LAMB OF GOD marked the release of their highly anticipated eponymous album, out now via Nuclear Blast Records, with a video for the album’s fourth single, ‘Gears.’
Guitarist Mark Morton states: “The time has finally arrived! We are absolutely thrilled to have released our new, self-titled album today. We’re all so proud of this collection of songs and feel like they rival some of our best work. As a band, we have a reawakened energy and a renewed creative spark that is evident in these songs and pulses through the entire album. Everyone involved in this project is beyond anxious for the world to hear it. We hope you enjoy it and we thank you for your support.”
The fact that the band’s eighth studio effort would warrant ‘self-titled’ status is a testament to the band’s pride and satisfaction with these songs and this period in their creativity.
SUICIDE SILENCE will be “virtually” everywhere throughout the month of July with a 39 date “Virtual World Tour” running July 2 – July 30 that spans 14 countries & 5 continents. Each geo-gated stream will be approximately an hour & a half in length and will include a professionally filmed multi-camera live performance with full chat integration, market-specific mixed media & an extensive post-performance Q&A. Initial dates are now on sale at this locationfor $10 each & are only available to those within a specified market radius.
All ticket purchasers will gain access to an Exclusive Merch Collection that includes an official tour shirt as well as a number of other items that will never be sold elsewhere. The band will also be sending a 15% off discount code to every person who purchases a ticket within the first week that their market is on sale that can be used on these exclusive items as well as every other item at SSArchives.com through the end of July.
The band comments, “The time has come! We’ve teamed up with Nuclear Blast & BandsInTown on this tour & we’ll be streaming 39 shows throughout the month of July with tickets for the first batch now on sale! While each show will revolve around a specific city, we’ve decided to open up the tickets statewide in the US & to entire countries when it comes to foreign markets. Be sure to get involved on social media by requesting specific songs in your market & requesting markets you’d like us to add in the future. These live streams will be full-on Suicide Silence fan experiences that will never been be re-streamed or shown ever again. Come join the party!”
SUICIDE SILENCE announced the second batch of dates for their previously announced “Virtual World Tour” that includes unique sets, exclusive merchandise & custom experiences in each market.
Bay Area metal icons MACHINE HEAD have released ‘Civil Unrest’, a 2-song digital single, featuring A-side, ‘Stop The Bleeding’ and B-side, ‘Bulletproof’, with the former featuring additional guest vocals from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman, Jesse Leach. This pair of fierce protest anthems were both written days after the back-to-back murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. They are not for the faint of heart.
The gritty performance video was directed and edited by Mike Sloat, shot on location on the streets of Oakland, CA, with Jesse’s part filmed in Kingston, NY with David Brodsky.
Vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn shares the inspiration behind the release: “I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday May 27th 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything. This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland, past large demonstrations already happening and in a fury wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage. Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song. I decided to sing it over a song called ‘Stop The Bleeding’, that we had recorded back in December. 2018 with Jared [MacEachearn, MACHINE HEAD bass guitar] and Carlos Cruz [Warbringer] on drums.’’
Stop The Bleeding’ features a guest appearance from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman, Jesse Leach, seeing Flynn and Leach trading lyrical lines that spit anger and frustration at current events.
Flynn continues, “I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe 6 months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me. Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written and he replied saying he was “100% on board”. Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”
Jesse Leach mirrors the sentiment, stating,“Being asked to be part of this song is an honor. Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our Metal Community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives, it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”
MACHINE HEAD are donating a significant portion of their streaming proceeds from ‘Stop The Bleeding’ to http://grassrootslaw.org, the organization representing George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
The B-side, ‘Bulletproof’ is a new song, also recorded with Carlos and Jared back in December 2018. Flynn adds, “The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our World. The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15‘s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders mouths, hour by hour, day after day.”
The songs needed something visually provocative as ‘sleeve artwork’, so the band looked to longtime collaborator Strephon Taylor who hand illustrated various elements from this moment in time, to make a powerful statement about America and the World.
Both tracks were produced by Robb Flynn (Machine Head, Roadrunner United, Sworn Enemy, Dress The Dead) and engineered by Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, with the devastating mix being handled by long-time MACHINE HEAD collaborator and producer extraordinaire, Colin Richardson, together with Chris Clancy at Audioworks Productions UK. The tracks were mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.
With their new album exploring topics such as exploitation, desperation and unrest it almost feels that Lamb Of God have written the soundtrack of 2020. For the band themselves though they felt that this was an important album for other reasons. Grammy Award nominations and being described as ‘one of the most important heavy acts of modern times’ aside they just wanted to deliver an album that felt like it was Lamb Of God.
“It is what we do and it is what we are accustomed to doing,” says lead guitarist Mark Morton when we begin to chat about this self-titled album. “But I have to say we were really excited about doing it. There were some unique conditions, it had been five years so there was a real anticipation for us about the new material and what kind of shape it was going to take. We were talking about what kinds of styles would pop up because we were all really compiling song ideas on our own so there was a lot of material to pick through… there was a lot of raw material.”
Another exciting element for the band this time around was getting to record with new drummer Art Cruz for the first time. “You know we had been playing with Art for a couple of years before we got into any kind of pre-production for this album,” says Morton. “So it was not playing with him that was the new experience, we had worked out all of those transitions and the feel of things on the stage over the past year and a half, but we were excited to be able to write music with him.”
“But yeah when it came to process we worked with Josh Wilbur like we always do,” he continues. “But I think the biggest difference was the way the time was spread out. We started to work on this album while we were still touring with Slayer. We still had a couple of legs left on the Slayer farewell campaign and that was really the reason why it was so long between albums because that tour cycle got extended. So on breaks from that tour Willie, Josh and I would go into a studio somewhere and work for a week and a half on demos for new songs, so we would do that, then head out onto the road again, do that and then on the road again. So we would have this brief pre-production sessions that were like spread out for over a year and that really gave us a lot longer to really sit with the material and let it settle.”
“I turn that gave Randy longer with each song,” he explains. “That let him work out the themes that he wanted to attach to each song. That gave him a chance to really write around it and so that really gave us a long view of being able to put all the material together. While that was all born out of necessatity given our tour schedule it really did become an asset and it became an unique part of the album because it was gestated over such a long period of time.”
That leads me to ask whether or not that time period meant that the album also looks at more themes as well. “It’s hard to say,” he says after thinking for a moment. “It is hard to dissect like that because the raw material of the album is kind of collected over that time. It wasn’t like we went five years and then Willie and I were like ‘let’s write songs.’ The ideas were documented over that course of time, so I guess it could be but I haven’t really micro-analysed it like that. I do know though that there were a few influences in there so over that time that may well be the case. I do know that this is a very dynamic album though.”
Lamb Of God is out on the June 19th 2020 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The wait is over! Australian metal destroyers AVERSIONS CROWN released their fourth studio album, Hell Will Come For Us All via Nuclear Blast. In celebration, the band offer fans the music video for ‘Paradigm’.
Chris Cougan comments, “We are a generation that has been desensitized and traumatised by a daily dose of violence straight into our living rooms. Innocence has been stripped by the cruel nature of human kind leaving nothing but a bleak and hopeless future.”
Jayden Mason comments, “The final single concludes the build up to our new record showcasing a subtle yet apparent change with strong lyrical content and aggressive tunes to follow, this sets the mood for the rest of the record “Hell Will Come For Us All” which is a strong force moving forward for the band.”
Season of Mist are pleased to announce the signing of Norwegian doom metal formation FUNERAL. The band will release their new album next year via the label. More details will be announced at a later moment.
FUNERAL comment: “We are pleased to become a part of the Season of Mist roster. 2020-2021 sees the worldwide release of our new dirges of funeral-doom, filled with crushing doom-laden riffs, massive orchestra, and Norwegian lyrics with a conceptual theme.”
Doom metal formation FUNERAL are known as one of the pioneers of the funeral doom genre. Formed in Norway in 1991 by Anders Eek, the band released their first ‘Tristesse’ in 1993. This offering supposedly won them the title of ‘most depressing band in the world’.
Going for a more symphonic sound, the doom metal band asked vocalist Toril Snyen to join and they released another demo ‘Beyond All Sunsets’ (1994) and the debut full-length ‘Tragedies’ (1995). Over the years, there were various line-up changes and the group changed vocalists several times. Tragedy struck in 2003 and FUNERAL took a hiatus for the rest of the year after the loss of bassist / songwriter Einar Frederiksen. Only a few months before their return, the band took another hit when guitarist Christian Loos passed away, who was then replaced by Mats Lerberg. ‘From These Wounds’ was released in 2006, an album that was marked by a period of pain, loss and woe.
In the following years, FUNERAL steadily released three more full lengths: ‘As the Light Does the Shadow’ (2008), ‘To Mourn is a Virtue’ (2011) and ‘Oratorium’ (2012). A new record will see the light of day in 2020 – 2021 via Season of Mist.
Greek symphonic death metal masters SEPTICFLESH are now announcing a live streaming event for the ‘Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX’ dvd in advance of the release date! The online event will take place on June 27th, 2020 at 21:00 CET. Tickets can now be purchased HERE and are valid for 12 hours.
The full concert was taped in February 2019, during a sold out show at the ‘Metropolitan Theater’ in Mexico City. The unforgettable night was the largest production of its kind at the venue, which included the band and over 100 musicians from the ‘Symphonic Experience Orchestra’, the ‘Enharmonía Vocalis Choir’ and the ‘National University of Mexico Children’s and Youth Choir’.
The Blu-ray DVD is set for worldwide release on July 31st, 2020 via Season of Mist and pre-orders are available HERE. A little taste of what’s to come can be found in the official teaser HERE!
SEPTICFLESH comment on the event: “We are very excited to share with our fans the chance to pre screen “Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX” , our very first concert with a full orchestra and choir on stage which was filmed in the heart of Mexico City. Our management team at Hard Impact arranged an exclusive streaming event for all of you to witness this before the official blu-ray release. The date is set for June 27th, beginning at 21:00 CET. Ticket link will be issued at purchase and will be valid for 12 hours to view from the start of the event. sit back in the comfort of your home and watch the symphonies come to life!”
Norway’s VULTURE INDUSTRIES are now announcing the streaming of their upcoming live show that will take place from the historic location Vestindien in Bergen (NO). The unique event will take place on June 20 @22:00 CET. The stream is completely free and will be made available on the bands YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Front man Bjørnar comments on the show: “For no other reasons than the anguishing prospect of beeing bored to death by the dull reality of covid-19 and a deep philantropic urge to keep you all amused, we give you VULTURE INDUSTRIES live from the historic location Vestindien. Now a museum, this was once Bergens own House of the rising sun. This evening we will dub it House of the irregular and invite you all to join us by the docs for an hour of musical rarities new and old.“
To celebrate what would have been the start of one of the most highly anticipated tours of the year, showcasing four of the world’s very best metal bands, The Metal Tour Of The Year will be broadcasting a mammoth streaming event this Saturday, June 13th beginning at 7:00am AEST / 9:00am NZST. The stream will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin and will feature full sets from MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES along with an exclusive interview with each band prior to the broadcast of their set.
MEGADETH will be streaming their 2016 secret show from St Vitus in Brooklyn.
LAMB OF GOD will be streaming their surprise show from House Of Vans in Chicago from February this year.
TRIVIUM will be streaming their 2019 performance from DreamHack Dallas.
IN FLAMES will be streaming their 2019 headline set from their own festival Borgholm Brinner in Sweden.
In addition to the concert streams and exclusive interviews, The Metal Tour Of The Year will also launch a brand new merch store featuring new, exclusive tour items that will only be available for 72 hours. A portion of the proceeds from the merch store will go to Crew Nation, Live Nation’s fund to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19.
The Metal Tour of The Year is also partnering with Spotify and taking over the Kickass Metal playlist beginning on June 12th. Listen to the playlist, exclusively on Spotify, to hear multiple songs from each band plus more of the biggest metal tracks of the moment. Visit each of the bands profiles on Spotify to donate to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund which aids the music community during this crisis.
Be sure to tune into www.MetalTourOfTheYear.com on Friday June 12th to catch all four performances, exclusive interviews and to get your hands on some limited edition tour merch.
The Metal Tour Of The Year, co-headlined by MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD with TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES, was due to kick off the summer leg of it’s gargantuan, 55-city tour on June 12th in Bristow, VA before being postponed to 2021.The fall leg the trek is currently scheduled to start on October 2nd in West Palm Beach, FL. For full information, head to MetalTourOfTheYear.com