reputation as an inimitably fierce live act. Stream Chemistry of Consciousness on Bandcamp and check out the band’s mind-bending video for the track “Acid Fuzz” here.

Still fresh off the early 2015 release of their well-received sophomore record Poisoned Altars, LORD DYING seem to be well on the path to matching TOXIC HOLOCAUST’s touring schedule with their fourth US run in six months. The band’s Portland-brewed recipe of sludgy mayhem has been hailed worldwide by publications including Metal Hammer and Metal Injection, the former of which dubbed Poisoned Altars “heavy fucking metal…of a willfully raw and hostile kind that shrugs off subtlety and embraces the beast within.” Feast your eyes on the morbid, old-school styled video for “A Wound Outside of Time” at this location, and stream Poisoned Altars on Bandcamp here.

Toxic Holocaust + Lord Dying Tour Dates
Aug 28 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Aug 29 Boise, ID The Shredder
Aug 30 Salt Lake City, UT Club Area 51
Aug 31 Cheyenne, WY Ernie November
Sep 01 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Sep 02 Omaha, NE Lookout Lounge
Sep 03 Chicago, IL Fizz
Sep 04 Detroit, MI Loving Touch
Sep 05 Dayton, OH Rockstar Pro Arena
Sep 06 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups (early show)
Sep 07 Pittsburgh, PA Smiling Moose
Sep 09 Boston, MA Middle East (Upstairs)
Sep 10 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus
Sep 11 Fredericksburg, MD Cafe 611
Sep 12 Philadelphia, PA Voltage Lounge
Sep 13 Chapel Hill, NC The Local 506
Sep 15 Asheville, NC The Odditorium
Sep 16 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Sep 17 Jacksonville, FL 1904 Music Hall
Sep 18 St. Petersburg, FL Local 662
Sep 19 Miami, FL Churchill’s Pub
Sep 20 Orlando, FL The Haven
Sep 21 New Orleans, LA Siberia
Sep 23 Austin, TX Red 7
Sep 24 San Antonio, TX Korova
Sep 25 Dallas, TX Trees
Sep 26 Houston, TX Walter’s
Sep 27 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
Sep 28 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Sep 29 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Sep 30 Los Angeles, CA Los Globos
Oct 01 San Diego, CA Til Two Club
Oct 02 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room (late show)
Oct 03 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro

Local Heroes Dance Gavin Dance And A Skylit Drive Bring The Emo To Ace Of Spades

Dance Gavin Dance perform “Stroke God” @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento , California

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A Skylit Drive perform “The Cali Buds”, “Pendulum” and “Wires and the Concept of Breathing” @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento , California

Dance Gavin Dance perform “Stroke God” @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento , California

A Skylit Drive is an American post-hardcore band from Lodi, California. The band has released one DVD, one EP and four studio albums: Wires…and the Concept of Breathing (2008), Adelphia (2009), Identity On Fire (2011) and recently Rise (2013)

Dance Gavin Dance is a post-hardcore band formed in Sacramento, California in 2005. The band currently consists of vocalists Tilian Pearson and Jon Mess, guitarist Will Swan, bass guitarist Tim Feerick and drummer Matthew Mingus.

#dancegavindance #asklitdrive #allstarstour #aceofspades #capitalchaostv #sacramento

New Iwrestledabearonce video interview and 3 camera performance footage‏

The Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV chats with Mike Stringer – rhythm guitar and Courtney LaPlante – lead vocals of Artery Recordings recording artists I Wrestled A Bear Once about Bryan Stars, gender equality, their new release Heil Mary, touring and more @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California during 2015 All Stars Tour

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iwrestledabearonce perform their smash hits *Gift Of Death”, “Danger In The Manger” & “You know that ain’t them dogs’ real voices” @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento , California

The Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV chats with Mike Stringer – rhythm guitar and Courtney LaPlante – lead vocals of Artery Recordings recording artists I Wrestled A Bear Once about Bryan Stars, gender equality, their new release Heil Mary, touring and more @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California during 2015 All Stars Tour

Iwrestledabearonce is an American metalcore band formed in 2007 in Shreveport, Louisiana, but later based in Los Angeles, CA. They have released one EP, four full-length albums, and two remixed releases. They have toured with acts such as August Burns Red, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dance Gavin Dance, The Human Abstract, Blessthefall, Fact, Sea of Treachery, Enter Shikari, Winds of Plague, All Shall Perish, Vanna, Chelsea Grin and Horse the Band. Iwrestledabearonce are primarily known for their musically diverse sudden dynamic changes, often shifting genres, along with the vocalist’s ability to use a combination of clean vocals and death growls.

Hail Mary is the fourth studio album by American metalcore band Iwrestledabearonce. The album was released on June 16, 2015 through Artery Recordings, and was produced by guitarist Steven Bradley

CHRCH (Formerly CHURCH): Sacramento, California Doom-Slingers Formally Announce Name Change, Tour Dates‏

“Due to the fact that defending the claim of ‘willful infringement’ and ‘unfair competition’ is lengthy and expensive, we are now CHRCH. The bourgeoise system of ownership demands that knowledge and culture be rationed by the ability to pay. We thank everyone for their overwhelming support thus far. We are approaching our dates with Primitive Man and Northless August 13th-17th and we open for Pentagram in Santa Cruz on August 29th. In darkness, CHRCH.”

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Sacramento, California’s fresh-faced psychedelic doom crew formerly known as CHURCH just crushed their way onto the scene with their stunning debut album Unanswered Hymns to overwhelmingly positive response, enchanting metal’s toughest critics and bringing crowds to their knees all over the west coast. CVLT Nation immediately named the Transylvanian Tapes-released cassette “Doom Release Of The Month” and the group signed to Battleground Records to release the vinyl version of the debut on September 28. However, due to a cease and desist sent to the band by a lawyer hired by Australian alternative rock group The Church, the band has opted to avoid further confrontation and drop the vowel, simply continuing on as CHRCH. Aside from the name change, the vinyl release and tour dates will proceed as planned.

Please note that the band has a new Facebook URL, so if you have already done any coverage on the band, kindly update the embedded link to: facebook.com/chrchdoomca

Official statement from the band:

“Due to the fact that defending the claim of ‘willful infringement’ and ‘unfair competition’ is lengthy and expensive, we are now CHRCH. The bourgeoise system of ownership demands that knowledge and culture be rationed by the ability to pay. We thank everyone for their overwhelming support thus far. We are approaching our dates with Primitive Man and Northless August 13th-17th and we open for Pentagram in Santa Cruz on August 29th. In darkness, CHRCH.”

Official statement from Battleground Records:

“The band having to change their name due to a legal technicality is just that, a technicality. Underground artists like CHRCH and small labels like ours just don’t have the resources to get into legal squabbles over such matters. Regardless of the name, what truly matters is that we’re helping to release a great record from a great band that people out there want to get a hold of. We’ve simply got to keep moving forward. Many thanks to everyone who supports the label and the bands we work with. -BR”

See CHRCH live:

Aug 13th – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock w/ Primitive Man, Northless, Church Abstracter
August 14th – Oakland, CA @ The Metro (Deadfest)
August 16th – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Primitive Man and Northless
August 17th – Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery w/ Primitive Man, Northless, Amarok, Vexed
August 29th – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium w/ Pentagram
October 3rd – Record Release show: Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Special guests
November 13th – Long Beach, CA @ The Breakers (Midnite Communion III)

CHRCH is:
Eva – Vocals
Matt – Drums
Shann – Guitar
Ben – Bass
Chris – Guitar, backing vocals