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Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has updated his Randonesia blog with a heartfelt post that finds him speaking on what its like to be a member of Lamb Of God.

An excerpt from the entry can be read below:

“Being a member of my band, lamb of god, has provided me with many different experiences. Some are incredibly exhilarating, such as watching one of my best friends jump out of an airplane right in front of me, then eight terrified seconds later following him into free fall high above the Nevada desert. Stepping onstage in front of a hundred or so thousand screaming people in the English countryside. Running wild through the streets of Tokyo at night, intoxicated on a heavy mixture of strong Japanese beer, jet lag, and the Blade Runner-esque neon skyline I had dreamed of seeing since my childhood.

Some of the experiences aren’t so fun. Getting the flu and traveling around Europe in a sweaty haze, screaming my brains out for more than hour and trying to entertain the paying concert goers when I feel like I am going to pass out and/or defecate in my shorts on stage. Leaving home heartbroken after a terrible argument with my wife and not having time make it right before I fly to Australia for a month. Not being able to find a toilet that isn’t covered in excrement, vomit, blood, or urine and REALLY having to take a poop. The sheer exhaustion that settles in after rushing from airport to airport on far too little sleep for a couple of years in a row. It gets mind numbing at times.

For me, being in a band, MY BAND, is often long, boring, stretches of “hurry up and wait”, interrupted by really intense moments of pure joy. Somewhere in the middle of these highs and lows is the experience I call my life. I really cherish all of these moments, the good AND the bad. I try not take them for granted, to examine them under the admittedly clouded and subjective microscope that is my perspective, learn from them, and become a better man. I want to understand them for what they are, and what they mean in the context of my life. Since I’ve put down the bottle, I believe I do a pretty good job of it most days. The quotidian can get rather bizarre at times, but it’s mine. I’m clear headed enough to remember it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But there are times that being in my band gives me a moment that makes me stop dead in my tracks and ask myself “Why am I experiencing this? Why me?” A few fleeting seconds on the clock that I don’t understand the exact nature of, ones I can’t seem to process, no matter how I look at them. A minute or two in my life I can’t immediately compartmentalize, yet I know is important to me, the way I view the world, my place in it, and my movement through it.

I had one of these moments a few nights ago. My band was in Washington DC, finishing up a short six day east coast run to kick off our tour cycle for our new record. We were playing at the venerable 9:30 Club, and since it’s so close to home for us there were lots of friends and family members in attendance. When it was time for us to play, I walked over to stage left, kissed my wife for good luck, and took my place behind a wall of amps and cords with our guitarist Mark and his tech Warren Lee.

As our intro started to roll, Warren handed me a black aluminum band with some letters on it and said “Hey man- this kid gave me this. He wanted you to have it. It’s his buddy that got killed in Afghanistan”. I read the bracelet.”

Head over to Blythe‘s Tumblr to read the rest.

Nothing Til Blood, We The Gathered & From The Eyes Of Servants Tour Announced

Nothing Til Blood, We The Gathered and From The Eyes Of Servants will join forces on The Down And Around Tour shortly. Here’s where they will be playing:

02/25 Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse
02/26 Tallahassee, FL – The Bomb Shelter
02/27 Panama City, FL – The A&M Theatre
02/29 Tampa, FL – Transitions Art Gallery
03/02 Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
03/04 Fayetteville, GA – The 11th Hour
03/05 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
03/09 Troutville, VA – Inside Out
03/10 Apex, NC – Apex Baptist Church
03/13 Norfolk, VA – The Westley House
03/15 Fredericksburg, VA – The Refuge
03/16 Hollsopple, PA – The Flood
03/17 Crofton, MD – The MACC
03/21 Louisville, KY – Hope For The Rejected

Amon Amarth Firm Up Dates For Spring Latin American Tour

Amon Amarth‘s spring Latin American touring plans continue to solidify. Here’s the latest schedule:

03/20 Caracas, VEN – TBA
03/22 Bogota, COL – Teatro Metropol
03/24 Sao Paulo, BRA – Carioca Club
03/26 Buenos Aires, ARG – The End
03/28 Montevideo, URU – Troya
03/30 Antofagasta, CHL – Statix Rock
04/01 Santiago, CHL – Teleton
04/03 San Jose, CA – El Domo
04/05 San Salvador, SV – CIFO
04/07 Mexico City, MEX – Circo Volador
04/08 Guadalajara, MEX – Teatro Cavaret

Gaza Planning To Work On New EP

Gaza look to be in a rather prolific state of mind. The group recently tweeted the following update:

“We’re going to start rehearsing the new record on Monday and begin writing as well. Going to try and get an EP composed before tour. Stoked”

A release date for their aforementioned new album, which was produced by Converge‘s Kurt Ballou, remains pending.

The lineup for this years “Hellfest” in Clisson, France has been revealed. Here’s how the trek, which will take place at Champ Louet from June 15th to 17th, will run:

Friday, June 15th:

Mainstage 01:

Megadeth
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Gotthard
Molly Hatchet
Lizzy Borden
Bukowski
Alpha Tiger

+1 band TBA

Mainstage 02:

King Diamond
Dropkick Murphys
Turbonegro
Heaven Shall Burn
The Bronx
Black Bomb A
Hamlet
Betraying The Martyrs

+1 band TBA

The Altar Stage:

Cannibal Corpse
Obituary
Brujeria
Nasum
Vomitory
Unexpect
Benediction
Benighted
Trepalium

The Temple Stage:

Amon Amarth
Satyricon
Moonsorrow
Shining
Darkspace
Endstille
Solstafir
Belenos
Merrimack

The Warzone Stage:

From Ashes Rise
Arson Anthem
The Spudmonsters
Discharge
Victims
Vitamin X
Extinction Of Mankind

+1 band TBA
click here to read the rest of the lineup…

Black Sabbath Reunion To Continue Without Drummer Bill Ward, For Now

The recently reunited Black Sabbath have decided to continue on without drummer Bill Ward. The news follows Ward publically voicing his concerns yesterday, February 02nd, regarding the contracts being offered to him for the reunion.

Speaking through the official Black Sabbath Facebook earlier today, February 03rd, the other members of the band stated:

“We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans…we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open… We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll… See you at Download!!!

- Tony, Ozzy and Geezer

Between The Buried And Me To Hit The Studio In May

Between The Buried And Me will enter the studio in May to begin recording their new outing with longtime co-conspirator Jamie King handling the production duties. The news was revealed through a recent interview with King over at Killthemusic.net.

When asked whether or not it was true he was once again working with Between The Buried And Me on their next release, King replied:

“Yeah, BTBAM are schedule to come in in May. We’ve been working together so long that it’s like family getting together for a project. Just like hangin out with friends and making music as it should be. It’s always enjoyable with then as they are great people and great players. Just a little stressful for me as I don’t want to let them down and the stakes are getting higher and higher with those guys. Stuff needs to get better and better so it pushes me to keep improving my skills and gear.”

The Burial Sign With Facedown Records, Stream New Song

The Burial have officially inked a deal with Facedown Records and will release their new album “Lights And Perfections” through the label on March 27th. The group were previously signed with Facedown imprint label, Strike First Records. A new song from the offering by the name of “Pearls; The Frailty Of Matter” has been posted for streaming below:

Jeff Loomis (Ex-Nevermore) Reveals Backing Musicians For Immediate Touring Plans

Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) has announced the musicians who will back him on his upcoming tour with Protest The Hero, Periphery, The Safety Fire and Today I Caught The Plague. Here’s who will accompany him:

Guitars – Joe Nurre (Shaded Enmity)
Bass – Gregory Macklin (System Divide, Ordinance)
Drums – Anup Sastry (Intervals, Skyharbor)

Loomis had the following to say about the lineup:

“My good friend, Joe Nurre from up here in Seattle, will be playing guitar with me out on this run with Protest the Hero and Periphery. Some of you might have seen him play with Nevermore on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise last year.

I was lucky enough to find this killer drummer online. His name is Anup Sastry, I’ve seen him do these perfect drum covers on his Youtube page. I reached out and learned he plays in a few great bands as well. You should check out all the stuff he’s done. Anup is based out in the DC area and brought in a friend of his, Greg Macklin, to do bass.

Those guys are going to be getting together out there to start practicing the set. Joe and I will do the same over here and then a couple weeks before the tour, Joe and I will fly over Maryland and we’ll all rehearse until we get things perfect. I can’t wait to get out there and start playing live again. See you soon.”

Loomis will release his new solo album “Plains Of Oblivion” through Century Media on April 10th. Meanwhile, dates for the afforementioned tour are available here.

Cancer Bats To Tour Canada This Spring With Touche Amore & A Sight For Sewn Eyes

Cancer Bats will hit the road for a Canadian tour with Touche Amore and A Sight For Sewn Eyes in March/April. Cancer Bats will be on the road in support of their new album “Dead Set On Living“, which is due out on April 24th through Metal Blade (Distort Inc. in Canada.)

Here’s how the tour will run:

03/30 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
03/31 Brandon, MB – North Hill Inn
04/02 Fernie, BC – Northern Bar & Stage
04/03 Nelson, BC – Hume Hotel Spirit Bar
04/04 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
04/05 Prince George, BC – The Generator
04/06 Edmonton, AB – The Pawnshop
04/07 Calgary, AB – Broken City
04/08 Saskatoon, SK – Sutherland Memorial Hall
04/10 Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub
04/11 Sudbury, ON – Jubilee Hall
04/12 Kitchener, ON – Club Wax
04/13 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks Bar
04/14 Toronto, ON – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
04/15 St. Catharines, ON – L3 Nightclub

Korn Perform On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Footage Available

Korn were the musical guests on last night’s (February 02nd) episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!“. You can watch the band perform their tracks “Narcissistic Cannibal” (with Kill The Noise) and “Get Up!” on the program below:

Narcissistic Cannibal” (feat. Kill The Noise):

click here to watch ‘Get Up!’…