Lamb of God (band)

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Lamb of God
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Lamb of God live in 2009
Background information
Also known asBurn the Priest (1994–1999, 2018)
Origin Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Years active1994 (1994)–present
Past members
  • Matt Conner
  • Abe Spear

Lamb of God (sometimes abbreviated as LoG) [1] [2] is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of bassist John Campbell, drummer Chris Adler, vocalist Randy Blythe, and guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler. The band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement. [3] [4] [5]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Richmond, Virginia Capital of Virginia

Richmond is a city in the U.S. state of Virginia and its capital. It is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greater Richmond Region. Richmond was incorporated in 1742 and has been an independent city since 1871.

John Campbell (bassist) bassist and a founding member of the heavy metal band Lamb of God

John Steven Campbell is the bassist and a founding member of the heavy metal band Lamb of God.


Since their formation, Lamb of God has released nine studio albums, one live album, one compilation album and three DVDs. The band's cumulative sales equal almost two million in the United States, including one album certified Gold by the RIAA. In 2010 and 2011 the band received Grammy nominations for songs from their 2009 album Wrath . They also received a nomination in 2016 for their song "512". Lamb of God has toured with the Ozzfest twice. Other appearances include Download Festival and Sonisphere Festival in the UK, Soundwave Festival, Mayhem Festival 2010 and Gigantour. From 2008 to 2010 they toured as part of Metallica's World Magnetic Tour.

The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The ceremony was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.

<i>Wrath</i> (Lamb of God album) 2009 studio album by Lamb of God

Wrath is the sixth studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God. It was internationally released on February 23, 2009 via Roadrunner Records in Europe, Japan and Australia, and on February 24, 2009 via Epic Records in the U.S and Canada. It achieved number 2 on Billboard 200, with sales of 68,000 in the U.S. during its first week of release. As of 2010, it has sold over 202,000 copies in the United States.

Ozzfest is an annual festival tour of the United States and sometimes Europe featuring performances by many heavy metal and hard rock musical groups. It was founded by Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne, both of whom also organise each yearly tour with their son Jack Osbourne. The Ozzfest tour has featured bands of a variety of genres within heavy metal and hard rock, including alternative metal, thrash metal, industrial metal, metalcore, hardcore punk, deathcore, nu metal, death metal, post-hardcore, gothic metal and black metal. Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath have played the tour several times over the years.


Formation and Burn the Priest (1994–1999)

In 1994, guitarists Mark Morton and Matt Conner, bassist John Campbell and drummer Chris Adler started a band named Burn the Priest. [6] The band members knew each other from the college they were all attending, Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. [7] Morton and Conner left the band soon after its inception to pursue a master's degree and work on other bands respectively. [6] Adler and Campbell replaced Morton with Abe Spear. For the next five years, the band practiced in Richmond and around Virginia. In 1995, the band released its self-titled first demo. After the demo, Burn the Priest recorded two split EPs with Agents of Satan and ZED respectively. [8] After the band's first three demos, Burn the Priest added vocalist Randall Blythe to its line up. [8]

Virginia Commonwealth University public research university in Richmond, VA, USA

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university in Richmond, Virginia. MCV was founded in 1838 as the medical department of Hampden–Sydney College, becoming the Medical College of Virginia in 1854. In 1968, the Virginia General Assembly merged MCV with the Richmond Professional Institute, founded in 1917, to create Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2018, more than 31,000 students pursue 217 degree and certificate programs through VCU's 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health System supports the university's health care education, research and patient care mission.

A master's degree is an academic degree awarded by universities or colleges upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. A master's degree normally requires previous study at the bachelor's level, either as a separate degree or as part of an integrated course. Within the area studied, master's graduates are expected to possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics; high order skills in analysis, critical evaluation, or professional application; and the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently.

Demo (music) song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release

A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, and to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, producers, or other artists.

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Mark Morton (2007)

In 1997, Morton returned to the band. Two years later, the band released its first full-length self-titled album, Burn the Priest , through Legion Records. Mikey Brosnan of Legion Records saved up $2,500 for the recording and then broke them in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania through DIY shows. [9] The album was produced by Today Is the Day guitarist and vocalist Steve Austin. Spear left the band, leaving an open position for a guitarist. Adler's younger brother Willie became the band's second guitarist a year later, and a deal with Prosthetic Records was signed. [8] Contrary to rumour, the band did not change their name to Lamb of God after being banned from venues; these bans occurred afterwards. They changed their name because of the altered line-up, and to avoid being mistaken for a satanic metal band. [6]

<i>Burn the Priest</i> 1999 studio album by Burn the Priest

Burn the Priest is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Burn the Priest. The album was released on April 4, 1999 by Legion Records. It was the band's only release before being re-named to Lamb of God until the release of Legion: XX on May 18, 2018.

Legion Records

Legion Records was started in 1997 by Michael Brosnan as Goatboy Records, later changed to Goatboy Farms Recordings. It was centered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The final name change occurred in 1999. The label specialized in the heavy metal, grindcore and sludge genres of music.

Philadelphia Largest city in Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2018 census-estimated population of 1,584,138. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is also the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis. The Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

New American Gospel and As the Palaces Burn (2000–2003)

With a new name and label, the band released its second album, New American Gospel , in September 2000. [10] Patrick Kennedy of Allmusic compared the band to Pantera stating, "The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God's inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal's faith is maintained, effectively bridging the '90s' insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school's determined focus on riff construction." [10] Chris Adler commented: "This is a classic record. We had all the elements come together to make one of the heaviest, yet contagious records of our career. It was difficult to contain us—we didn't even understand at the time what we had created." [11]

<i>New American Gospel</i> 2000 studio album by Lamb of God

New American Gospel is the second studio album by American metal band Lamb of God. It was released in 2000 through Prosthetic Records. New American Gospel is also the first release with Willie Adler on guitar, who replaced Abe Spear.

Pantera American heavy metal band

Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers – drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell – along with lead vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing Tommy D. Bradford, who was the unofficial original. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums during the 1980s. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in late 1986 and released Power Metal in 1988. With its fifth album, 1990's Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced the groove metal genre, while its 1992 follow-up Vulgar Display of Power exhibited an even heavier sound. Far Beyond Driven (1994) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In addition to their contribution to the groove metal genre, Pantera is credited for being part of the second wave of thrash metal scene in the early-to-mid 1990s.

Lamb of God toured for two years before releasing their third studio album, As the Palaces Burn , on May 6, 2003. Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, writing that "unlike many of their overreaching, Slipknot-influenced contemporaries, Lamb of God deliver a meticulously crafted metal assault." [12] The album was voted the number one album of 2003 by both Revolver Magazine and Metal Hammer . The band was part of the first Headbangers Ball tour, where they recorded a DVD including live performances and a documentary, titled Terror and Hubris. The DVD was a success, debuting at number 31 on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart. [13] [14]

<i>As the Palaces Burn</i> 2003 studio album by Lamb of God

As the Palaces Burn is the third studio album by American metal band Lamb of God, released under Prosthetic Records in 2003. As the Palaces Burn received considerably more airplay than their previous effort, with three singles. The album was produced by Lamb of God and Devin Townsend. The band released a 10th anniversary edition of the album on November 11, 2013, with remixed and remastered tracks, including bonus demo tracks. The 10th-anniversary edition of the album only sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 64 on The Billboard 200 chart. As of 2013, "As The Palaces Burn" has sold 270,000 copies since its May 2003 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content.

Slipknot (band) American heavy metal band

Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The band was founded in 1995 by percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray. After several lineup changes in its early years, the band settled on nine members for more than a decade: Crahan, Jordison, Gray, Craig Jones, Mick Thomson, Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson, Chris Fehn, and Jim Root. Gray died on May 24, 2010, and was replaced during 2011–2014 by guitarist Donnie Steele. Jordison left the band due to illness on December 12, 2013. Steele left during the recording sessions for .5: The Gray Chapter. The band found replacements in Alessandro Venturella on bass and Jay Weinberg on drums. After the departure of Jordison, as of December 2013 the only founding member in the current lineup is percussionist Crahan. Fehn left the band due to lawsuit on March 18, 2019.

Ashes of the Wake (2004–2005)

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Willie Adler (2015)

Lamb of God released Ashes of the Wake in August 2004, which debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200, and sold over 35,000 copies in its first week. [15] [16] The album was distributed through the band's new record label, Epic Records. Johnny Loftus of Allmusic praised the album, saying "With the genre getting clogged by PVC goofs and Alice in Chains impersonators, Lamb of God balances the equation of power, rage, tradition, and craft. It kills the filler." [17] The title track of the album featured Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and ex–Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland. [17]

The band supported Ashes of the Wake with extensive touring, including a second stage slot on Ozzfest in 2004, [18] and the 2005 Sounds of the Underground tour. [19] The band was awarded 2nd Best Album of the Year by Revolver magazine behind Mastodon's Leviathan , and was awarded Best Music Video for "Laid to Rest" (2005). [20] While on tour, the band recorded a performance and released it with the name of Killadelphia . The release was made available as a DVD and a CD. [21] The DVD was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2007. [22]

In 2006, a cover version of the first single from the album, "Laid to Rest", was featured as a playable track in Guitar Hero II. [23] The original version was released for Guitar Hero Smash Hits in 2009. [24] The original version is also available as downloadable content for Rock Band . [25]

Sacrament (2005–2007)

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Chris Adler (2015)

In August 2006 Lamb of God released its fifth studio album, Sacrament . The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 and sold nearly 65,000 copies in its first week of sales, nearly doubling the first week sales of Ashes of the Wake. [15] The album received generally positive reviews, with Cosmo Lee of Stylus Magazine stating, "Sacrament has the band's most memorable songs to date. Musically, there's no fat. The band plays with laser precision and songs move smoothly through riffs and transitions." [26] Ed Thompson of IGN referred to Sacrament "one of the best metal albums of 2006", [27] and Jon Pareles of Blender called it a "speed rush all the way through". [28]

The band appeared on major tours to support the album, including The Unholy Alliance with Slayer, Mastodon, Children of Bodom, and Thine Eyes Bleed, [29] Gigantour, supporting Megadeth; [30] main stage at Ozzfest; [18] an appearance at the Download Festival, and an exclusive co-headlining tour with Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, and DevilDriver, where Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God shared headlining spots alternately each show. [31] Lamb of God was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2007 Grammy Awards for "Redneck", but lost out to Slayer's "Eyes of the Insane". [32]

In December 2007, the band rereleased the album as Sacrament: Deluxe Producer Edition. The release contained all of the original songs from Sacrament on the first disc, and the second disc was a CD-ROM featuring all of the vocal, bass, guitar, and drum tracks in 192kbit/s MP3 format, enabling the buyer to produce their own interpretation of the songs. Blythe stated, "you sometimes have to do something special to get kids to even buy an album these days rather than download it." [33] The band took a break to write new material throughout 2008 and prepare a new record for release, slated for 2009. The band negotiated for a new record label to distribute records outside the United States. Chris Adler stated Epic Records in the United States "couldn't be more perfect", but wants a different label for international releases. [34]

In spite of the success of the tour, the band was not without at least one serious altercation which has since been widely publicized. After playing a sell-out show in Glasgow, Scotland, members of the band and crew were involved in heavy drinking. After a brief amount of time, vocalist Randy Blythe, whilst wearing a kilt and attempting to speak with a Scottish accent, became verbally violent towards both drummer Chris Adler and guitarist Mark Morton, the later of whom then struck Blythe from behind on the bus in response. The incident developed into grabbing, pushing and separating until Blythe and Morton then encountered each other outside on the footpath. The fight between the two was especially lackluster due to intoxication, however it resulted in Morton bringing Blythe down hard on the pavement beneath him briefly incapacitating Blythe. Two days and at least one show later, the duo reconciled over drinks. [35] [36]

Walk with Me in Hell and Wrath (2008–2009)

On May 2, Lamb of God announced via MySpace their new DVD, Walk with Me in Hell , would be released on July 1, 2008. The DVD is a double-disc and has nearly five hours of footage, containing the feature documentary Walk with Me in Hell and multiple live performance extras from the Sacrament World Tour. [37] At the end of the Walk with Me in Hell documentary the members stated that they are more excited than ever to write new material.

In August 2008, it was announced, by studio producer Cole Higley, that the band had commenced work on the follow-up to Sacrament, and that its release was scheduled for February 2009. Josh Wilbur was also named as the producer for the record. [38] They also toured with Metallica as a direct support act starting in December 2008. [39]

The recording process of the new record was made available to view online live through the band's website, with two webcams installed in the studio (specifically in the drum room and mixing room). [40]

On February 23, 2009, the band released their sixth studio album internationally via Roadrunner Records, titled Wrath [41] and one day later in America via Epic Records. The album is dedicated to Mikey Bronsnan, who helped them get started in Philadelphia. In November 2008, Bronsnan was killed by a drunk driver. According to drummer Chris Adler, "Without Mikey, we'd very well might not be a band today." [42] Drummer Chris Adler was quoted saying "This album is going to surprise a lot of people. Typically bands that get to where we are in our career begin to slack off, smell the roses and regurgitate. We chose a different path. No one wants to hear another band member hyping a new record. ‘Wrath’ needs no hype. We have topped ourselves and on February 24 you will feel it." "Wrath" debuted on the Billboard 200 at number two, selling over 68,000 copies in its first week. [43]

In support of Wrath, the band in spring of 2009 embarked on the first leg of their world tour, No Fear Energy Tour headlined by themselves with main support from Children of Bodom and As I Lay Dying, and rotating opening slots with God Forbid and Municipal Waste. [44] The band played in Europe in the summer to perform with Metallica on the World Magnetic Tour along with Mastodon, while also playing headlining shows of their own and performing at major European festivals. For the final six dates of the tour, Unearth's Buz McGrath filled in for Mark Morton, as he left early to be with his wife and his first child.

Lamb of God were announced to also serve as Metallica's direct support for the North American leg of their 2009 world tour, as well as finishing the year off by headlining shows in Australia and New Zealand with Shadows Fall and DevilDriver.

Resolution and Blythe's arrest (2010–2013)

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Randy Blythe (2013)

Lamb of God performed for the first time in the Philippines for the annual PULP Summer Slam on April 17, 2010 with thrash metal band Testament and performed there again on February 18, 2012. The band also played in India for the first time on May 15, 2010, headlining the Summer Storm festival in Bangalore. [45] They played for their Turkish fans at Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul, on May 17. [46] Lamb of God was featured on the 2010 Mayhem Festival, playing on the main stage alongside Korn, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch. Paul Waggoner, guitarist for Between the Buried and Me, filled in for Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton during the Mayhem Festival. In June 2010, the band played on the main stage at the Download Festival. It was their third appearance at Download Festival. [47]

On April 19, 2010, IGN released a 'making of' video that features Lamb of God working on their next single, "Hit the Wall". The single is featured in the Iron Man 2 video game. [48] On February 15, 2011, Lamb of God announced that "Hit the Wall" would be available to buy via digital download. [49] The band was also featured on the soundtrack for Namco Bandai Games' 2010 remake of Splatterhouse . Lamb of God was announced as one of the bands (the other being Baroness) to support Metallica on their Australian tour in late 2010. [50] In a September 2010 interview, drummer Chris Adler mentioned that Lamb of God will enter the studio in February 2011 to begin work on a seventh album. In November, Chris also mentioned that the band will work with producer Josh Wilbur again. [51]

Lamb of God was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for Best Metal Performance, but lost out to Judas Priest's "Dissident Aggressor". [52] The band was once again nominated in 2011, at the 53rd Grammy Awards, but lost, this time to Iron Maiden's "El Dorado". [53]

On October 31, 2011, it was announced that the band is set to release their seventh studio album, Resolution , on January 24, 2012. The band also revealed the album's track list and cover art. [54] On January 19, 2012, Lamb of God released a second music video for the single 'Ghost Walking', the first video being the lyric video. The video, which is completely animated, depicts a man fleeing from assassins in order to enter the abort codes for a large unidentified weapon. All the animation was completed by Moreframes Animation, and it was premiered on the music channel Vevo and YouTube. [55] [56] [57] [58]

In February 2012 Lamb of God played the Soundwave Festival in Australia [59] and the Download Festival on the main stage in June. [60]

On June 27, 2012 the Czech police arrested Randy Blythe for his actions during a 2010 concert in Prague. [61] Blythe was charged, in the Prague 8 district court, with committing intentional bodily harm after an incident in which a 19-year-old fan climbed up onto the stage with him. Blythe pushed the teen who then hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died of the injury. [62] Lamb of God canceled their upcoming tour [63] but resumed touring 38 days later when Blythe was released on bail. Blythe was indicted on the charges in December 2012. [64] According to a verdict delivered by the Municipal Court in Prague on March 5, 2013, Blythe had thrown Nosek off the stage and had moral responsibility for the fan's death but he was not criminally liable. [65] The decision was appealed, [66] and upheld by the Prague High Court in June 2013. [67]

First hiatus, VII: Sturm und Drang, and The Duke EP (2014–2016)

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Lamb of God in 2015

Despite statements from bandmembers, that Lamb of God planned to enter the studio in 2014 to begin recording their eighth studio album, hoping to complete it by the end of the same year, [68] Chris Adler said in an interview with The Virginian-Pilot that besides the large amount legal fees the band encountered from Randy Blythe's trial, the band's inactivity during the trial meant no new income coming in, which eventually depleted the band's funds. [69]

On January 26, 2014, Randy Blythe posted a picture and a statement on his Instagram saying he would be taking a long break from Lamb of God. The band, after the then-current album cycle would be on hiatus, except for some summer festival appearances. [70]

During an interview in September 2014, Randy Blythe revealed that he was planning to release his upcoming book in early 2015, along with a new Lamb of God record, which uses lyrics he had written while he was incarcerated. [71]

The band began teasing a new album, with the placeholder title Lamb of God VII via Instagram and Twitter in late April 2015. A website,, initially comprising an empty black screen, went online in early May. The "VII" (the roman numeral for the number seven) refers to the album being the band's seventh, and does not take into account the first of their albums, released with a slightly different line-up as Burn the Priest . [72]

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John Campbell (2015)

On May 15, 2015, it was announced that the title of the new album VII: Sturm und Drang , and would be released in July via Epic and Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The first song, "Still Echoes" was made available for streaming on, and available for digital download on May 18. [73] In June of the same year, the band released a video for the song "512". [74]

On November 14, 2016, Lamb of God released a new EP titled "The Duke", which featured two new songs from the VII: Sturm und Drang recordings and three live tracks. The title track is dedicated to a fan and friend of vocalist Randy Blythe, Wayne Ford, who died after a 5-year battle with Leukaemia. In addition to the new release, several members of the band auctioned off their instruments, signed CDs, lyric books and gold records to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. [75]

Second Lamb of God hiatus and Burn the Priest cover album (2017–present)

On April 4, 2017, Blythe said it was time for the band to "really go on hiatus" after their summer North American tour; this was in reference to the first hiatus being on the back of his release from prison and acquittal. [76] On August 10, guitarist Mark Morton confirmed that the band would be going on hiatus but stated that they would still be making music but did not hint at whether this was either for an upcoming release or indeed for Lamb of God at all. [77]

On January 22, 2018, Lamb of God was announced as one of the bands supporting the Slayer Farewell Tour. [78]

On March 22, 2018, Lamb of God announced that on May 18, 2018, they would release a cover album, Legion: XX under their original name Burn the Priest. It is the band's first album as Burn the Priest since their 1999 album. [79]

On October 23, 2018, Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler was interviewed on the 486th Metal Injection Livecast and in the interview with Metal Injection he revealed that the band is aiming for a December 2019 release date for Lamb Of God's tenth studio album. He also revealed in the interview that he had a conversation with fellow heavy metal drummer Lars Ulrich of the band Metallica about what it is like to work with ex-Metallica guitarist and current Megadeth lead vocalist and guitarist Dave Mustaine prior to working with him on Megadeth's 15th album, Dystopia , which was released in 2016. [80] [81]

As The Palaces Burn documentary

In February 2014, a documentary film featuring Lamb of God entitled As The Palaces Burn was released worldwide. The documentary, directed by Don Argott, began filming in 2012 and was set to focus on fans of the band but drastically altered its scope following the arrest of lead singer Randy Blythe on charges of committing intentional bodily harm stemming from the death of a fan following a concert in Prague two years earlier. [82] The film has been met with positive reviews by critics. [83]

Musical style and influences

Lamb of God are mainly considered a groove metal band. [84] [85] [86] [87] [88] [89] Lamb of God also has been described as industrial metal, [90] thrash metal, [91] [92] death metal, [93] [92] and metalcore. [94] [95] [96] [92] Lamb of God's 2000 album New American Gospel has been described as "grindcore and death metal for the hardcore kids". [97] The band's 2004 album Ashes of the Wake features elements of melodic death metal and thrash metal. [98] The band incorporated more thrash metal elements in later albums, which was shown as a direction on Wrath (2009) and Resolution (2012). [99] [100] [101] [102] Burn the Priest has been called a fusion of thrash metal, death metal and hardcore punk. [103] The Burn the Priest cover album, Legion: XX has been described as crossover thrash, [104] hardcore punk, [104] [105] punk rock [105] and sludge metal. [104]

Lamb of God's influences include Pantera, The Accüsed, Septic Death, Drunk Injuns, The Faction, Black Sabbath, Obituary, Bolt Thrower, Corrosion of Conformity, Napalm Death, D.R.I., Machine Head, Shellac, At the Gates, Metallica, Testament, Slayer, Meshuggah, Megadeth, Aerosmith, and The Jesus Lizard. [106] [107] [108] [109] [110] Although Lamb of God is a heavy metal band, the band's vocalist Randy Blythe actually is much more into punk rock than heavy metal and refuses to consider himself a metalhead. [106]



Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2007 "Redneck" Best Metal Performance Nominated
2010 "Set to Fail"Nominated
2011 "In Your Words"Nominated
2013 "Ghost Walking" Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Nominated
2016 "512"Best Metal PerformanceNominated

Metal Storm Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2015VII: Sturm und DrangBest Thrash Metal AlbumWon

Spike Guys' Choice Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2007Lamb of GodBallsiest BandNominated

Revolver Golden Gods Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2010Lamb of GodBest Live BandNominated

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2004Lamb of GodBest Underground ActNominated
2007Lamb of GodBest Live BandWon
Lamb of GodBest International BandNominated
SacramentAlbum of the YearNominated
2009Lamb of GodBest International BandNominated
WrathBest AlbumWon
2010Lamb of GodBest International BandWon
2012Lamb of GodBest International BandWon
2016Lamb of GodBest Live BandWon

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<i>Killadelphia</i> (video album) 2005 video by Lamb of God

Killadelphia is a 2005 live DVD from American metal band Lamb of God, released on Epic Records and shot and directed by Doug Spangenberg. It consists of footage filmed during the band's two gigs at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia on October 16 and 17 of 2004, hence the pun title of the DVD. In addition to the concert footage lasting more than 70 minutes, Killadelphia includes over 2 hours of behind-the-scenes footage recorded throughout the Ashes of the Wake Tour - also included are three music videos, including the uncensored version of "Now You've Got Something To Die For" and a demo version of "Laid To Rest". Killadelphia reached platinum status in the United States in 2007.

Mark Morton (musician) American musician

Mark P Morton is the lead guitarist of the American heavy metal band Lamb of God.

Chris Adler American drummer

Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member and founder of the groove metal band Lamb of God, and Grammy Award winning member of Megadeth. He became a member of thrash metal band Megadeth from 2015-2016, playing on their fifteenth album Dystopia and performed most live touring dates in support of that album. In his 5th Grammy nomination, "Dystopia" won Chris his first Grammy Award for the Best Metal Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards. In 2006 Adler collaborated with revered progressive guitarist Ron Jarzombek beginning the project Blotted Science. In 2013, Adler moved to Toronto, Canada for 6 weeks and recorded and helped write the album "Volition" with the progressive metal band Protest the Hero. The album went on to win and provide Chris his first Juno Award In 2014 he contributed several drum tracks to the Testament album Dark Roots of the Earth. In 2016 Adler recorded three songs with Jim Gillette, Michael Angelo Batio, and Victor Wooten in a California studio for a Nitro reunion album. As of October 2017, he left the Nitro reunion project to focus on a mid-2018 release and tour with Lamb of God. He is the elder brother of Lamb of God bandmate and guitarist Willie Adler. Chris played in several local bands including Calibra, Jettison Charlie, and Grouser before founding Lamb of God in 1994. Adler is pescatarian and has worked with PETA. He is recognized by his left-handed playing on a right-handed kit, his use of the heel-toe technique, his unusual approach to the drum kit.

<i>Sacrament</i> (album) 2006 studio album by Lamb of God

Sacrament is the fifth studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God. Released on August 22, 2006, Sacrament debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 charts with first-week sales of 63,000. The album was the top-selling heavy metal album of 2006 and received the Album of the Year award from Revolver magazine. As of 2010, it has sold over 331,000 copies in the United States.

Lamb of God discography

The following is the discography of Lamb of God. Originally known under the moniker "Burn the Priest", the band was founded in 1990 by Chris Adler, John Campbell and Mark Morton. In 1999, Burn the Priest released their self-titled full-length debut, released through Legion Records, shortly after the release, the band changed its name to "Lamb of God" and signed a record deal with Prosthetic Records. The group's next album, New American Gospel, was released in 2000. Produced by Devin Townsend, 2003's As the Palaces Burn was critically acclaimed, with Revolver magazine awarding it "Album of the Year."

Wrath Tour

Wrath Tour was a concert tour by American heavy metal band Lamb of God in support of the group's sixth studio album, Wrath, which was released in February 2009.

<i>Hourglass: The Anthology</i> 2010 compilation album by Lamb of God

The Hourglass Anthology is a compilation album by the American metal band Lamb of God which was released in three different forms. The first disc is "Volume One: The Underground Years", which contains their best songs from when they were called "Burn the Priest", and songs from New American Gospel and As the Palaces Burn. The second disc is "Volume Two: The Epic Years", which contains songs from the albums Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament and Wrath. The third form was a box set with volume 1 and 2 and contains a third volume, "Volume 3: The Vault". This volume contains rare and never before heard songs.

<i>Resolution</i> (Lamb of God album) 2012 studio album by Lamb of God

Resolution is the seventh studio album by American metal band Lamb of God. It is available on a single disc CD or a two-disc deluxe edition.

The Resolution Tour was a current concert tour by American heavy metal band Lamb of God in support of the group's seventh studio album, Resolution, which was released in January 2012.

HAWK is an American metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania that originally formed in 2005.

"Honey Bucket" is a single from American sludge metal band Melvins released in September 21, 1993. It is taken from their major label début Houdini. It is the fifth track off the album.

<i>Legion: XX</i> 2018 studio album (of cover songs) by Burn the Priest

Legion: XX is a cover album and the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Lamb of God, under their original name Burn the Priest. The album was released on May 18, 2018 through Epic Records/Nuclear Blast. It is the band's first album as Burn the Priest since their 1999 album.

<i>Anesthetic</i> (album) 2019 studio album by Mark Morton

Anesthetic is the first solo album by American guitarist Mark Morton, released on March 1, 2019 via Spinefarm.


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