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With earnings from album sales continuing to decrease, particularly if one's sales have dropped precipitously, bands continue to experiment with news ways to make money. Such is the place we find Suicide Silence, who are now offering fans the opportunity to "roadie" for them for the cost of $150 per show. Purchasers are entitled to:

- work along side the crew
- sidestage for Suicide Silence
- exclusive 'Suicrew' t-shirt
- working crew laminate
- food with the crew
- mingle with band during soundcheck

There are 7 spots available per show, meaning that if these sell out, the band will earn a cool $21,000. Do what you gotta do, I guess.

Dave Mustaine and Chris Barnes go at it

I'll try to waste as little of your time as possible (scroll to the bottom for the three-second version). Here's what happened...

Metal Blade Records head honcho Brian Slagel recently released a book titled For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records. In said book, Slagel recounted his attempt to sign Megadeth in 1984. Essentially, Slagel says he was outbid Combat Records): "In the end, it came down to just a thousand dollars. We had offered them seven thousand dollars, but Combat offered eight, so they went with Combat."

Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine got wind of the claim and took to Twitter to call out Slagel: "If the fallacy of offering us a deal for $7,000 is any indication of the rest of this book, I hope it's marked fiction. I'd never sign with you."

It didn't take long before Slagel apologized: "I'm so sorry if I got this wrong or offended you. I do remember talking to your camp at the time. If my memory is wrong again not intended."

Mustaine accepted the apology: "I totally forgive you, but you didn't talk to us. Please take that out of your book at your next printing and good luck with your project."

However, in the interim, Chris Barnes, frontman of long-time Metal Blade act Six Feet Under, wanted to weigh in:

Here's the rest of the ensuing "conversation":

Interestingly, Chris Barnes blocked the Lambgoat Twitter account two years ago for giving his band a less-than-stellar album review (talk about "boo hoo"). Anyway, here's the short story:

I Declare War Facebook hoodie drama

As they frequently do, I Declare War was on Facebook yesterday pimping their "Eat P*ssy; Chug Whiskey; Hail Satan" hoodie when someone commented negatively about the item. The "conversation" below ensued. (For better or for worse, a bunch of people feel strongly about it, so we're sharing.)

I Declare War and fan go at it on Facebook

If you have time on your hands, you can read everything above and much more here.

Jonny Craig choking fan

There's never a dull moment in the world of Slaves vocalist Jonny Craig. Witness the video footage below, taken during the band's show in Detroit, MI this week. I have no freaking clue what is happening.

Lemmy of Motorhead dead

As you well know, rock legend Lemmy Kilmister passed away in December 2015 at age 70. At the time, the estate of the Motorhead frontman was estimated to be worth north of $8 million. However, records newly released by a London probate office suggest that Lemmy was only worth around $646,000 at the time of his death. That's a princely sum to me, but seems way low for one Lemmy Kilmister.

According to the Mirror, many are wondering what happened to the rocker's fortune, the remains of which will seemingly go to his son, music producer Paul Inder. Lemmy spent his last years living alone in an apartment in West Hollywood, California.

Funny that this news should come out now, because literally three days ago I heard Ozzy's 1991 hit song "Mama, I'm Coming Home" on the radio and looked it up on Google to see who actually wrote it; to my ears, it didn't seem like something Ozzy had written. Interestingly, it was co-written by Ozzy, Zakk Wylde, and Lemmy. My immediate reaction was that Wylde probably made most of whatever money he has from that one writing credit. As it turns out, so did Lemmy. Years ago he said this:

"Just after I moved to the States, Sharon [Osbourne] rang up and said, 'Can you write four songs for me,' and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. One of them was 'Mama I'm Coming Home'. I made more money out of those four songs than I did in 15 years with Motorhead."

Funny how that works. As legendary as Motorhead is, they never had a platinum record, and the success of "Mama, I'm Coming Home," dwarfed that of Motorhead's biggest hit, "Ace of Spades."

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has more money than Lemmy had. Lol.

Regardless, I suppose that Lemmy's beneficiaries will be alright, as royalties from Motorhead's extensive catalog will bring in steady rent checks for years to come.

Oh well. RIP, Lemmy.

Amazon metal album sale

Amazon is once again selling thousands of metal and hard rock albums for between $3.29 and $6.99. No, these are not CDs or LPs, but it's 2016 and most people are cool with digital. Anyway, among the 24,000 records currently on sale, here are a few I'd recommend:

Pelican - Australasia

Korn - Korn

Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies

Botch - An Anthology Of Dead Ends

Helmet - Meantime

Meshuggah - Chaosphere

Job For A Cowboy - Doom

After The Burial - Forging A Future Self

Snapcase - Steps

Mouth of the Architect - The Ties That Bind

I could list hundreds more, but I'm tired. Trust me, there's a ton there... albums from August Burns Red, Septicflesh, Slayer, Every Time I Die, Whitechapel, Amon Amarth, Harm's Way, Ghost, Earth Crisis, Disembodied, Converge, Mayhem, Cave In, Jesus Piece... the list goes on and on.

Attila concert sex during Dirt Fest

This past weekend marked the 2016 installment of Pontiac, MI festival Dirt Fest. Among the performers were Georgia rabble-rousers, Attila. Let's face it, if Attila is playing, you have three choices: a) listen b) don't listen c) have sexual intercourse.

While I won't tell you what the correct choice is, one couple opted to have sex during Attila's set, going at it while perched atop an adjacent parking garage. Their unorthodox approach to concert-going didn't go unnoticed by Attila frontman (and billionaire) Chris Fronzak, who had this to say:

"I can't say that I'm surprised by this at all but...... Two people were having sex while they watched my band play yesterday hahaha. Just when I thought I've seen it all! Can't blame em though... Stay horny & SUCK MY F-CK ATTILA. PS- Name the baby after me please!!!!! I know y'all were raw-doggin up there haha"

Fronzak also shared some footage of the debauchery, which you can check out below. As these things go, it's rather tame and should be safe-for-work (unless you work at a convent).

man knocked out in mosh pit at deathcore show

Yesterday, Mississippi band Vaen uploaded a video of a 58 year-old man getting knocked out via a spin-kick during the band's weekend show in Biloxi, MS. In addition to sharing the footage, Vaen also had this to say:

"We do not condone the intentional targeting of human beings, but we also do not encourage senior citizens to enter our mosh pits. This is the second time this has happened during our performances with two separate drunken elderly men. Enter the pit at your own discretion. We are not responsible for your choices to enter, or the actions occurring during said choice.

"He was completely okay after this happened, he was bleeding pretty badly but recovered in the restroom, and came right back out and was trying to mess with kids dancing in the pit again right after. He was warned to stay out of the moshing area numerous times by bands, crowd members, and staff at the venue."

[via Rock Feed]

Converse wah pedal sneaker

Converse is no stranger to the world of music. The company has allocated a good deal of money and goodwill to various corners of the music industry, even the metal and hardcore world (they've had a full page ad on the back of Decibel magazine every month for many, many months).

So while it's still pretty awesome, it's really not a huge surprise that Converse has now unveiled a sneaker with a built-in Wah pedal. There's even a Bluetooth-compatible wireless version if guitar chords annoy you.

Thus far, there's been no official release date or pricing information, but you can watch the video below for more information and a demonstration.

There have only been three updates to the official As I Lay Dying Facebook page during the last two years (if you're just waking up from a coma, founder Tim Lambesis has been in jail since early 2014). Strangely, two of them have been Father's Day wishes. I'm not sure who administers the page, or why Father's is of the utmost importance, as opposed to other days, but whatever. Either way, the comments are predictably all over the place. Here's a sample:

As I Lay Dying Happy Fathers Day comments

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