Gigantour 

Head to the Idaho Center on September 6 to witness Metal Madness

Gigantour is coming to the Idaho Center next Wednesday and the name says it all.

The brainchild of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, this is the second year for this gigantic tour (get it?) which is a mash-up of some of metal's heaviest.

Co-headlining this year are Megadeth and Lamb of God. Two things promise to make this tour one of the best hard rock tours to sweep across the country: it kicks off right here in our own metal-loving valley, and L.O.G. will be out in support of their newest release, Sacrament, a testament to what hard work and a lot of blood, sweat and tears can produce.

In the band's bio, frontman Randy Blythe says, "The lyrics were so intense for me, when I was recording, it was like breathing pain instead of breathing air. It was physically grueling. We worked 12-hour days and he [producer Machine, who also produced L.O.G.'s 2004 release Ashes of the Wake] made me scream so hard I puked several times. I had a constant headache. He made me run around the block to get a perfect breathless vocal. He was a bit sadistic at times, but I think he realized that there needed to be a savage, desperate vibe to the vocals and when you're so savage that you're throwing up, I guess you're pretty much there." Guitarist Mark Morton adds, "I'm glad working with Machine wasn't stress free. I want the guy I'm working with to care and disagree with me and fight for what he thinks is right. If you've got someone that just goes along with you, that means he doesn't give a shit. There should be conflict and resolution." 

If there is conflict then there must be resolution, because six years after their debut release [2000's New American Gospel], L.O.G. is still tearing up everything they touch and their new release, Sacrament, embodies the staying power of one of metal's biggest, baddest bands.

Revel in the energy of Megadeth and L.O.G., joined by Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity and The Smashup at Gigantour.

Weds., Sept. 6, $35, 4:30 p.m., Idaho Center Arena, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 468-1000. Visit www.idahocenter.com for more information.

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