The first date for this year’s Mayhem Festival — which is rumored to be headlined by MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD — has been leaked: July 10 in Tinley Park, Illinois. The information was revealed by Chicago metal DJ/promoter Nick Fury in a social media post earlier today.

The complete list of shows, as well as the details of the rest of the package, is expected to be made available next week.

LAMB OF GOD previously took part in the 2010 edition of Mayhem, while MEGADETH was involved in the 2011 installment of the touring festival.

As of right now, there has been no official confirmation about any of the acts that will take part in the 2020 edition of Mayhem, which recently announced its return following a five-year absence.

Mayhem was founded in 2008 by Vans Warped Tour‘s Kevin Lyman and his partner John Reese. Over the years, such groups as SLIPKNOTSLAYERMOTIONLESS IN WHITEASKING ALEXANDRIA and UNDEROATH have taken part in the event.

Following the SLAYER-headlined 2015 edition of MayhemReese declared that the festival was coming to a close, in light of poor attendance and less-than-kind words from SLAYER guitarist Kerry King.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2015 comes to an end,” Reese wrote in a social media post back in August 2015. “All I know is we have all tried our damned hardest to make Mayhem a home for artists, a platform for bands to increase their fan base and a place where people feel welcomed.”

A few weeks earlier, Lyman criticized the metal scene for the lower-than-usual attendance at the 2015 edition of the traveling event. The tour was smaller that year, with fewer bands overall and fewer “headline-worthy” acts at the top.

In addition to SLAYER, the lineup featured KING DIAMOND as headliners, with HELLYEAHTHE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and WHITECHAPEL among the support acts.

“The bands at the top all demand a certain level of fee to be on a tour,” Lyman told the Detroit Free Press back in July 2015. “Unlike punk rock, metal never knows how to take a step back to move the whole scene forward…What happened was metal chased girls away because what happened was metal aged. Metal got gray, bald and fat.”

King later told the Houston Press that the problem with that summer’s event lay not so much with the metal bands themselves but with the way the festival was booked.

“I didn’t take what [Lyman] said personally,” Kerry said. “He just definitely had a mike put in front of him and said some shit that’s detrimental to this tour and any tours he has in the future — not just Mayhem, but whatever else he promotes. Because, to me, he committed business suicide.

“At the end of the day, what I think happened to Mayhem was that they waited too late in the game to get the talent they needed to pull it off correctly,” Kerrycontinued. “Because what happens is, people get booked up so early these days that it seems like all the bands that could have made this more of a success are playing in Europe now instead of being on a U.S. festival. It just made the talent pool less than it could be.” 

MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD: First Rumored Date For 2020 MAYHEM FESTIVAL Has Been Leaked

Randy Blythe has blasted metal fans “sitting behind a computer screen and judging people”.

The Lamb Of God singer took aim at “the lynch mob mentality” of the internet generation.

“In today’s world, there’s a culture of outrage,” Blythe told Kerrang!. “If anybody does anything that people don’t agree with, immediately there’s a lynch-mob mentality, where people will pile in on someone. But I don’t give a fuck! I grew up before the Internet, and I’ve done things that have pissed people off and I’m still here.

“I don’t want to be in the mindless fucking herd or the hive-mind. I want to think for myself. That’s what I found in the underground music scene and that’s why I first got involved, because I was a fucking freak in high school. If you’re sitting behind a computer screen and judging people, that goes against everything this music stands for.”

Lamb Of God have started work on their new album, the follow-up to 2015’s VII: Sturm Und Drang. However, it’s unclear whether drummer Chris Adler will play on it.

Adler was forced to sit out a tour in 2018 due to a motorcycle injury, but has not returned since. Blythe recently said he was unsure of the drummer’s status within the band.

“It’s hard to say what’s going to happen with Chris Adler,” said the singer. “I have no comment on him.”

“Sitting behind a computer screen and judging people goes against metal,” says Lamb Of God frontman

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Lamb of God: Ashes of The Wake

Ashes Of The Wake (2004) was Lamb Of God’s coming of age party; their first album on a major label and their first to eventually go gold, which is a major achievement for a metal band in the 21st century.

Ashes Of The Wake continues Lamb Of God’s rise in the ranks of metal’s elite, featuring memorable songs with intelligent and thought provoking lyrics, courtesy of Randy Blythe.

Though the lyrics are brimming with righteous anger and complex ideology, the vocals are straight from the flamethrower throat of Blythe, who possesses a set of vocal chords that seemingly have been sandpapered and doused in molotov cocktails for decades.

The band delivers punishing riffs at hellbent speeds, navigating tricky chord changes, time shifts, and deadly breakdowns with diabolical precision.

From the crushing opener, Laid To Rest, to the vicious closer Remorse Is For The Dead, there is no weakness and no letdown of intensity.

The title track is an instrumental showcase for the band that features guest guitar solos from Alex Skolnick of Testament and Chris Poland (ex Megadeth shredder).

If you like your metal brutal and unapologetic, Lamb Of God is a blast of American rage that takes no prisoners.

https://youtu.be/HL9kaJZw8iw

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

“Omerta (Live)” by Lamb Of God

“Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward

Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both

For a wounded man will shall say to his assailant

“If I die, You are forgiven, If I live, I! WILL! KILL! YOU!”

Such is the rule of honor”

Such a dope ass intro. Haha.

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Bryson’s Picks

Motionless-in-White-motionless-in-white-37815829-500-281On this date in history, 8/14/2015, Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless In White combined to play an impressive show at Deer Creek. I had seen each of these bands at least twice, but the teaming up of 4 such diverse bands made for a really enjoyable time.  Motionless In White kicked off the show with youthful energy and the charismatic presence of Chris Motionless, a less menacing version of the goth icon, Marilyn Manson. Whether one labels them metalcore, goth metal, or whatever other metal subgenre one wants to use, Motionless In White write great songs that translate well in big outdoor shows.

 

imagesBullet For My Valentine played the best show I have ever seen them play, doubtless spurred on by what preceded them and mindful of the titans that would follow. They had just released Venom, their 5th album, and it seemed they were fired up to make it successful.

Lamb Of God also had recently released a new album, VII: Sturm und Drang, the latest in a long line of crushing collections of brilliantly constructed mosh inducing mayhem.

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Indeed, as someone who was up in the lawn area, the pits were quite volatile and ferocious, a perfect accompaniment to the precision attack of the Richmond, Virginia maestros.

Few bands could follow Lamb Of God on a good night, but Slipknot are one of them, and follow they did, playing probably the most impressive set I’ve yet to see them play.

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Everything was louder, brighter, simply MORE…a 9 ring circus from Hell…the Iowa based madmen bring the spectacle and I’m quite sure they have done for young metal fans what Kiss did for me in my formative years, which is to say they act as a gateway to so much discovery. One just has to peek behind that door and walk in to a world of music and entertainment.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 8/14/2007, Ozzfest made its final stop at Deer Creek. This was the free show that had generated tickets with an online code.  I scored seats on the back row of the center section of the pavilion and they were awesome for both audio and visual enjoyment of the main stage bands. Speaking of bands, this Ozzfest featured Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb Of God, Static-X, Lordi, Black Tide, Hatebreed, Behemoth, DevilDriver, Ankla, Nile, The Showdown, 3 Inches Of Blood, Daath, In This Moment, and Chthonic.

The first band, Chthonic, are from Taipei, Taiwan. They were quite interesting visually and didn’t sound like anything Ive ever heard before. Next up was In This Moment, touring in support of their debut album. Maria Brink was obviously a star in the making, and her vocals have since elevated her band to great success. They played a rock solid set that day.

The next band that I really liked was The Showdown, a more traditional hard rock styled band, but full of attitude and energy just the same. Great vocals and rockin’ tunes gained them some new fans, no doubt about it.

Nile followed with a set of supreme brutality, as the Egyptian themed death metal juggernaut played with crushing precision and confidence, absolutely astonishing technical ability from top to bottom.

I don’t recall much about Ankla, either good or bad, so I’m guessing I must have been distracted or just missed them entirely.

DevilDriver kept the intensity going with their manic metal meltdown providing mosh ready material for their entire set.

The second stage area was a dust bowl that day, and all the really heavy bands had to contend with a continuous white haze of stirred up earth creating a perpetual fog in the air.

I didn’t think it would be possible to be more powerful or heavier than Nile, but somehow Behemoth pulled it off. I can’t even describe how insanely, monstrously METAL their sound was…literally like a seismic, F5 tornado velocity propelling their blackened death metal onslaught.

Hatebreed followed that and suffered somewhat for it. They are always solid, and Jamey Jasta certainly knows how to whip a crowd into a frenzy, but as heavy as Hatebreed is, they couldn’t compete with that performance that proceeded them, in my humble opinion.

All in all, a lot of diversity coupled with some of the heaviest bands ever on the second stage made this final Ozzfest one of the most memorable second stage lineups.

The first band on the main stage was Black Tide, an extremely young band that showed great potential. Nothing exceptional musically, but everyone has to start somewhere, and Ozzfest is a pretty cool place to call a beginning. Lordi were up next, and they were pretty horrible, to be blunt. Borrowing (okay, stealing!) liberally from GWAR, Slipknot, Mushroomhead, and any other band that has ever worn masks, and not bringing anything of musical merit, quickly earned them a hostile reaction from the discerning metal masses.

Static-X set things right with a sizzling performance. Wayne Static led his “evil disco” band through a high energy holocaust of a performance that set the stage for my favorite band of the entire show, the mighty Lamb Of God. LOG crushed all in their path, earning the coveted headliner status and playing directly before Ozzy himself came out and finished the show, and his namesake tour, in grand fashion.

I attended Ozzfest in 10 consecutive years and I have countless memories of those shows. I salute Ozzy for bringing so many great bands on tour and for nurturing so much talent in the heavy metal universe.  Lots of bands that passed through this system became major stars following their association with Ozzfest. That in itself is a pretty amazing legacy.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History