The security guard who went viral after accidently stopping Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe from taking the stage at last year’s Bloodstock in Walton-on-Trent, UK recently got a chance to reunite with the frontman. The band shared the below photo from their latest meeting:
Lamb Of God and Kreator have released a new collaborative track titled “State Of Unrest.“ The song was released to coincide with their joint European/UK tour.
Lamb Of God commented:
“It’s been a long time coming and now that the State of Unrest tour is about to kick off, we think it’s worthy of a celebration!
We are super proud to unveil a historic, creative collaboration between Lamb of God and Kreator; the brand new, all original song “State of Unrest”.
As many of you may know, the State of Unrest tour originally included Power Trip on the bill. To honor the memory of our friend Riley Gale, all proceeds from the “State of Unrest” single will go to Dallas Hope Charities, a non profit organization who Riley worked closely with, providing shelter & resources to homeless LGBTQ young people in his beloved hometown. We hope you enjoy this special song and we are grateful for your support.”
During a recent interview with Heavy New York, Lamb Of God’s John Campbell was asked if the band are planning to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “As The Palaces Burn” this year. The bassist said the following
“As far as the anniversary of that, these are just mile markers that, more often than, the marketing department and the record labels wanna celebrate. It’s crazy for me to look back: holy shit; that was how long ago? Fuck! So, yes, we’ll certainly take a moment to applaud that as the date comes around. If we play a show, maybe we’ll do something special.”
During a recent appearance on Jonathan Montenegro’s “My 3 Questions To,” Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe was asked what he believes to be “the most complicated part” of being in a successful band. The frontman responded by saying “it’s trying to make sense of how this has become a career.”
Blythe said the following:
“I think the most complicated part of it is not really anything within the band. It’s trying to make sense of how this has become a career, really. ‘Cause we just did it for the love of it. That’s why we started the band. I never thought it would be a job. I was never, like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna be rock stars,’ or whatever.
I think the really complicated part of it for me has been navigating the fact that something that I would be doing anyway, which is making music, is navigating how that has become a business. And it’s not something I’m always entirely comfortable with, to tell you the truth, ’cause I’m just a regular dude. That’s why we have management, though; I don’t handle the business. But I think that has really been the most complicated thing for me, is realizing that it’s a business at this point. Because we employ a lot of people. People were able to buy their families Christmas gifts this year because we employ ’em. [Laughs] It’s definitely a band that, it’s our art and we love it, but it is a business, and for me, accepting that is strange — it’s strange. ‘Cause I don’t come from the business world. I never had any money. I’m not a rich kid or anything weird like that.
Just learning to be a professional musician, I guess, is the most complicated part. Writing the music and touring and playing shows and all that shit, that’s fun. That’s easy for me. Learning the business has been complicated.”
Hate5six have released an officially sanctioned Lamb Of God live film titled “Live In Portland.” The set was recorded during the band’s October 11 show at Theater Of The Clouds in Portland, OR. Hate5six founder Sandeep “Sunny” Singh had the following to say about the film:
“Lamb Of God invited me to document their set in Portland, OR back in October to celebrate their new record and I obviously said yes. I went all out to make this more of a concert film than a standard live set.”
Municipal Waste have been added to Lamb Of God and Kreator’s 2023 European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below.
02/15 Munich, GER – Zenith
02/17 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
02/18 Riga, LAT – Palladium
02/19 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall Black Box
02/21 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
02/22 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum Black Box
02/24 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
02/25 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
02/27 Paris, FRA – Olympia Paris
02/28 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
03/02 Tilburg, NET – 013 Poppodium
03/03 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
03/04 Essen, GER – Grugahalle
03/05 Hamburg, GER – Edel Optics Arena
03/07 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
03/08 Bristol UK – O2 Academy
03/10 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
03/11 London, UK – O2 Brixton Academy
03/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 1
03/15 Madrid, SPA – Riviera
03/17 Zürich, SWI – The Hall
03/18 Saarbrücken, GER – E-Werk
03/19 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
I have put together a list of my top 10 albums of 2022. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all of the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:
10. Korn – “Requiem”
Korn’s latest album finds the band returning to form with a classic dose of nu-metal. It has all of the elements fans have come to love over the years wrapped into a small package with no filler. Some highlights from this one include: “Let The Dark Do The Rest,” “Worst Is On Its Way,” and “Lost In The Grandeur.”
09. Undeath – “It’s Time…To Rise from The Grave”
Undeath’s latest album is a full-on display of pummeling death metal that manages to stay true to the genre while still sounding fresh. It’s a killer record that proves the future of death metal is in good hands. Some highlights from this one include: “Rise from The Grave,” “Defiled Again,” and “Fiend For Corpses.”
08. Slipknot – “The End, So Far”
Slipknot’s latest album feels like a culmination of the band’s career and a glimpse into the future all at once. It combines elements from throughout the band’s history with new soundscapes to create something that sounds familiar yet slightly different. Some highlights from this one include: “Hivemind,” “Warranty,” and “Medicine For The Dead.”
07. Venom Prison – “Erebos”
Venom Prison’s latest album finds the band expanding their sound, while still sounding as crushing as ever. The effort is still a death metal record at its core, but it shows an evolutionary step forward for a band that keep rising to greater heights within the scene. Some highlights from this one include: “Comfort Of Complicity,” “Born From Chaos,” and “Nemesis.”
06. Lamb Of God – “Omens”
Lamb Of God have continued to crank out high-quality material for years and “Omens” is no exception. The effort is a heavy, classic sounding Lamb Of God record that takes into account the band’s evolution through a more focused lens. Some highlights from this one include: “Gomorrah,” “Ditch,” and “To The Grave.”
05. Halestorm – “Back From The Dead”
Halestorm are one of the strongest acts in the current rock scene and their latest album further cements that fact. The record gives the fans exactly what they want, Lzzy Hale’s soaring vocals backed by a hard rock explosion. Some highlights from this one include: “Wicked Ways,” “Brightside,” and the title track.
04. Arch Enemy – “Deceivers”
Arch Enemy’s latest album is one of their best pieces of work to date. All of the songs have the potential to become melodic death metal classics thanks to the band’s impeccable musicianship and powerful vocals. Some highlights from this one include: “Handshake With Hell,” “In The Eye Of The Storm,” and “The Watcher.”
03. Electric Callboy – “TEKKNO”
Electric Callboy’s latest album “TEKKNO” is a catchy display of electro-metalcore that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a fun ride that makes you want to smile and headbang the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include: “We Got The Moves,” “Hurrikan,” and “Arrow of Love”.”
02. Motionless In White – “Scoring The End Of The World”
Motionless In White managed to top themselves again with their latest album. The record is a work of art that packs elements of metal, hard rock, and industrial into infectious songs that you can’t help but move to. Some highlights from this one include: “Werewolf,” “Slaughterhouse (feat. Knocked Loose’s Bryan Garris),” and “Broadcasting From Beyond The Grave: Corpse Nation.”
01. Ghost – “Impera”
You can’t get much bigger than Ghost’s latest album. The effort combines elements of ’80s hard rock and pop to create massive songs that have the ability to transcend into the mainstream. Some highlights from this one include: “Spillways,” “Watcher In The Sky,” and “Respite On The Spitalfields.”
During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe revealed that he is working on two new books. The first one, “Frontman,” will focus on “other people that do his job,” while the second one will serve as “a sort-of sequel” to his 2015 memoir “Dark Days.” He said the following about the latter:
“The last book was about personal accountability. The vehicle to that was the story about me getting arrested and going to trial. This book is about perspective — the core theme is perspective and changing it to a healthy one. In recent years, I’ve been listening to other people’s perspectives rather than just trying to figure out everything myself, because I’m not going to. The book is a collection of stories about different experiences I’ve had with people and what I’ve taken away from those experiences.”
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