Mark Morton Shines Again On His Second Solo Record

Courtesy: Rise Records

When Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton released his debut solo album Anasthetic last March through Spinefarm Records, he more than showed the expanse of his musical abilities and interests.  The record, which joined Morton with a number of well-known names, such as the late Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington, Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy and ex Screaming Trees front man Mark Lanegan, showed Morton as a truly original and creative musician, not just one of the members of Lamb of God.  He followed up that successful offering this past January with his debut solo EP Ether.  The five-song EP, released through Rise Records, will get a second life of sorts June 19 when it is released on vinyl through Rise Records.  Regardless of whether one prefers vinyl, CD or even digital, the fact of the matter remains that Ether is a positive follow-up to Anasthetic.  That is due to the record’s musical and lyrical content.  Its penultimate song ‘Love My Enemy’ is one of the songs that serves to support the noted statement.  It will be addressed shortly.  The EP’s opener ‘All I Had to Lose’ is another way in which Ether shows its strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  Its follow-up ‘The Fight’ is one more way in which Ether shows its strength.  Together with the covers of The Black Crowes’ ‘She Talks To Angels’ and of Pearl Jam’s ‘Black,’ ‘The Fight’ and the other noted songs make Ether a wholly enjoyable follow-up to Anasthetic and one more of this year’s top new EPs.

Mark Morton’s debut EP Ether is a strong follow-up to his debut 2019 album Anasthetic.  Much with that album, this EP shows once again why he is more than just a member of Lamb of God, but rather a talented, creative musician in his own right.  That is evidenced in part through the EP’s penultimate song, ‘Love My Enemy.’  The song, which features vocals by Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed, Light The Torch), presents an interesting musical arrangement.  The verses conjure thoughts of Alice in Chains, what with the layered vocal effect and the subdued guitar and drum lines.  The chorus however, boasts more of an Alter Bridge type of sound as the guitars and vocals step up.  The song’s bass line adds its own touch to the whole to make the work’s composition quite engaging and entertaining in its own right.  What is important to note here is the pairing of that duality in the song’s arrangement and its connection to the emotion and message in the song’s lyrical theme.  The song’s lyrical theme serves to make that reason for that juxtaposition clear.

Jones sings in the song’s lead verse, “Open wounds before the start/This is where we fall apart/It’s alright/Eternity can die today/It’s alright/It’s okay.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “We can greet the end alone/Sorrow needs an empty home/It’s alright/Years and pain can fade away/It’s alright/It’s okay.”  In the song’s third and final verse, “Jones sings, “There’s no replacing/The time we’re wasting.”  These verses are deeply introspective, needless to say.  That final verse is relatively clear, as it makes a statement about making the most of the time that we have.  The first and second verses meanwhile will generate their own hare of interest.  Maybe the lead statement of “open wounds before the start/This is where we fall apart” is a statement connected to the note of the wasted time.  It’s as if it is making a note about open wounds being a failure from the beginning.  The statement in the second verse years and pain being able to fade away seems to perhaps be a statement of hope, that the past can be just that.  This is of course all this critic’s own interpretation.  The song’s chorus adds even more impact to the song, as it comes across as perhaps someone battling with him/herself.  The chorus states, “I can’t live on memories/I can’ love my enemy/We cannot repair the past/A broken heart is made of glass/No, I can’t live on memories.”  This seems like someone who is torn with trying to overcome the thoughts of the past and look to the future.  It would explain why the song’s musical arrangement is so much more powerful in the chorus than the verses.  It would serve to illustrate the subject’s heightened emotion in this moment.  This leads the song’s more contemplative counter to those heightened emotions to make more sense along with its musical accompaniment.  Again this is all this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.  Hopefully it is somewhere close to being correct, though.  Keeping all of this in mind, the song’s lyrical content proves just as important as its musical content.  All things considered, the song in whole, with its engaging musical and lyrical content shows well on its own, why Ether is another strong offering from Mark Morton.  It is just one of the songs that serves to exhibit that strength.  ‘All I Had to Lose’ does its own part to keep listeners’ ears and minds.

‘All I Had to Lose’ is important to note because it presents its own unique identity separate from that of ‘Love My Enemy’ and the EP’s other songs.  The song’s fully acoustic arrangement is a radio ready composition that will connect easily to audiences.  The addition of Sons of Texas front man Mark Morales’ vocal delivery adds to that commercial viability for the opus.  The combination of those elements makes the song in whole a work that is comparable to works from so many mainstream rock bands.  The appeal created through the song’s musical arrangement will keep listeners engaged, and in turn, paying attention to the song’s equally engaging lyrical content.

The lyrical content featured in ‘All I Had to Lose’ generates its own engagement because of its own contemplative nature.  Morales sings in the song’s lead verse, “We were reckless for a season, now/Restless with a reason/I can’t tell/If we were victims of the vices/Or addicted to the crisis/Lived through hell.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “We laid with it/Dead and dying/Told ‘em all we were just trying/To be alive/Closed our eyes/I know that we could leave/The lies we didn’t want to leave behind.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Watched the colors fade away/Reached out by the sun/left her for another day/Prayed it would never come.”  The precise concept here is not clear at least to this critic.  It comes across as something of a statement about perhaps someone taking things for granted in life.  Whether that is in relation to a personal relationship or something else is up for discussion.  It would be interesting to learn the exact relation of that seeming message.  That Morales sings in the song’s chorus, “And when you came up for breath/I knew there wasn’t nothing left to do but choose/And everything I lost/Wasn’t much compared to all I had to lose” adds to the argument that the song’s lyrical theme is a personal message about taking for granted what one has in life.  Again, what exactly was being taken for granted – whether it be a personal relationship or something else – is something that is left for interpretation.  Either way, the fact that this seems to be the message makes the song’s musical content couple well with this half of the song’s content.  Taking everything noted here into account, the whole of the song shows even more why Ether will keep listeners engaged from start to end.  It is just one more way in which Ether proves its appeal.  ‘The Fight’ is one more way in which the EP shows its strength.

‘The Fight’ is an interesting addition to Ether.  That is due in part to its overall musical arrangement.  This composition is so starkly opposite of any of the other songs featured in this record.  The verses are distinctly subtle, but not necessarily reserved per say.  There is a certain Sevendust-esque sense to the song from the band’s more recent works, in listening closely to the arrangement.  The chorus meanwhile pack a little bit more of a punch, but it’s not a knockout punch.  Even in this case, there is a certain amount of control.  It makes for a very interesting listen.  It is not necessarily a radio ready work, but still is worth hearing.  That unique arrangement couples well with the song’s equally engaging lyrical theme, which comes across as one of those songs about someone driving along and having enough time to contemplate a lot of life matters.

Moontooth front man John Carbone provides the vocals for this song.  His vocal delivery is comparable to that of Sevendust front man Lajon Witherspoon as he sings in the song’s lead verse, “Thundering down the cold, dark desert road/It ain’t the miles you’re looking at/Ain’t the pavement you see/But its ghost/And all the trials that lay ahead/Yeah, it becomes your only friend.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Rumbling ground/It shakes from the load/the burden that you live to bear/Deafening sound, it rings in your soul/Make you forget what brought you here/Now the ending ain’t so clear.”  While the song’s musical arrangement doesn’t quite do so, this portion of the song leaves one making comparisons to Bob Seger’s hit song ‘Turn The Page.’  It seems to have that same kind of lyrical approach; someone on the road, lots of thoughts on the mind, etc. etc. etc.  It is an interesting sort of update, although it likely was not intended.  The comparison is strengthened even more as Carbone sings in the song’s chorus, “When you live for the fight for too long/You burn for the bloody way out/But the only hope for a victory/Is to learn to lay it down.”  It’s as if he is saying, even with all the thinking and things on a person’s mind, a person may want a certain outcome, but the outcome we want may not always be the best outcome.  Again, this is all this critic’s interpretation.   Hopefully it is in the proverbial ballpark.  That aside, all of this is sure to generate its own share of discussion among listeners.  Together with its accompanying musical content, the engagement and entertainment ensured through the song’s musical and lyrical content shows once more why Ether succeeds overall.  Together with the two covers that join this work and the EP’s two other originals, the record overall proves itself to be a complete work and a complete success for Morton and company.

Mark Morton’s recently released EP Ether is a strong follow-up to his debut solo album Anasthetic (2019).  That is because it continues to exhibit Morton’s talents as more than just another metal guitarist, but a widely-versed musician and songwriter.  That is evidenced through all three of the record’s original works and its two covers.  The musical and lyrical content in each original as well as the adaptation of the covers do well to support those statements.  All things considered, Ether can be considered in whole, to be one of this year’s top new EPs.

More information on Ether is available online now along with all of Mark Morton’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Lamb Of God Debuts ‘Routes’ Video

Courtesy: Epic Records

Lamb of God debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Routes‘ Friday.  The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled record, which is scheduled for release June 19 through Epic Records.

The video features a variety of images related to the oil industry, such as oil derricks, factories and images of smoke around the Earth.  The imagery is tied into the sociopolitical commentary in the song’s lyrics.

Front man Randy Blythe said in a recent interview, the song was crafted following a personal experience that he had in North Dakota.

“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part,” he said.  “I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”

Testament front man Chuck Billy, who is of Pomo Native American descent, added his vocal talent to the song.

Billy talked about taking taking part in the song’s creation with his own comments.

“It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by LAMB OF GOD to do some guest vocals on this song,” he said.  “The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy’s storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.”

Blythe said the decision to add Billy to the song was intentional.

“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country,” says Blythe. “So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section – Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”

Lamb of God debuted the album’s third single ‘New Colossal Hate‘ last month.  That song and this latest offering are just two of the lyrically heavy songs featured in Lamb of God.  The record also takes on the issue of school shootings in the song ‘Reality Bath’ and the opioid crisis in the song ‘On the Hook.’

Memento Mori‘ and the album’s lead single, ‘Checkmate‘ were released in March and February respectively.

Lamb of God was produced by Josh Wilbur (Soulfly, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Gojira), and features guest appearances from the likes of Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta and Testament front man Chuck Billy.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

 

Lamb Of God tracklisting:
1. Memento Mori
2. Checkmate
3. Gears
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook

Pre-orders are open now for Lamb of God. The announcement was made recently that the album’s release date has been pushed back to June 19 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 impact.

More information on Lamb of God’s upcoming live dates, its new album, single, news and more is available online now at:

 

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Trivium Debuts ‘Bleed Into Me’ Video

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Trivium gave audiences yet another preview of its new album What The Dead Men Say this week.

The band debuted the album’s new song ‘Bleed Into Me‘ Wednesday.  The video is a continuation of sorts from the video that accompanied the album’s lead single, ‘Catastrophist.’

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Bleed Into Me’ is a heavy,  brooding work that incorporates some old school metal influences into its whole for a song that will connect with listeners. Front man Matt Heaggy’s vocal delivery adds its own touch to the whole of the presentation.  The song’s lyrical content presents its own depth.

The debut of ‘Bleed Into Me’ follows the release, most recently, of another of the album’s songs, ‘Amongst The Shadows and the Stones.’  The band debuted the video for the album’s title track and second single March 26.

The track listing for What The Dead Men Say is noted below.  The album is scheduled to be released Friday through Roadrunner Records.

 

 

WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY TRACK LISTING:
“IX”
“What The Dead Men Say”
“Catastrophist”
“Amongst The Shadows And The Stones”
“Bleed Into Me”
“The Defiant”
“Sickness Unto You”
“Scattering The Ashes”
“Bending The Arc To Fear”
“The Ones We Leave Behind”

 

Trivium is scheduled to join Megadeth and Lamb of God on their summer tour starting June 12 in Bristow, VA.  The band’s run on the tour is scheduled to go through Aug. 1. Following some time off, Trivium will rejoin Lamb of God and Megadeth starting Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, FL.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 13 in Reno, NV.

The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

 

 

TRIVIUM ON TOUR:
SUMMER 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:

6/12 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
6/20 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 — Boston, MA — Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 — Providence, RI — Bold Point Park
6/26 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 — Burgettstown, PA — S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
7/1 — Detroit, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/2 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 — Indianapolis, IN — Ruoff Music Center
7/5 — Atlanta, GA — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
7/7 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC PAVILION
7/8 — Cleveland, OH — Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/12 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
7/16 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 — Houston, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/26 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
7/29 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion

FALL 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:
10/2 — West Palm Beach, FL — iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 — Birmingham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 — New Orleans, LA — UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center Arena
10/11 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
10/14 — Springfield, MO — JQH Arena
10/16 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
10/21 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
10/23 — Huntington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
10/24 — Bethlehem, PA — The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
10/28 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/30 — St. Paul, MN — Armory
10/31 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
11/2 — Omaha, NE — Baxter Arena
11/3 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
11/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena
11/11 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center

 

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Lamb of God Debuts New LP’s Third Single, Single’s Lyric Video

Courtesy: Epic Records

Lamb of God has debuted the latest single from its forthcoming self-titled album.

The band debuted the new single ‘New Colossal Hate‘ Wednesday alongside its lyric video.  The song’s musical arrangement is everything that fans have come to expect from the band, with its powerhouse shredding and equally precise timekeeping.  Its lyrical content is just as powerful as its musical content, according to information provided about the new song.  The information states that the song’s lyrical content is meant to address the mistreatment of people from ethnic minorities.

Guitarist Willie Adler spoke in a recent interview about the creation of the song’s arrangement.

“‘New Colossal Hate’ came out of our very first writing session in Maine,” he said.  “[Guitarist] Mark [Morton], our producer Josh Wilbur and I were at a super cool studio in South Windham called Halo.  An absolutely beautiful spot run by some of the best people I’ve ever met.  I’m pretty sure ‘New Colossal Hate’ grew from a few different demos I had.  You know, like pats of a car. However, as it started to take shape, it quickly became my favorite song on the record.  Please enjoy this banger of a tune.  It holds a very special place in my heart.”

Audiences who are prone to epileptic seizures are cautioned against taking in the song’s lyric video due to the excessive flashing images.

‘New Colossal Hate’ is just one of Lamb of God‘s lyrically heavy songs.  According to the noted information, the album also takes on issues, such as the nation’s opioid crisis (‘On The Hook’), school shootings (‘Reality Bath’) and social injustice (‘Routes’) throughout the course of its body.

‘New Colossal Hate’ is the third single so far from Lamb of God.  It follows the release of the album’s second single, ‘Memento Mori‘ and the album’s lead single, ‘Checkmate.’

According to front man Randy Blythe, ‘Memento Mori’ presents its own social commentary.

“Months before the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, I wrote ‘Memento Mori’ as a reminder to myself to be not be consumed by the ominpresent electronic harbingers of doom that surround us – cell phones, computers and television screens,” he said.  “While these devices can be useful tools, and it is important to stay informed, it is equally important to remain engaged with the real, physical world we live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality.”

Blythe went on to talk about the song’s video in his statement.

“I wrote the narrative video treatment a few months ago to illustrate how warped and myopic our mental states can become when we fail to remain engaged with that reality – if all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere,” he said.  “The actual monsters we used in the video are Sinisteria, a local Richmond, Virginia haunted house/dark performance troupe I met on the street at our annual Krampus Nacht parade.  Richmond has a strong tradition of loud music and weird costumed monsters working hand-in-hand to make salient points (we are the birthplace of Gwar, after all), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

“Music has always been there for me, raising my spirits during hard times, and it is my hope that this song’s positive message will do the same for fans of our music right now and beyond,” he added.  “The release date for the tune was set a good while ago, but the timing seems eerily prescient to me now.  So enjoy the song and video, and remember to step away from the screens for a bit — real life is waiting for you.  We only get one shot, so don’t waste this day.  Everyone be well, keep a cool head, take care of yourselves and take care of EACH OTHER.”

Guitarist Mark Morton expanded on Blythe’s comments about the song’s creation.

“I had been sitting with the music for the intro and the post chorus for quite a while,” he said.  “I was trying to develop those two parts as separate songs altogether and was a little stumped particularly with the intro piece.  Me, Willie, and Josh Wilbur (producer) were doing demos in the studio, and the idea came up to try to mash those parts into the same tune, and everything just took off.  It was one of those times where once I knew what we were trying to do, the riffs just kind of fell out of me like they were writing themselves like they were writing themselves.  It’s always a crazy feeling when that happens.  Vocally, Randy heard the intro and said he instantly got a throwback Sisters of Mercy type vibe from it and he took off from there.”

In talking about ‘Checkmate,’ Morton had the following to say:

“‘Checkmate’ brings together all the components of the Lamb of God sound that we’ve been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band,” he said.  “Re-energized and reignited, this is Lamb of God 2020.  We’ve never been more excited.”

Blythe expanded on his comments.

“Putting only our names on it is a statement,” Blythe said.  “This is Lamb of God. Here and now.”

Lamb of God was produced by Josh Wilbur (Soulfly, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Gojira), and features guest appearances from the likes of Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta and Testament front man Chuck Billy.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Lamb Of God tracklisting:
1. Memento Mori
2. Checkmate
3. Gears
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook

Pre-orders are open now for Lamb of God. The announcement was made recently that the album’s release date has been pushed back to June 19 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 impact.

More information on Lamb of God’s upcoming live dates, its new album, single, news and more is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://www.lamb-of-god.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/lambofgod

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/lambofgod

 

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Lamb of God Debuts ‘Memento Mori’ Video; Announces New Live Summer, Fall Dates

Courtesy: Epic Records

Lamb of God gave audiences another taste of the band’s forthcoming album this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Memento Mori‘ March 17. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled album, which is scheduled for release May 8 through Epic Records.

The song presents an arrangement that audiences have come to expect from LoG throughout the years, with its heavy, shredding guitar work and its solid time keeping alongside front man Randy Blythe’s gutteral vocals.

Blythe talked about the song’s lyrical content in a recent interview, noting the inspiration for the song’s lyrical content was far-reaching.

“Months before the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, I wrote ‘Memento Mori’ as a reminder to myself to be not be consumed by the ominpresent electronic harbingers of doom that surround us – cell phones, computers and television screens,” he said.  “While these devices can be useful tools, and it is important to stay informed, it is equally important to remain engaged with the real, physical world we live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality.”

Blythe went on to talk about the song’s video in his statement.

“I wrote the narrative video treatment a few months ago to illustrate how warped and myopic our mental states can become when we fail to remain engaged with that reality – if all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere,” he said.  “The actual monsters we used in the video are Sinisteria, a local Richmond, Virginia haunted house/dark performance troupe I met on the street at our annual Krampus Nacht parade.  Richmond has a strong tradition of loud music and weird costumed monsters working hand-in-hand to make salient points (we are the birthplace of Gwar, after all), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

“Music has always been there for me, raising my spirits during hard times, and it is my hope that this song’s positive message will do the same for fans of our music right now and beyond,” he added.  “The release date for the tune was set a good while ago, but the timing seems eerily prescient to me now.  So enjoy the song and video, and remember to step away from the screens for a bit — real life is waiting for you.  We only get one shot, so don’t waste this day.  Everyone be well, keep a cool head, take care of yourselves and take care of EACH OTHER.”

Guitarist Mark Morton expanded on Blythe’s comments about the song’s creation.

“I had been sitting with the music for the intro and the post chorus for quite a while,” he said.  “I was trying to develop those two parts as separate songs altogether and was a little stumped particularly with the intro piece.  Me, Willie, and Josh Wilbur (producer) were doing demos in the studio, and the idea came up to try to mash those parts into the same tune, and everything just took off.  It was one of those times where once I knew what we were trying to do, the riffs just kind of fell out of me like they were writing themselves like they were writing themselves.  It’s always a crazy feeling when that happens.  Vocally, Randy heard the intro and said he instantly got a throwback Sisters of Mercy type vibe from it and he took off from there.”

The debut of ‘Memento Mori’ comes more than a month after Lamb of God debuted the lead single from its self-titled album, ‘Checkmate.’

Lamb of God was produced by Josh Wilbur (Soulfly, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Gojira), and features guest appearances from the likes of Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta and Testament front man Chuck Billy.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Lamb Of God tracklisting:
1. Memento Mori
2. Checkmate
3. Gears
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook

Pre-orders are open now for Lamb of God.

Lamb of God is scheduled to launch a tour in support of its new album starting June 12 in Bristow, VA.  The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 13 in Reno, NV.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LAMB OF GOD tour dates:
5/9 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville (US Festival)
Co-headlining  w/Megadeth and special guests Trivium and In Flames:
Summer 2020
6/12 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
6/20 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Lake Amphitheater
6/26 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 – Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
7/1 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
7/2 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
7/5 – Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Music Center
7/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
7/8 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
7/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
7/12 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
7/16 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
7/26 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
7/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 – Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
Fall 2020
10/2 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena
10/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
10/14 – Springfield, MO @ JQH Arena
10/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/21 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
10/23 – Huntington, WV @ Mountain Heath Arena
10/24 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron
10/28 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
10/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Armory
10/31 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
11/2 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
11/3 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
11/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
11/11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center

 

 

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Trivium Announces New LP Release, Tour Dates; Debuts Video For LP’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Trivium will release its ninth full-length studio recording next month.

What The Dead Men Say is scheduled for release April 24 through Roadrunner Records.  It will come less than three years after the band released its eighth album The Sin and the Sentence.

In anticipation of the new LP’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Catastrophist‘ Thursday.  The video, directed by Ryan Mackfall, is a full cinematic presentation that finds the band — Matt Heafy (vocals, guitar), Corey Beaulieu (guitar), Paolo Gregoletto (bass) and Alex Bent (drums) — watch a woman try to escape a pair of unidentified figures who are pursuing her.  The whole thing is captured on a series of closed circuit cameras, allowing the band to follow all of the events of the chase.

An explanation behind the video’s treatment was not provided in a news release about the video.  What can be said is that the song’s musical arrangement is comparable to works from Stone Sour while the song’s lyrical content, which seems to present a certain commentary of sorts, adds to the song’s interest.  That content is featured with the song’s video.

Heafy talked about the band’s new album in a recent interview.

What The Dead Men Say is everything that is Trivium,” he said.  “On this album, one can hear the proper ingredients of past, present and future Trivium.  The Trivium sound is having everything the band does — on one album.”

Gregoletto added to Heafy’s comments with his own statement.

“With the new album, we took what worked on the The Sin and the Sentence and dialed it all up to 11,” he said.

Beaulieu expanded on his band mates statements.

“We wanted to build on the foundation that we established with the last album,” he said.  “The record has all the elements that are Trivium — along with all of us pushing ourselves creatively.  This led to a highly-inspired and fast-paced writing and recording process that really captures the energy of the band.”

The track listing for What The Dead Men Say is noted below.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.

 

 

WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY TRACK LISTING:
“IX”
“What The Dead Men Say”
“Catastrophist”
“Amongst The Shadows And The Stones”
“Bleed Into Me”
“The Defiant”
“Sickness Unto You”
“Scattering The Ashes”
“Bending The Arc To Fear”
“The Ones We Leave Behind”

 

 

Trivium will join Megadeth and Lamb of God on their summer tour starting June 12 in Bristow, VA.  The band’s run on the tour is scheduled to go through Aug. 1. Following some time off, Trivium will rejoin Lamb of God and Megadeth starting Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, FL.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 13 in Reno, NV.

The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

 

 

TRIVIUM ON TOUR:
SUMMER 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:

6/12 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
6/20 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 — Boston, MA — Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 — Providence, RI — Bold Point Park
6/26 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 — Burgettstown, PA — S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
7/1 — Detroit, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/2 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 — Indianapolis, IN — Ruoff Music Center
7/5 — Atlanta, GA — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
7/7 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC PAVILION
7/8 — Cleveland, OH — Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/12 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
7/16 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 — Houston, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/26 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
7/29 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion

FALL 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:
10/2 — West Palm Beach, FL — iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 — Birmingham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 — New Orleans, LA — UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center Arena
10/11 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
10/14 — Springfield, MO — JQH Arena
10/16 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
10/21 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
10/23 — Huntington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
10/24 — Bethlehem, PA — The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
10/28 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/30 — St. Paul, MN — Armory
10/31 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
11/2 — Omaha, NE — Baxter Arena
11/3 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
11/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena
11/11 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center

 

More information on Trivium’s live dates with Lamb of God and Megadeth, its new album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.trivium.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Trivium

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

 

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Lamb of God Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Debuts LP’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Epic Records

Lamb of God returned this week with its first new music in five years.

The band debuted its new single ‘Checkmate‘ Thursday.  The song is featured on the band’s new self-titled album, scheduled for release May 8 through Epic Records.

The song’s musical arrangement is everything that Lamb of God’s fans have come to expect from the band over the years.  The same can be said of the song’s no nonsense political commentary presented in its lyrical content.

LOG guitarist Mark Morton talked about the album’s overall musical direction in a recent interview.

“‘Checkmate’ brings together all the components of the Lamb of God sound that we’ve been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band,” he said.  “Re-energized and reignited, this is Lamb of God 2020.  We’ve never been more excited.”

Front man Randy Blythe shared Morton’s sentiments as he talked about the band’s new self-titled album.

“Putting only our names on it is a statement,” Blythe said.  “This is Lamb of God. Here and now.”

Lamb of God was produced by Josh Wilbur (Soulfly, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Gojira), and features guest appearances from the likes of Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta and Testament front man Chuck Billy.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Lamb Of God tracklisting:
1. Memento Mori
2. Checkmate
3. Gears
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook

Pre-orders are open now for Lamb of God.

In celebration of its new forthcoming album, Lamb of God will perform a special free show Feb. 14 at the House of Vans in Chicago, IL.  Fans interested in attending need to RSVP here.

Following its upcoming House of Vans show, the band will kick off its worldwide tour in support of Lamb of God with a European run scheduled to launch March 27 in Stockholm, Sweden.  That tour is scheduled to run through April 25 in London, UK.

The band will return to North America on May 9 at the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Daytona, Florida.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

LAMB OF GOD tour dates:
2/14- Chicago, IL @ House of Vans *Headline show
European tour with Kreator and Power Trip:
3/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Arenan
3/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Black Box
3/30 – Oulu, FI @ Club Teatria
3/31 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall Black Box
4/2 – Kraków, PO @ Tauron Arena
4/3 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
4/4 – Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle
4/5 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
4/7 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
4/8 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
4/9 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
4/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle
4/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
4/15 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Riviera
4/17 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
4/18 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Saarlandhalle
4/19 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
4/21 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol
4/22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
4/23 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
4/24 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
4/25 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
5/9 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville *US Festival

More information on Lamb of God’s upcoming live dates, its new album, single, news and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.lamb-of-god.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lambofgod

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lambofgod

 

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