Mark Morton Announces Collaborative Project + “Anesthetic” Out In March

Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of God, has announced a new project that sees him further explore his creative drive for writing and collaboration. Continue reading “Mark Morton Announces Collaborative Project + “Anesthetic” Out In March”

Concert Photo Review: Slayer at Papa Murphy Park – Sacramento

Slayer Slaughters Sacramento One Last Time

All photos courtesy of Conrad Melendez @ action photography by conrad

Slayer 

Lamb Of God

Anthrax

 

Testament

LAMB OF GOD Announces Select One-Off Headline Shows Featuring Support from Behemoth

LAMB OF GOD has just announced four select one-off headline shows, set to take place during their upcoming North American tour supporting SlayerBehemoth is confirmed as support on all LAMB OF GOD headline dates, which will take place in Pomona, CA, Sioux Falls, SD, Wallingford, CT and Raleigh, NC.

Tickets for Pomona, Sioux Falls, and Raleigh are going on sale this Friday, March 16 via www.lamb-of-god.com, and Wallingford is on sale now. There, you can also purchase tickets for the Slayer headline tour. LAMB OF GOD Side Stage and VIP Upgrade packages for all dates are available here.

Previously announced dates for Slayer‘s final world tour, North America legs one and two, are below, with special LAMB OF GOD headline dates falling within marked with a double asterisk in bold.

LEG ONE

(In addition to support from LAMB OF GOD, Slayer leg one headline dates will also feature support from Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament.)

 

MAY

10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA

11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA SOLD OUT

**12   Fox Theater, Pomona, CA – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth ONLY

13   Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA

16   Pacific Coliseum Vancouver, BC

17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC

19   Big Four, Calgary, AL   SOLD OUT

20   Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB   SOLD OUT

22   Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB

**23   The District, Sioux Falls, SD – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth ONLY

24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN   SOLD OUT

25   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL

27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI  SOLD OUT

29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON   SOLD OUT

30   Place Bell, Montreal, PQ   SOLD OUT

JUNE

1   Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT   SOLD OUT

2   PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

**3   The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford, CT – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth ONLY

4   Santander Arena, Reading, PA   SOLD OUT

6   Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

7   Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH

9   KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA

10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA

**11 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth ONLY

12   Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA

14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC

15   Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL

16   Montebello Rock Fest, Montebello, QC – FESTIVAL DATE/LAMB OF GOD ONLY

17   Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Houston, TX   SOLD OUT

19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX   SOLD OUT

20   Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX SOLD OUT

LEG TWO

(In addition to support from LAMB OF GOD, Slayer leg two headline dates will also feature support from Anthrax, Testament, and Napalm Death.)

 

JULY

26   Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH

27   Impact Music Festival, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME

29   Northwell Health at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY

31   The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA

AUGUST

1   Times Union Center, Albany, NY

3   Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY

4   Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY

6   Budweiser Gardens, London, ON

7   Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

9   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO

10   Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

12   Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

13   Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR

15   Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX

16   The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK

18   Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO

19   USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT

21   Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID

23   Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Portland, OR

26   SAP Center, San Jose, CA

LAMB OF GOD to Perform on North American Leg of Slayer’s Final World Tour

Internationally-renowned heavy rock leaders LAMB OF GOD will support metal legends Slayer on leg one, North America, of what will be Slayer‘s final world tour. The 26-date trek will begin on May 10 and visit several major cities – from San Diego to Toronto, Orlando to Minneapolis. Additional support will come from fellow metal heavyweights AnthraxBehemoth, and Testament. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26; log onto www.lamb-of-god.com for all ticketing info.

Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD says: “If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like Slayer, it’s an incredible honor. Slayer gave LAMB OF GOD our very first two overseas shows. Slayer has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in Slayer and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that Slayer helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt – I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour – well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail Slayer! We’ll see you on the road…”

Dates for Slayer‘s final world tour, leg one, North America, are as follows:

MAY

10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA

11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA

13   Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA

16   PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC

17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC

19   Big Four, Calgary, AB

20   Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB

22   Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB

24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN

25   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL

27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI

29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON

30   Place Bell, Montreal, QC

JUNE

 1    Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

 2    PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

 4    Santander Arena, Reading, PA

 6    Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

 7    Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH

 9    KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA

10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA

12   VUHL Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA

14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC

15   Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL

17   Smart Financial Centre, Houston, TX

19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX

20   Austin 360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX

Death Rattle lead guitarist Ryan VanderWolk Interrogated

With one listen it’s pretty clear, New England groove thrash group Death Rattle exude classic early millennium NWOAHM and northeastern groove through and through – channeling groups like Shadows Fall, Lamb of God and Hatebreed while breathing in new life and authenticity.
Death Rattle is currently supporting the release of their new album Volition, on their upcoming tour supporting The Convalescence, Wings Denied and Shaping The Legacy. Death Rattle will appear on dates running from October 21 in Placerville, CA through November 18 in Englewood, OH. See below for a full list of tour dates featuring Death Rattle below.

Death Rattle lead guitarist Ryan VanderWolk  took some time to talk with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV about things and stuff.

How did you first get into music?

Who turned you on to Rock/metal? Generally our older brothers, Dad’s and uncles showed us our first tastes of heavy music that we fell so much in love with.

We’re you forced to go to church as kids and did you participate? Choir? Altar boys?

Barring Jimmy we all were at some point. Trey was in a youth group for instance, and Chris was heavily urged to go to church until he made his confirmation. These are practices we do not take part in today and haven’t since we were young.

Were you Jocks or stoners in high school?

Trey and Kevin were heavy into sports, Kevin played football, Trey played soccer, Football and basketball. It’s safe to stay most of us were stoners but not all of us haha.

How did you become a vocalist, bassist, drummer, guitarist, and are you proficient at any other instruments?

Trey our vocalist was originally a bass player for a Led Zeppelin cover band, the singer got fired Trey stepped in and became a vocalist and has been ever since. Kevin has interest to learn bass and borrowed one from a friend when he was young. Jimmy wanted to play music but sucked at drums so he learned guitar and became proficient. Chris was interested in Drumming since very young and his parents bought him his first kit when he was 12. I myself (Ryan) gained the interest after my brother started playing. For Christmas when I was 14 my Dad bought me my first guitar which was my brother’s guitar that helped him upgrade to a guitar he wanted more.

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What was the local scene in where you are like in the beginning? Was there a particular band you aspired to be like? Favorite local bands back then? Favorite local bands now?

The local scene was much better when we were growing up than there is now. Most of us grew up in Massachusetts where there were tons of shows. When I was 12 I attended a metal show at a place called the Elks lodge in Hyannis Ma and it was my first time ever going to a local show. It was a blast. I discovered a Band called “Interfere” which I loved and got their CD. I still know that album from front to back to this day. It was called “Bruce in the disco tent” haha some of my favorite local bands from our area are Carnivora, Pathogenic, and the River Neva.

How did the band form and how did the band name come about?

Ryan Met Chris at a Lamb of God show in Boston May 12th, 2009. They exchanged phone numbers and 4 months later formed the band that would become Death Rattle. Ryan threw out the name after looking at the back of Pantera’s “Reinventing the Steel” guitar book. No name after that was really presented and eventually it just stuck.

How would you best describe your sound?

I would say we are a groove metal band with a touch of death metal, touch of thrash metal.

Does the current political climate in America scare you or make hopeful?

It is a very decisive time politically, but I truly feel that it still comes down to the people and not the politicians.we need to as a group Handle ourselves better in this world.

Was 9/11 and inside job and do you have a theory on chemtrails?

Well if you switch your car insurance to Geico you could save 15% or more.

How important are presales for a band as opposed to letting a promoter do all the work?

Every scenario is different which lends itself to different conclusions on this. I can say that doing pre sales has done very well for us in the past up until the recent past as well. I think a team effort with all hands on deck is what makes great shows.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once on different formats?

Trey -cassette he bought a Michael Jackson tape with money he earned from washing dishes at around age 6!
Kevin- Alice in chains self titled CD. Age 10
Jimmy- limp Bizkit- 3 dollar bill y’all. CD. Age 8
Chris- Rob Zombie- hillbilly deluxe. Age 11
Ryan- Metallica Reload-CD age 12

Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

Our Mayhem Fest Dates in 2013 in Mass and CT were our biggest to date. There always a little bit of nerves before every big show, but that’s the rush! If there isn’t any nervousness then there is no more fun in it!

Is radio dead and do you listen to any local radio shows?

Terrestrial radio my not be what it one was but there is Sirius XM and Internet radio to take it’s place. We don’t listen to any local radio stations except for Sports radio.

How has the recent suicides of famous musicians affected you and do you have a theory on them?

Not so much directly as we aren’t die hard fans of those that have passed recently, but we are fans nonetheless, but it does present some questions that need answers. Things that range from if metal/rock musicians suffer from a form of CTE similar to football players from thrashing about and headbanging, to is there a connection with creativity and depression?

When can we expect some new recorded music and what is your writing process like?

That is undetermined as we will start the wrong process after we return home from this tour. Our new Album “Volition” is set for release Oct 20th.
The writing process is a very focus driven time and it is ever changing. We start with some guitar riffs and work on things until it becomes a don’t, then we voraciously fine tune until we are happy.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?

“Sentenced to Hell” off of our upcoming album “Volition” is the song we are most Involved in as a Band. It is also the first song we started writing for the New album.

Where do you see the band in 5 years?

Hopefully continuing to do what we love and play our brand of metal. Hopefully with much growth as well.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want? What gear is bringing us the Death Rattle sound?

We use a vast array of gear. Currently running ENGL artist edition amps and a custom buil5 Krankbass rig. Jimmy plays Esp and Jackon guitars. I play (Ryan) Washburn and Dean Dimebag models. Kevin plays Ibanez and Esp basses. Chris is currently playing a custom Mapex drum kit. We would like to acquire more endorsements. Mainly drum and cymbal endorsement. We currently have deals with Krank amps, In tune guitar picks. DR strings etc.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

A top 5 want for us to possibly tour with would be Lamb of God, Gojira, Devildriver, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage.

Top 5 albums or songs released this year so far?

The Haunted-Strength in numbers
Scour-Self titled That’s all we can think of!

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave or cremation?

Metallica-Fade to black
Lamb of God-Ashes of the wake
Pantera-The great southern trendkill
Metallica-And Justice for all..

Whats the rest of 2017 look like for Death Rattle?

We are releasing out new album “Volition” and supporting it with a full U.S. tour with “The Conavalescence”. When we return home we begin work on the next album!

What does metal mean to you?

Metal is everything to us. It’s our way of life, our way of healing, our way of feeling. The force that drives us. The ultimate release.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Thank you Capital Chaos for having us! We really appreciate it!

Lamb Of God to Support Slayer on 2017 Summer Tour, Also Featuring Behemoth

Internationally-renowned heavy rock leaders LAMB OF GOD will support headlining metal legends Slayer, along with fellow supporting death metal group Behemoth, on what is set to be this summer’s most-anticipated heavy music tour. The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12 in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20.
Slayer and LAMB OF GOD will also play Wisconsin’s Rock Fest 2017 (7/13) and Rock USA 2017 (7/15), and then meet up with Behemoth at the Chicago Open Air Festival on July 16.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3; log on to www.slayer.net/tour or www.lamb-of-god.com for all purchasing details.
Kerry King of Slayer says, As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it! Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends – bands as well as fanatical fans! Let the festivities begin!”
Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD says, “It’s been a while since we’ve toured with the almighty Slayer and even longer since we’ve hit the road with our friends in Behemoth – I can’t wait! This tour is gonna be the feel-good event of the summer- the gigs are gonna be like the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love in ’67! Okay, so that’s complete bullsh*t, it’s gonna be absolutely nothing like that, so don’t show up with flowers in your hair looking for free hugs or anything stupid like that. It will definitely be a good f**king time though (as long as your definition of a good time means brutal, caustic, and hideously loud music) – see ya there!”
Adam “Nergal” Darskiof Behemoth adds, It is with the utmost pride we are announcing the Slayer, LAMB OF GOD and Behemoth summer tour! We are beyond excited to be joining this bill with these living legends and… our friends one more time! We are also stoked about coming back to North American shores for the last time before kicking off the next album cycle. Come and join this EXTREME metal feast with us!”
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
 
JULY
12   Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN
13   Rock Fest 2017, Cadott, WI (Slayer and LAMB OF GOD on this bill)
15   Rock USA 2017, Ford Festival Park, Oshkosh, WI (Slayer and LAMB OF GOD on this bill)
16   Chicago Open Air Festival, Toyota Park, Chicago, IL (Slayer, LAMB OF GOD and Behemoth on this bill)
18   Express Live!, Columbus, OH
20   Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
21   St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
23   Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
25   Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
27   Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
28   Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
30   Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
AUGUST
  1   Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
  2   1st Bank Center, Denver, CO
  4   The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
  5   The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  9   Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
11   The Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
12   WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
14   Encana Events Center, Dawson Creek, BC CANADA
15   SMS Equipment Stadium, Fort McMurray, AB CANADA
17   KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula, MT
19   Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
20   Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

Randy Blythe To Fill In For Mike IX Williams On Upcoming US Tour With Discharge And Toxic Holocaust

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe will be filling in for EYEHATEGOD vocalist Mike IX Williams on their upcoming Fall tour with Discharge and Toxic Holocaust.
Elaborates Williams of the decision, “Once again, rather than cancel an amazing tour, we have chosen for EYEHATEGOD to continue on and give one-thousand-percent. This 2016 Discharge tour is super important to me as that band has been a huge influence on my life, but my health situation right now dictates that I am not able to take the stage and perform to the best of my abilities every single night. This is where our good friend Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God comes into the picture. We’ve known Randall since the early ’90s when EYEHATEGOD would pass through Virginia and he’d offer for us to crash at his crib after our gigs. Great times and we became great friends. To have Mr. Blythe on board as a fill in for me on vocals for this run is a true ‘circle-stays-unbroken’ turn of events! Coming off the heels of Philip Anselmo doing vocals for EYEHATEGOD on two high profile shows [last month’s performances at Southport Music Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana and the 2016 edition of Gwar BQ in Richmond, Virginia respectively], both of these men are at the top of their game. I am getting the medical help I need and will return to the band as soon as possible. Thank you, everybody… “
Adds Blythe, “Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a massive EYEHATEGOD fan. I’ve seen them play more times than I can remember, my old side project covered ‘Dixie Whiskey’ for an EYEHATEGOD tribute album, I wear their merch, I even have a freaking EYEHATEGOD tattoo that I got in New Orleans. They are one of my favorite bands of all time, period. I’ve also been friends with the guys in the band since the ’90s… actually, I knew them before I knew the dudes in my own band, and EYEHATEGOD would often crash at my crib when they came through Richmond. So it’s a bit difficult for me to say, ‘I’m super-happy that I’ve been asked to fill in for Mike IX Williams on this upcoming tour with Discharge and Toxic Holocaust.’ In fact, I can’t honestly say that at all because, once again as a fan and, more importantly, a friend, no one would rather see Mike do this tour more than myself. Mike IX is THE voice of EYEHATEGOD, and I respect him as a friend, musician, and writer way too much to ever think otherwise. What I can say is that I am beyond honored to be serving a brief tour of duty on vocals with EYEHATEGOD for this upcoming run.
When I was asked to fill in for Mike IX due to his health issues, I immediately said, ‘I’ll do it, as long as all of the guys in the band are cool with it, especially Mike; it can’t be any other way.’ I know from talking to him that Mike is very, very bummed to not be on this tour, especially given the fact that the legendary Discharge is one of his all-time favorite bands. In light of that fact alone, it’s a huge testament to the man’s character that he’s being gracious enough to let the band continue to work while he concentrates on his medical issues, which are entirely legitimate and prevent him from taking the stage night after night. The other guys need to keep the band alive while IX gets better. As anyone who has ever seen the band can attest, the stage of an EYEHATEGOD show isn’t exactly the ideal place to rest and recuperate from an illness, and that is the most important thing here: that Mike IX gets better. In order to both give him the time to take care of his health while simultaneously keepingEYEHATEGOD an active working unit, I’ll be proud to do my bit on this tour and take the stage with what is undeniably one of the heaviest bands on earth. It will be a savage experience; I can promise you that. Let the down-to-earth-motherfuckin’-post-amplification-blues begin! Hail Mike IX.”
EYEHATEGOD‘s journey with Discharge and Toxic Holocaust will commence on October 6th and run through October 15th trampling ten cities in seven states, the tour concluding with a one-off show in Chicago with Negative Approach and Svlphvrvs. See all confirmed dates below.
 
EYEHATEGOD w/ Discharge, Toxic Holocaust:
10/06/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/07/2016 Dantes – Portland, OR
10/08/2016 Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
10/09/2016 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10/10/2016 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
10/11/2016 Glass House – Pomona, CA
10/12/2016 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
10/13/2016 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
10/14/2016 Webster Hall/Marlin Room – New York, NY
10/15/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL
10/16/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL w/ Negative Approach, Svlphvrvs