Heavy metal supporters in the Republic of South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans Lamb Of God was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the band’s tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year.
In fulfilling an old promise, Lamb Of God are finally on the road and catching up on a major backlog of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the the band’s jam-packed touring schedule for early 2014. “With only two dates available, we’ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,” said Dawid Fourie of RAM Touring CC. Tours by the company have previously included artists at cities including Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein as the major urban centres. “We’re hoping that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centers.” Cape Town can be reached in eight hours by road from Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg within six hours from all major inland cities, and coastal Durban.
Lamb Of God, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris’s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.
Chris Adler, endorsed internationally by Mapex Drums, is lauded by drummers the world over for his unique style of playing, and his often used ‘heel-toe’ technique. Guitarist Mark Morton has also made a significant impact on the global guitar-playing fraternity, as celebrated by Jackson Guitars with his ‘Dominion’ signature model being highly sought after.
The band has released six studio albums to date, with their 2006 album ‘Sacrament’ receiving a Grammy nomination, and selling a cumulative two million copies in the USA alone. Lamb Of God is considered to be the spearhead of what heavy metal fans call “The New Wave of American Heavy metal”. What has also won this band great public acclaim are their DVD’s containing many hours of footage on the stage and off of it, but more importantly documenting normal days in the life of a hard working band on tour.
Local support for the tour will include both a stalwart and an exciting new South African metal band, one from each city performing at both shows. Mind Assault from Cape Town have become a dominant force in the Southern African metal scene since commencing on their first national tour in 2006, and have featured prominently at a number of tours and major festivals and across the country since then.
The Drift is a new guise featuring familiar faces, such as Louis Du Pisani from formerly of Knave, Hannes of Chromium, Marc of All Forlorn, Stefan of Gadabout, and Jason of Misericord; formed up into one brand new heavy metal powerhouse. Each band will represent a true reflection of what South African metal has to offer, and form an exciting cross-city metal exchange.
Lamb Of God will melt faces on Friday 24 January in Cape Town, and Saturday 25 January in Johannesburg. Tickets can be purchased as of immediately via www.computicket.co.za, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide. General standing is available at R450 and for Golden Circle, only R550.
Cape Town Venue: The Hillscrest Quarry outside Durbanville is a mere 40 minute drive from Cape Town CBD (traffic depending) and can be found on the M13 (Tygervalley Road) which bridges the Tygervalley Hills between Durbanville and Parklands (Table View). Safe and secure parking will be available +/- 0.9km from the grounds, where attendees will be required to park & walk. A shuttle service will be available at R5 per single trip for any special-needs patrons or for those who just don’t feel like walking. Computicket link. PLEASE NOTE: Cape Town venue has changed (updated 28 Nov 2013). See press announcement here.
Johannesburg Venue: The Johannesburg Expo Centre (Hall 8) is situated just to the South-West of the city CBD on the Corner of Rand Show and Nasrec Roads, directly adjacent to the iconic “Soccer City” National Stadium. The best approaches from the directions of Pretoria, Sandton, OR Tambo Airport, and Bloemfontein are all well detailed on the venues website here. Computicket link.
Facilities at both venues include:
Well-stocked bars (no alcohol served to u18s), food stalls, security, medics.
Regretfully, no u16’s will be allowed, and u18’s will only be admissible if accompanied by adult (21+) supervision and their ID documents.
WIN FREE TICKETS: Join us for some excellent local metal at the annual WinterFest’13 on 27 July where Cape Town’s metal masses gather together and celebrate this awesome news with us! We’ve got 2x Lamb Of God Golden Circle tickets to give away for the Cape Town show, along with eight awesome local bands and lots of other tricks. Visit the official WinterFest’13 Facebook event page for full details.
Watch Lamb of God‘s performance video for “Desolation” below: