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6 Dream Tour Pairings!!!

How many of you have thought, “Man, wouldn’t it be just awesome if [insert band name here] toured with [insert band name here]?” I know I’ve done it on more than one occasion. Hell, I do it all the damn time. There are some tour pairings that make so much sense that it simply boggles my mind that the’ve never been done. These are tours that would get fans salivating, drool flowing from the mouth like waterfalls.

So I put together six of my most desired tour pairings, ones where the headliner and co-headliner would not only compliment each other but would take things to an entirely new level. Head on below to see my list! READ MORE

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[Best & Worst '12] Jonny Picks His Top 10 Albums Of 2012

And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!

Make sure to check out my worst 5 albums here. READ MORE

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Lamb Of God Singer Randy Blythe's Prague Trial Date Set

Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe has been issued formal summons to appear in a Prague court on Feb. 4th, 2013 for manslaughter. The charges stem from the death of 19-year old Daniel Nosek, who died after receiving a head injury at a Lamb Of God concert in Prague in 2010. The court decided to move forward with the trial after receiving a finished investigative report from Czech police.

Court spokeswoman Martina Lhotáková states, “We have issued Randy Blythe with a court summons, and he is obliged to attend the hearing in person. The trial will determine the culpability of Blythe, and his potential punishment.

According to Prague Post, Blythe faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Read more on this below. READ MORE

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10 Moments In Songs That I Just Love

We all have those moments in songs that just speak to us. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s that part of the song that you’re blasting in the car with a several of your friends and you make them all shut up so you can share that one special moment with them. Usually, it ends up with everyone staring at you, wondering what the hell you’re so excited about.

You know what? Screw ‘em. You know what’s so special. You know what’s going on. And you’re gonna scroll back to hear that part again, whether they like it or not.

So, join me below as I share 10 Moments In Songs That I Just Love! READ MORE

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Let's Talk The Grammy 2013 Rock Nominations, Shall We?

The official 2013 Grammy nominations list has been released and, as per usual, it takes the opportunity to laud and celebrate what the radios and mass media have been shoving down our throats for the past year (thank god we can use mp3 players and dictate what we want to listen to, right?). Now, I basically just completely ignored the vast majority of categories and immediately scanned down to find the four categories that interested me: Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. And what I found was pretty…well, it was pretty confusing. READ MORE

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Indicted On Manslaughter Chargers: Management Issues Official Statement

According to Czech news site Novinky.cz Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe has been formally indicted in the manslaughter of 19-year old Daniel Nosek, who died after sustaining injuries in a 2010 Lamb Of God performance in Prague. The court has three months to decide upon a court date or whether they want to send the case back for more investigation. If convicted, Blythe faces five to ten years in prison.

In an interview after his release, Blythe stated, “I feel ethically responsible to go back there and face this charge. [The victim's] family right now is in a lot of pain, and they deserve some answers. To lose a child is the worst possible thing a human can go through, I think .. I want my name cleared. I have to go around the world and tour, you know. That’s what I do. I’m not going to hide here. I’m an innocent man. I’m going to go to court and see what happens.

Lamb Of God manager Larry Mazer issued an official statement that you can read below. READ MORE

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[Interview] In Flames' Niclas Engelin Talks Touring, Randy Blythe Incident, His First Guitar, And More

Yesterday night I got the opportunity to sit down with In Flames guitarist Niclas Engelin during their current tour alongside UK thrash metal band Sylosis, Hellyeah, and Lamb Of God. We discussed the idea of which region has the best crowds, what the Randy Blythe arrest means for touring bands, his first guitar, his favorite horror movie, and his favorite albums of the year! You can check this exclusive video interview below!

Make sure to check out our review of In Flames’ latest album Sounds Of A Playground Fading here. READ MORE

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Sylosis Release Music Video For "Fear The World"

UK thrash metal band Sylosis, who are currently on tour with Lamb Of God and In Flames, have released a video for “Fear The World”, which comes off their latest album Monolith (released via Nuclear Blast Records). You can watch the video below.

Monolith can now be purchased on Amazon, iTunes and the Nuclear Blast webshop. READ MORE

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Watch Lamb Of God Stream Philadelphia Concert TONIGHT

Richmond, VA metal band Lamb Of God will be streaming their Philadelphia concert tonight from the Electric Factory on AXS TV. The show will stream from 10pm EST until 11:15pm EST. Click here for all details. You can watch an interview with members of LoG and AXS TV below.

The band is currently on tour with In Flames, Hatebreed (who will be replaced by Hellyeah soon), and Sylosis. Make sure to check out our review of Resolution here. READ MORE

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Czech Police Finish Investigation For Lamb Of God Singer Randy Blythe's Case: Recommend Indictment

Czech police have finished their investigation into the death of 19-year old Daniel Nosek, who died after sustaining injuries at a Lamb Of God concert in Prague in 2010. LoG singer Randy Blythe was arrested earlier this year on manslaughter charges and was held in Czech jail for a month and a half. He was ultimately released on bail and made a statement in which he said he will return, if needed, for a trial.

In the final investigation report, Czech police have recommended that Blythe be indicted and return to Prague to stand trial. According to INDES.cz, Prague City Prosecutor’s Office Štěpánka Zenklová stated that this decision will be made “…by the end of November,” after the team has had time to review the case and the facts.

In an interview after his release, Blythe stated, “I feel ethically responsible to go back there and face this charge. [The victim's] family right now is in a lot of pain, and they deserve some answers. To lose a child is the worst possible thing a human can go through, I think .. I want my name cleared. I have to go around the world and tour, you know. That’s what I do. I’m not going to hide here. I’m an innocent man. I’m going to go to court and see what happens.

Once again, this issue may interfere with Lamb Of God touring plans as the band will be on the road in December alongside In Flames and Sylosis. READ MORE

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Hatebreed Announce Release Date For New Album 'The Divinity Of Purpose': Cover Art Revealed

Metalcore band Hatebreed has announced a Jan. 29th, 2013 N. American release date for their upcoming album The Divinity Of Purpose. The album will come out Jan. 25th in Europe. The Divinity Of Purpose was co-produced by Hatebreed, Zeuss (Suicide Silence, All That Remains, Shadows Fall) and Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold). Wilbur also handled mixing duties on the new record.

Check out the awesome album artwork, which was done by Eliran Kantor, below. READ MORE

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[Exclusive] Product Of Hate "The Unholy Manipulator" Music Video Premiere Feat. Hellraiser's Ashley Laurence

Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for Product Of Hate‘s “The Unholy Manipulator”, which stars none other than Hellraiser’s Ashley Laurence! The video is a short film, much of it taking place in the imagination of the lead singer as he works his day job. But what a twisted and evil imagination it is! Check out the video below!

The song comes from the band’s 2010 album The Unholy Manipulator (iTunes). Product Of Hate will also be opening up for Lamb of God on Nov. 9th at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. READ MORE

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Dethklok Announces Headlining Tour With Machine Head, All That Remains, And The Black Dahlia Murder

Dethklok has announced a full headlining tour for this Fall that sees support coming from Machine Head, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder. This tour comes after the cancellation of the tour with Lamb Of God and Gojira. The full touring schedule can be seen below and tickets are available now. READ MORE

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Lamb Of God Announce Fall Headline Tour

Lamb Of God has announced the first full headline tour since Randy Blythe’s incarceration and subsequent release from a Czech Republic prison. Direct support will come from In Flames while Hatebreed will tour from Oct. 30th through Nov. 19th at which point Hellyeah will take over the remaining tour dates. Sylosis has been confirmed as the opening act on all dates. This will be LoG’s first US tour in support of their album Resolution (review).

While I’m still a bit disappointed that the LoG/Dethklok/Gojira tour wasn’t able to take place, I’m pretty thrilled with this lineup! I’ve seen Lamb of God twice as well as In Flames twice and they both put on one hell of a show.

For full touring schedule, check out the dates below. READ MORE

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Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang: 15-11

We’ve come to the halfway point in BD’s Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang. If you’re not caught up with the list so far, check out 25-21 here and 20-16 here. Then, if your neck isn’t too sore, make it on down below for the next five riffs! READ MORE

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Releases First Official Statement Since Release

Last Friday, the metal community woke up to news that Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe was released from Czech Republic prison after spending over a month in incarceration in the death of a fan in 2010. It was a welcome victory for fans and musicians alike who have been fighting to bring awareness to this case since the beginning.

Now, Blythe has released his first official statement since release where he goes over three key points. The first is his appreciation and gratitude to the fans, family, friends, community, and everyone else who showed support. The second is a short description of his time in the jail itself and how he was treated fairly. The last point is that, if necessary, he will return to Prague to stand trial.

You can read the full statement below. READ MORE

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BREAKING: Lamb Of God Singer Randy Blythe Is Coming Home

Update: Although the Lamb Of God/Dethklok/Gojira tour is still cancelled, the band WILL be performing at Knotfest. They are also looking towards a Oct. 26th start date for a full US tour. Randy will also be making a public statement in the next week.

According to a very simple post from the official Lamb Of God twitter, Randy Blythe is out of Czech Republic prison and is coming home. The Richmond Times Dispatch explains further that, “…court upheld a lower court decision that had rejected a request by prosecutors to keep Blythe in custody.” Blythe had paid somewhere around $400,000 in bail but was still being kept in prison as prosecutors argued that if he left the country he might never return.

Blythe was released from prison yesterday and left the country today. He is expected to land in New York this afternoon. However, Loudwire makes a good point, Randy is still not done with this situation. He is out on bail but he will most likely have to return to Prague for the trial at some later date.

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Terror Cancels Czech Republic Show To Support Randy Blythe

Hardcore band Terror is currently touring the world in support of their latest release Keepers Of The Faith. However, going over their world tour schedule, the band has decided to cancel a planned show in Czech Republic to show their support for Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe. The band released the following statement:

TERROR is going to cancel their show in the Czech Republic this month. We feel obligated to stand up for Randy Blythe. This situation seems to be taken too lightly. Randy comes from punk and hardcore roots, just like TERROR. He still supports underground music and has always supported TERROR– even singing on stage alongside us when we play Richmond. This hits really close to home for us having members of the band and our crew from the hometown of LAMB OF GOD.

We love our Czech fans very much and have amazing shows there, but we need to ‘stick tight’ to our friend Randy, which is why we have chosen to cancel the show. As a band that could easily be in this same position at any given show, we don’t think we can play there and act like this is OK – it isn’t.

This is bigger than a hashtag or a clever t-shirt– we as a community need to take action and speak up. Free Randy Blythe.

Read on for my reaction. READ MORE

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Gojira Announce Intimate Headline Tour Dates

Although the tour with Lamb of God and Dethklok has been cancelled, French metal band Gojira isn’t letting that hold them back as they venture out on their small headlining tour. The stops will include shows at the Heavy TO Festival in Toronto as well as the Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal. The band will also be performing on the second day of Slipknot‘s inaugural Knotfest in Minneapolis. Tour dates are below.

Make sure to check out our review of Gojira’s latest album, L’Enfant Sauvage here. READ MORE

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Lamb Of God/Dethklok/Gojira Tour Officially Cancelled

I feel like I kinda jinxed things in yesterday’s article about Randy Blythe where I stated that there was still no word on whether or not the Lamb Of God/Dethklok/Gojira tour was pushing forward. I was still harboring a completely unrealistic hope that the tour would continue, even if it had to reschedule the first few dates. Alas, that is not going to happen as word has broken that the tour is now officially cancelled.

Per LoG’s PR: “The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.

They also add, “Lamb Of God wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.READ MORE

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Denied Bail Once Again

More bad news for Randy Blythe, Lamb of God, and fans around the world as the singer has once again been denied release after posting $400,000 in bail. Blythe has been sitting in jail for over a month in Prague as he faces manslaughter charges stemming from the death of a concert goer in 2010.

In the United States, when someone posts bail, they are free to leave jail. Apparently this is not the case in Czech Republic. Rather, a prosecutor can detain the defendant while they issue a formal protest. In this situation, the prosecution issued the challenge a day after bail was posted. The lawyer will have to meet with the judge on Friday (July 27th) to explain their reasons. The judge will then have five days to deliberate on the reasoning and another five days to post a decision. So we’re looking at a possible Aug. 6th date at the earliest (this is if they don’t take into account “business days”). READ MORE

[Podcast] 'Aural Pleasures' Episode 13

The three trouble makers behind Aural Pleasures are back!

Bill, Jonny, and Adam go over a range of topics this month, including the Spice Girls playing at the Olympics Closing Ceremony, the music of Lollipop Chainsaw (composed by Akira Yamaoka of “Silent Hill” fame and Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence), the Randy Blythe incarceration, and, as always, some recommendations for you all! Quick word of warning: Adam might very well offend even the most stone-hearted of you in this episode. Seriously, the guy’s a bit of a prat here. HAVE FUN!

Tune in and enjoy the latest Aural Pleasures after the break, or you can subscribe via iTunes by searching “Bloody Disgusting. READ MORE

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Issues First Jailhouse Interview

Ever since his arrest on June 28th in Prague, there hasn’t been any direct word from Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe. That is until now. Czech news website Blesk.cz has managed to conduct an interview with Blythe which Loudwire has translated. Here are some excerpts:

Blesk.cz: What is your recollection of the incident that happened at club Abaton in Prague during Lamb of God’s concert in May 2010?

Randy: “I don’t know anything about any sort of incident [that allegedly took place during the concert]. I remember very few details about the show, mainly because I have played a lot of concerts [before and after the gig in question]. I just remember that the stage at the club was very small, and we barely managed to fit our equipment on there. Also, apparently there was a security guard there because many people climbed onto the stage — including one small boy, in particular, but I could be mixing up details with what happened at other clubs. Since I don’t wear my glasses while performing, I see little more than blurry outlines. In any case, I did not attack anyone. The only way I could have come into contact with anyone from the audience was if I was protecting myself from [people bumping into me when climbing on the stage].”

Blesk.cz: How are you spending time in custody and with your fellow inmates?

Randy: “I read, I write letters to friends, family, and I also keep a diary. I get along very well with [my Mongol cellmate], and I am even trying to learn a bit of Mongolian. I’m starting to write a book about my time in the Pankrác prison and come up with lyrical ideas.”

Read on for more information. READ MORE

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Update On Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe

It’s been just over a week since we reported that Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was arrested by Czech police for manslaughter. The incident in question, which occurred in 2012, was regarding the death of a fan, 19-year old Daniel Nosek, who in 2010 fell off the stage at a LoG show, hit his head, slipped into a coma, and died after several days.

According to both management and LoG publicity, neither of them were aware of ANY charges or of the circumstance at all. They were completely blindsided by this situation. Also, even though Blythe paid the legal system their equivalent of $200,000 (which he states is his annual income) for bail, he has still not been released. As a matter of fact, he will not be released until next week, according to officials. Now, while I can join the endless throngs of people who are screaming at the unjustness of this, I do know that it is only relatively recently that the Czech Republic gained independence and democracy. Therefore, there are probably still snags and hiccups in the process.

Throughout this all, Blythe has shown nothing but patience and positivity. He has apparently not once complained about his situation nor has he made any demands. Rather, he is apparently spending his time in jail learning Mongolian. He has also stated that, upon his release, he would like to meet the family of Daniel Nosek.

While there is no determination of guilt or innocence here, it should be remembered that a family lost a son. It is tragic that Nosek passed away and I offer my deepest condolences to his family.

With that being said, I have not yet seen enough evidence to place the guilt on Blythe. Rather, it seems that as more and more evidence is released, the more it looks like there is something else going on. Slow-motion footage of the event in question has raised many questions from both fans and legal advisors.

Whatever the situation, I hope that a amicable and peaceful resolution can be found. READ MORE