In an interview with the "Ghost Cult Podcast", LAMB OF GOD guitarist Willie Adler spoke about the band's decision to make its latest album a self-titled effort. He said: "It was a real intuitive process going into this record. Not that it was drastically different than any other record. Mark [Morton, guitar] and I felt everything starts with the riffs, so we write the same — we've been writing the same probably for years. But this time around, we did a few different writing sessions — just Mark and myself and Josh [Wilbur], our producer. And we would let months lapse in between those, so it kind of gave our ears a break from what we had done the last time and then we were able to come back. And it allowed for a much more writing session. So by the end of this year-and-a-half, two-year process, these weeklong writing sessions that we'd do, we kind of took a step back and looked at the whole collection of songs that we had. And I think it was Mark's idea first to kind of keep it self-titled. And it just fit. There's really not any words to describe it — it was just that feeling that this is the time, this is the record to do it, and these are the songs that represent us. Not only right now, but our whole career. These are the songs that we worked up until this point to write and put out." "Lamb Of God" was released on June 19 via Epic Records in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. The follow-up to 2015's "VII: Sturm Und Drang" marks the band's first recordings with Art Cruz, who joined LOG last year as the replacement for the group's founding drummer, Chris Adler. "Lamb Of God" includes special guest appearances by Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT). Audiences got a taste of the first new LAMB OF GOD music in nearly five years with "Checkmate" back in February, followed by "Memento Mori" and "New Colossal Hate". Vocalist Randy Blythe sounds more driven and insightful than ever on "Lamb Of God", offering up the angriest and most comprehensive diatribes, addressing modern life in the current landscape, of his storied career thus far. "Ashes Of The Wake" (2004) was the first LAMB OF GOD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, followed by "Sacrament" (2006), which debuted in Billboard's Top 10. "Sturm Und Drang" debuted at No. 3 in North America and in the Top 5 in several countries. The single "512" from "VII: Sturm Und Drang" received a Grammy nomination for the "Best Metal Performance," making it LAMB OF GOD's fifth Grammy nod. LAMB OF GOD's North American tour with MEGADETH, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES has been rescheduled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.
QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre has expressed his frustration with his home state of Florida after The Florida Department of Health announced more than 11,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, breaking the state's one-day record of 10,109, set just two days prior. Earlier today, Todd tweeted: "More winning!!!! NEW: Florida sets state record in number of new coronavirus cases in a single day with 11,458. There have been 190,052 total cases of COVID-19 and 3,702 deaths in Florida since the outbreak began. #fuckthisplace" Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has generally downplayed the significance of the spike in coronavirus cases in his state, drew criticism earlier in the week when he urged residents to go outside to enjoy Florida's hot and humid weather because the virus "does not like" the summer. "By and large, the virus does not like sunshine, heat and humidity," the Donald Trump loyalist said. "I think every study has shown that. I think if you look at the contact tracing and try to identify outbreaks, very few outbreaks from something like a park or a beach. "For the Fourth of July, I'm more concerned about people crowding into the A/C and having private parties and things like that," he added. "Virus likes that kind of environment better." Florida Democrats have criticized DeSantis's dismissal of the spike in cases, saying that "his policies are simply not working, and he's recklessly reopening Florida despite the data screaming for caution."