LAMB OF GOD recruits ex-MACHINE HEAD guitarist PHIL DEMMEL for European summer 2022 shows
Former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel will be filling in for Willie Adler on nearly a dozen European LAMB OF GOD shows later this month. Demmel previously stepped in for Adler during LOG‘s January appearance on the ShipRocked cruise and in May for the Canadian portion of LAMB OF GOD‘s “The Metal Tour Of The Year” with MEGADETH.
Earlier today (Tuesday, August 2), Demmel shared an Instagram photo of him in front of the LAMB OF GOD backdrop, and he included the following message: “Next 3 weeks are with these fine folks from Richmond MFing Virginia. Mixing in some VIOLENCE as well!! See you soon!!!”
LAMB OF GOD summer 2022 European dates:
Aug. 05 – RO – Rasnov – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
Aug. 07 – BE – Lokeren – Lokerse Festival
Aug. 09 – SK – Ljubljana – Cvetličarna
Aug. 10 – HU – Budapest – Barba Negra Track
Aug. 12 – FI – Turku – Knotfest
Aug. 14 – UK – Walton-on-Trent – Bloodstock Open Air
Aug. 18 – DE – Nürnberg – Z-Bau
Aug. 19 – DE – Köln – Live Music Hall
Aug. 20 – DE – Sulingen – Reload Festival
Aug. 21 – NL – Eindhoven – Dynamo Metalfest
Although LAMB OF GOD has not officially commented on Adler‘s absence from the shows, VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian revealed in an interview in April that Willie is “not down with doing the vaxx,” referring to the COVID-19 vaccine, and is being replaced by Demmel for dates in those countries that still require proof of vaccination from U.S. travelers.
In April, Demmel also filled in for LAMB OF GOD‘s John Campbell when the bassist had to miss a couple of shows on “The Metal Tour Of The Year” in order to “take care a family matter back home.”
Demmel‘s appearance with LAMB OF GOD marks his third high-profile fill-in gig in four years. Demmel stepped in for SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt for four European shows in the fall of 2018 after Gary returned home to be with his dying father. Demmel also subbed for Dave Linsk at OVERKILL‘s November 13, 2021 concert at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey and on the band’s spring 2022 U.S. tour.
The official music video for “Omens”, the title track of the new album of LAMB OF GOD, is out now. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Omens”, which will be released on October 7 via Epic Records.
“I think a lot of the messes human beings find ourselves in could be very easily prevented simply by paying attention to obvious repeating patterns, both in our personal lives and in a broader sociohistorical context,” says LAMB OF GOD frontman D. Randall Blythe. “What some call ‘omens’ are really just manifestations of the fact that there is nothing new under the sun. It’s foolish to ignore this, but we all do it.”
Listen to the single on all platforms: https://lambofgod.
Watch the previously released “Nevermore” below.
“The world is crazy and keeps changing. ‘Omens’ is a reaction to the state of the world,” explains vocalist D. Randall Blythe. “It’s a very pissed-off record.” He pauses for emphasis. “It is extremely pissed off.”
“Omens” is also LAMB OF GOD‘s most diverse affair. The band tracked with longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (KORN, MEGADETH) live in the room together at Henson Recording Studios (formerly A&M Studios) in Los Angeles, California, a location that birthed classics from THE DOORS, PINK FLOYD, RAMONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among others.
The “Omens” album pre-order is live now at Lamb-Of-God.com, boasting several exclusive items, including a signed colored vinyl variant, shirt, hoodie, and signed CDs with an alternate color cover. All physical CD and vinyl releases will include a free access code to watch the livestream viewing of “The Making Of Omens” documentary, which will premiere the week of album release.
“Omens” track listing:
03. To The Grave
07. Ill Designs
09. Denial Mechanism
10. September Song