Metal File: Lamb Of God, A Life Once Lost, Otep, Motley Crue, Cattle Decapitation & More In This Week's Hard News

Major-label Virginia thrash-metal band headlining this summer's Sounds of the Underground.

Considering Lamb of God were one of the first honest-to-goodness underground metal acts in recent memory to get called up to the big leagues (Epic signed them a few years back), it's only right they headline the Sounds of the Underground tour's maiden run.

The Randy Blythe-fronted Virginia thrash-metal band — fresh from supporting Slipknot this spring — will close out each and every night of this summer's other huge metal festival, and bassist John Campbell said he can't wait to see GWAR's performances and unleash some material LOG have ignored for eight years. He's just not thrilled about the band's abstinence edict.

"All of our friends who are on before us, as soon as they get offstage, they punch the clock and they're done," he explained. "They can start partying and drinking. But we're going to have to maintain a level of sobriety until after our set. So that's going to be my cross to bear this summer."

To keep things fresh for longtime fans, Campbell said Lamb of God — whose "Killadelphia" DVD landed in stores on Tuesday — have fiddled a bit with their setlist for this summer's Underground gigs. For instance, they've scrapped "Bloodletting," a staple since they recorded it under the band's erstwhile moniker Burn the Priest, and replaced it with the song "Suffering Bastard."

"We've had to take some time while we've been home, to learn how to play that song," the bassist explained, "because it's been seven, eight years since we've played that song live."

The band's also got big post-Sounds of the Underground plans. Campbell and Blythe will both be getting married, and after that, they'll start working on the follow-up to 2004's Ashes of the Wake. "We're going to start writing this fall, and [we're] looking to deliver a record early in the year, to be out mid-year 2006," Campbell explained.

"Killadelphia," filmed over two sold-out nights at Philadelphia's Trocadero, features behind-the-scenes footage and captures "the who, what and how we rolled at the time," Campbell said. While he said LOG have no immediate plans to release the concert in CD form, he's sure "that's definitely the kind of thing the marketing geniuses at Epic are probably already typing away on their calculators about."

The rest of the week's metal news:

Mötley Crüe have been added to the bill for Toronto's Live 8 concert on July 2. The lineup also includes Jet, Simple Plan, Bryan Adams and the Tragically Hip. ... New Jersey melodic-hardcore mavens Nora have lost their bassist, Chris Byrnes, to Every Time I Die. But the departure's not about to slow the Carl Severson-led band down. It's already replaced Byrnes with ex-Burnt by the Sun vocalist, original Nora guitarist and political commentator Mike Olender (check out theamericanindependent.com). The band's been busy writing new material and will take the stage for the first date of the Sounds of the Underground tour Saturday in Lowell, Massachusetts. ... The premier metalcore band of our nation's capital, Darkest Hour, will release their fifth album, Undoing Ruin, on June 28. The disc is the follow-up to the band's 2003 offering, Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation, and was produced by Strapping Young Lad mastermind Devin Townsend. ...

Arizona metalcore collective The Bled will release the follow-up to 2003's Pass the Flask with Found in the Flood on August 23. The disc will feature 10 tracks, including "Hotel Coral Essex," "She Calls Home" and "I Don't Keep With Liars Anymore." ... Literary Los Angeles headbanger Otep will show how well-versed she is in the spoken word when she appears on HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" series August 5. Her eponymous band's currently in the middle of its Mouth of Madness tour. The final date, June 30 in Los Angeles, will feature Jada Pinkett Smith's band, Wicked Wisdom. ... Life of Agony will be the featured guests on this weekend's edition of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" on Saturday at 10 p.m. ... Sweden's In Flames have finished their new album, called Come Clarity. The effort, being eyed for a fall release, will boast 13 tracks, including "Pacing Death's Trail," "Crawl Through Knives" and "Your Bedtime Story Is Scaring Everyone." ...

San Diego death metallers Cattle Decapitation will be playing a spate of summer dates with Some Girls and the Locust, and will release their long-awaited split with Caninus next month through Wartorn Records. The disc will feature five new tracks, including a revised version of "The Decapitation of Cattle." ... Philadelphia metalcore extremists A Life Once Lost will release Hunter on June 28. The band shot a video in April with Darren Doane (Deftones, Thursday) for the track "Vulture," which, according to frontman Robert Meadows, features "a guy on an operating table and then all of a sudden, he's jumping out a window and he lands on a car and he's being chased by people. There's a fight scene with him beating up some dudes in water. It's like an action movie. It's total madness." ... Connecticut straight-edge hardcore bashers With Honor will release their second full-length album, This Is Our Revenge, on October 18. The group is working on the album with producer Brian McTernan; its last release was a 2005 split with Distance. ...

Raleigh, North Carolina, math metalcore band Between the Buried and Me will release their third album, Alaska, on September 6. The disc was tracked with Jamie King in Rural Hall, North Carolina, and is being mixed by Matthew Ellard. The band will tour extensively this summer with Sinai Beach, the Red Chord, the Acacia Strain and From a Second Story Window. ... Canadian bashers A Perfect Murder will release their new disc, Strength Through Vengeance, on July 26. Last weekend, John Phillipe Bernier directed the video for the first single, "Body and Blood." A Perfect Murder's last album was 2004's well-received Unbroken. ... Swedish sextet Sonic Syndicate (ex-Fallen Angels) will release their debut, Eden Fire, this fall. The album was recorded at StudioMega in Bollebygd, Sweden. ...

Orange County, California, metalcore outfit Scars of Tomorrow are getting ready to enter Litho Studios in Seattle with producer Matt Bayles to work on the follow-up to 2004's Rope Tied to the Trigger, which is scheduled for release in October. The group is currently on tour with Himsa, the Agony Scene and the Esoteric through June 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Ontario, Canada, screamo band Boys Night Out have added the new song "Medicating" to their Web site. The track will be featured on their third album, Trainwreck, which comes out July 26. Their last album, Make Yourself Sick, was released in September 2003. ... Norwegian black-metal luminaries Arcturus will release Sideshow Symphonies in September.