Lamb of God will celebrate their 15th anniversary as a band with the release of the Hourglass collections. Hourglass will be released in multiple formats, giving the band’s fans an opportunity to experience the music in compact disc, vinyl, and digital configurations. In addition, there will be 2 deluxe packages, including extra goodies and groundbreaking packaging.
Grammy-nominated Lamb of God is pleased to announce the inclusion of their unreleased track, “Hit the Wall”, in the brand new Iron Man 2 video game and trailer! The track is exclusive to the game. View a special behind-the-scenes video chronicling the making of “Hit the Wall”, featuring interviews and recording bits, at Sega’s YouTube page. READ MORE
Fans of Norma Jean won’t have to wait much longer to hear the bands’ fifth album ‘Meridional’ which will be released July 13th on Razor & Tie. ’Meridional’ revisits the abrasive and chaotic roots of classic Norma Jean while offering fans a dark experimental side – the band stretching out on moody, slow-burn jams. It is an album that finds the band comfortable in its legacy but progressive and bold in its creativity.
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe can scream with the best of ‘em. He’s also got a penchant for penning pensive, but brutal lyrics steeped in an unmatched raw intensity. That rawness carries over to his big screen debut as Deacon Luke in Brian Pulido’s brand new indie horror flick, The Graves. Deacon Luke is the enforcer for this church of sickos and an all-around bad, bad man. Blythe stepped right into Luke’s skin and made him quite the memorable villain, stalking the screen like he stalks the stage.
IN THIS MOMENT are extremely excited to be performing on this summer’s much anticipated Rockstar Mayhem Tour playing on the Mayhem Festival Stage alongside Atreyu, Norma Jean and 3 Inches of Blood. This tour will mark the start of the group’s official, massive worldwide touring schedule for their new full-length album, which is set for a summer release. The group were also hailed by Alternative Press as “One of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010.” Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/inthismoment to view their entire summer touring itinerary. READ MORE
Anyone who listens to metal has, at some point, heard the work of Devin Townsend. It may not have been one of his musical projects (of which there are many) but definitely one of the vast numbers of production efforts he has put out. This is the man who did vocals on the Steve Vai album “Sex and Religion”. This is the man who produced the Lamb of God album “As The Palaces Burn”. The list goes on and on and always has me wondering how this man has any time to put out any of his own material. And yet, here it is: The second of a proposed four album series, “Addicted!” by The Devin Townsend Project.
“Addicted!” starts off with the title track and is a heavy hitter. Thick guitars, huge drums and insane ambient noises in the background are topped off by Devin Townsend’s signature frenzied, growl-singing with lush harmonies provided by ex-The Gathering singer Anneke van Giersbergen. The song finishes and immediately blends in with the next track. This pattern continues as almost every song, upon ending, blends into the next track. Now, another interesting note is that the title track, in a sense, feels somewhat off from the majority of the album. “Addicted!” (the track) is a true heavy hitter and feels like a great Devin Townsend metal song. Much of the rest of the album has a more “happy” feel to it. Many of these songs are played dominantly in the major scale and the feel of the song reflects that.
The production is unmistakably Devin Townsend. If you’ve heard any of his other albums, then you know what to expect: Everything is beautifully recorded and mixed. The guitars sound thick, large and articulate. The bass rolls easily and has a great presence, making sure that the bottom end of the sonic spectrum is taken care of. The drums have a solid thump while the cymbals sizzle nicely. The vocals are mixed wonderfully with all the harmonies coming together beautifully. The ambient soundscapes that hover almost continually add a haunting 3rd dimension to the music. But like Devin Townsend mixes, it seems that each track is saturated in reverb, making it sometimes difficult to pick out individual instruments.
“Addicted!” is a very solid album that shows the progression of The Devin Townsend Project. Fans of any of Devin Townsend’s previous works will find themselves enjoying “Addicted” and for those who haven’t had a chance to experience the music of Devin Townsend, this may very well be the best place to start.