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When I spoke to Mark Morton a few months ago about their brand new album he was excited and couldn’t wait to get out onto the road and tour it. 2020 had other ideas though and live gigs as we knew them are now a pipe dream. Don’t think that is going to stop Lamb Of God from delivering their new works of art to the world though because the band have decided to return back to their home town and stream the performances out to the world.

One show will see the band play their new self-titled album in full while the other will see them play through their Ashes Of The Wake album from start to finish. It is a format that has Morton excited. “It is really exciting, man,” he says with a laugh. “It is just great to be able have a way for our fans to access us and for us to reach our fanbase. There are people out there who want to check out the new album in a new exciting way… I guess you can call it a new way.”

“They will also have the chance to revisit the Ashes album as well,” he continues. “That is exciting as well because that album is kind of revered  by fans of the band. They see that as a classic from us. So it is just cool to be able to engage and have something to deliver during a time like this. It’s a pandemic and everybody feels challenged by that so this is a chance for the industry… not even just the band… to rebound and respond in anyway that gives the fans a chance to respond, it is a little bit empowering.”

You can listen to the full audio interview above.

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Foundation Of Bones is the new EP from death metal practitioners ENTERPRISE EARTH. Released via Entertainment One (eOne), the EP serves as a surprise bridge piece from their latest full-length effort, Luciferous, into the work being laid down for their forthcoming LP and also marks the band’s first self-produced output.

“’Foundation Of Bones’ was a spur of the moment idea that quickly came to fruition,” elaborates ENTERPRISE EARTH guitarist Gabriel Mangold“After returning home from our canceled tour, we began writing and finishing up new material. While listening back to some new demos and being stoked on the quality of the mixes, we thought, ‘Fuck it. Let’s give self-production a go and release an impromptu EP!’ Dan [Watson] tracked vocals at home in Indianapolis. Brandon [Zackey] recorded drums with our good friend/sound engineer, Chris Ghazel, in Los Angeles. I did guitars, bass, production, and handled mixing/mastering duties in my tiny home trailer studio rig in Taos, New Mexico. After several days of tweaking, we had a mix that we were all very stoked on and felt comfortable moving forward with our first self-produced release.”

“I don’t think we intended to accomplish anything specific with this EP other than releasing new music that we were very excited to show the world. However, throughout the process, we realized that we were attaining something vital in addition to releasing new music: the ability to self-produce. The sound we’re developing is what we want to sound like, and we’ve all become that much more connected to our music now that we’re at the reigns throughout the entire creative and production processes. We are very excited to continue developing our sound and have decided to self-produce our next LP.”

Foundation Of Bones features one new song from the band (the title track), two cover tunes — Lamb Of God’s iconic ‘Now You’ve Got Something To Die For’ and Necrophagist’s ‘Fermented Offal Discharge’ — an acoustic interpretation of “There Is No Tomorrow” from their Luciferous LP, and an instrumental version of the new track.

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Notes Mangold, “The covers were something that we had in mind for some time, and the opportunity to do this EP prompted us to take action. Lamb Of God and Necrophagist are two huge inspirations on us, so covering these tunes was a no-brainer. We experienced a ton of electric energy tracking these as they are songs that we’ve loved since we were kids; hopefully, we did them justice!”

“The acoustic version of ‘There Is No Tomorrow’ was a cathartic experience,” he continues. “It was inspired by bands that have done incredible acoustic renditions of their heavy tunes, namely Alice In Chains, The Contortionist, and I See Stars. Our sonic inspirations and musical expressions go much deeper than just being brutal, and we wanted to express that sentiment and develop another facet of our sound. We love melody, peaks, and valleys within a song, acoustic jams that take you on a journey, and most importantly, we love writing music that resonates strongly within us. ‘There Is No Tomorrow’ is easily the most melodic and emotional song from ‘Luciferous.’ If any tune from that record deserved an acoustic rendition, it would be that one. That it’s our collective favorite from that record, also made it an easy choice. Expect more of these acoustic renditions in the future.”

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.

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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.

 

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

LAMB OF GOD has released ‘Routes’, the fourth single from their June 19 self-titled Nuclear Blast release, featuring a guest appearance from TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy.

“Routes” was lyrically inspired by vocalist D. Randall Blythe’s time alongside native peoples at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota during the No DAPL movement. This protest, which began with just a few Native women and children camping at the site in protest of the pipeline being built so near to their water supply on unceded treaty land, quickly grew to an encampment of thousands and received global attention.

Says Blythe, “I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part. I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.

Although Blythe conveys his story through the song’s vivid lyrics, he called in his friend Chuck Billy, who is of Pomo Indian heritage, to lend a deeper authenticity to his narrative.

My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country,” says Blythe. “So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section – Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.

Added Chuck Billy, “It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by LAMB OF GOD to do some guest vocals on this song. The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people complimenting Randy’s storytelling and lyrics is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.

Audiences got a taste of the first new LAMB OF GOD music in nearly five years with ‘Checkmate’ back in February, followed by ‘Memento Mori’ and the most recent single, ‘New Colossal Hate’ All four songs will appear on Lamb Of God, the follow-up to VII: Sturm und Drang (2015). The album was once again produced by collaborator Josh Wilbur (GojiraKornMegadethTrivium), fueled by a mountain of riffs and looming rhythmic shadows. It is also the band’s first record with Cruz, who sat behind the kit with LAMB OF GOD in 2018 and became an official member the following year. In addition to Chuck Billy, the new album features a guest appearance from Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed). Blythe sounds more driven and insightful than ever on Lamb Of God, offering up the angriest and most comprehensive diatribes, addressing modern life in the current landscape, of his storied career thus far.

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LAMB OF GOD propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with the prophetically titled New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As the Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes of the Wake (2004) was the first LAMB OF GOD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, followed by Sacrament (2006), which debuted in Billboard’s Top 10. Wrath (2009) earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts and was No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Those No. 1 positions were repeated with Resolution (2012). VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) debuted at No. 3 in North America, No. 2 in Australia and in the Top 5 in several countries. The single ‘512’ from ‘VII: Sturm und Drang’ received a Grammy nod for the “Best Metal Performance,” making it LAMB OF GOD’s fifth Grammy nomination.

 

Lamb Of God are one band that certainly haven’t been wasting their time during the covid-19 lockdown. While their fans have eagerly been anticipating the release of the groove metal outfit’s brand new, self-titled album on May 8th the band themselves have used the opportunity to drop two singles.

Titled “Checkmate” and “Memento Mori” the singles have shown that this album may well be some of the band’s best work. That is also something that seems to shine through when lead guitarist Mark Morton sits down to chat about what fans can expect from Lamb Of God.

“”Checkmate” is one of the first singles that we are going to release off the new album,” he says. “I really love that song because musically I think it represents really everything that Lamb Of God does. It has that real trademark Lamb Of God sound with the groove and the acrobatic guitars in place. It has that in places but it also has the real groove in places and it has that swagger that I feel that a lot of our songs have.”

“But I think it also sounds very fresh… it sounds very modern,” he says after pausing to think about the track for a moment. “It does all those I said musically but it does them in a way that I think sounds really fresh… it is the only way I can explain it. And I think some of that comes from the energy of our new drummer, I think there is a new energy amongst the band. So I think that when there is a new energy among the members those members then make music with a new energy. I think it is really hard to put into words, but when people hear it they will really understand.”

As Morton continues to talk about “Checkmate” he also reveals that there is a deep meaning behind the song’s lyrics. “Lyrically it is one of those political songs,” he explains. “Randy and I wrote it together and it kind of just addresses the current state of affairs in the U.S of A.”

That new member that Morton talks about is Art Cruz who has previously played with Prong, Klogr and is also the current drummer for Winds Of Plague. “Art is our new drummer,” says Morton proudly. “He has probably been with us now for two years and he had been playing with us for about a year or maybe a year and a half before he was officially made a member. So in that sense he was already here and we had already known him for years. You know originally he came to fill-in for Chris (Adler – the band’s former drummer) who was unable to keep up with what we were doing – tour wise and with the obligations that we had. Things worked out the way that they did and Art was already there and doing a great job so he became an official member.”

“So the writing process was great,” he goes onto to say as he begins to talk about Art’s influence on the new album. “It reminded me just how exciting what we get to do as a band really is. To see Art have these experiences at this level for the first time and to see how enthusiastic and excited he is about it it kind of makes it new for me again as well. To see that excitement, his curiously and how mesmerised he is about the process… not that he is completely green… but at this level he was really excited about what we were doing so it was really fun to watch and to be part of. And of course he absolutely slayed it on the drums as well so that was a thrill for me to watch as well.”

With that much excitement around the band as they recorded their new material there is little wonder that the music has turned out as good as what tracks like “Memento Mori” have. “That is actually the first track on the album,” says Morton with a laugh. “And it is so dramatic. It kind of opens up with this really Gothic sounding intro with this really slow build. I had that piece of music laying around for a long time, I had that chord progression and that into specifically and I had tried a number of different things with it on my own. I’d been in my home studio doing demos and trying to make it work and we were towards the end of our writing sessions for this album and we were kind of at a point where we were like ‘is there anything else we should be looking at, is there anything missing, is there anything else we want to try and address?’ and then I was like ‘man, I have this piece of music that I have been toiling over for a couple of years now.’”

“I think I may have even played it for them before,” he goes to explain. “And they had been like ‘cool.’ But we had never really looked at it so this time I was like ‘I think we really need to look at this because I think it is really cool.’ Then when I brought it up they were like ‘wow this is cool’ and then kind of on the spot as soon as I played it for them I had an idea for the next riff and then Josh was like ‘what about that other really cool riff from that other song that we aren’t going to use.’ Then we started to put all the pieces together and then it wrote itself pretty quickly seeing that it had been laying around for a few years. Randy’s vocal performance on it is amazing, it is actually one of my favourites that he has ever done… it is really cool… it is really haunting.”

When a band is this excited about their new album you know that they have created something really special so don’t be surprised if Lamb Of God is one of the album’s of the year.

 

Lamb Of God is released on May 8th.

 

 

LAMB OF GOD has released the music video for ‘Memento Mori’, the opening track on their forthcoming self-titled album due May 8 via Nuclear Blast. Fans were able to unlock a 10 second teaser of the song through an eerie Instagram Story filter released by the band over the weekend.

Watch ‘Memento Mori’ at: www.lamb-of-god.com

Executed from a narrative treatment written by vocalist D. Randall Blythe, the ‘Memento Mori’ video features the band (guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, drummer Art Cruz, and Blythe) performing the unrelenting album opener, from their upcoming self-titled new album (due May 8 worldwide).  Lyrically and visually, the message of both the song and video are extremely topical, offering hope at a time of societal and personal upheaval.

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There is a vast amount of indisputably real and depressingly negative occurrences happening across the globe,” Blythe explains. “Currently, at the forefront of everyone’s mind is the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very real concern, and proper precautions need to be taken by EVERYONE in order to protect those most at risk – the elderly, infirm, and immunocompromised. It is indeed a scary time, but in this hyper-connected age with its 24/7 never-ending news cycle of atrocity, outrage and lurid click-bait headlines (not to mention ill-informed lunatics running amok and spreading misinformation and panic on social media), it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that life is still carrying on, and good things do in fact still happen.”

Months before the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, I wrote ‘Memento Mori’ as a reminder to myself to not be consumed by the omnipresent electronic harbingers of doom that surround us – cellphones, computers, and television screens. While these devices can be useful tools, and it is important to stay informed, it is equally important to remain engaged with the real, physical world we with live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality. I wrote the narrative music video treatment a few months ago to illustrate how warped and myopic our mental states can become when we fail to remain engaged with that reality – if all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere you look. The actual monsters we used in the video are Sinisteria, a local Richmond, Virginia haunted house/dark performance troupe I met on the street at our annual Krampus Nacht parade. Richmond has a strong tradition of loud music and weird costumed monsters working hand in hand to make salient points (we are the birthplace of GWAR, after all), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Music has always been there for me, raising my spirits during hard times, and it is my hope that this song’s positive message will do the same for fans of our music right now and beyond. The release date for the tune was set a good while ago, but the timing seems eerily prescient to me now. So enjoy the song and video, and then remember to step away from the screens for a bit – real life is waiting for you. We only get one shot, so don’t waste this day. Everyone be well, keep a cool head, take care of yourselves, and take care of EACH OTHER.”

Regarding the music, Mark Morton adds “I had been sitting with the music for the intro and the post chorus for quite a while.  I was trying to develop those two parts as separate songs altogether and was a little bit stumped, particularly with the intro piece. Me, Willie and Josh Wilbur (producer) were doing demos in the studio and the idea came up to try to mash those parts into the same tune and everything just took off.   It was one of those times where once I knew what we were trying to do, the riffs just kind of fell out of me like they were writing themselves. It’s always a crazy feeling when that happens. Vocally, Randy heard the intro and said he instantly got a throwback Sisters Of Mercy type vibe from it and he took off from there.”

The music video for “Memento Mori” follows fast on the heels of “Checkmate,” the first new music from LAMB OF GOD in roughly five years. Both songs are set to appear on the band’s eighth studio album, which was produced by longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Korn, Megadeth, Trivium).  Lamb of God will be the band’s first record with Cruz, who sat behind the kit with LAMB OF GOD in 2018 and became an official member the following year.  The new album also features guest appearances from Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Chuck Billy (Testament).

LAMB OF GOD propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with their genre-defining New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s “As the Palaces Burn”, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. “Ashes of the Wake” (2004) was the first LAMB OF GOD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, followed by “Sacrament” (2006), which debuted in Billboard’s Top 10. “Wrath” (2009) earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts and was No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Those No. 1 positions were repeated with “Resolution” (2012). VII: “Sturm Und Drang” (2015) debuted at No. 3 in North America, No. 2 in Australia and in the Top 5 in several countries.

 

Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of God, has released the second single from his debut solo album, Anesthetic, out March 1, 2019. “Cross Off” featuring Chester Bennington premiered today as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 and is now available here.

“Cross Off” was recorded in April 2017 and written by Mark Morton, Chester Bennington, Jake Oni and producer Josh Wilbur. Morton recorded all guitars with Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent (Trivium) handling bass and drums. The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today.

Morton said his experience working on “Cross Off” with Bennington “was a very free flowing and natural process. We both really loved the song from its inception and everyone that worked on it put a lot of energy and emotion into it. I feel like you can really hear that in the track, and absolutely in Chester’s performance.”

Joining forces with WPP Records and Spinefarm Records on a worldwide basis, Morton will release the 10-track album that sees him further explore his creative drive for writing and collaboration. It arrives on March 1, 2019, but CD and vinyl pre-order and merch bundles are now available here.

The full track listing, complete with the list of guest artists is below. The album was made alongside a dream team of highly respected musicians from a multitude of musical worlds; some friends and some who would never be expected to collaborate with metal genre leaders Lamb of God.

Morton had been writing some of this debut for years. “This album wasn’t a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God,” he explains. “Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it’s stuck there. But once I record it, it’s out. It’s a catharsis, more for my own sanity.”

Singers on the album include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales, and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paolo Gregoletto, Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman, Marc Ford, Yanni Papadopoulos and Chris Brooks rounding out the band.

ANESTHETIC TRACK LISTING:

1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)

2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)

3. “Axis”  (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)

9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)