Last night (March 13th) in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton kicked off his current tour in support of his debut solo album Anesthetic, and fans in attendance got a special treat when Morton's bandmate and LOG singer Randy Blythe (fresh from his successful protest of the Westboro Baptist Church earlier this week) jumped onstage to sing "The Truth Is Dead." Blythe and Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz both guest on the album version of the song, but Sons of Texas vocalist Mark Morales, who is singing in Morton's band during the run, dueted with the LOG frontman last night.
After an enthusiastic introduction by Morales and a warm welcome from the crowd, Blythe jumped onstage and rocked gently while waiting for the tune's subdued clean vocal passage to finish out in the first verse. Around the one-minute mark, the energetic frontman roars into the performance with his impeccably aggressive, low-toned growls as the band picks up the pace and heaviness of the dynamic tune. The fan-filmed footage above begins to pan around to other members of the touring group, including Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle, Sons of Texas bassist Nick Villarreal, and drummer Art Cruz, of Prong and Winds of Plague, who has also sat in with Lamb of God during Chris Adler's tenure in Megadeth.
Once the banger really gets going, Blythe does his signature one-foot-up stance and whips the room into a fury. His ferocious performance is balanced by Morales' smooth delivery, and the veteran group of musicians churn out an flawless version of the ripping cut. Morton's rock-solid riffing holds everything in place, as the shredder holds tight in his position in the eye of the storm just behind the energetic singers.
Below, see Mark Morton break down the riffs he'd proudest of, including Lamb of God's "Descending" and his solo song "Cross Off":