Roughly about 10 years ago I started listening to a band I would have never imagined would ever explode to fame and heights that they soar at today. Lamb of God was an extreme metal band that simply blew me away the moment I started listening to the opening track on my shiny As the Palaces Burn CD that I had bought on a friends recommendation. My first impression was that Lamb of God are carrying the torch of New Wave of American Metal that the legendary Pantera had lit a decade before. But I also thought, due to the intensity of the music it would only appeal to a niche sect of people already established in the realms of death metal. Pantera were heavy as fuck, but they still were very accessible, and at the time metalcore was taking off, and while there were some pretty extreme bands getting popular, they were also rife with accessibility. Lamb of God was brutal, intense, pissed off, and pulled no punches. Yet somehow, their no-holds-barred style of groove/death metal hit a chord with both seekers of more accessible metal as well as lovers of the extreme spectrum and a legend was born.
Last year, for the 2011 Grammy Awards (click here for our 2011 poll), there were some cool deserving bands nominated for an award. Dream Theater received their first nomination and Mastodon and Megadeth were also nominated. However, it was Foo Fighters who swept anything and everything related to Rock/Metal. Nothing bad on them, they deserve to be awarded for their work, they are a great band. But, it’s painfully obvious that the Grammy Committee is still unable to draw the line between Rock, Hard Rock, and Metal. They need to separate these categories completely. Incidentally, A Metal State of Mind voters wanted Dream Theater to win.
18 days left to enjoy what’s left of this fruitful life; need more METAL! I thought I would kick things up a notch in ferocity, hence Lamb of God for today’s 18th day of doomsday. I had a hard time getting into this band, but Beating on Death’s Door helped open that door just a bit. Seeing Lamb of God live a few times helped as well; they do put on a great show. Today’s song comes off the album Sacrament (2006) and to be honest, I think the album is pretty good, but I do not know which one would be considered the best. Like I said, this was a tough one for me to get into, but this song, along with Redneck, were the first two songs I thought were bad-ass. Enjoy, put your fist in the air, and go out with a bang…17 more times! See you tomorrow.
Concert Review: Gods of Metal (Day 4) (Ozzy & Freinds, Opeth, Black Label Society, Lamb of God) Milan, Italy June 24, 2012
From the second I heard that one of my all-time favorite bands and fathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath, were going to reunite for a tour I jumped on grabbing tickets as soon as possible. No other bands were yet announced, but man, an opportunity to see Black Sabbath in what could be their final tour, hells yeah, you can’t put a price on that. Unfortunately due to Tony Iommi’s battle with leukemia which arose after tour dates were set in the Black Sabbath show that was scheduled was canceled. Luckily Mr. Tony Iommi was able to muster up enough strength to pull of a single homecoming show in his hometown of Birmingham, England and got to get the satisfaction of having the band come full circle and land back at home. To Mr. Iommi, I say get well soon and I can’t wait till you can get the Sabbath ball rolling again.
But what about all the other shows that Black Sabbath promised to play? Well, what’s the next best thing to Black Sabbath? How about the face of the band, Mr. John Michel Osbourne, err, Ozzy! Well, I bought tickets to see Black Sabbath, I’ve already seen Ozzy God knows how many times now and Black Sabbath only twice. They tossed in Slash, Zack Wylde, and Geezer Butler, so I guess I can say I was sold on not trying for a refund on my ticket. Having Opeth on the bill too, helped a pinch ;) But before I get too ahead of myself, how about a little info on what else went down that day, it was a festival after all.
I’m guessing that Lamb of God‘s New Year’s resolution was to create the most energetic and ferocious album of their career, and going by their new album, Resolution, they have stuck to it. After a couple of pretty good, but not stellar albums after their mainstream breakthrough album Ashes in the Wake, these New Wave of American Heavy Metal pioneers seemed to be on the decline. Well, the decline they are not on anymore. Resolution not only grabs the non-believers and punches them in the face, it tackles them to the ground and then proceeds to bludgeon them into the concrete without a shred of remorse until nothing but a messy grease stain is left on the ground. The new album is a return to form and shows why LoG are one of the leading bands in the metal realm.
Check out the new video single off of Lamb of God‘s new album Resolution which can be yours next Tuesday. I’ve listened to it, and I can say it is one of the bands best, expect a review next week.
I’m digging this video and song. The animation in the video is damn cool, it reminds me of Ghost in the Shell (I wonder if the animators of that had anything to do with the video) and the song is just all kinds of awesome. That riff is absolutely killer, I love the southern metal Pantera feel to it. Anywho, check out the video! Peace Love and Metal!!!
At the announcement of a new album and coinciding tour for a re-reunited Ozzy-era Black Sabbath didn’t get me worked up enough, the announcement that they would be playing a few metro stops away from my humble abode did. The Gods of Metal festival is hitting Milan, Italy on the 24th of June and will be held at Arena Fiera Milano. headlining is the fathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath, and now recently confirmed, are 3 killer bands, and 1 of which whom has turned this into a do-not-miss event for me. Lamb of God and Trivium, 2 bands that I quite enjoy have been added to the roster, but it’s the band under Sabbath that has got me excited for this show. Opeth will be playing right before Black Sabbath and I can not think of a more suited band for the fathers to follow.
As info on this festival pops up I’ll keep you all updated for all the metal fans who may want to take a trip to one of the most beautiful countries in the world for an awesome day of metal, pizza, and pasta.
What is your opinion of the standard thrash recipe? Do you think thrash as become weak over the years, stayed the same, got better, or a little bit of everything? Does thrash make you want to puke or snap your fingers…snap your neck? The theme for this week is going to focus on thrash from 2001-2010. Not so much the bands themselves, but the songs that define the music. I will cover the last 10 years with a few words on what’s out in 2011 already. Part II of this theme is that all the songs I talk about fit onto one CD-R. If you like the tunes I picked it makes for a great mix. I will let the playlist do the talking and by all means feel free to comment.
So don’t throw a hammer at me or anything because of this list. I think of myself as an equal opportunity metal fan, but there are some bands out there that I have heard numerous times and/or seen in concert and I still can’t get into them. So if you asked me if i liked any of the five bands I am about to list, I would either say no or shrug my shoulders in uncertainty. This list is in no particular order.
1. Lamb of God. There is no underestimating this band’s popularity. I want to really like them, I really do because they are a no frills metal band. They kind of remind me a bit of Pantera. I even saw them three times in concert with Anthrax, Slayer, and at Download 2010. I also own two of their albums and still…just can’t be crazy about Lamb of God. This is one of the shrug my shoulders bands. I think I am missing something here.
2. Mastodon. This is another one I just do not get. I saw them once with Slayer, but do not own any material from them. I feel I should like them, but again, not sure what I am missing with this band. When I saw them, they were loud and heavy live, but I sat in the bleachers patiently waiting for Slayer to come on stage.
3. Avenged Sevenfold. I have seen probably all of their videos on Scuzz and Kerrang. I can see that this band has some talent individually, but as a group I think they are missing the mark. I heard that their earlier stuff was more heavy than it is now. They seem so popular today, but more with the younger metal crowd. Maybe it’s because I am pushing 40 that I do not get this band.
4. Coheed and Cambria. I like when bands come out with a different style of music. I like some prog bands and I think this is where Coheed and Cambria fit…so why is it that I can’t get into them? I am not sure why. I see that they are wildly popular with their fans and that they are highly talented, but when I hear them I find myself scratching my head.
5. Meshuggah. No way. I tried, I really did, and this is one band I feel I should like, but no. I bought an album, gave it the three customary listens (for proper judgement), and no. This band is a no-go for me.
I could probably name a few other bands, but I went with a list of bands that I know reached a certain level of popularity and/or success in the metal world. I should like them, but either I am still uncertain or I just do not like them. Do you think I am missing the mark here? What are some bands you feel you should like, but do not? Chime in, let’s talk about it.