Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD will release a new album, "Omens", on October 7 via Epic Records. The first single from the effort, "Nevermore", will arrive on Friday, June 10.
Densely muscular, soaked in unnerving spite, with a pessimistic eye toward inner struggles and global affairs alike, "Omens" is a furious entry in the LAMB OF GOD catalog, perhaps the band's angriest album yet.
"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 inner workings of the band have never been better," explains guitarist Mark Morton. "You can hear it in 'Omens'. You can see it in our performances, and if you're around us for five minutes, you can feel it."
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
LAMB OF GOD will support the new album with a massive Live Nation-produced U.S. headlining tour featuring special guests KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on all dates. Different legs will also see support from BARONESS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, SPIRITBOX, ANIMALS AS LEADERS as well as SUICIDE SILENCE and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY. The tour kicks off September 9 in Brooklyn and runs through October 20. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. local time on lamb-of-god.com.
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, June 9 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "BBMLOG" to access tickets before the general public. General on-sale will be Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. local time.
Morton said: "Two decades ago, LAMB OF GOD, along with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, were a part of a new wave of American heavy metal music. Our scene grew from a small, loosely connected network of underground shows in basements and warehouses, into a global phenomenon that helped define an entire generation of modern heavy metal. We are thrilled to announce the 'Omens' tour, which celebrates not only the perseverance and impact of that original movement, but also the creativity and originality of the bands that it influenced. Heavy metal is alive and well. The 'Omens' tour proudly showcases the depth and diversity of our scene. This is not a tour to miss."
"Omens" tour dates are as follows:
LAMB OF GOD with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, BARONESS, SUICIDE SILENCE
Sep. 09 - Brooklyn, NY - Coney Island (buy tickets)
Sep. 10 - Camden, NJ - Freedom Mortgage Pavilion (buy tickets)
Sep. 11 - Alton, VA - Blue Ridge Music Festival
Sep. 13 - Youngstown, OH - Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater (buy tickets)
Sep. 14 - Baltimore, MD - Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena (buy tickets)
Sep. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Coca Cola Roxy (buy tickets)
Sep. 17 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place (buy tickets)
Sep. 18 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (buy tickets)
Sep. 21 - Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall at Fenway (buy tickets)
Sep. 23 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life Festival (no KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SUICIDE SILENCE)
Sep. 24 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (buy tickets)
Sep. 25 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amp at Freedom Hill (buy tickets)
Sep. 26 - Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park (buy tickets)
Sep. 30 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium (buy tickets)
LAMB OF GOD with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
Oct. 01 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Great SaltAir (buy tickets)
Oct. 02 - Grand Junction, CO - Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park (buy tickets)
Oct. 04 - Fresno, CA - Exhibit Hall at Selland Arena (buy tickets)
Oct. 07 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival (no FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY)
LAMB OF GOD with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SPIRITBOX, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
Oct. 09 - Vancouver, BC - Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (buy tickets)
Oct. 10 - Kent (Seattle),WA - Accesso ShoWare Center (buy tickets)
Oct. 11 - Portland, OR - Theater of the Clouds (buy tickets)
LAMB OF GOD with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
Oct. 13 - Inglewood, CA - YouTube Theater (buy tickets)
Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Federal Theater (buy tickets)
Oct. 15 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater (buy tickets)
Oct. 16 - El Paso, TX - UTEP Don Haskins Center (buy tickets)
Oct. 18 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum (buy tickets)
Oct. 19 - Houston, TX - 713 Music Hall (buy tickets)
Oct. 20 - Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (buy tickets)
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