Lamb Of God To Release 15th Anniversary Edition Of “Ashes Of The Wake”

Lamb Of God will be releasing a 15th anniversary edition of “Ashes Of The Wake” on May 3. This version of the effort will come with several bonus tracks including the b-side “Another Nail For Your Coffin” and previously unreleased demos of “Laid To Rest,“ “Ashes Of The Wake,” and “Remorse For The Dead.“ Fans will be able to purchase the record on limited edition green smoke vinyl through the band’s official store and on standard black vinyl through other retailers. It will also be available in digital outlets.

“Ashes Of The Wake – 15th Anniversary Edition” Vinyl Track Listing:

Side A:

01. “Laid To Rest”
02. “Hourglass”
03. “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For”
04. “The Faded Line”

Side B:

05. “Omerta”
06. “Blood Of The Scribe”
07. “One Gun”
08. “Break You”

Side C:

09. “What I’ve Become”
10. “Ashes Of The Wake”
11. “Remorse Is For the Dead”

Side D:

12. “Another Nail For Your Coffin”
13. “Laid To Rest” (pre-production demo)
14. “Ashes Of The Wake” (pre-production demo)
15. “Remorse For The Dead” (pre-production demo)

Mark Morton commented:

“This year, Lamb Of God will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of our third studio album, ‘Ashes Of The Wake.’ As I recall that moment in time, it was a pivotal point for our band. We were transitioning from the relative comfort of an underground scene that we felt confident and natural in, to a much higher profile with higher stakes and more critical eyes upon us.

It was our first release on a major label and our first to be aggressively marketed through mainstream channels. I remember feeling a mixture of pressure and confidence, along with a pervasive uncertainly as to whether our brand of bottled insanity would translate to a larger audience. Ultimately, I think our biggest strength in that situation was that we never let pressure, expectation or the potential for failure effect our creative process.

We stepped up our collective focus and concentration to rise to the occasion, but we stuck together and stayed true to our identity, artistically and otherwise. That tunnel vision approach to our creative process is part of our DNA as a band. I believe it’s a large part of what keeps us honest and motivated to this day.

For ‘Ashes Of The Wake‘ to be remembered and celebrated 15 years later is a true honor. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that it is incredibly special to know that these songs have touched people’s lives in a positive way and that they are still relevant so many years later. Thanks to all of our fans for an incredible ride so far… and cheers to the years to come!”

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Mark Morton Says Lamb Of God Are “Pretty Far Along” With The Writing Process For Their New Album

During a recent interview on WMSC-90.3’s “The Metal Teddy Bear Experience”, Mark Morton offered an update on the upcoming Lamb Of God album. He said the following:

“We are writing too. We got a bunch of new material, a whole lotta new song ideas that we’re sifting through. Pretty far along in the song writing process for the new album—not finished, but pretty far along. Touring coming up, we got a start of tour with Slayer in May and then we’re going to Europe in June and July and then we’ll be in the studio before that and after that, so it’s cranking.”

The guitarist also added that the group have already demoed some new tracks. Release plans are still pending.

[via The PRP]

Watch Footage From Lamb Of God Frontman Randy Blythe’s “Counter-Party” Protest Against The Westboro Baptist Church

As promised, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe took on the Westboro Baptist Church with a “counter-party” full of kazoos, cowbells, etc. earlier today (March 11). The religious hate group was in Richmond, VA to protest Danica Roem, the metal musician/journalist who became the first openly transgender state lawmaker. You can see footage from Blythe’s “counter-party” below:

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THIS is how you deal with clowns like the #westborobaptistchurch. They want hate. They want anger. They want screaming arguments. Most importantly, they want lawsuits- many of their members are attorneys just waiting for someone to punch them so they can sue the pants off them. What did RVA give them today? Outrageously costumed freaks. Dancing. Head banging. Drumming. Vuvuzelas. Oh yeah– and kazoos. LOTS of kazoos. The noise was INCREDIBLE– no one could hear a single word they said. They have the right to say those ignorant things- but you have the right to throw a party so loud they leave early, looking totally defeated. And that’s EXACTLY what happened today- we had a blast, & they burned through some of their bank account getting to our town. TOTAL VICTORY, so BEAT IT, KOOKS. I didn’t take a single photo today- too busy partying in the streets, MY STREETS. Everyone but the #westborobaptistchurch had a good time today- smiles all around, just the way I like it. Now I can get some rest & go back to my normal craziness. Thanks for showing up so early, RVA- y’all went HARD today. 🔥🔥🔥 #kazoo #counterparty #champagnejam #beatitkooks

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Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe To Counter Westboro Baptist Church Protest With 100 Kazoos

The Westboro Baptist Church will be in Richmond, VA on Monday (March 11) to protest Danica Roem, the metal musician/journalist who became the first openly transgender state lawmaker, and Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe is planning to take them on with a “counter-party.” The singer says he will be drowning out the religious hate group with the help of 100 kazoos.

Blythe said the following:

“ATTENTION! PEOPLE OF RICHMOND! CALLING ALL FREAKS, WEIRDOS, MISFITS, & REGULAR PEOPLE OF GOOD CONSCIOUS! This coming Monday, March 11, 2019, the buffoons of the #WESTBOROBAPTISTCHURCH (AKA the “God Hates Fags” losers) are coming to our fair city of Richmond, VA. They will be at our state Capitol at 9 am, then over by VCU at 9:45, spreading their bizarre brand of hate mongering.

Why? They are protesting my friend, a fairly elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Danica Roem- Danica is an award-winning journalist, a heavy metal musician & all-around #RIPPER (who happens to be a trans-woman.) These “Christians” are always picketing military funerals, Kansas City Chiefs football games, the funerals of people killed by natural disasters– their insane activities are too many to list.

They even picketed at the funerals of #FredRogers & tried to find the funereal of #LeonardNimoy (but they failed- ha!) – WHO PROTESTS THE FUNERALS OF THOSE TWO GREATEST OF AMERICAN MISTERS, MISTER ROGERS & MISTER SPOCK?!?!? THEY PICKETED DIO’S FUNEREAL- oh, HELL NO. And these people are coming to MY TOWN?!??

They have left me no choice- in the name of all that is GOOD & JUST in this world, in the name of PUNK ROCK & HEAVY METAL, in the name of #MISTERROGERS & #MISTERSPOCK, IN THE NAME OF MY BELOVED FRIEND #DAVEBROCKIE (R.I.P.)… I COMMAND YOU TO JOIN ME FOR A COUNTER-PARTY!!! NOT a counter-PROTEST, because that would entail arguing with these idiots (which is USELESS), but a COUNTER-PARTY.

I WILL BE BRINGING 100 KAZOOS- WE WILL HAVE A #KAZOO #CHAMPAGNEJAM. WE WILL PLAY THE “BENNY HILL” & “SANFORD & SONS” THEME SONGS. WE WILL DROWN THEM OUT WITH CHEAP BUZZING PLASTIC NOISE MAKERS. I will also be bringing a BRAND NEW 100 DOLLAR BILL as a CASH PRIZE for BEST COSTUME worn to the #COUNTERPARTY.

A hundred kazoos AND a hundred dollar prize?!?? IT’S ALMOST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. So Monday, MARCH 11, 2019, 9 AM, VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL- PUT ON YOUR CORPSEPAINT, YOUR RAINBOW WIG, YOUR INFLATABLE SUMO WRESTLER COSTUME. FLY YOUR FREAK FLAG HIGH! LET’S PARTY!!!!!”

The Westboro Baptist Church have since responded to Blythe:

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(Please re-post!) ATTENTION! PEOPLE OF RICHMOND! CALLING ALL FREAKS, WEIRDOS, MISFITS, & REGULAR PEOPLE OF GOOD CONSCIOUS! This coming Monday, March 11, 2019, the buffoons of the #WESTBOROBAPTISTCHURCH (AKA the “God Hates Fags” losers) are coming to our fair city of Richmond, VA. They will be at our state Capitol at 9 am, then over by VCU at 9:45, spreading their bizarre brand of hate mongering. Why? They are protesting my friend, a fairly elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Danica Roem- Danica is an award-winning journalist, a heavy metal musician & all-around #RIPPER (who happens to be a trans-woman.) These “Christians” are always picketing military funerals, Kansas City Chiefs football games, the funerals of people killed by natural disasters– their insane activities are too many to list. They even picketed at the funerals of #FredRogers & tried to find the funereal of #LeonardNimoy (but they failed- ha!) – WHO PROTESTS THE FUNERALS OF THOSE TWO GREATEST OF AMERICAN MISTERS, MISTER ROGERS & MISTER SPOCK?!?!? THEY PICKETED DIO’S FUNEREAL- oh, HELL NO. And these people are coming to MY TOWN?!?? They have left me no choice- in the name of all that is GOOD & JUST in this world, in the name of PUNK ROCK & HEAVY METAL, in the name of #MISTERROGERS & #MISTERSPOCK, IN THE NAME OF MY BELOVED FRIEND #DAVEBROCKIE (R.I.P.)… I COMMAND YOU TO JOIN ME FOR A COUNTER-PARTY!!! NOT a counter-PROTEST, because that would entail arguing with these idiots (which is USELESS), but a COUNTER-PARTY. I WILL BE BRINGING 100 KAZOOS- WE WILL HAVE A #KAZOO #CHAMPAGNEJAM. WE WILL PLAY THE “BENNY HILL” & “SANFORD & SONS” THEME SONGS. WE WILL DROWN THEM OUT WITH CHEAP BUZZING PLASTIC NOISE MAKERS. I will also be bringing a BRAND NEW 100 DOLLAR BILL as a CASH PRIZE for BEST COSTUME worn to the #COUNTERPARTY. A hundred kazoos AND a hundred dollar prize?!?? IT’S ALMOST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. So Monday, MARCH 11, 2019, 9 AM, VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL- PUT ON YOUR CORPSEPAINT, YOUR RAINBOW WIG, YOUR INFLATABLE SUMO WRESTLER COSTUME. FLY YOUR FREAK FLAG HIGH! LET’S PARTY!!!!!

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Mark Morton On Upcoming Lamb Of God Album: “We All Wanna Make Sure It’s Something Really Exciting”

During a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, Mark Morton talked a bit about the upcoming Lamb Of God album. The band are currently writing material for the effort and the guitarist says they “all wanna make sure it’s something really exciting and something fresh.”

Morton said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“We’re writing. We’ve got a bunch of new material coming together. Lots of new song ideas. We’ve been kind of in and out of studio doing pre-production, just songwriting. And there’s a lot of new material.”

“It feels good. It sounds like LAMB OF GOD. And we’ve got Randy [Blythe, LAMB OF GOD singer] on some stuff now, and it just sounds like fresh, new LAMB OF GOD. It’s exciting. And we’ve got some touring coming up with LAMB too — we’re doing three weeks back on the SLAYER tour in North America in May, and then we’re gonna take a little quick break and then head over to Europe and do some festivals over there. So [it will be] a busy year.”

He also added the following when asked if the group will release the album this year:

“It would be cool if it did, but right now, I’m just in such a creative mode, we all wanna make sure it’s something really exciting and something fresh and it is what it needs to be. So I’m less concerned with the timeline and more concerned [with] the material. But it is possible. I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Mark Morton Says He Is “Thrilled” With Lamb Of God’s New Material

During a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, Mark Morton talked a bit about the new material Lamb Of God are working on. He said the following:

“We are currently working on new material that I’m thrilled about. I just had some sessions with Willie [Adler], putting together new songs. There’s a really cool energy going on with the new stuff. So Lamb Of God is full throttle. We’ve got shows coming together—I think we’ve already announced some of them for this year—and more to come. And lots of new material coming together. So, yeah, they’ll be no shortage of Lamb Of God this year, for sure.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Chris Adler Says Lamb Of God Are Hoping To Release A New Album Before The End Of 2019

During an appearance on the Metal Injection Livecast, Chris Adler discussed Lamb Of God’s new album plans. If all goes according to plan, the effort should be released before the end of 2019.

Adler said the following:

“I got together with Josh [Wilbur, producer] a few weeks ago, and just documented some stuff they [Wilbur and guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Morton] had in the library of what they do. Josh is coming out here at the end of November, for me and him to sift through it and find the ideal stuff, you know, that we both think is cool and we put the drums to it. Not to say that I’m any kind of overseer of anything, but in the way we typically do things, it would be us five in a rehersal room. But the guys wanted a chance to just document some stuff prior to that process. So, I’m doing the same thing with Josh. So we’ll come into that room, probably, I’d guess, early next year to take the best from that and begin the process of giving each other stink-eye [laughs] in the room as we present ideas.”

He also added the following when asked if they weren’t in a rush to start recording:

“I wouldn’t say we are not in a rush. There is like the creative rush. The last thing we did has been a bit – it’s been a while ago. There’s nothing more that we’d love – the road is a pain in the ass – but the creative process is really the best part of this whole thing. And it’s really been a long time since we’ve been able to do that.

And I’m not saying we couldn’t have chosen to do it, but we’re able to get these offers for tours that are like endgame tours. Like, ‘hey can you support Slayer for the rest of their world tour on their very last tour,’ I mean who’s saying no to that?”

“It’s unbelievable. Do I want to go to Europe and play some clubs and eat mayonnaise… no! [laughs] But if we can go with Slayer to the end of the road, are you kidding me? So we put off the creative process for a little bit, but everybody is pretty excited and ready.”

“There is an overflow. Josh tells me that Willie comes into the process where they have this guitar session where they are just documenting stuff where Josh can say that’s a cool riff or whatever, just basically so we don’t forget it.

So, Willie comes in with his home-based – Willie has his own studio, Mark has his own studio. So they’re both bringing in stuff, creatively, rather than on the spot creativity. But, Willie brings in this file that is over four hours long of riff after riff after riff. It’s not even separated, like this is a song or whatever. And Josh is like ‘What the fuck? We’re going to sit here for four and a half hours and listen to this thing?’ It’s crazy. So, the bucket is overfilled.”

As for a deadline, he said:

“Well there is a break in the schedule of the tour with Slayer, that allows us a break in the early part of the year to, kind of, get things in shape. But then we’re back out there with them for their final shows across Europe in 2019. So, it’s certainly possible that we’re able to fine tune everything prior to that, but I think it’s probably more likely that it’s going to get recorded in the fall of ’19, and hopefully out for Christmas presents for all your kids.”