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


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While he might be a bit biased, Lamb Of God drummer Art Cruz has high praise for his Lamb Of God bandmate, vocalist Randy Blythe. During a recent appearance on the ‘Talk Toomey Podcast‘, Cruz was discussing the fill-in performers the Richmond, VA-based groove metal titans have enlisted over the years.

Vio-lence‘s Phil Demmel has become the international touring replacement for Willie Adler, while members of Chimaira, Fit For an Autopsy and more filled in for Blythe earlier this spring.

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During the chat, it was brought up that Light The Torch/ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones is one of Blythe‘s preferred backup vocalists if he is unable to make a show. When the podcast’s host Josh Toomey mentioned he would love to see a Howard Jones-fronted Lamb Of God set, Cruz replied:

“I’m speaking as a fan as well. Randy Blythe is one of… He’s the greatest frontman in heavy metal history in my opinion. Not just on a vocal level, it’s more of [as] a performer. Metal bands need a performer, somebody like that, that can really take it and lead you through this adventure, this…

I think between Randy and people like Jamey Jasta and obviously Phil Anselmo—these are elite frontmen in my opinion. That’s just in my generation too. I mean you can go very [far] back even more and start going deep into the older stuffs from the classic metal days and stuff like that.

But I don’t feel like… There [are] a lot more performers happening now I think. From the hardcore scene and that new wave of American metal that came through, it was just like your frontman was kind of everything.”

Cruz did follow that by admitting that seeing Jones front Lamb Of God for a night would be “interesting” however. The full interview can be found here.

Lamb Of God are currently out headlining North American in support of their forthcoming album “Omens“. You can find the dates for their 2022 touring below, while “Omens” is slated for an October 07th release.

With Killswitch Engage, Baroness & Suicide Silence:

09/13 Youngstown, OH – Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater
09/14 Baltimore, MD – Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
09/16 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
09/17 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
09/18 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/21 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
09/23 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival *No KSE, No Suicide Silence
09/24 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
09/25 Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amp at Freedom Hill
09/26 Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
09/30 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

With Killswitch Engage, Motionless In White & Fit For An Autopsy:

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

With Killswitch Engage, Spiritbox & Fit For An Autopsy:

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

With Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders & Fit For An Autopsy:

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

With Kreator & Thy Art Is Murder:

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

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