Lamb Of God
With its roots in Richmond, Virginia, Lamb of God emerged in 1990 when friends John Campbell, Mark Morton and Chris Adler decided to join forces at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Under the then moniker Burn the Priest, the trio practiced rigorously at Adler’s place under bad weather conditions with nothing but a kerosene heater and Black Label beer. Morton, after leaving for a master’s degree, was replaced by the guitarist Abe Spear while Randy Blythe was inducted as the lead vocalist. When Mark Morton rejoined, Spear had already left and was substituted by Adler’s brother Willie Adler. The band’s eventual lineup finally consisted of Randy Blythe, Chris Adler, Mark Morton, John Campbell and Willie Adler.
In April 1999, the band released its debut self-titled album “Burn the Priest” under the Legion label. The 14-track album received four star ratings from professionals and was received well by the country’s music elite. In the year 2000, shortly after the band was renamed Lamb of God, its sophomore album “New American Gospel” was released under the Prosthetic label. The album achieved critical accolades and was described as one of the “69 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time” by the Revolver magazine. The album was a unique blend of rhythm and riff, as the guitarist Mark Morton explains “This album was all about creating a rhythmic and pummeling musical landscape with riff after riff.” All in all, the album was an epitome of death and hardcore metal that Lamb of God symbolized.
The cut-throat competition which dominated the Richmond music scene was critical to Lamb of God’s countrywide success in the years to come. Following its extensive touring, the band released its album “As The Palaces Burn” in 2003, which garnered mainstream media space such as in Rolling Stone and in magazines like Metal Hammer. A series of headlining tours followed including the famous MTV Headbanger’s Ball Tour, which was to give the band its much-needed platform. Lamb of God took off in 2004 with its breakthrough album “Ashes of the Wake”. The album propelled it to superstardom after selling 275,000 copies within the next two years and being voted Album of the Year by Revolver Magazine. The band members were awarded the “most valuable players”, “best riffs” and “best shredders” and the album was voted the “best metal album” by a poll of the Guitar World readers. Lamb of God supplemented the release with relentless touring and the band later came up with a DVD narrative of the trek which went gold. A similar DVD was also released for the previous album that depicted the band’s work principles, humbleness and wit and notched at number 32 on the Billboard music DVD Charts.
Next in line was the band’s historic album “Sacrament” released in August 2006. Emblematic of the band’s intense style of music, the album illustrated the dark and depressing chronicles of individual development that the members themselves faced. The band’s lyrical content experienced a shift from external to internal discontent and frustration, focusing on issues like alcoholism, codependency and suicidal depression. Lamb of God released its sixth album “Wrath” in 2009 which snagged the 2nd position at the Billboard Top 200 and was also nominated for a heavy metal Grammy Award. The seventh and the band’s last to date is the album “Resolution”, which received a warm reception in the music industry. Characterized by the thrash metal and groove metal elements that were present in the band’s debut album as well, Resolution successfully earned positive critical reviews.
The celebrated band is now heading for more tours around the country and is eager to make them successful. Witness the raw intensity with all the head-banging that’s typical of a Lamb of God concert. Death metal devotees are in for a time of their life as Lamb of God brings its sizzling tracks to the stage. Don’t forget to catch it live and in the flesh in your very own city.