LAMB OF GOD’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler to Guest On VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show”

Sirius XM Liquid Metal to Run Weeklong Movie Special

 

“As The Palaces Burn” Film Showings Confirmed in Over 25 Countries

 

 

In anticipation of the February 27th worldwide release of the feature film, “As The Palaces Burn”, Randy Blythe and Chris Adler will appear on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” on February 22nd, airing at 11 p.m.  This will be the first LAMB OF GOD visit to “That Metal Show”. The host of the show, Eddie Trunk, conducts the 30 minute Q&A that will follow all showings of “As The Palaces Burn” in theaters and venues.

 

In addition, Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal (channel 40) will present a weeklong special on the film, February 21st through 28th. The special will feature newly recorded interviews by Jose Mangin with Blythe, Adler, and film director Don Argott.

 

“As The Palaces Burn” is now set for showings in over 25 countries in addition to the U.S. For a complete updated list of theaters, venues, and show times go to www.asthepalacesburn.com.

 

LAMB OF GOD Vocalist RANDY BLYTHE Pens Memoir, Signs North American Book Deal with DA CAPO PRESS

Coming Spring 2014

 

During the next few weeks while Lamb of God is gearing up for several dates overseas in August, vocalist Randy Blythe is busy gearing up for the release of his upcoming memoir. The memoir, which puts emphasis on the past year of his life, is an incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story told in Blythe’s already well-recognized writing style. It seems that almost every major media outlet has attempted to righteously cover the story of Blythe’s arrest, incarceration, trial, and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic last year, but now, the man at the center of it all unveils the truths of the ordeal, personally detailing every aspect in his own words. No ghost-writers, no co-authors, just Randy Blythe, himself.

 

Randy Blythe is pleased to announce that the rights to this currently untitled memoir, currently slated to hit stores in the spring of 2014, have been sold to Executive Editor Ben Schafer at Da Capo Press by Marc Gerald at The Agency Group. Da Capo Press is a member of American publishing company the Perseus Books Group. Da Capo Press is an excellent home for Blythe’s memoir, as they are already recognized internationally as the publishers of several other memoirs by heavy metal greats likeTony IommiCorey TaylorRex Brown, and Al Jourgensen.

 

“While I’ve dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told,” states Blythe. “I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it.”

 

“I knew that Randy was a master vocalist and lyricist but it turns out he is a vivid and visceral prose writer as well,” adds Da Capo Press Executive Editor Ben Schafer. “Regarding his arrest and trial in the Czech Republic, Randy handled a frightening and heartbreaking situation with courage, grace, and humility, and we at Da Capo Press are honored to have the opportunity to have a part in telling his story.”

 

More details are set to be announced soon in regards to Randy Blythe’s memoir. For more information on Da Capo Press, please visit www.dacapopress.com.

 

International press should note that Random House has purchased the foreign rights to the memoir and will act as publisher in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

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NOT GUILTY! Randy Blythe of Lamb of God Finally Gets Justice

From Loudwire.com

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was acquitted of manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic when a not guilty verdict was handed down today (March 5). After spending five weeks in a a Czech prison this past summer and standing trial over two sessions this winter, Blythe is a free man.

Czech news agency Blesk.cz reports that the three-judge panel acquitted Randy Blythe today after a trial that lasted four days in February and then resumed for another two days this week. The metal vocalist was detained on suspicion of manslaughter in June 2012 for his alleged involvement in the death of 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek during a fall from the stage at a 2010 Lamb of God concert.

Prior to the verdict, Blythe addressed the courtroom today, stating, “I know I did not hurt or want to hurt anybody that night. I can understand the pain that the family of Daniel is experiencing. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. I have searched for an answer to this situation, the only one I can find to this tragic and horrible accident.”

According to The Gauntlet, earlier today, the last expert testimony of the trial came from a biomechanics expert who testified that the alleged victim, Daniel Nosek, could not have turned his body 180 degrees if pushed off the stage. The expert also stated that Nosek would have had to have jumped to land beyond the first row of fans.

WTVR reports that after the decision, the State Attorney revealed his attention to appeal the ruling. He has eight days to file his appeal.

This morning, before entering the court, Blythe took to his Instagram account, to post the following message:

It’s a beautiful morning in Prague, & time for me to go to what is (hopefully) my final day in court here- supposedly judgement will be passed today & I will move on with my life in one direction or the other. Which direction that is, I do not know. I could walk free, or conversely go to prison for up to ten years. Such is my life right now, & I must stay in this moment until its resolution. Whatever happens to me, do not feel sorry for me, for I am at peace & refuse to feel sorry for myself. Life happens. Deal with it. Some people cannot understand why I have returned, saying I should not come back here. KNOW THIS, & mark my words well- it would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation. I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME- it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, & it breaks my heart. I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably & try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on. For me, this is BEING A MAN. I categorically refuse to live in a constant state of guilt & fear. I would rather die. My morality & convictions are not dependent upon unforeseeable circumstance, nor malleable when difficulty arises. So I walk this morning to court with my head held high, no matter what others opinions of me may be. I have to face myself in the mirror, & tomorrow morning, where ever I may wake up, I will be able to do that without regret. This is THE ONLY path to true freedom for me- peace within myself. This is the manner in which I choose to try my best to live my life, & I hope you all do the same- do your best to do what is right, no matter how difficult it may be. I promise you, this will bring you peace. I thank you all for your support, I wish you all a good day, & to quote one of my favorite movies: STRENGTH AND HONOR.

Then, after the not guilty verdict, the Lamb of God frontman posted the following message accompanied by the photo below:

I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. This photo was taken by my friend @aceyslade- it says it all. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support- Randy

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Modern Drummer Magazine Unleashes the March 2013 CHRIS ADLER Cover Issue

After facing a trying year, modern metal’s greatest band, LAMB OF GOD, is being honored by one of our generation’s greatest music publications. Arriving just a few short weeks after the band’s fourth Grammy nomination, February 1st will mark the release of Modern Drummer Magazine’s March 2013 issue—featuring none other than LAMB OF GOD drummer CHRIS ADLER on the front cover. This is Chris’ second cover appearance with Modern Drummer Magazine.

In the exclusive Modern Drummer Magazine interview, CHRIS ADLER takes readers through his recent experiences and explains how mental toughness has kept him positive in his professional and personal life. Check your local magazine stand or bookstore for a copy starting February 1st.

CHRIS ADLER is heading out to Prague within the coming days to support his band mate and brother in music, Randy Blythe, during his trial. When he returns, Chris will announce his involvement in an upcoming drumming project. He will also put the finishing touches on his third book, “The Making of Ashes of the Wake”, coming soon.

In other news, CHRIS ADLER recently announced his exclusive North American endorsement and distribution deal with VRUK Corporation, specifically in conjunction with the CHRIS ADLER Signature VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate—a vital tool for drummers looking to increase endurance and speed that CHRIS ADLER himself is distributing exclusively throughout North America. Head to this location to view a video about how the VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate works (click “watch video” link), read testimonials, grab coupon codes and more! To purchase or reserve your heel plate, visit http://www.chris-adler.com/onlineshop/ or http://www.vrukpedal.com/store.html.

Disturbed Frontman David Draiman Speaks Out For Randy Blythe

On Lamb of God’s Facebook site David Draiman, frontman for Disturbed, posted this:

“MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS MY BLOOD, OUR FRIEND RANDY BLYTHE OF LAMB OF GOD HAS NOW OFFICIALLY BEEN INDICTED ON CHARGES OF MANSLAUGHTER. THIS IS A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE. HE IS BEING A MAN AND STANDING UP TO THESE CHARGES. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE AND TWITTER PAGES, RAISE AWARENESS AMONGST YOUR FRIENDS, AND TAKE THE TIME TO DONATE TO HIS DEFENSE FUND ON BOTH PAGES. YOU CAN ALSO HELP BY WRITING YOUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND PRESSURING THE U.S. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS/STATE DEPARTMENT TO GET PERSONALLY INVOLVED. WE STAND BEHIND RANDY, HOPE ALL OF YOU WILL AS WELL. AS ALWAYS, MUCH RESPECT.

-DAVID

P.S. BEEN USING CAPS FOR YEARS, NOT CHANGING. BIGGER PROBLEMS IN LIFE. BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT.”

LAMB OF GOD MANAGER RESPONDS TO BLYTHE INDICTMENT

As news breaks of Randy Blythe’s indictment on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic, manager Larry Mazer responds with the following statement:

“After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.

While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death. The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage. In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance. We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.

At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance”.

LAMB OF GOD Teams Up with AXS TV for Live Broadcast

Currently on tour in the United States supporting their latest album Resolution, LAMB OF GOD is pleased to partner with AXS TV for a live broadcast of their Philadelphia show on November 24th from the Electric Factory. Traveling with a full multimedia production, the band chose Philadelphia, site of the platinum DVD Killadelphia, knowing that it would be a wild night of metal. The broadcast will run from 10 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. ET. For more information on AXS TV and on the Lamb of God broadcast go to www.facebook.com/AXSTVConcerts or follow @AXSTV on Twitter.

As part of the promotion for the broadcast, LAMB OF GOD has given AXS TV a signed Willie Adler ESP guitar for a giveaway. Here is the Facebook link to sign up for that promotion: http://bddy.me/P8hF53

Check out LAMB OF GOD’s exclusive announcement about the LIVE concert event on AXS TV:

The Resolution U.S. tour continues until December 16th with In Flames and Sylosis on all dates. Hatebreed will appear until November 19th and then HELLYEAH will appear through December 16th. Dates are below.

LAMB OF GOD Tour Dates:

7-Nov / St. Louis, MO / Pageant /

8-Nov / Indianapolis, IN / Egyptian Room /

9-Nov / Milwaukee, WI / Eagles Ballroom /

10-Nov / St. Paul, MN / Myth /

12-Nov / Louisville, KY / Expo Five /

14-Nov / Stroudsburg, PA / Sherman Theater /

15-Nov / Glens Falls, NY / Glens Falls Civic Center /

16-Nov / New York, NY / Roseland Ballroom /

17-Nov / Silver Spring, MD / Fillmore /

19-Nov / Orlando, FL / House of Blues/

20-Nov /Atlanta, GA / Tabernacle /

21-Nov / Charlotte, NC / Fillmore /

23-Nov / Wallingford, CT / Oakdale Theater /

24-Nov / Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory

25-Nov / Boston, MA / House of Blues

26-Nov / Niagara Falls, NY / Rapids Theater

27-Nov / Pittsburgh, PA / Stage AE /

28-Nov / Richmond, VA / The National /

30-Nov / Chicago, IL / Congress Ballroom /

1-Dec / Detroit, MI / Fillmore /

2-Dec / Columbus, OH / LC Pavilion / (Cannibal Corpse replacing HELLYEAH)

3-Dec / Grand Rapids, MI / Orbit Room /

4-Dec / Des Moines, IA / Val Air Ballroom /

6-Dec / Houston, TX / Bayou Music Center /

7-Dec / Dallas, TX / Palladium Ballroom /

8-Dec / Kansas City, MO / Uptown Theater /

9-Dec / Denver, CO / Fillmore /

11-Dec / Farmington, NM / McGhee Park

12-Dec / Las Vegas, NV / House of Blues (Rescheduled from 11/1 show) – Tickets purchased for original performance will be honored

13-Dec / San Francisco, CA / Warfield /

14-Dec / Medford, OR / Medford Armory

15-Dec / Spokane, WA / Knitting Factory

16-Dec / Seattle, WA / Showbox SoDo /

LAMB OF GOD @ STAGE AE WITH INFLAMES, HELLYEAH AND SYLOSIS 11/27

After a frustrating and heartbreaking postponement of their tour due to the insane incarceration of lead singer Randy Blythe in Czechoslovakia, Lamb of God returns to Pittsburgh with a vengeance. Touring with the All-Star lineup InFlames, HellYeah, and Sylosis, LoG will grace Stage AE with their brutal brand of metal. But, as we all know there are metal bands, and then there is Lamb of God.

A new breed of modern American metal was erected in the 2000s, with Lamb of God serving as the architects who designed the blueprint that would become the standard by which the bands that came after them would be judged. So often, the European metal scene set the tone and establish the creative high watermark of the global metal scene, providing the template that their American brethren would follow. Then Lamb of God came along and all bets were off.

It was Lamb of God who rewrote the rules, devised a new playbook and raised the standard. The genre was forever and irrefutably changed by what the band has done.

By the mid-00s, there was a full metal Renaissance, if you will, in America, with the genre enjoying several years of renewed success and critical respect. Lamb of God worked to establish themselves, without question, as the scene’s alpha males, dominating at every turn, leaving a parade of other acts to merely feast on their leftovers and scraps. Mind you, this was not a scene, style or era populated by middling acts, either. The era was filled quality bands and still, it was Lamb of God who defined the time period and that quickly ascended as the game changers and torch bearers. No. Questions. Asked.

Turns out, they’ve merely nicked the surface of what they can do and plan on accomplishing.

In 2012, Lamb of God remain the pre-eminent metal band and not by default, either. The scene is still healthy, even if some of the peers who stood shoulder-to-should with them during that period of growth have fallen by the wayside. Lamb of God still reign atop of the genre, thanks to their consistent ability to feed fans with only the best extreme metal there is. Their seventh album Resolution finds the band firing on all cylinders and doing things their way. As if we’d expect anything less from this Virginia wrecking crew.

With a rich history that includes three Grammy nominations, an invitation to tour with Metallica (which they did in 2008 through 2010 on the World Magnetic trek); debuts in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 (2009’s Wrath debuted at No. 2 while 2006’s Sacrament debuted at No. 8); multiple Platinum-selling DVDs (Killadelphia and Walk With Me in Hell); an arena tour with Slipknot (which took place in 2005); the main stage of OZZfest (2006) and wearing the fact that they were banned in Los Angeles (the Forum had a problem with their name and booted them off the bill of two shows, one with Slipknot and one with Metallica) as a badge of honor, there’s no question that Lamb of God rule the metal roost. Everyone else is left to watch and marvel, and choke on their dust. They’re not resting on past successes or what they’ve done, though. For Lamb of God, what happened in 2002 happened in 2002. It’s about the right now and what’s next and that’s Resolution.

With Resolution, Lamb of God emerge for their haven in the South as powerful, as hungry and as extreme as ever. While most bands are running on fumes or coasting and sputter to album No. 7, Lamb of God are reinvigorated. They still have something to say and more to prove… to themselves and no one else. This sonic terror squad has come along way from playing squats in basements as Burn the Priest, but there is one constant: the instinct to make legit, honest music their way and that’s just what they’ve done with Resolution.

“The first and foremost thing that you have to realize about LOG is that we do exactly what we want, when we want, and how we want to,” declares vocalist Randy Blythe. “We always have and we always will. That’s why each record is a snapshot in time. We never consciously sit down and say ‘We’re going to keep it heavy. We’re going to keep it metal.’ We just do that because that’s what we want to do. If we felt like putting out a polka record tomorrow, we would. We’re trying to make ‘smart’ heavy music.”

Point taken and mission most certainly accomplished with Resolution, a 100 percent trend-free and intelligently constructed album that could power a small country with its unstoppable energy and potent riffery. In a scene littered with “here today, gone tomorrow” bands, Lamb of God have survived because nothing stops them from staying the course they’ve purposely chosen to embark upon. They’re not here to collect a check or respond to a label exec’s request to pen a “radio song.” It’s none of the above for Lamb of God. The men that comprise the band are a little older, a lot wiser and have families to support. Yet despite all those realities, making this music and making it their way is something that compels them, drives them and sustains them.

“You can still be a band that goes to the practice space, actually writes music together and then records. Being an actual band is still a viable option,” Blythe says. “Bands are disappearing with digital recording today. Things are progressing to the point where people are just playing a riff or pattern and programming the drums, and at the end of the day, they have a technically perfect record, but it isn’t a real record. We didn’t do that. Our record is a REAL record.” Indeed, there is blood and adrenaline coursing through every vein of Resolution and its pulse will be felt by all who listen. It’s an incredibly human record.

“We’re not spitting out a Lamb of God template record,” guitarist Mark Morton says. “If it’s uninspired or you have nothing left to say, you stop. We’re all putting other things in life off to do this, and we’re not going to do it if gets boring to us. It’s still exciting on our seventh studio record. We’re still gaining momentum and getting better.” That’s not a quality you come across often with aggressive bands. Playing physically taxing music at full tilt leads to wear and tear on the body and the mind, but Lamb of God are not affected by such issues. They’re like mutants made stronger by challenging themselves. While 2009’s Wrath was sonically forceful enough to shift tectonic plates, Resolution finds the band knocking out their songs with the signature groove and swagger that made them heir apparent to Pantera’s throne –an accolade left at LOG’s doorstep by critics over time– but with a little more refinement and attention to dynamics.

Overall, Morton feels that Resolution is the natural next chapter in his band’s history, albeit one that harks back to the past, saying, “It almost completes the circle. There is a purity in the music, like when you first begin and you don’t have those big aspirations, in a business sense, other than to play.”

Drummer Chris Adler, long regarded as one of the most jaw-droppingly talented and proficient rhythm keepers in metal, concurs, “Wrath was a bit of a first round knock-out punch to the face album and was purposefully very aggressive. Resolution is much more of a dynamic album.” He also feels that Resolution is born of the desire to surprise himself along with the fans who are happily along for the ride. He says, “A lot of bands get to the point where they put out seven or eight records and fans start to take them for granted. They aren’t the ‘cool guys’ anymore. I’m not immune to that, and we wanted to push ourselves and surprise ourselves by not resting on prior successes and by default surprising our fans.” Even so, he’s not interested in following any sort of trends. He continued, “The biggest thing is that we don’t all want to be the next ‘fill in the blank.’ We don’t have a unified influence as a band. Because of that, our approach and our sound is slightly different than most bands. We fight and argue which makes it a more honest process.” As bandmate Blythe said earlier, Lamb of God, as an entity, is like a living, breathing creature, not one that is plugged in.

The desire to maintain a “personal best” also keeps Adler and his bandmates at the very top of their game this deep into an enviable career. “What inspires me is to outdo the 21-year-old that I was,” he states. “I have to prove to myself that I am still a player in this game and keep up with the best. As a band it was important to us to prove to ourselves that we have something left to offer. We don’t need to put out records anymore, but we want to put out records. We don’t want to tarnish the legacy of the band, so whatever we do has to be stronger than what we’ve done. And we’ve done it with Resolution.”

The fact that band owns the same goals since their humble beginnings is what makes the album so real, as Blythe decreed. Bassist John Campbell says, “Putting out heavy music has been our aim since we started this. We wanted to be a great, heavy band. It was never a thought to us that this would be conceptual commercially. We’re all the original members and this is what we do. This isn’t a contrived business thing to get famous and make money. Our core value is to write heavy music, and I think that’s what makes a great band.” Amen to that!

So with that mindset firmly and collectively in place, when it came time to write and record Resolution, and to get into the meats and the guts of the album, the band elected to let producer Josh Wilbur become involved sooner, to direct what was flowing out of them, egos be damned. “We did incorporate Josh [Wilbur] a bit earlier in the process this time around,” guitarist Willie Adler says. “To have an objective ear early on in the process allowed us to sideline our egos at times and really drive for the best shit possible. We also wanted, as far as guitars are concerned, to really capture our live tone to record.”

Morton also revealed that the band did try something new and different with Resolution. “Unlike any other album before, this album was written over the course of a couple of years, at least with the guitars. Willie and I starting songwriting as soon as we started touring with Wrath,” instead of their usual M.O. of touring writing upon their return from the road. “Due to having the recording software, we were able to take down ideas,” he says about the head start. As a result, Resolution boasts some of the most punk rock moments and some of the bluesiest moments of the band’s recorded career, perhaps fostered along by the liveliness of the writing-on-the-road process.

The album may display some of the band’s deeper and less obvious influences, but Chris Adler is quick to assess the album’s frantic energy. You can feel tension and release in the songs, making the album as a whole a truly cathartic experience. He says, “We really were living on a bit of the edge of our capabilities. There are some frantic moments in the music; they sound almost panic-inducing. The album is overwhelmingly aggressive and will definitely get people off their asses and driving fast.”

Blythe, he of the booming, bellowing voice, is known for spitting out provocative verses in a militaristic, almost drill-sergeant style bark. His voice and his style demand and command your attention. What he declares in the space of his lyrics isn’t always comfortable –for him or for you- but he will always make you think about what he is saying. “I’m 40 years old, and I’m just now really getting some clarity on where my place in my life is,” Blythe admits. “This is about me getting clarity after partying for a long amount of time, looking at my life and saying ‘This is where I am, where do I want to go now?'”

Asking that question, which is something more than a fair share of the band’s red-blooded, average American fans are likely to pose to themselves, allowed the singer to enter an entirely different zone on Resolution. While he may have experienced discomfort, LOG ended up with a better and more honest record for it. He continues, “It’s an introspective record and goes over some uncomfortable things for me. I hope people that hear those lyrics will look at themselves and look at the world around them and say ‘This is where I am, I don’t like this.’ and try to invoke a change in themselves. My overall feeling for this record is ‘awakening.'”

The singer admits that he was attracted to underground, aggressive music in his youth because it offered a voice of dissent, one that he could relate to, so he attempts to distill that same feeling into Lamb of God. “That’s what I’m trying to put forth in my music,” he says. “Not everything is really okay. You can have your cable TV and Xbox in your car or whatever, but that doesn’t mean that everything is okay and you can just stop because it’s easy. The root of what I try to put forth lyrically is ‘Think for yourself.’ Do something, do anything.” And that’s precisely what bonds Lamb of God to their legion of loyal fans that have stuck with them for seven albums. Well, that and those bludgeoning riffs and technically proficient grooves have something to do with it, as well!

While Resolution admittedly contains some of “the swampiest, sludgiest stuff” of their career, according to Morton, as well as some of the aforementioned “most punk” songs they’ve ever laid to tape, the album also boldly goes elsewhere and features strings, orchestral movements and bluesy, acoustic guitars living among the band’s patented, potent groove and swagger. The song “Insurrection” is a signature, natural and instinctive moment for Chris Adler, who revealed the song was born when the group was locked together in a room and tasked with seeing what it could come up with.

Album closer “King Me” is a real showpiece on an album full of showpieces. As Resolution’s punctuation mark, it’s a beautiful piece of music from grizzled, meat-and-potatoes-peddling veterans. It was purposely placed at the end of the album, as an unexpected pay off for the fan who spent an hour of his or her life listening to what came before it. Even though Lamb of God make music that could put hair on your chest, underneath the buzz of the guitars, the thunder of the percussion and the ferocity of the vocal declarations, this is still thinking man’s metal.

“”King Me’ is an epic song,” Blythe declares without hesitation. “It fits that definition, there’s no way around it. When a song is an epic song, you want to make it as big as possible, which is what we did with the opera singer and the string incorporation.” Morton shared a little more about the process and how they arrived at such an “epic” moment, saying, “This isn’t necessarily us changing our songwriting approach or the method, but we really stretched out in the way we ‘treated’ the songs. Those are things that are added to the song after the fact, but they have a very impact on the overall sound. I don’t think we looked at it as ‘re-inventing’ ourselves; it’s really as simple as that we’re continuing to strive to make music that we’re interested in and that we’re challenged to play, and that we enjoy performing.”

Now that Resolution is in the books and has asserted its rightful place as one of the most cohesive, dynamic and boot-to-the-throat heavy albums in Lamb of God’s already extensive body of work, complete with epic and provocative moments, the goal remains singular: to move fans and connect with them, all the while creatively stimulating themselves. Lamb of God are pleased with the album. The only question mark is the fans and judging from the heft and the intensity of Resolution, there will be nothing but pleased fans once they get a load of the album.

Willie Adler said, “To see someone who has really been touched by the music is inspiring to me. Regardless of what emotion they’re feeling, what they’re going thru in their life at that moment, as long as they feel something, I feel as though I’ve done my job.” It’s true that Resolution has the capacity to connect with its listener on multiple emotional levels, in addition to the sonic one.

Perhaps Morton sums up Resolution the best: “If it doesn’t make you want to push the accelerator to the floor a little harder, flip off a cop or throw a bottle against a brick wall, then I haven’t have done my job.”

Few bands can craft an album that’s as thoughtful as it is visceral. One is often sacrificed in favor of the other. But such is not the case here. Lamb of God have managed to create a masterwork that allows the listener to unlock layers of sound and meaning on each consecutive listen.

There’s a whole host of reasons that Lamb of God remain at the top of their game in 2012, while others have faded and fallen away. Resolution is evidence of the band’s stronghold on heavy metal in 2012. None can match it, nor do they come close.

LAMB OF GOD Tickets Go On Sale this Weekend- Pittsburgh Show Stage AE November

New Show Added in Glens Falls, New York

Cannibal Corpse Added in Columbus, Ohio

This weekend (September 21, 22) tickets for 36 of the 38 shows on the fall LAMB OF GOD tour will go on sale. The Atlanta show and the Kansas City show will go on sale the following weekend (September 28, 29). As previously announced, the tour starts October 30th in Phoenix, Arizona and runs to December 16th in Seattle, Washington. In Flames and Sylosis are on all of the dates with Hatebreed and HELLYEAH splitting the tour.

In conjunction with ESP guitars, LAMB OF GOD will be giving away a signed guitar in every market. The giveaway will be in conjunction with local media partners. For the Columbus show on December 2nd, Cannibal Corpse will replace HELLYEAH. A new show has been added November 15th in Glens Falls, New York at the Civic Center. Also, the Los Angeles show on October 31st will be at the Palladium.

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LAMB OF GOD Announces eBay Memorabilia Auction for Randy Blythe Defense Fund

MACHINE HEAD’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel, MEGADETH’s David Ellefson, Slash, and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Also Contribute

While LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe is back home in America after five weeks in prison in the Czech Republic, his legal problems are far from over. Manslaughter charges are still hanging over Blythe and at some point over the next few months he will have to return to Prague and stand trial. Faced with continuing massive legal bills, LAMB OF GOD has decided to create an eBay auction of equipment and memorabilia to raise money for Randy’s legal bills. All equipment was either used on tour or in the recording studio or in a video. The auction features items provided by all five members of LAMB OF GOD.

In addition, a number of musicians have offered equipment to be used in the auction. Guitars have been donated by Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel as well as Slash and Five Finger Death Punch. Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael have each contributed a bass and the members of Five Finger Death Punch also have contributed a signed skateboard.

Justice Now, the site set up for donations, will remain open for those wishing to donate to Randy’s defense fund. The band appreciates all of the support Randy has received since his arrest on June 28th and is thankful for all of the donations that have been made in these tough economic times. As stated before, without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.

Click here for the link to the LAMB OF GOD Memorabilia site and here for the link to the Justice Now site.

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God Issues Statement

RANDY BLYTHE OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.

1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said “We are glad you are home, Randy”. You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.

2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis.

3. If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution. As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child. I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace.

RANDY BLYTHE RELEASED LAMB OF GOD to Appear at KNOTFEST U.S Tour to be Rescheduled for October

After five weeks in a prison in Prague in the Czech Republic, Randy Blythe has been released on bail and is returning to the United States.  Although LAMB OF GOD has cancelled their summer co-headline tour with Dethklok, the band has agreed to play the KNOTFEST shows on August 17th in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18th in Somerset, Wisconsin.

 

The band is currently targeting October 26th as the start date for a U.S tour.  Dates and cities will be released as soon as possible.  Randy will be making a public statement discussing his time in Prague and thanking fans worldwide for their support in the next week.

Terror Cancels Czech Republic Show to Support Randy Blythe

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TERROR is currently touring the world in support of their latest release, Keepers Of The Faith, hitting North America this month with BANE, NAYSAYER, and ROTTING OUT before heading over to Europe, then Ireland and the UK this fall– but their impending stop in the Czech Republic has now been cancelled. In regards to this cancellation, TERROR comments:

“TERROR is going to cancel their show in the Czech Republic this month. We feel obligated to stand up for Randy Blythe. This situation seems to be taken too lightly. Randy comes from punk and hardcore roots, just like TERROR. He still supports underground music and has always supported TERROR– even singing on stage alongside us when we play Richmond. This hits really close to home for us having members of the band and our crew from the hometown of LAMB OF GOD.”

“We love our Czech fans very much and have amazing shows there, but we need to ‘stick tight’ to our friend Randy, which is why we have chosen to cancel the show. As a band that could easily be in this same position at any given show, we don’t think we can play there and act like this is OK – it isn’t.”

“This is bigger than a hashtag or a clever t-shirt– we as a community need to take action and speak up. Free Randy Blythe.”

Willie Adler Speaks Out About Randy Blythe Legal Fund

If you are a fan of metal you no doubt are aware of Randy Blythe’s legal troubles in the Czech Republic.
On Lamb of God’s Facebook it becomes apparent that the band has received some backlash for having a link to help Randy with his legal funds.
Willie Adler, guitarist for LoG, reponded by stating, “I want to thank all of you again for your un- waivering support in all of this. It’s greatly appreciated and does not go with out notice. I’d also feel re-miss by not mentioning something else. As you all know, a legal fund has been set up in regards to our current situation. We’ve received quite a bit of backlash which I’d like to respond to. We are by no means requesting charity, nor are we demanding money from our fans. We have received dozens upon dozens of requests from supporters wanting to help in any way possible. This was a direct response to that in order to give fans a voice in all of this if they choose to do so. By no means are we trying to make a dime off of this. Trust me, we live for our fans and would never attempt to profit off of them. This is purely a response to those that reached out wanting to extend any and all help. Which we couldn’t be more thankful for. It brings tears to my eyes as I write this just thinking about the outpouring of support we’ve received. Collectively, we will bring Randy home. He is my brother, your brother, and more importantly, an innocent man being wrongfully detained. I thank you all again, for everything. I love you all.”
Additionally when you click on the legal fund tab it states, “While we appreciate the outpouring of support, we are not interested in trying to profit or gather press or sympathy from this event. We have assembled this page to make it possible for people that feel so inclined to donate to the expenses incurred in defending this case. One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the legal fees and any remaining balance will be given to a charity of Randy’s choice upon his release.”

We wish Randy and Lamb of God a quick and speedy return.

PMM has received no further statements from the band’s management since our last post (here), but we will continue to keep you updated.

Official Statement from LAMB OF GOD Regarding Randy Blythe

First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It’s noted and very much appreciated.

We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily.
Within an hour things can do endless 180’s. It’s maddening to try and make heads or tails.

We’re taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark.

We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother who is still detained in Czech jail.

In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident.

Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible.

The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent.

We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend.

– LAMB OF GOD

Link to Donate to Randy’s Legal Fund: http://www.facebook.com/lambofgod/app_190322544333196

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Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe May Face Charges

From SPIN magazine:
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested yesterday in Prague on charges of manslaughter stemming from a 2010 altercation with a Czech fan who came onstage during one of the band’s shows and later died from injuries he sustained in the scuffle.

Czech news outlet Novinky reports (via Blabbermouth and MetalSucks) that the as-yet-unnamed fan jumped on the relatively low stage during the May 24, 2010 show at a venue called Abaton, and that he and Blythe got into a physical fight. Though there is still seemingly no video evidence of the altercation online (you can watch Lamb of God performing “In Your Words” at the show in question below), it is rumored by “those who know the band” that the fan might have been hit in the head with a microphone before being forcibly removed from the stage by security.

“Randy Blythe was falsely accused,” reads a statement from Lamb of God’s reps. “There is a team of lawyers working on it and he will be exonerated.” Blythe’s brother Mark has also said that the charge is “bogus and outrageous and will be dropped immediately.” The Richmond, Virginia, band was forced to cancel its show at Prague’s Rock Café that night and last night tweeted “#FreeRandyBlythe.” At press time, the message has been formally retweeted nearly 1,800 times in the past 12 hours.

Earlier this year, Blythe spoke to SPIN for a Words of Wisdom interview in which he opened up about “remembering what’s important,” saying, “And for this band, it’s certainly our families and where we’ve come from.” He also stressed the importance of having a sense of perspective, citing his 20-year battle with alcoholism (he’s been sober for two years): “I always thought nothing could ever beat me. But drinking beat me into a state of submission.”

Pittsburgh Music Magazine received an email from lamb of God’s spokespeople this morning regarding the incident:

LAMB OF GOD management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.

Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.

Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Twitter Rants

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Lamb of God is gearing up to tour North America with Dethklok and Gojira and will hit Pittsburgh’s Stage AE August 23. Until we get the chance to catch them live again, PMM highly recommends you go to lead singer Randy Blythe’s twitter @lambvox. Here are some outtakes he recently posted regarding the record industry:
“So Marilyn Manson‘s new record debuted at #10 just over 38k sold, including iTunes. He released it independently on his own record. This is a guy with 3 platinum records, 3 gold, 5 top 10 debuts including two NUMBER ONE RECORDS in the U.S. He also has a HUGE CULT FOLLOWING.

“A #10 record? 38,000 sold first week for arguably one of the biggest ‘underground’-type acts? IT’S FUCKING PATHETIC. The industry is DYING.

“All the people who argue about not feeding the record labels, the corporate machine, etc., about how artists should just release their albums THEMSELVES and THE FANS, THE REAL UNDERGROUND FANS will back them to support the artists? There is your fucking answer.

“I don’t listen to [Marilyn Manson], but dude has cred for making his own artistic choices. He hasn’t released a record in 3 years and his fans, his HUGE-ASS FAN BASE, could only chart 38,000 records? That’s fucked up. MARILYN MANSON is a MUCH LARGER BAND than LAMB OF GOD, and we outsold him by over 10,000 first week. Not because we have gotten bigger, but because we had a label, a promotional machine behind us. So so much for the ‘release it yourself and we will support the artist and not the greedy corporate label pigs’ theory. Amazing.

“Marilyn Manson is rich as fuck and this won’t put him in the poorhouse by any means, but if a huge-ass rock star like him can only sell 38,000 records first week, RELEASING IT HIMSELF, then how are the bands putting out their FIRST record when nobody knows who they are supposed to survive?

“Don’t cry for me, Argentina — I can tour ’till the cows come home and pay my bills.
But I feel sorry for the young bands.

“Good luck, guys and gals — yer gonna need it.”

“Anyway, the whole point of that was not to draw comparisons to my band’s & MM’s quality of music (thanks for the compliments y’all, haha), differences in styles, who is more popular, etc.- I’m just saying that when a “underground” music star THAT BIG sells THAT LITTLE amount, it shows me that things will only get harder for younger bands as the labels sink further and further into disrepair.
There’s solid underground labels with ethical owners (I am friends with some of them) who do this thing for the love of MUSIC, TO GET IT OUT THERE, AND TO HELP YOUNG BANDS- but if truly (comparatively) no one is buying records, even from the independents, then eventually no one will be there to help the younger bands get where they need to be.
I have a good life. I’m smart with my $, & I don’t ‘live large’ (ie STUPIDLY)- don’t need to, & I don’t want to. I have a solid career as long as I want it. So I ain’t worried about ME- I’ll be FINE- but I do worry for those young bands. Because I LOVE the younger bands that KICK MY ASS and make me feel OLD & feel like I BETTER step my game up OR ELSE. I just want those bands to have a goddamned chance at making it, same chance I had. Someone has got to sing the new songs, & somehow those songs NEED TO BE HEARD.”