Lamb of God
Fans who attended the Lamb of God show Tuesday night (Nov. 12) in Vancouver, British Columbia were probably a little surprised to see Fear Factory’s Matt DeVries playing bass for the band. According to reports, DeVries is the temporary replacement for John Campbell, who was recently sidelined by a family emergency.
It's bound to be one of the top tours of the fall, as Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage are teaming up for a co-headlining trek. As if that weren't enough, they'll be joined by thrash metal vets Testament and one of the hottest up-and-coming bands in metal -- Huntress. Loudwire and Noisecreep are teaming up with the bands to bring you a prize package featuring items from all four acts on the trek.
In June 2012, Lamb of God released a trailer for an upcoming documentary on the band. The original premise was to highlight the "Pure American Metal" band's upcoming world tour. The trailer for the documentary was interesting enough, but no one could have guessed that only days after the teaser was released, singer Randy Blythe would be locked away in a Czech prison.
Back in 2003, Lamb of God were an up-and-coming band who had just released their second album 'As the Palaces Burn.' A decade later, they are one of the biggest bands in metal, and will issue a 10th anniversary edition of the landmark album on Nov. 11. A remixed and remastered version of the song 'Purified' from the album is now available via Revolver (listen above).
Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was found not guilty of manslaughter charges earlier this year by a Czech court, but the controversial trial wasn't the first time Blythe's life was in jeopardy. Blythe has struggled in the past with addiction to pills and alcohol, and in a new interview, the Lamb of God frontman opened up about overcoming those demons.
After reports surfaced last week that government agencies in Malaysia were looking to ban Lamb of God from playing their Sept. 28 gig at the Rockaway Festival in Kuala Lumpur, a decision has now been made to prevent the American metal band from performing in the country. In addition, the promoter of the festival at which Lamb of God were to play also nixed the show because of death threats to the band.
Lamb of God are currently scheduled to perform in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sept. 28, but in response, the Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia is protesting the band's visit. The department's director-general, Datuk Othman Mustapha, spoke out against Lamb of God, calling the pure American metal group "satanic" while claiming that the concert will corrode morality and the faith of Muslims.