Lamb Of God Recruit Fit For An Autopsy’s Joe Badolato For Green Bay, WI Show

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe will be missing the band’s April 22 show in Green Bay, WI as he continues to recover from COVID-19. During his absence, Fit For An Autopsy’s Joe Badolato will be filling in. Chimaira’s Mark Hunter was originally filling in for Blythe, but he has since taken ill as well. The band commented:

“Green Bay – unfortunately, Randy will not be able to perform but we WILL see you tonight! Our brother Joe Badolato from Fit For An Autopsy will be stepping in to handle vocal responsibilities this evening. We expect Randy to return to our show on Sunday in Sioux Falls.”

Watch Lamb Of God Perform With Chimaira, Trivium, & In Flames Vocalists

As previously reported, Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was forced to miss the band’s April 19 show in Grand Rapids, MI after testing positive for COVID-19. As a result, the band performed with several guest vocalists including: Chimaira’s Mark Hunter, Trivium‘s Matt Heafy, and In Flames‘ Anders Fridén. You can see footage of that below:

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe To Miss Grand Rapids, MI Show After Testing Positive For COVID-19, Chimaira’s Mark Hunter To Fill In

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe will be missing the band’s April 19 show in Grand Rapids, MI after testing positive for COVID-19. During his absence, Chimaira’s Mark Hunter will be filling in.

The band issued the following statement:

“Grand Rapids – Randy Blythe tested positive for COVID over the weekend and has been isolating away from the rest of the band. While his symptoms have been mild and he’s on the mend, he will not be able to perform tonight at the Van Andel Arena. However, the show will go on!

We are working to put together a special show with our brother Mark Hunter from Chimaira taking over the mic and a few friends helping out as well. We’ll see you tonight!

We are hopeful he will be able to return later this week and will update as soon as we can.”

Blythe also commented:

“After two years, the ‘rona finally got me. Regrettably, the symptoms of COVID look pretty much exactly like regular tour life for me- achey/sore throat/headache (I’m 51 years old, I scream & jump around like a maniac to very loud music for over an hour each night, so of course I ache & have a sore throat & a headache- that’s just called “tour”), so I thought what I was feeling was just normal.

However, after my throat got worse, just to be safe I took a test, & it popped up positive. I IMMEDIATELY isolated myself from my band & all other humans, contacted anyone I had been near to let them know, & will continue to isolate until I am no longer contagious. This is the correct, ethical thing to do- what feels like a really bad cold to me could mean something very, very different to an immuno-compromised person who is unable to be vaccinated like I am, or an elderly person.

I am already feeling better, but in order to protect my band, our fans, and the health of the tour, I have to miss tonight’s show. This sucks, but it’s the cost of doing business these days. Our old friend Mark Hunter of Chimaira fame will return to the stage & fill in for me tonight- thank you, Mark, you’re a solid dude & I know you will kill it! I only wish I could be there to see it!

I hope to be back onstage later this week. Thanks for your understanding in advance- this is nothing I wanted to happen, but I am doing my best to do the right thing here. Cheers- R”

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:



Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:


Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):



Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):


Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):

Dig The Grave Use Cameo To Create “ISO” Reaction Video Featuring Members Of Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Mudvayne, Etc.

Dig The Grave have premiered a new video for their song “ISO.“ The group used Cameo to make the clip, which features: Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Derrick Green (Sepultura), Chad Gray (Mudvayne HELLYEAH), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) Beefcake The Mighty (GWAR), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Mark Hunter (Chimaira), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), George Pettit (Alexisonfire), Tia Carrere (Crucial Taunt), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Erik “Smelly” Sandin (NOFX), Andy Cizek (Monuments), Dan Kenny (Suicide Silence), and Rody Walker (Protest The Hero).

Ghost Iris Premiere New Song “Desert Dread” Featuring Chimaira’s Mark Hunter

Ghost Iris have premiered a new song titled “Desert Dread.” This track features Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter and it will appear on the band’s new album “Comatose,“ which is set to be released on May 7.

Mark Hunter (Chimaira) Covers “Anvil Of Crom” From “Conan The Barbarian”

Mark Hunter (Chimaira) has released a cover of Basil Poledouris‘ “Anvil Of Crom” from the 1982 film “Conan The Barbarian.” The frontman commented:

“Like so many of you, I’ve been couped up in the house for months. To keep my sanity in check, I decided to try and tackle one of my favorite songs – ‘Anvil of Crom‘, which is the theme from 1982’s ‘Conan the Barbarian‘. Initially composed by Basil Poledouris and performed by a 94 piece orchestra – I had no idea what I was getting into or how overwhelming of a project it would be. But alas, Crom granted me revenge, and I was able to pull it together. Please enjoy my rendition. *Best experienced wearing a loincloth.”

Mark Hunter Believes Chimaira Were The First Band To Use The “New Wave Of American Heavy Metal” Moniker

Chimaira are considered to be members of the “New Wave Of American Heavy Metal” scene alongside Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, etc. Considering this, Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter recently discussed the moniker on the “Talk Toomey Podcast” and said that he believes it may have originated from his band.

Hunter said the following:

“It’s one of those things, we did it during the ‘Pass Out‘ era—we had a t-shirt. Our sound guy at the time, Wedge, was a big Iron Maiden fan. And before we would play every night, we would be playing Iron Maiden over the loud speakers. So we just started making t-shirt ideas, like ‘oh, lets use the Iron Maiden font, what does our name look like there? And then lets just change it to ‘New Wave Of American Heavy Metal’ instead of ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’, and just kinda having fun and that caught on.

I remember getting ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’ albums when I was younger and it actually said it on some of those albums. They were letting you know it was like a brand almost. So when we released the CD single to the press and radio stations—and this was just kind of like the first few songs they could play before the album was released—it was called the ‘New Wave Of American Heavy Metal’ sampler. And to my knowledge, I mean unless someone can prove us wrong, I don’t believe that phrase exists before that t-shirt in 2001-2002.”

[via The PRP]

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