Louder Than Life Festival Lineup Announced

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The Louder Than Life Festival will return to Louisville, KY this year with an expansive lineup of acts.

The festival, scheduled to take place Sept. 22-25 at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY, will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, and KISS. The four-day festival will also feature performances from bands, such as Bloodywood, Anti-Flag, and Superbloom. The KY Expo Center is located at 937 Phillips Ln. in Louisville, KY.

The festival’s full lineup is noted below. Tickets are available here. Weekend general admission passes start at $249.50 plus fees. Weekend VIP passes start at $629.50 plus fees. A limited number of Weekend Top Shelf VIP passes is still available for $1,329.50 plus fees.

General admission single day passes start at $99.50 plus fees. Single day VIP passes start at $295.50 plus fees. Layaway options are available through March 31 for $10, with payments made through July.

A trailer for the forthcoming annual festival is streaming.

The current Louder Than Life lineup is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, September 22: Nine Inch Nails, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Halestorm, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Highly Suspect, Ministry, Nothing More, Baroness, Spiritbox, Apocalyptica, Dorothy, Don Broco, New Years Day, Plush, Lilith Czar, Maggie Lindemann, Taipei Houston, The Dead Deads, Mothica, Superbloom, Eva Under Fire, Oxymorrons

Friday, September 23: Slipknot, Shinedown, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, In This Moment, Meshuggah, Clutch, Jinjer, GWAR, In Flames, Helmet, POORSTACY, Crown The Empire, DED, All Good Things, Amigo The Devil, Vended, Mike’s Dead, If I Die First, Orbit Culture, The Luka State, Ego Kill Talent, The Native Howl, Archetypes Collide

Saturday, September 24: KISS, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Ghostemane, Jerry Cantrell, Dance Gavin Dance, Theory of a Deadman, Body Count, Sevendust, Mammoth WVH, We Came As Romans, Airbourne, Cherry Bombs, Ill Niño, Tetrarch, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Trash Boat, Shaman’s Harvest, Solence, Dropout Kings, Bloodywood

Sunday, September 25: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Architects, Bad Religion, Action Bronson, The Struts, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Anti-Flag, The Joy Formidable, Bayside, The Warning, Royal & The Serpent, caroles daughter, Radkey, The Mysterines, Crown Lands, AEIR, The Alive, As You Were

The Louder Than Life Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival debuted in 2014 and expanded to four days in 2021.

More information on the 2022 Louder Than Life Festival is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louderthanlifefestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ltlfest

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Annihilator’s ‘Metal’ Re-Issue Is A Mostly Successful Presentation

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More than 14 years after it released its album, Metal, veteran hard rock/metal band Annihilator will re-issue that record in the form of Metal II.  Originally released April 16, 2007 through SPV/Steamhammer, Metal featured 10 songs.  The album’s Japanese release featured a cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ as a bonus track.  This time out, the song is part of the album’s standard release, in place of the song ‘Operation Annihilation.’  Also featured in the album’s re-issue is a cover of Van Halen’s ‘Romeo Delight’ as an extra, bringing the album’s track count to 11 songs.  That cover is just one of the songs that makes the album successful.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ is notable in its own right, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The band’s cover of Excite’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ is another notable addition to this presentation.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes this new presentation of Metal a mostly successful record.

Annihilator’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2007 album, Metal – dubbed Metal II – is a mostly successful new presentation.  Its success comes in part through its cover of Van Halen’s ‘Romeo Delight.’  Front man Jeff Waters talked about taking on the Van Halen classic in a prepared statement.

“There was something about Women And Children First,” muses Annihilator’s, said Waters.  “It was massively brutal attitude meeting aggression — meets a DLR-fronted party. You have to remember when this came out. ‘Romeo Delight’ is the most ‘heavy’ song from VH, in my (and Kerry King’s!) opinion.”

“His [Eddie Van Halen’s] playing, writing, performance, and smile were second to none EVER,” added Waters. “He was a superb writer, lead guitar innovator, genius rhythm player, and was able to build a gear empire. He took chances. Did his own thing. It worked. Millions and more will mourn him, as long as the future world likes music. But we also will be celebrating forever, as musicians will continue to hand down the ‘EVH-Influenced-Musical-Genes’ to future generations!”

Annihilator’s take of ‘Romeo Delight’ stays largely true to its source material, backing up Waters’ statement. From the guitars to Waters’ own vocal delivery sound and style (which sounds a lot like that of David Lee Roth), to Fabio Alessandrini’s performance on drums and the very sound there, the song echoes Van Halen’s original quite well. Even bassist Rich Gray’s work on bass is so similar in sound and style to that of Michael Anthony. All of this is a tribute to those responsible for the song’s production. It makes the song sound so much like the original in its general approach.  All things considered here, the song proves to be just one of the works that makes this record stand out.  The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ does its own part to make the album interesting.

The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ stands out largely because of the guest appearance of Lamb of God guitarist Willie Adler.  Adler’s groove metal riffs work with the band’s more pure thrash leaning in the vein of vintage Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth to make the song in whole such a unique composition.  The intensity of the original composition is stepped up so much because of Adler’s addition to the mix.  The re-worked take on the song stays true to its source material.  It just steps it up a number of notches, making it even more intense.  To that end, the song stands on its own merits in the record’s overall body and shows even more what audiences have to appreciate from this re-issue.  The band’s cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ as a standard part of the record is one more positive aspect of the presentation.

The cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ stands out because as with the other songs examined here, it stays true to its source material.  In listening to the original song alongside this updated take of the song, the update is so impressive because it takes the source material and maintains its vintage metal sound but also really steps it up more.  The presentation sounds so much fuller in its new update.  Those responsible for the record’s production and re-mastering are to be applauded for their work just as much in this case as with the album’s other songs.  When the impressive result of that work is considered here along with the work that went into the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes Metal II a nice update on Metal

Annihilator’s forthcoming reissue of its 2007 album, Metal, Metal II, is a positive presentation from the veteran metal outfit.  That is proven through each of the extras featured in this re-issue.  When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s works, the whole becomes a mostly successful overall work. 

Metal II is scheduled for release Feb. 18.  More information on Annihilator’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Hatebreed Debuts ‘Instinctive’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Hatebreed premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)‘ Wednesday. The single is taken from the band’s latest album, Weight of the False Self, which was released in 2020 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video for ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)’ features footage from Hatebreed’s time on last year’s “Metal Tour of the Year Tour.” The band joined Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium for the tour.

In related news, Hatebreed also announced new live dates Wednesday. The band is scheduled to launch its new tour alongside Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia, and Stick To Your Guns May 8 in Baltimore, MD. The tour is scheduled to run through June 5 in San Francisco, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH and Las Vegas, NV.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

HATEBREED ON TOUR:
WITH PARKWAY DRIVE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, + STICK TO YOUR GUNS:
5/8 — Baltimore, MD — UMBC Event Center
5/9 — New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall
5/10 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
5/11 — Columbus, OH — KEMBA Live!
5/13 — New York, NY — Hammerstein Ballroom
5/14 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
5/15 — Montreal, Quebec — TBA
5/17 — Toronto, Ontario — RBC Echo Beach
5/19 — Atlanta, GA — Coca-Cola Roxy
5/20 — Daytona, FL — Welcome To Rockville
5/22 — Charlotte, NC — Metro Credit Union
5/23 — Cincinnati, OH — Ovation
5/24 — Ft Wayne, IN — Piere’s Outdoors
5/25 — Chicago, IL — Wintrust Arena
5/26 — St Louis, MO — The Factory
5/28 — Dallas, TX — So What Festival
5/29 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Outside
5/31 — Wichita, KS — Wave
6/1 — Denver, CO. — Mission Ballroom
6/3 — Las Vegas, NV — Theater at Virgin Hotels*
6/4 — So Cal  — TBA*
6/5 — San Francisco, CA — The Warfield*
*No Stick To Your Guns

More information on Hatebreed’s new single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.hatebreed.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/hatebreed

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/hatebreed

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Downfall 2012 Added To 2022 ShipRocked Cruise Lineup

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Downfall 2012 has been tapped to join this year’s ShipRocked cruise.

The announcement came through a news release distributed Monday. The six-day cruise is scheduled to launch Jan. 22 from Galveston, TX and to make stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico before returning to port Jan. 27. Information on room reservations and tickets is available here.

Lamb of God and I Prevail are scheduled to headline the 2022 cruise. Also featured in this year’s event are bands, such as Nonpoint, From Ashes to New, and Drowning Pool. The cruise’s full band lineup is available here.

In related news, Downfall 2012 premiered the video for its cover of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing‘ in November. The band premiered its take of Motorhead’s timeless classic, ‘Ace of Spades‘ in July.

More information on Downfall 2012’s stint on the 2022 ShipRocked cruise is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://downfalltwentytwelve.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DF2012

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Downfall2012

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Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu Joins Repentance For Its Latest Single; Band Inks Deal With Noble Demon

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Hard rock super group Repentance unveiled its latest single and the song’s companion video Monday.

The group opened the new week with the premiere of its new single, ‘Reborn’ and its companion lyric video. The song is the first single from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is slated for release later this year through Noble Demon. Its premiere comes more than a year after the band — in its new lineup of Adam Gilley (vocals), Shaun Glass (guitar), Eric Burns (guitar), Eric Karol (bass), and Brandon White (drums) — premiered the band’s then latest single, ‘God For a Day,’ which was the title track from the band’s then latest album.

As with ‘God For a Day,’ the musical arrangement featured in ‘Reborn’ is a heavy, intense metalcore style composition. Though, the guest appearance of Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu adds a clear thrash metal influence to the arrangement, too. The whole makes this song even more intense just in terms of its musical arrangement.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the new song and its video. Reading the lyrics in the video, which are presented over images of fire as the song plays over it all, the song’s lyrical theme comes across as a…pardon the pun…fiery statement of determination, letting go of the past and moving forward after cleansing one’s self of the stains of the past. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

Going back to the note of the band’s new EP, the band recently inked a new record deal with Noble Demon. The label is also home to the likes of Oceanhoarse, Neonfly, and Red Moon Architect.

Glass spoke highly of Noble Demon as he talked about the band’s addition to the label’s roster.

“Repentance is thrilled to be with the mighty Noble Demon Records for our new releases!,” said Glass. “I was so impressed with how such a newer label was making waves and with such a diverse roster of Metal/Rock it was the obvious place for this to be our new home with a professional staff and Patrick’s amazing history in the Metal industry, it’s a breath of fresh air.”

Noble Demon founder Patrick Walch shared Glass’ positive vibes in his own comments.

“When I discovered Repentance last year listening to their first single and then the full length album ‘God for A Day’ I instantly knew I was onto something there,” he said.”After having spoken with Shaun Glass for a while we knew that the vibe was more than right between us so, it didn’t need much negotation in order to work together on their next songs.”

Added Walch, “I’m proud to welcome another member to the Noble Demon family, this time with a pure US metal sound which I’ve always been appreciating by bands like Trivium, Lamb Of God, Devildriver etc., all bands I grew up with as well. And having Corey of Trivium play the solo on this new single is a huge honor for all of us. Check out Repentance, you won’t be disappointed!”

More information on Repentance’s new single and album is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.repentanceband.com

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Wage War Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s New Single; Band’s Tour Is Underway

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Wage War will release its next album this fall.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Wednesday. The document states the album, titled Manic, is scheduled for release Oct.1 through Fearless Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘High Horse‘ and its video Aug. 6.

The band followed up the debut of that song and its video with the release of the album’s second single, ‘Circle The Drain‘ Wednesday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Circle The Drain’ is a stark contrast to that of ‘High Horse.’ Where ‘High Horse’ is an intense, high-energy composition that is comparable to works from the likes of Slipknot, Lamb of God, and even Whitechapel, the arrangement featured in ‘Circle The Drain’ is a more deeply emotional style composition. There is a certain heaviness in the arrangement as the song reaches its breakdown/bridge section, but overall, this arrangement comes across more as an emocore type presentation.

The emotional approach to the song’s musical arrangement works well with the song’s lyrical theme, which the band talked about in a prepared statement.

“‘Circle the Drain’ is a song about learning from past mistakes and accepting responsibility in a world that needs change,” the statement reads. “It starts with us deciding to be a part of the solution.”

In other news, Wage War launched its tour in support of Manic Aug. 14. Beartooth and Dragged Under are serving as support. The tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 25 in Gran Rapids, MI. The tour additionally features performances in cities nationwide, such as Denver, CO; Seattle, WA and New Haven, CT.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

WAGE WAR ON TOUR:
WITH BEARTOOTH + DRAGGED UNDER:
     
8/26 — Fargo, ND —  Fargo Brewing Company 
8/27 — Minneapolis, MN —  Fillmore 
8/28 — Kansas City, MO —  Truman 
8/29 — Denver, CO  —  Summit 
8/31 — Oklahoma City, OK —  Diamond Ballroom
9/1 — Dallas, TX —  House of Blues 
9/3 — San Antonio, TX —  Vibes Event Center 
9/4 — Houston, TX —  House of Blues 
9/7 — Fort Lauderdale, FL —  Revolution 
9/8 — St. Petersburg, FL —  Jannus Landing 
9/9 — Atlanta, GA —  Masquerade
9/11 — Appomattox, VA —  Blue Ridge Rock Festival 
9/12 — Mansfield, OH —  Inkcarceration Festival 
9/13 — Philadelphia, PA —  Fillmore
9/15 — New York, NY —  Terminal 5
9/17 — Worcester, MA —  Palladium 
9/18 — Baltimore, MD —  Sound Stage
9/19 — New Haven, CT —  Toad’s Place
9/20 — Pittsburgh, PA —  Stage AE
9/22 — Chicago, IL —  House of Blues 
9/24 — Detroit, MI —  St. Andrews Hall
9/25 — Grand Rapids, MI  —  20 Monroe Live

More information on Wage War’s new single, video, and tour is available now along with all of Wage War’s latest tour dates, news and more at:

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wagewar

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Lamb Of God’s ‘Sacrament’ 15th Anniversary Re-Issue Is A Surprisingly Disappointing Presentation

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Lamb of God is marking the 15th anniversary of the release of its 2006 album Sacrament this week with the re-issue of the album Friday.  The slightly expanded package is an intriguing presentation, especially considering the accolades that the original album garnered for itself and the band.  The original album debuted at #8 and sold 65,000 copies in its first week and eventually went on to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.  Additionally, the album’s single, ‘Redneck’ earned the band its first ever Grammy nomination, in this case in the category of “Best Metal Performance.”  Considering all of those positives and items compared between the original album and re-issue, this latest presentation of Sacrament really sadly does not fully live up to the legacy of the original album.

Lamb of God’s new 15th anniversary edition of its 2006 album Sacrament is sadly a presentation that simply does not live up to the legacy created by the album upon its original release.  One of the reasons that it comes up short is the “Making of” documentary that comes with the presentation.  For those who might be unaware, the almost 90-minute documentary (one hour, 25 minutes speaking more specifically) was also featured in the “Walk With Me in Hell” DVD in the deluxe expanded edition of the album in the record’s original release.  The documentary is engaging and entertaining.  There is no denying that.  It highlights the album really as a turning point in the band’s career.  The humility and dedication that the band showed throughout it all is truly inspiring.  However, that the original deluxe edition of Sacrament is still available today through many major retailers leaves on scratching one’s head as to the inclusion here.  Yes, it is positive in that audiences received the documentary again as part of the album’s release, but at the same time, again, the reality is that it is not really anything new.  To that end, the documentary’s presentation here is not necessarily an overwhelmingly major reason to purchase this re-issue regardless of whether they already own the album from its original release.

Another concern from this new re-issue of Sacrament is the “bonus” live content that is featured as part of the record.  The re-issue features three songs that were originally recorded Feb. 14, 2020 at Lamb of God’s performance at House of Vans in Chicago, IL.  The performance was the band’s only live, in-person performance of 2020.  The thing is that the set featured a total of 13 songs.  The performance clearly deserves the title, “career-spanning,” as its set list pulled from all but two of the band’s eight total albums.  The only albums not represented in the performance are the band’s 2000 debut, New American Gospel and its 2015 album, VII: Sturm Und Drang.  Keeping that in mind, that this re-issue features only three of that show’s songs is really a disservice to audiences.  This is proven even more in that early this year, the band featured its full 2020 livestream in its re-issue of its latest album, Lamb of God (2020).  It makes curious why the band did not just go the same route here with the Feb. 14, 2020 show instead of just teasing audiences with three live songs.  Had that full House of Vans show been featured as a bonus DVD/BD, then that really would have been a saving grace.  Sadly though, that just was not to be here.

Rounding out the most concerning aspects of this new re-issue is the fact that its release is solely digital for now.  That means that audiences who may actually want this re-issue will have to find it online.  This is a disservice to audiences and the band alike.  That is because despite the continued push to make all things digital, there are still those audiences who have common sense and realize the importance of all things physical.  Yes, a vinyl release is planned for the early portion of 2022, but for now, audiences who might actually want this re-issue even with all of its concerns, will have to purchase it online instead of in person.  Keeping this in mind along with the other concerns addressed here, the 15th anniversary edition of Sacrament really proves to be anything but a tribute to this key addition to Lamb of God’s catalog or to the band’s legacy.

Lamb of God’s new 15th anniversary re-issue of Sacrament is a surprisingly disappointing update on the album that was already iconic upon its original release.  It really is a disservice to the band’s legacy and that of the album.  That is proven in part through the album’s “Making of” documentary.  The documentary in question was already featured in the deluxe edition of the album upon its original release.  That original release is still widely available today among most major retailers.  The “bonus” live tracks are really not bonuses at all.  They are only a tiny fraction of the Feb. 14, 2020 show that the band played at House of Vans in Chicago, IL.  Considering that the band already released its entire first livestream of 2020 in its recent re-issue of its 2020 self-titled album, this becomes even more problematic.  That this re-issue is currently available exclusively as a digital download only serves to see the band shoot itself in the foot even more.  Each item examined is critical in its own way to the whole of the re-issue’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this re-issue a largely forgettable offering from one of the leaders of the current age of metal.  The re-issue is available now.

More information on Lamb of God’s Sacrament re-issue, upcoming live dates, and news and more is available online now at:

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Lamb Of God Premieres “Making Of ‘Redneck'” Video; Releases Randy Blythe Action Figure

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Lamb of God is taking audiences behind the scenes of the video for its single, ‘Redneck.’

The single is featured in the band’s 2006 album, Sacrament, which is scheduled for re-issue digitally Friday through Epic Records. The album’s re-issue is meant to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the album’s release. The behind the scenes video for the ‘Redneck’ video is streaming here.

The re-issue will feature three previously unreleased live tracks along with the original album’s presentation. The songs were recorded at the band’s 2020 performance at the House of Vans Chicago, which was the band’s only live show from 2020. The re-issue’s full track listing is noted below.

Sacrament (15th Anniversary) track listing:

1.      Walk with Me in Hell

2.      Again We Rise

3.      Redneck

4.      Pathetic

5.      Foot to the Throat

6.      Descending

7.      Blacken the Cursed Sun

8.      Forgotten (Lost Angels)

9.      Requiem

10.  More Time to Kill

11.  Beating on Death’s Door

12.  Walk with Me in Hell (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

13.  Redneck (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

14.  Descending (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

*Previously unavailable on DSPs

In related news, Lamb of God will premiere its documentary, Walk With Me in Hell alongside the album’s re-issue. The presentation is a documentary that follows the band as it made Sacrament. A trailer for the documentary is streaming here.

Courtesy: Death By Toys

In other news, Lamb of God has partnered with Death By Toys to release an action figure of front man Randy Blythe. The figure presents Blythe as he appeared in the ‘Redneck’ video complete with shaved head and accompanying party favors. The action figure is a nod to the Sacrament cover art. Loudwire is holding a contest that will award one lucky fan their own free Randy Blythe action figure.

Death By Toys Owner Dan Polydoris was upbeat as he talked about making the action figure.

“This was a really fun project for me, and working with the band was such a privilege,” he said. “The black/purple design of the album cover is so iconic and has such a distinct feel that I definitely wanted to use it for the cardback. The birthday party from the music video is so ridiculous and over-the-top, and I wanted to capture a little of that in this toy (without getting in the way of the Randy figure). So I included a bunch of birthday party stuff as tiny accessories for him. Plus, the Happy Birthday sign is actually made from a screenshot of the music video.”

In even more news,

Lamb of God is scheduled to tour with Megadeth, Hatebreed, and Trivium. The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

Megadeth and Lamb of God 2021 North American Tour Dates:

Fri Aug 20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Sat Aug 21 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Sun Aug 22 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

Tue Aug 24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center

Wed Aug 25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Fri Aug 27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Sun Aug 29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

Tue Aug 31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

Wed Sep 01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

Thu Sep 02  Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion***

Sat Sep 04   Portland, OR – Moda Center

Sun Sep 05  Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre***

Thu Sep 09  Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago***

Sat Sep 11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival*

Sun Sep 12  Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Mon Sep 13 Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

Wed Sep 15 Camden, NJ – B&T Pavilion***

Thu Sep 16  Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center***

Sat Sep 18   Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center***

Sun Sep 19  Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre***

Mon Sep 20  Cincinnati, ON – PNC Pavilion

Wed Sep 22   Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP***

Fri Sep 24 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre

Sat Sep 25 Indianola, IA – Knotfest Iowa**

Sun Sep 26  St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis***

Tue Sep 28 Minneapolis, MN – Armory

Thu Sep 30  Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Fri Oct 01 Laval, QC – Place Bell

Sat Oct 02 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

*Festival Date featuring all 4 bands.

**Festival Date, Knotfest Iowa does not include Hatebreed

More information on Lamb of God’s Sacrament re-issue, upcoming live dates, and news and more is available online now at:

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Lamb Of God Album To Get Re-Issue Treatment

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Lamb of God’s 2006 album Sacrament will see the light of day again next week.

The band is scheduled to re-issue the album digitally Aug. 20. The band made the announcement through a press release distributed Thursday. The document adds that a vinyl pressing will come in 2022, with an exact release date under consideration. According to the press release, the re-issue is meant to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Sacrament‘s original release.

The re-issue will feature three previously unreleased live tracks along with the original album’s presentation. The songs were recorded at the band’s 2020 performance at the House of Vans Chicago, which was the band’s only live show from 2020. The re-issue’s full track listing is noted below.

Sacrament (15th Anniversary) track listing:

1.      Walk with Me in Hell

2.      Again We Rise

3.      Redneck

4.      Pathetic

5.      Foot to the Throat

6.      Descending

7.      Blacken the Cursed Sun

8.      Forgotten (Lost Angels)

9.      Requiem

10.  More Time to Kill

11.  Beating on Death’s Door

12.  Walk with Me in Hell (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

13.  Redneck (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

14.  Descending (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

*Previously unavailable on DSPs

In related news, Lamb of God will premiere its documentary, Walk With Me in Hell alongside the album’s re-issue. The presentation is a documentary that follows the band as it made Sacrament. A trailer for the documentary is streaming here.

Sacrament debuted at #8 upon its original release Aug. 22, 2006. It sold approximately 65,000 copies in its first week. The album’s single, ‘Redneck‘ earned the band a Grammy nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category. It was the band’s first-ever Grammy nomination. Additionally, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in September 2019.

In other news, Lamb of God is scheduled to tour with Megadeth, Hatebreed, and Trivium. The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

Megadeth and Lamb of God 2021 North American Tour Dates:

Fri Aug 20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Sat Aug 21 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Sun Aug 22 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

Tue Aug 24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center

Wed Aug 25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Fri Aug 27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Sun Aug 29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

Tue Aug 31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

Wed Sep 01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

Thu Sep 02  Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion***

Sat Sep 04   Portland, OR – Moda Center

Sun Sep 05  Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre***

Thu Sep 09  Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago***

Sat Sep 11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival*

Sun Sep 12  Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Mon Sep 13 Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

Wed Sep 15 Camden, NJ – B&T Pavilion***

Thu Sep 16  Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center***

Sat Sep 18   Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center***

Sun Sep 19  Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre***

Mon Sep 20  Cincinnati, ON – PNC Pavilion

Wed Sep 22   Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP***

Fri Sep 24 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre

Sat Sep 25 Indianola, IA – Knotfest Iowa**

Sun Sep 26  St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis***

Tue Sep 28 Minneapolis, MN – Armory

Thu Sep 30  Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Fri Oct 01 Laval, QC – Place Bell

Sat Oct 02 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

*Festival Date featuring all 4 bands.

**Festival Date, Knotfest Iowa does not include Hatebreed

More information on Lamb of God’s Sacrament re-issue, upcoming live dates, and news and more is available online now at:

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Trivium Announces New Album Details; Debuts New Single’s Video

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Fans of Trivium will not have to wait long for the band’s next album.

The band is scheduled to release its next album (its 10th), In The Court of the Dragon Oct. 8 through its longtime label, Roadrunner Records. The band made the announcement Thursday through a news release. The album will come approximately a year and a half after the release of its most recent album, What the Dead Men Say.

In The Court of the Dragon has already produced one single — its title track — and a companion video to that song. The band premiered the video for the album’s second single, ‘Feast of Fire’ Thursday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Feast of Fire’ is an interesting presentation. That is because of the juxtaposition of styles and sounds in the song’s verses and choruses. The verses is a stark contrast to what audiences have come to expect from Trivium with its melodic hard rock style complete with clean powerful vocals. It lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Alter Bridge, Sevendust, and Tremonti. The choruses meanwhile present more of the band’s familiar metalcore leanings. The two styles and sounds are drastically different, but are so well-balanced throughout the song.

The video is interesting in its own right. Shot and directed by John Deeb at the band’s “headquarters,” “The Hangar” in Orlando, FL, it features the band performing its new single together. That footage is paired with footage of the cover art for the band’s new album being loaded onto a plane and delivered to the band as the song plays over the whole.

Bassist Paolo Gregoletto talked about the band’s new single in an extensive prepared statement.

“There’s always that one song you aren’t expecting when you begin writing a new album,” he said.  “It could be a riff written on the spot in the rehearsal space, a lyric that pairs just right with a melody, or in the case of ‘Feast Of Fire,’ sitting right there in front of us in the middle of a demo that [guitarist] Corey [Beaulieu] brought in. We were well into pre-production at Full Sail when we all decided that something about the demo we had tracked was good but could be even better. Our producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Soulfly, Papa Roach) even had in his notes: ‘Bridge is special, maybe so special it needs its own song.’ We tore the song apart and began again on the spot.”

Gregoletto added, “We went into this album knowing we had time to consider everything and anything that came about during this period, and if need be, we could start again if it didn’t feel right given that no touring was on the horizon.”

He continued, “I had the words ‘Feast Of Fire’ written in my running list of notes for lyric ideas that I try to amass before we record. Something about the phrase stuck out to me. It felt like the missing piece of the story we were trying to tell with this album, a climactic moment and a real centerpiece for the narrative.”

He concluded, “After all these years, I’m still blown away at how a song can really appear out of thin air and take the album to a place you weren’t expecting. Those are the moments we are always looking for when making a record.”

The track listing for In The Court of the Dragon is noted below.

IN THE COURT OF THE DRAGON TRACK LISTING:
“X”  
“In The Court Of The Dragon” 
“Like A Sword Over Damocles”  
“Feast Of Fire”   
“A Crisis Of Revelation”  
“The Shadow Of The Abattoir”   
“No Way Back Just Through”   
“Fall Into Your Hands”   
“From Dawn To Decadence”   
“The Phalanx”   

In other news, Trivium is scheduled to tour alongside Hatebreed, Megadeth, and Lamb of God this summer. The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

TRIVIUM ON TOUR:
8/20 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
8/21 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
8/22 — Woodlands, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
8/24 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
8/25 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
8/26 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom (headline)
8/27 — Denver, CO — Ball Arena
8/29 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
8/31 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center
9/1 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/2 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion
9/4 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
9/5 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
9/6 – Boise, ID, Revolution Concert House (headline)
9/9 — Tinley Park, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
9/10 – Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE w/ Black Label Society
9/11 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Festival*
9/12 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/13 — Boston, MA — Leader Bank Pavilion
9/15 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
9/16 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
9/18 — Noblesville, IN — Ruoff Music Center
9/19 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/20 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC Pavilion
9/22 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
9/24 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
9/25 – Des Moines, IA – Knotfest Iowa*
9/26 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
9/28 — Minneapolis, MN — Armory
9/30 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
10/1 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/2 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
*Festival Date featuring all 4 bands.

More information about Trivium’s new single, video and tour schedule is available along with all of Trivium’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.trivium.org

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Trivium

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

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