Art Cruz On His Lamb Of God Bandmate Randy Blythe: “He’s The Greatest Frontman In Heavy Metal History”

During a recent appearance on the “Talk Toomey” podcast, Lamb Of God’s Art Cruz took some time to praise his bandmate Randy Blythe. The drummer says he believes the vocalist is “the greatest frontman in heavy metal history.”

Cruz said the following when it was mentioned that Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage) could be one of the band’s possible fill-in vocalists if Blythe is absent:

“I’m speaking as a fan as well. Randy Blythe, he’s the greatest frontman in heavy metal history, in my opinion — not just on a vocal level; it’s more of a performer, you know what I’m saying? Metal bands need a performer and somebody like that that can really take it and lead you through this adventure. So I think between Randy and people like Jamey Jasta [Hatebreed] and obviously Phil Anselmo [Pantera], these are elite frontmen, in my opinion. That’s just in my generation too. You can go back even more and start going deep into the older stuff, the classic metal days and stuff like that. There’s a lot more performers happening now, I think. From the hardcore scene and that New Wave Of American Metal that came through, your frontman was kind of everything.”

This news comes after Blythe recently commented on his ideal frontman during an appearance on Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach’s “Stoke The Fire” podcast:

“There are guys in their closet with their YouTube rig or in their garage who can outsing either fucking one of us. There is no doubt about it, man. They have more talent, natural talent, in their little pinky than either of us. But the difference is… I think one of the main requirements to be a frontman, a good frontman — actually, the only requirement, probably; I mean, you’ve gotta have some talent — is a willingness to get up in front of people and make an idiot out of yourself and be really bad for a while until you become good. And so these people with all this natural talent, it doesn’t fucking matter unless you can get in front of people and do it, and you have to do it with a group of people; you have to feel that bond; you have to deliver.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Shadow Of Intent Release Deluxe Edition Of “Elegy”

Shadow Of Intent have digitally released a deluxe edition of their latest album “Elegy.” The effort includes the original record, a new b-side titled “Frozen Tomb,” a cover of Lamb Of God’s “Laid to Rest,” and an instrumental version of the entire album.

Lamb Of God Premiere New Song “Grayscale”

Lamb Of God have premiered a new song titled “Grayscale.” This track is from the band’s new album “Omens,” which will be released on October 7. Guitarist Willie Adler commented:

“‘Grayscale’ has just a smack you in the face, bit of hardcore feel to it. We had basically finished writing the record and I wrote this song thinking it won’t necessarily be a Lamb song. I sent it to Josh Wilbur, our producer, to check out and he responded with, ‘Perfect. This is the last song we need for the record.'”

Lamb Of God To Livestream “Omens” Documentary And In-Studio Live Performance

Lamb Of God will be celebrating the release of their new album “Omens” with a special livestream on October 6. The virtual event will feature a documentary on the making of the record, as well as a live in-studio performance of “Nevermore,“ “Omens,“ “Vanishing,” and “Gomorrah.“ The band shared the following information regarding that:

“Introducing ‘The Making Of: Omens,’ a short film + performance documenting the recording of our forthcoming album. Watch the livestream event on Thursday, October 6th or on-demand throughout October at watch.lamb-of-god.com. All CD and Vinyl copies of ‘Omens’ will include a FREE access code to view the documentary (limited to US products only). Pre-order from shop.lamb-of-god.com to get your code emailed before October 6. Standalone live stream and video-on-demand tickets will go on-sale September 22nd.”

Fit For An Autopsy Share Music Video For Cover Of Lamb Of God’s “Walk With Me In Hell”

Fit For An Autopsy have shared an official video for their cover of Lamb Of God’s “Walk With Me In Hell.” You can check that out below:

The band commented:

“When we started this band, Lamb Of God was one of our collective inspirations as to what we hoped FFAA could become one day. Uncompromising DIY work ethic, socially conscious subject matter, timeless songs and riffs for days. In celebration of our upcoming tour with them, we thought it’d be fun to do a little tribute to one of their classics. Please enjoy ‘Walk With Me In Hell‘.”

Tour Dates:

Fit For An Autopsy:

09/11 Albany, NY – NY Empire Underground (feat. Orbit Culture)
09/21 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing (feat. Orbit Culture)
09/23 Indianapolis, IN – The Hoosier Dome
09/24 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse (feat. Orbit Culture)
10/05 Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Vets Hall
10/07 Boise, ID – The Shredder
10/08 Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper
10/17 Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Cafe

With In Flames, Orbit Culture, & Vended:

09/06 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
09/07 New York, NY – Webster Hall
09/08 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
09/09 Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Festival
09/10 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
09/12 Quebec, QC – Theatre Capitole
09/13 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
09/14 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
09/15 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
09/16 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
09/17 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
09/19 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
09/20 Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
09/22 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
09/27 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
09/28 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
09/29 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion

With Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, & Motionless In White:

10/01 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great SaltAir
10/02 Grand Junction, CO – Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park
10/04 Fresno, CA – Exhibit Hall at Selland Arena
10/07 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival (no Fit For An Autopsy)

With Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, & Spiritbox:

10/09 Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
10/10 Kent (Seattle), WA – Accesso ShoWare Center
10/11 Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds

With Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, & Animals As Leaders:

10/13 Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater
10/14 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
10/15 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
10/16 El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
10/18 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
10/19 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
10/20 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Watch Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Cover Metallica’s “Fight Fire With Fire” With Bay Area Interthrashional

During an August 21 set at the Dynamo Metalfest in Eindhoven, NET, Bay Area Interthrashional, the musical collective featuring Matt Camacho (Forbidden), Craig Locicero (Forbidden), Chris Kontos (ex-Machine Head), etc., were joined onstage by Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe for cover of Metallica’s “Fight Fire With Fire.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Mike IX Williams Says Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe “Used To Beg” To Sing Eyehategod Songs Onstage As Kid

During an interview with the “Mike James Rock Show” at this year’s Bloodstock festival in Walton-on-Trent, UK, Eyehategod vocalist Mike IX Williams discussed how Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe was chosen to fill in for him on the band’s 2016 U.S. tour with Discharge and Toxic Holocaust. He said the following:

“Randy is an old friend of ours. I met him when he was just a little kid coming to Eyehategod shows, being annoying. He used to ask — beg us, actually; I shouldn’t say ask — he would beg us to sing one of our songs during the set in Richmond, Virginia, where we played. So it’s pretty interesting.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Lamb Of God’s Willie Adler Issues Statement Regarding His Absence From The Band’s August European Tour

Lamb Of God’s Willie Adler has issued a new statement regarding his absence from the band’s August European tour. The guitarist says he was unable to make the trek due to some obligations he has at home.

Adler said the following:

“Hey everyone. I’m thrilled with the love we’ve been seeing for the two new Lamb songs we’ve dropped so far. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the entire ‘Omens‘ album. We’re all super proud of it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make the trip to Europe for the upcoming shows this month, I’ve got some things that I need to be home for and I appreciate the band supporting my decision.

I will 100% be back on stage for the Omens tour in September & October. See y’all there!

–Willie“

During Adler’s absence, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) will be filling in. This news follows previous reports that seem to suggest that Adler is unable to enter certain countries due to his apparent refusal to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Lamb Of God Recruit Guitarist Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head) For Summer European Shows

Lamb Of God have recruited Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) to fill in for Willie Adler on their summer European tour. There is no official statement regarding Adler’s absence, but previous reports suggest that the guitarist is unable to enter certain countries due to his apparent refusal to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Demmel is set to take part in the following dates:

08/05 Rasnov, ROM – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
08/07 Lokeren, BEL – Lokerse Festival
08/09 Ljubljana, SLO – Cvetlicarna
08/10 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra Track
08/12 Turku, FIN – Knotfest
08/14 Walton-on-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
08/18 Nurnberg, GER – Z-Bau
08/19 Koln, GER – Live Music Hall
08/20 Sulingen, GER – Reload Festival
08/21 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo Metalfest

While unconfirmed, many have assumed that Demmel will likely join Lamb Of God on their fall tour with Kreator and Thy Art Is Murder as well. Here’s the dates for that run:

11/18 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum Black Box
11/19 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Arenan
11/21 Oulu, FIN – Teatria
11/22 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall Black Box
11/24 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
11/26 Munich, GER – Zenith
11/27 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
11/29 Tilburg, NET – 013
11/30 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
12/02 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
12/03 Essen, GER – Grugahalle
12/04 Saarbrucken, GER – Saarlandhalle
12/06 Madrid, SPA – Riviera
12/07 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
12/09 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
12/10 Hamburg, GER – Edel Optics Arena
12/11 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
12/13 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
12/14 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow
12/15 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
12/16 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
12/18 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
12/20 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
12/21 Dubendorf, SWI – Samsung Hall