LAMB OF GOD Manager Issues Statement Over Vocalist’s Indictment for Manslaughter

As news breaks of LAMB OF GOD vocalist Randy Blythe’s indictment on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic in connection with the death of a concert goer, manager Larry Mazer responds with the following statement:

“After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show.  As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.

“While it is a tragedy that a LAMB OF GOD fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death.  The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage.  In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance.  We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.

“At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a LAMB OF GOD performance.”

LAMB OF GOD’s Randy Blythe Issues Statement Following Release from Czech Jail

LAMB OF GOD vocalist Randy Blythe has issued an official statement following his release from Czech jail. He was arrested and criminally charged in connection with the death of a concert goer at a LAMB OF GOD show about two years ago. Blythe is out on bail and must return to the Czech Republic to face the charge.

Here is his statement:

“Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.

“1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said “We are glad you are home, Randy”. You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.

“2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis.

“3. If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution. As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child. I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace.”

GOJIRA Sign to Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records announced today the addition of French metal behemoths GOJIRA to the label.

“We are so stoked to walk with the legendary Roadrunner,” vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier said about the new partnership. “We discovered SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD, DEATH, FEAR FACTORY and so many other great bands thanks to these guys. Roadrunner has been a great source of inspiration for us as metal fans. It’s an honor to be part of this family today as a band. We feel we’ll get the right support at the right moment in our career. We cannot wait to release our new record and get back on the road.”

The band’s Roadrunner debut will be its fifth album overall. It was 2005′s From Mars to Sirius and 2008′s The Way of All Flesh which established GOJIRA as a metal force of nature and a key player in the scene. The band will record in New York City, also the label’s headquarters, in November 2011, with a spring 2012 release date being eyed. Joe Duplantier will serve in a co-producer capacity along Josh Wilbur.

GOJIRA have kept busy in between albums. They recently recorded the four-song Sea Shepherd EP, with all proceeds from the EP benefiting the Sea Shepherd charity. Sea Shepherd is a Washington-state based non-profit marine conservation organization which employs direct action tactics to protect sea life. Release details on that EP, which is loaded with guests like MASTODON‘s Brent Hinds, LAMB OF GOD’s Randy Blythe, SOULFLY’s Max Cavalera and Devin Townsend to name a few, are yet to be determined.

GOJIRA Reveal Initial Handful of Headline Shows on Off-Dates of METALLICA Tour

France’s GOJIRA have announced a series of headline dates on off days from the METALLICA/LAMB OF GOD tour which goes from September 14th thru October 18. Support on these shows will come from ZOROASTER and BURST. The dates are as follows:

9/21/09 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
9/22/09 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
9/24/09 The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
9/25/09 The Hangar, New Orleans, LA
9/27/09 Warehouse Live, Houston TX
10/2/09 The Social, Orlando FL
10/5/09 Valarium, Knoxville TN
10/6/09 Pop’s Nite Club, St. Louis (w/ GOATWHORE, THE BERZERKER, WARBRINGER)
10/7/09 The Rave Bar, Milwaukee WI
10/9/09 The Pearl Room, Mokena IL

More dates will be announced.

GOJIRA to Support METALLICA on North American Fall Tour

Fresh off the heels of their successful and critically acclaimed first U.S. headlining tour, French metal act, GOJIRA, have been tapped by METALLICA to support the first half of their North American fall tour in September and October, along with LAMB OF GOD. The band will also be headlining their own shows between METALLICA dates.

GOJIRA vocalist/guitarist, Joseph Duplantier commented, “METALLICA has invited us to open for them on the first part of their North American tour this fall. Fifteen shows around US and Canada with LAMB OF GOD as main support. METALLICA has been our main influence since we started playing music, and we can say that this announcement is a dream come true.”

Sep. 14 – Nashville, TN – Sommet Center
Sep. 15 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
Sep. 17 – Indianapolis, IN – Conseco Fieldhouse
Sep. 19 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sep. 20- Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sep. 28 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Sep. 29 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Oct. 01 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Bank Atlantic Center
Oct. 03 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
Oct. 04 – Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
Oct. 12 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Oct. 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Oct. 15 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 17 – Charlottesville, VA – JPJ Arena
Oct. 18 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Bobcats Arena

GOJIRA‘s latest album, The Way of All Flesh, debuted at #138 on Billboard and #1 on Billboard’s new artist chart. Their album, From Mars to Sirius, was recently named one of the “21 Best Metal Albums of the 21st Century,” by MetalSucks.com.

Visit the band’s official MySpace page here: http://www.myspace.com/gojira

Guitarist Dallas Coyle Quits GOD FORBID

GOD FORBID has officially confirmed that longtime guitarist Dallas Coyle has left the band. Doc Coyle issued the following statement:

“There have been a barrage of rumors and questions on whether or not Dallas has left GOD FORBID. It’s true that Dallas has left the band. It’s taken us a few days to confirm this definitely, and figure out what we were going to do considering the fact that we are starting a very important tour with LAMB OF GOD this week.

“I don’t want to go into the hairy details, but all I can say is that there was a mutual disagreement between Dallas and I, and the disagreement became angry on both sides, and he decided to sit out the tour the day we were supposed to leave. We later learned he did not want to tour anymore at all. Everyone in the band, including myself was upset and shocked. For me, it’s a lot tougher because he’s my brother and I have a very close bond with him. We’ve done everything together our whole lives, so it’s difficult to deal with emotionally but I understand he has bigger responsibilities at home to care for. I wish he would’ve handled it in a different way, but I am not angry at him for leaving if he is unhappy with our situation. I really hope he finds success and happiness in his future pursuits.

“In the meantime, we’ve recruited ex-DARKEST HOUR shredder, Kris Norris, to fill in for the tour. We are currently doing a few warm up shows as a 4 piece to meet the LOG tour in Phoenix, AZ on April 2nd. Kris will be there for the start of the LOG tour though. I’ve been friends with Kris for years, and have an immense amount of respect for his playing. I look forward to playing with him, and I’m sure he will knock it out the park! Byron and I will pick up the slack with the vocals as much as we can. Thanks for everyone’s continued support, and we’ll see you on the road!”

GOD FORBID‘s tour with LAMB OF GOD (also featuring AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and MUNICIPAL WASTE) kicks off tomorrow (April 2nd).  Visit www.myspace.com/godforbid to view the tour’s complete routing and off-dates.

MUNICIPAL WASTE Recording New Album, Massive Aggressive

MUNICIPAL WASTE have reached the halfway point in recording their new album, titled Massive Aggressive, tentatively scheduled for an August 2009 release on Earache Records. The band are recording the album at Red Planet Studios in Richmond, VA with acclaimed producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), who also produced the band’s previous album, 2007′s The Art of Partying.

MUNICIPAL WASTE guitarist Ryan Waste reports from the studio with his thoughts on the album and the recording process so far:

“We’re in the middle of blazing out the new tracks from Massive Aggressive. I’m really proud of the speed picking on the new record. I finish up my rhythms tomorrow and I’m pumped to celebrate after some gruelling nights in the studio. Zeuss is spot on for this record and we are thankful to have him in our neck of the woods this around.”

“For Massive Aggressive we are striving to capture elements from both traditional heavy metal and hardcore punk. When combined, the two genres can become a lethal formula. We’re not afraid to bridge the gap on this one.”

Already having finished his drums, Dave Witte reflects on the recording experience and what’s in store for fans:

“This record is definitely shaping up to be the best we’ve done easily, I’ve already banged out all my tracks in 1 & 1/2 days and am totally pleased with the outcome…I think our fans are going to be psyched with this record and I can’t wait to play these songs live!”

Finally, vocalist, Tony Foresta comments on his studio time and why his performance on Massive Aggressive will be his best yet:

“I have about 3 songs left of vocals. I’m really happy with how things are turning out. Zeuss has been pushing me really hard this time around and I think it will show when the record is completed.”

View photos of Ryan Waste and Dave Witte in the studio recording their parts for Massive Aggressive:

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MUNICIPAL WASTE are also gearing up for the No Fear Energy Music Tour with LAMB OF GOD, AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM and GOD FORBID.

MUNICIPAL WASTE and GOD FORBID will be alternating the show’s opening slot each night. Dates where MUNICIPAL WASTE go on 2nd after GOD FORBID are noted with an asterisk (*).

April 2, 2009 – Dodge Theater – Phoenix, AZ*
April 3, 2009 – Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
April 4, 2009 – Events Center – San Jose, CA*
April 5, 2009 – Crest Theater – Fresno, CA
April 7, 2009 – Paramount – Seattle, WA*
April 8, 2009 – UBC Thunderbird Arena – Vancouver, BC
April 10, 2009 – Shaw Conference Center – Edmonton, AB*
April 11, 2009 – The Coral – Calgary, AB
April 12, 2009 – Praireeland – Saskatoon, SK*
April 13, 2009 – Convention Centre – Winnipeg, MB
April 14, 2009 – City Auditorium – Thunder Bay, ON*
April 16, 2009 – Ricoh Coliseum – Toronto, ON
April 17, 2009 – Cepsum – Montreal, QC*
April 18, 2009 – Palladium – Worcester, MA
April 19, 2009 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA*
April 21, 2009 – LC Pavillion – Columbus, OH
April 22, 2009 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA*
April 23, 2009 – Blackham Coliseum – Lafayette, LA
April 24, 2009 – Verizon Theatre – Houston, TX*
April 25, 2009 – Concrete St. Ampthitheatre – Corpus Christi, TX
April 26, 2009 – Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX*
April 28, 2009 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
April 29, 2009 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, KS*
April 30, 2009 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
May 1, 2009 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL*
May 2, 2009 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
May 3, 2009 – Egyptian – Indianapolis, IN*
May 5, 2009 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 6, 2009 – Fillmore Theater – Detroit, MI*
May 8, 2009 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
May 9, 2009 – Convention Center – Asbury Park, NJ
May 11, 2009 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD*
May 12, 2009 – House of Blues – Boston, MA*
May 13, 2009 – Washington St. Armory – Albany, NY
May 14, 2009 – The National – Richmond, VA*
May 15, 2009 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC

LAMB OF GOD, AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM, GOD FORBID, and MUNICIPAL WASTE Team Up for Wrath Tour

Fresh off of their west coast run with METALLICA and upcoming visits to Finland, UK, Ireland, Australia, Japan, and Indonesia, LAMB OF GOD are primed to tour Noarth America in support of their fifth studio album, Wrath, which will be released by Epic Records on February 24th.

The tour, sponsored by No Fear Energy, will feature support from AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM, GOD FORBID, and MUNICIPAL WASTE. AS I LAY DYING and CHILDREN OF BODOM are the main support acts on the tour, with the opening slot rotating between GOD FORBID and MUNICIPAL WASTE.

LAMB OF GOD drummer, Chris Adler, commented “I cannot wait to begin the first North American run of the ‘Wrath‘ world tour. The package we have lined up is guaranteed to leave sore necks and broken eardrums across the country. If you are into metal, there is something here for everyone, this is not a tour to miss. We are working up one hell of a show and can’t wait to play the new material. See you there! ”

No Fear‘s Vice President Of Marketing, Britt Galland commented, “No Fear Energy is excited to be working with LAMB OF GOD, Live Nation and the solid line-up of support bands for this upcoming tour. The music on this tour fits perfectly into the no-holds-barred lifestyle of those who buy No Fear Energy drinks and gravitate toward the action- sports properties associated with the No Fear brand image. We’re anticipating another popular metal tour, along with some unique product promotions and contests.”

Tickets and more information are available at www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, and www.nofear.com. Check local listings for additional information.

The dates for the tour are:
April 2, 2009 – Dodge Theater – Phoenix, AZ
April 3, 2009 – Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
April 4, 2009 – Events Center – San Jose, CA
April 5, 2009 – Crest Theater – Fresno, CA
April 7, 2009 – Paramount – Seattle, WA
April 8, 2009 – UBC Thunderbird Arena – Vancouver, BC
April 10, 2009 – Shaw Conference Center – Edmonton, AB
April 11, 2009 – The Coral – Calgary, AB
April 12, 2009 – Praireeland – Saskatoon, SK
April 13, 2009 – Convention Centre – Winnipeg, MB
April 14, 2009 – City Auditorium – Thunder Bay, ON
April 16, 2009 – Ricoh Coliseum – Toronto, ON
April 17, 2009 – Cepsum – Montreal, QC
April 18, 2009 – Palladium – Worcester, MA
April 19, 2009 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
April 21, 2009 – LC Pavillion – Columbus, OH
April 22, 2009 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
April 23, 2009 – Blackham Coliseum – Lafayette, LA
April 24, 2009 – Verizon Theatre – Houston, TX
April 25, 2009 – Concrete St. Ampthitheatre – Corpus Christi, TX
April 26, 2009 – Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
April 28, 2009 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
April 29, 2009 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, KS
April 30, 2009 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
May 1, 2009 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
May 2, 2009 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
May 3, 2009 – Egyptian – Indianapolis, IN
May 5, 2009 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 6, 2009 – Fillmore Theater – Detroit, MI
May 8, 2009 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
May 9, 2009 – Convention Center – Asbury Park, NJ
May 11, 2009 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
May 12, 2009 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
May 13, 2009 – Washington St. Armory – Albany, NY
May 14, 2009 – TBD
May 15, 2009 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC

LAMB OF GOD Announce Release Date for New DVD

LAMB OF GOD are proud to announce the release of an all-new, 2-disc DVD on July 1, 2008. Walk With Me In Hell is a documentary chronicling every detail in the lives of the biggest band in metal as they completed recording and toured around the world nearly three times over in support of the biggest selling metal album of 2007, the Grammy-nominated, Top 10 charting, Sacrament.

Fans can check out an EXCLUSIVE trailer for Walk With Me In Hell at www.myspace.com/metal as well as the band’s official MySpace page, www.myspace.com/lambofgod.

The Walk With Me In Hell two DVD set features over five hours of all-access footage. Disc 1 contains the highly anticipated feature documentary “Walk With Me In Hell” and multiple live performance extras from across the globe on the Sacrament World Tour. Disc 2 includes the additional full-length feature “Making of Sacrament” plus LAMB OF GOD’s entire, uncut, brutal performance at the Download Festival 2007, where they performed in front of over 72,000 fans. Extras include deleted scenes, live performance videos for various tour stops, the official music video for “Redneck,” and a “Making of Redneck” documentary.

“We’re on stage for 90 minutes a day,” says drummer Chris Adler. “People want to know what’s going on for the other 22 and 1/2 hours. It’s not always limousines and champagne. Killadelphia surprised a lot of people and proved that we refuse to censor or hold anything back. True to the high standard that we hold ourselves to, Walk With Me In Hell is unlike any music DVD I’ve ever seen. This is an entire new level of documentary taking you on an intense, worldwide journey with us.”

“Walk With Me In Hell is a very proud moment for us as a band. It’s hard to comprehend the pain and glory when you’re in the middle of it, but looking back over the past two years we can begin to understand how huge this record and touring cycle was,” says Adler. “It shows the blood shed and what it takes to not only hold our own, but succeed in the face of every obstacle in front of us. We have never offered less than our best, our fans expect and deserve it, and this DVD will serve as a landmark for all that follow.”

SHADOWS FALL to Co-Headline Sounds of the Underground

SHADOWS FALL have been added to the third-annual Sounds of the Underground tour as alternatinv co-headliners with CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, and alongside main headliners GWAR.

SHADOWS FALL vocalist, Brian Fair comments, “It is going to be another summer of insanity for the boys in SHADOWS FALL and we couldn’t be more stoked. Not only are we looking forward to partying with our friends in DARKEST HOUR, EVERY TIME I DIE, CHIMAIRA and GWAR, but also to check out some killer music at one of the summers most diverse festival tours. We are planning on playing a set that will include songs from the early days of SHADOWS FALL up to our new album, Threads of Life, and leaving a wake of devastation behind. So bust out the sunscreen, put the beers on ice and get ready to rock cuz the SHADS are coming back to town”.

Other groups on this year’s Sounds of the Underground include: JOB FOR A COWBOY, NECRO, DARKEST HOUR, AMON AMARTH, THE ACACIA STRAIN, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW, THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU, GOATWHORE, THIS IS HELL, and 2 CENTS.

There will also be a handful of special area appearances. TESTAMENT will play before GWAR at the Starland Ballroom on July 14 in New Jersey. MUSHROOMHEAD will close the show in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 21 and will also perform as special guests in Columbus on July 22, Chicago on July 23, and Minneapolis on July 24. The legendary SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will close shows in San Jose, California on August 3, Irvine, California on August 4, and Mesa, Arizona on August 5. LAMB OF GOD will headline a recently added date on August 11 in Louisville, Kentucky and will be joined by special guests HATEBREED and BEHEMOTH.

More info and updates are available at http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com, http://www.livenation.com, and http://www.purevolume.com/SOTU07Tour.