Randy Blythe: Graffitied Confederate Statues Belong in Museums

Lamb of God‘s Randy Blythe is a native of Richmond, Va., where nearly a dozen Confederate statues stand on city property. In recent weeks, protestors have vandalized statues representing figures of the losing side of the Civil War and even toppled some and the singer has weighed in with his own thoughts, feeling these graffitied memorials should be preserved in a museum to remember this exact point in America’s history.

Blythe, who was interviewed by The Hundreds TV, spoke freely about the Confederate statues, where they came from and where they should be in the future.

“I think it’s important to recognize when and why these monuments were put up, because there’s this false narrative that at the end of the Civil War, the Confederacy put up all these monuments,” said Blythe, who elaborated, “Most of these monuments, they were erected during the Jim Crow era, when the segregationist laws were put into effect. And they were put there to cement the position of white people in our society, particularly in the South.”

Speaking more directly about the divisive statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate army whose 1865 surrender essentially ended the Civil War, Blythe relayed, “I find it very interesting, for me, the biggest monument is Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue, that Robert E. Lee himself was very against erecting such monuments; on several different occasions, he spoke against it.”

Blythe contends that Lee felt reminders of the Civil War should be removed to afford the opportunity for healing. “But with Jim Crow and the need to — now that slaves are illegal — the need to keep black people in a subservient position, both physically and economically, they erect these big monuments,” the singer went on, noting that tax dollars are behind the maintenance, lighting and current police protection of Confederate statues.

“It’s just a reminder of going back all the way to why the African-American community is here in the first place, which is slavery,” asserted the singer, who noted Richmond’s community is predominantly Black. “Richmond had the second-largest slave market in the United States; the first was in New Orleans.”

Blythe also spoke about the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, who died in police custody on video, spurring worldwide protests against police brutality and for racial equality. He said these tensions have been building up and “in Richmond, particularly the younger population, they’ve had enough of this. We’ve talked about putting the statues in context or maybe adding signs or all this other stuff. I think particularly the youth today are just, like, ‘No. This is a slap in the face.'”

Local officials around the country have used executive authority to order the removal of Confederate statues and the national debate on how to properly handle this issue often results in heated debates.

Blythe, however, has unique idea.

“I believe — it’s my personal belief — that the statues should be preserved,” he urged, cautioning, “Not where they are, in this glorified position on Monument [Avenue], and everybody’s tax dollars are paying to take care of them.”

As for what to do with them, the Lamb of God singer suggested, “But I think they should be taken — they are supposed to be put in storage. And maybe they can be in a museum exhibit or something, so people can understand this time. And when I say this time, I’m talking about right now; there’s graffiti all over these things.”

Blythe also took aim at the current state of the world on Lamb of God’s self-titled new album, which was released in June. The group was supposed to be on a co-headlining summer tour with Megadeth alongside Trivium and In Flames, but that trek has now been pushed to 2021 because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Randy Blythe Interviewed on The Hundreds TV

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Megadeth + Lamb of God Confirm Rescheduled Summer 2021 Tour

Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames will unite for the “Metal Tour of the Year,” just a year later than planned. Having had to postpone this year’s edition due to the Coronavirus pandemic, rescheduled dates have now been revealed.

“We are excited to share the new 2021 dates for the Metal Tour of the Year,” stated the bands in a joint statement. “All tickets will be honored for the new rescheduled dates. If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new show, you will receive an email directly allowing you to request a refund. For more details, please visit livenation.com/refund
We can’t wait to get back on stage and get this tour kicked off — Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium & In Flames.”

The 2021 trek will now start July 9 in Detroit, Michigan, with dates booked through Sept. 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. See all the stops listed below.

If you are still looking for refund info, check here.

Megadeth / Lamb of God / Trivium / In Flames 2021 Tour Dates

July 9 – Detroit, Mich.
July 10 – Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
July 11 – Toronto, Ontario
July 13 – Burgettstown, Pa.
July 14 – Cincinnati, Ohio
July 16 – Bristow, Va.
July 17 – Charlotte, N.C.
July 18 – Raleigh, N.C.
July 20 – Boston, Mass
July 21 – Wantagh, N.Y.
July 23 – Darien Center, N.Y.
July 24 – Holmdel, N.J.
July 26 – Camden, N.J.
July 27 – Cleveland, Ohio
July 28 – Indianapolis, Ind.
July 30 – Laval, Quebec
July 31 – Quebec City, Quebec
Aug. 3 – Green Bay, Wis
Aug. 4 – Minneapolis, Minn.
Aug. 6 – Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 7 – Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 8 – Rogers, Ark.
Aug. 10 – St. Louis, Mo.
Aug. 11 – Nashville, Tenn
Aug. 12 – Atlanta, Ga.
Aug. 14 – W. Palm Beach, Fla.
Aug. 18 – Corpus Christi, Texas
Aug. 20 – Austin, Texas
Aug. 21 – Irving, Texas
Aug. 22 – Houston, Texas
Aug. 24 – El Paso, Texas
Aug. 25 – Albuquerque, N.M.
Aug. 27 – Denver, Colo.
Aug. 29 – Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug. 31 – Reno, Nev.
Sept. 1 – Irvine, Calif.
Sept. 2 – Concord, Calif.
Sept. 4 – Portland, Ore.
Sept. 5 – Auburn, Wash.
Sept. 7 – Pocatello, Idaho
Sept. 8 – Salt Lake City, Utah
Sept. 10 – Las Vegas, Nev.

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Lamb of God’s Mark Morton Announces He’s 18 Months Sober

Lamb of God‘s Mark Morton has announced that he has now been sober for 18 months. The guitarist shared the news in a series of celebratory tweets over this past weekend.

“As of today, I have been 100% free from all drugs & alcohol for a year & a half… One day at a time,” he wrote on Saturday, June 27. “If you’re reading this & addiction is ruining your life, please know that recovery is possible for you. Find someone in recovery & ask them for help. Life is truly amazing.”

He followed the tweet with a list of things he’s grateful for, including his sobriety, the chance to be alive and music — which he adds is “flowing.”

Congratulations Mr. Morton. We wish you the absolute best as you continue on your journey.

Morton’s latest musical release is Lamb of God’s self-titled tenth album, which came out June 19. Since they weren’t able to head out on tour in support of it, they released a series of music videos containing Easter eggs, which lead to a variety of prizes.

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Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe ‘Would Love to Play’ Czech Republic

During a recent Reddit AMA, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe told a fan from the Czech Republic that he “would love to play in the Czech Republic” again, but also has well-intentioned reasons for staying away.

Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic in 2012 and charged with manslaughter for allegedly pushing a fan offstage at a show two years prior. That fan suffered an injury that was determined to have led to his death. The singer was jailed for 37 days in Prague before he was acquitted of criminal charges in 2013.

Speaking to a Czech fan who asked if the band would ever return to the country or if their experience had led them never to return, Blythe stated, “I would love to play in the Czech Republic again — I have nothing against the Czech people, and I was not mistreated there. Eventually I think we might play there again, but it will 100 percent have to be with the cooperation of the family of the young man who died, and I would want to give the money from the show to a charity they choose.”

The singer continued, “If we played there, it would be a huge news story, and I do not wish to cause the young man’s family anymore pain — they did no wrong, and were not cruel to me at all; in fact they showed me great kindness. But they have suffered enough, so it is out of respect to them we have not returned. I hope the Czech fans understand.”

Lamb of God recently released their tenth studio album, an eponymously titled effort, which has already yielded the songs “Checkmate,” “Memento Mori,” “New Colossal Hate” and “Routes.” You can pick it up here.

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Lamb of God Hid Easter Eggs in Their Videos That Lead to Rewards

Without tours to promote new albums in 2020, bands are having to come up with new and creative ways to keep their fans engaged. Lamb of God have released a series of new music videos to go with their new self-titled album, and the videos each contain Easter eggs that lead to different rewards.

The lyric videos for “Resurrection Man,” “On the Hook,” “Poison Dream,” “Bloodshot Eyes” and “Reality Bath” each have different hidden messages in them. The winnings for discovering the messages range from unreleased content to contests to coupons for the band’s merchandise store.

One contest prize in particular is one of frontman Randy Blythe‘s signed photos that the music videos and the art featured on the inside of the album are based upon. We’ll give you a small hint — that Easter egg can be found within the “Bloodshot Eyes” video.

Can you find all the hidden messages? Watch the videos below, and get to work!

Lamb of God’s latest, self-titled album was released on June 19. Check it out here if you haven’t already, and you can also get signed copies of the record on CD and vinyl through Epic Records’ webstore.

Lamb of God – “Resurrection Man”

Lamb of God – “On the Hook”

Lamb of God – “Poison Dream”

Lamb of God – “Bloodshot Eyes”

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Chris Adler + Ex-Megadeth Bassist’s New Rock Band Releases EP

Former Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has linked up with bassist James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth, ex-White Lion, ex-Black Label Society) to form the new band Firstborne. The group has just released their self-titled EP alongside a pair of lyric videos for the songs “The Anthem” and “Primordial,” which can be viewed below.

The five-track release is available now on Bandcamp. Today (June 19) is known as Juneteenth, which marks the emancipation of all Confederate slaves following the end of the Civil War, and to commemorate this historic event, Firstborne are donating 100 percent of their share from Bandcamp sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and will make an additional donate for each sale.

In addition to Adler and Lomenzo, Firstborne is rounded out by guitarist Myrone and singer Girish Pradhan. The group’s lineup was complete after Adler spent multiple weeks performing clinics in India, where he shared the stage with singer Pradhan. The drummer had been a fan of Los Angeles-based guitarist and producer Myrone beforehand and got in touch to work together on the new group.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my creative endeavors. From the start, I sought out the best players I could find to work alongside. It’s been an incredible journey that is clearly not over. Some things have changed. This may not be exactly what people expect from me right now, and I’m aware and embrace that. It’s time for something new. I’m have a platform to present something important, true and collaborative,” reflected Adler (via Blabbermouth).

“Creating Firstborne beckons cohesiveness as a mission statement,” the drummer continued, adding, “This is not about being mad all the time, egos or fabricating polarizing drama. ‘This is right’ is now my alarm clock. Girish, Myrone and James have the exact locker room mentality of ‘kill ’em all! but let’s make sure everyone is okay and having a kick-ass time’ that I try and bring to everything I do. Firstborne is the result of all of my experiences, both positive and negative, and I’m proud of what we are doing together.”

Listen to “The Anthem” and “Primordial” directly below and view the EP artwork and track listing further down the page.

Firstborne, “The Anthem”

Firstborne, “Primordial”

Firstborne, Firstborne EP Artwork + Track Listing

Firstborne

01. “Primordial”
02. “Anthem”
03. “Roll The Dice”
04. “Apocalypse”
05. “Hunter Hunted”

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Lamb of God Debut New Song ‘Routes’ Feat. Testament’s Chuck Billy

Lamb of God have debuted “Routes,” the fourth single to be released off the band’s forthcoming self-titled record. This bruiser also features a guest appearance from Testament singer Chuck Billy.

“Routes” was inspired by Randy Blythe‘s engagement in the protest at Standing Rock Indian Reservation as he and countless others took a stand against the installment of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. The project was feared to pose a threat to the Sioux Tribe’s local water supply.

“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part,” commented Blythe.

“I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected,” the singer continued, adding, “I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”

Blythe went on to detail his reasons for recruiting Billy, who is of Native American descent.

“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country. So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice,” he elaborated.

Explaining the depth behind one part of “Routes,” the Lamb of God frontman said, “At the end, there is a call and response section – Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”

“It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by Lamb of God to do some guest vocals on this song,” expressed an enthused Billy. “The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy’s storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it,” he concluded.

Listen to “Routes” further down the page and read the lyrics (via Genius) directly below.

A black snake beneath the ground
Extinction dripping from his mouth
Poisons water, hearts of men
Who choke the sky and rape the land
A legacy of endless greed
And manifested destiny
Draws a map of stolen names
The truth is known but nothing’s changed

But on the bitter winds
We fly
I come to you
I come to you
To where the seven fires burn
We ride
To stand with you
To stand with you

One hundred years and more have passed
Since blood was spilled that greased the grass
Across the river hired guns
Are standing on a hill of bones
They built a deadly liquid road
A deed to that which can’t be owned
Beneath the eyes of iron hawks
I stand with those who won’t be bought

Yes, on the bitter winds
We fly
I come to you
I come to you
To where the seven fires burn
We ride
To stand with you
We ride
To stand with you

A black snake beneath the ground
Extinction dripping from his mouth
Poisons water, hearts of men
Who choke the sky and rape the land

I stand with you

To the sky
Voices singing
On and on
Never ending
In the night
Drums are beating
On and on
Never ending

Lamb of God’s self-titled album will be released on June 19. Pre-order the album here.

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Megadeth + Lamb of God Summer Tour Being Rescheduled

Megadeth and Lamb of God are the latest in a string of acts having to adjust their summer touring plans. The co-headline tour, which was also set to feature Trivium and In Flames, will be moving to 2021.

The bands issued statements detailing the news, which can be read below. They also revealed that there is no news to share as of yet on the fall tour leg. Check out their statement:

The summer leg of the metal tour of the year with Megadeth and Lamb of God, plus special guests Trivium and In Flames, is being rescheduled to 2021. As soon as the new dates are finalized we’ll share the updated schedule. And all tickets will be honored accordingly. If you are a ticket holder and would prefer a refund, please visit LiveNation.com/refund for information on how and when you can claim your refund.

We do not have an update on the fall leg of the tour, but will share any further updates and information as we receive it.

We look forward to returning to the stage.

Thank you,

Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium & In Flames

The Megadeth / Lamb of God tour was announced back in February, with the tour set to launch June 12 in Bristow, Virginia. The summer leg was booked through Aug. 1, after which there was a break in the schedule until the fall tour started Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Lamb of God Crush With Pummeling New Song ‘New Colossal Hate’

Lamb of God may have pushed back their album a little bit, but they’re still keeping fans satisfied with new music ahead of the release. The latest track to come from their upcoming self-titled set is the aptly titled “New Colossal Hate.”

“‘New Colossal Hate’ came out of our very first writing session in Maine,” says guitarist Willie Adler. “Mark [Morton], our producer Josh Wilbur and I were at a super cool studio in South Windham called Halo, an absolutely beautiful spot run by some of the best people I’ve ever met. I’m pretty sure ‘New Colossal Hate’ grew from a few different demos I had. You know, like parts of car. However, as it started to take shape, it quickly became my favorite song on the record. Please enjoy this banger of a tune. It holds a very special place in my heart.”

“New Colossal Hate” can be heard along with the video posted below. It’ll be part of the band’s self-titled record, now due June 19 via Epic Records. Pre-orders are available here, while the track is now available via digital service providers. Check out the lyrics for the track below:

Lamb of God, “New Colossal Hate” Lyrics

The mother of exiles stands there weeping
As her children tear themselves apart
Knives are out, her thoughts are bleeding
Blood runs down her welcoming arms
Her feral brood has turned neglectful
The chains she broke are rusting closed
Imprisoned lightning burns forgetful
Spoiled blind to the light that she holds.

Lash the tired and kill the poor
The huddled masses ram the door.

The new colossal hate arises
Savage ways, old horizons
Hate Arises.

Like brazen giants with conquering limbs
The herd manifesting all that she despised
Childish amnesia born of privilege
Selfish mob commits matricide
Her mild gaze gone stern, fire in her eyes
Watching her dreams turn into dust
The beacon dropped, her hand raised up to strike
Cast them homeless into the tempest.

Lash the tired and kill the poor.
The coddled masses slam the golden door.

The new colossal hate arises
Savage ways, old horizons
Out of one a warring many
A dirty mirror shows the enemy
New colossal hate arises.

Broken hope.

The melting pot is melting down
A pool of slag on poisoned ground
Choking from the venom’s sting
Pull the fangs, let freedom ring.

Lamb of God, “New Colossal Hate”

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Lamb of God Push Back Release of 10th Studio Album

Lamb of God have pushed back the release of their new self-titled album. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lamb of God are waiting until social distancing measures will likely end so sending out the album won’t clash with the shipments of essential goods.

The band’s 10th studio album was originally set to drop May 8, but has now been rescheduled for a June 19 release. Lamb of God have released a statement explaining the decision in further detail.

“Regrettably, we have to announce that the release date for our upcoming self-titled album is being moved five weeks, to June 19th. We’re in extraordinary times due to the current global reality and the delay of shipments of all-but essential goods needed in the fight against COVID-19. After talks with our labels, there is no other option than to delay the release so that fans who pre-ordered the album can receive the record they paid for,” the band writes.

“We appreciate your patience during these times – a global pandemic is not something people in the music industry usually take into account when scheduling album releases, but as you know, this thing has affected everyone across the board, and we are no exception. We will, however, be releasing a new song, ‘New Colossal Hate,’ this Thursday, April 23rd and plan to release a 4th song from the album before the full album is released in June.”

“Thank you for your understanding,” they conclude. “Wash your damn hands, let us know what you think of the new tunes, and see you on the road sometime!”

“New Colossal Hate” will be yet another single from Lamb of God’s 10th album, following “Checkmate” and “Memento Mori.”

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Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Ready to ‘Disappear Into the Woods’ If Society Collapses

Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe would have no problem living off the land should society collapse in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Indeed, the rocker says he already has the needed supplies for such a retreat “in the back of [his] truck.”

That’s what Blythe indicated to the Illinois Entertainer in a chat published Monday (April 13). Amid the global health crisis, the interview looks to a statement that Blythe made some seven years ago: “When the grid goes down, it’s just gonna be me and my guns,” the musician said at the time.

Asked about the prescience of that previous comment, Blythe added this week that “if things totally go to shit, I’m cool. In the back of my truck right now, I could totally disappear into the woods and live out there — it’s not that big of a deal to me.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Lamb of God member continued on that topic.

“Well, the grid hasn’t gone down,” he said, “but the cracks in the system are showing. The fissures are widening, and the unsustainable nature of our ludicrous, materialistic way of life is becoming more and more apparent. And it’s not just guns, because I’m not an AK-47-toting gun nut, ya know? But I am prepared. And have been for a long, long time.”

Still, lest one deduce that Blythe has gone off the deep end as a doomsday prepper, fear not. Expanding on his thoughts, the musician made it clear that — while he feels “most people are just completely unprepared” for a breakdown of society as we know it — he’s also looking on the bright side.

“I think it’s a mistake to go into it with the Mad Max-tribalistic-everything’s-going-to-turn-into-a-violent-shit-show attitude,” Blythe continued. “That’s a mistake. And I think if you put that sort of paradigm in your head, that’s what you’re gonna look for, and it’s gonna find you, one way or the other. I’m a big believer in — as The Bad Brains called it — Positive Mental Attitude or PMA.”

The vocalist and seasoned photographer has previously addressed the coronavirus situation. In addition, Blythe has recently toyed with the idea of running for public office in order to make a difference in the world.

Lamb of God’s tenth studio album, a self-titled affair, is due out May 8. So far, it’s produced the singles “Checkmate” and “Memento Mori.” Earlier this week, the band announced their collaboration with Scottish brewery BrewDog for a non-alcoholic “Ghost Walker” signature beer.

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