Lamb of God
Members: Randy Blythe, Mark Morton, Willie Adler, John Campbell, Chris Adler
Active: 1990 - Present
The roots of Lamb of God were planted in 1990 when Mark Morton, Chris Adler and John Campbell were floor mates at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation, Morton moved to Chicago to pursue a master's degree, but the band continued. A new guitarist, Abe Spear, was found. Randy Blythe was added on vocals when the band decided to move past its instrumental sound. At this point in their career they were known as Burn the Priest. Morton re-joined the group and Burn the Priest released a self-titled full length album soon after. Abe then left the band which opened a place for Chris Adler's brother, Willie Adler.
The band's style is generally considered thrash metal or post-thrash with death metal influences, though some, especially "true metal" fans, consider the band metalcore. The playing is fast and quite technical, with particular elements such as palm-muted riffs and non-standard song structures. Their lyrical themes tend to cover Politics and Capitalism ("As the Palaces Burn", "Vigil"), American history ("In Defense of Our Good Name"), War ("Ashes of the Wake"), Religion ("Ruin"), Substance abuse ("11th Hour", "Pariah"), and other topics.
"We play music that straddles the line between prog and traditional rock," explains Campbell. "I think we make prog-rock more listenable without cheapening the progressiveness of it. The complexity of our music appeals to people who like technical playing, but the arrangements are not so extreme that they fly over the average listener's head. It's a good balance." (from the bio in www.lamb-of-god.com)
After two well received releases and a DVD (Terror and Hubris) on Prosthetic Records, the band signed a new recording contract with Epic Records in late 2003. Their first release for the label, "Ashes Of The Wake", debuted at No.27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has sold around 250,000 copies in the U.S. to date.
On August 29th, 2005, the band announced that their DVD, "Killadelphia", which chronicles the band on tour supporting their album "Ashes of the Wake", had received Gold certification from the RIAA. The DVD features a complete live performance at the Trocadero on October 2004 in Philadelphia, and also contains three of their music videos, commentary by the band, outtakes, soundchecks, and a ton of backstage shenanigans.
The band's singer, Randy Blythe, is currently involved in a side project called "Halo of Locusts". Chris Adler is working on a side project as well.
On January 25, 2006, a press release announced the rerelease of Lamb of God's debut album, New American Gospel. The original, along with the self titled debut Burn the Priest, were both produced by Steve Austin, known for his work with Today Is the Day, Converge, and Unsane. The re-release will be remastered and repackaged with four new tracks, exclusive liner notes from the band and a re-imaging of the album art by longtime band collaborator Ken Adams. The album was rereleased on April 4th, 2006.
The band has set "Sacrament" as the title of their highly anticipated new album, due August 22, 2006 via Epic Records.
Before the release, Lamb of God is playing on the Unholy Alliance Tour with Slayer, Children of Bodom, In Flames and Mastodon.
2000 - New American Gospel
2003 - As the Palaces Burn
2004 - Ashes of the Wake
2006 - Sacrament (August 22, 2006)
2005 - Killadelphia