Band Photo: Lamb of God (?)
From: Richmond, VA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
The Richmond, VA 5-piece, Lamb of God, came together in the current form in the fall of 1999. The band has been around in various forms and under various names, most notably Burn The Priest, since '94, however, and the brothers, Chris and Willie, have been playing music together since '88.
Lamb of God signed with Epic records in 2004 and completed their major label debut in just 5 months before embarking on their first Ozzfest tour and subsequent US and UK tours.
Lamb of God play a caustic style of extreme metal that can be compared to few others. It can best be described as a raw mixture of death and doom metal elements, but that description does not do their sound justice. Go get their CD or catch a show and hear it for yourself.
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Below is our complete Lamb of God news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Two months to the day since the last episode, the MetalUnderground.com podcast is back. This time, our regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined by longtime member, F.A.N. and veteran staff member Oliver Hynes (aka Diamond Oz/me) to discuss the MetalUnderground.com Best of 2014 Awards and whether or not they agree with the choices voted by staff members, as well as who they felt perhaps should have fared better.
The show also features Saboter as its unsigned band of the week, opening the show with the exciting thrash metal band's song, "Eye of Terror," before closing with their track, "Redemption."
Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!
What was old is now new again, as much like with Hollywood returning to Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator, metal heads had a desire for past and present to collide throughout 2014.
This was another year of major reunions and comebacks with the likes of At The Gates, Slipknot, Sanctuary, and Massacre all returning with new material. The long dead Coal Chamber also came back to life, although we won't see an actual release until next year (with varying opinions on to whether that particular resurrection was wanted or needed).
Besides all the blasts from the past, this was a year marked by spectacles in the metal world – some truly unfortunate and others less so. Heavy metal managed to hit the Facebook trending bar and gain exposure to millions when 92 year old actor Christopher Lee released his Metal Knight EP and Christmas single ”Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.”
Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was finally sentenced after being arrested back in 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife – an act that lead to the creation of Wovenwar, featuring the remaining members of As I Lay Dying as well as a fellow ex-believer from Oh, Sleeper.
This was also the year that included Roadrunner Records botching the release of the first Opeth single from “Pale Communion” and subsequently breaking the Internet. And who could forget Wintersun's infamous rant (perhaps best summarized as “I can't possibly record an album unless its in my own personal studio that someone else has paid for”), which sent a horde of lemming-like fans to send death threats to the Nuclear Blast Facebook page?
Typical metal shenanigans aside, this was actually a solid year for metal overall even past the major reunions. Now moving into 2015, the big question marks are if that Metallica album actually comes out, when Dimmu Borgir is finally going to get around to leaking some new info, and for those of us who have been impatiently waiting since 2012 – when will God Of Atheists finally drop that debut release that we voted most anticipated two years ago?
Before any of those questions come close to getting answers, let's take a look back at what 2014 had to offer for metal fans... More...
Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe has conducted a lengthy interview with Noisey regarding his photography, along with a bit about upcoming music and live performances from the band.
Regarding what's in store for Lamb Of God in the future, Blythe comments:
Lamb of God is playing a bunch of big gigs this year, and sooner or later we’ll write an album. What the guys have been writing sounds pretty monstrous thus far.
In the immediate we’re going to Soundwave in Australia in February, which will be warm and awesome. It’ll be our third Soundwave. Going to Indonesia after that for a few days, hopefully I’ll get some time to surf. We’ll be doing some bigger gigs in the summer too. We had to take some time off because the tour cycle took about three years, like writing recording touring, and then I got arrested.
The whole legal thing took over a year of my life, during which we toured in the states and afterwards we finished up the touring cycle. It was a rough, rough year so thank god it’s behind me. So we got done touring South Africa in January and I started working on my book, which should come out sometime in 2015, it’s being edited now. It’s a book called “Dark Days,” which is basically about what happened over in the Czech Republic. My editor sent me back the manuscript, so I have to approve edit that by January. So that should be out sometime in the summer maybe, not sure how long it’s gonna take.
Read the full article at Noisey.Vice.com.
Third Update: new sales have been added below from Comatose Music and Deathwish Music.
Second Update: added new sales from Indie Merch, Sevared Records, Relapse Records, and The Omega Order.
Update: deals have now been added from Metal Blade, Give Praise, and Razorback Records.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a point of much contention among the metal community (with its overall disdain for consumerism, commercial whoring, and conformity) - so much so that every year Daniel Vrangsinn's (Carpathian Forest) label Misantrof even releases the "Holy Fucking ANTIChristmas" compilation in December.
Despite that, many of the underground labels do offer sales and discounts the week of Thanksgiving, so if you're looking to get some quality metal, hardcore, or rock releases on a budget, this is the time to do it - and most of it is online or digital in nature, so as a bonus, you don't have to get stomped to death by a horde of deal hunters at 5 AM!
More links will be added throughout the week as labels and distros announce their various sales, so check back in often.
If actually buying music in physical format (and especially on vinyl) is more your thing than ordering online, then RECORD STORE DAY has compiled a handy list just for you of limited run, exclusive, or Black Friday-first releases only available in stores. Peruse the full list over here.
For the digital music junkies, AMAZON.COM has dozens of $5 digital hard rock and metal albums from bands like Arch Enemy, In This Moment, White Zombie, Lamb Of God, Chimaira, and many more. The deals run through the full month of November. More...
In today’s episode of The Jasta Show, Jamey Jasta sits down with Randy Blythe from Lamb of God. They discuss the Gwar B-Q, Dave Brockie, Jello Biafra, staying sober, prison, Randy's love of literature, Randy's pcoming book, the wall of Death at Ozzfest, and more.
Randy comments on sobriety and getting sober on tour: "I was writing about drinking in my book, I address it quite a bit. It stopped working the last night I got drunk. It worked when I got to a place where everything that bothered me was shutdown. I drink because I didn’t like many things about myself and many things about the world. I didn’t want to cope with that."
Randy on what he learned from the events in the Czech Republic, and if there was a life lesson: “No there was no fucking lesson just tragedy. A dead fucking kid. Though I caught a bullet. It was bound to happen to someone. The barricade at that show was non-existent. The security is non-existent. If I were to do it again I would have stopped the show.”
You can stream the full podcast at SoundCloud here or in the player below.
After hitting theaters and video on demand, Lamb Of God's feature-length documentary "As The Palaces Burn" will be released on DVD this coming October 7th, 2014 via Epic Records.
In addition to the first DVD including this spectacular film that the New York Daily News called, “a riveting documentary” and the Huffington Post called “fascinating viewing,” a second DVD will be included that features over two hours of additional, unreleased making-of footage.
In addition to general footage not included in the final cut, the second DVD also includes exclusive material from the original planned version of the film about the band's effect on fans in other cultures. Pre-order your copy at this location.
"As the Palaces Burn" was released theatrically on February 27th, 2014. Originally intending to follow Lamb Of God throughout the world to demonstrate music's potential to tie culturally diverse fans together, filming for the movie abruptly took a dramatic turn when lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested on charges of manslaughter, and blamed for the death a fan in the Czech Republic." What followed was a heart-wrenching courtroom drama that left fans, friends, and curious onlookers around the world on the edge of their seats.
We regret to inform everyone that Norwegian black metal legends Satryicon will no longer be able to perform at this year's Housecore™ Horror Film Festival. The band explained via its official Facebook page:
"Dear U.S fans. We regret to inform that Satyricon will not perform at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and Horror Fest in Austin, TX in October 2014. The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other.
"Satyricon will now shift its attention towards the writing of a new album, re-editing the footage from the 'Live at the Opera' live album/DVD and another project that will be announced at a later stage. It is important for the band that the U.S fans understand that you are far from forgotten and that the band look forward to come over for a full scale U.S tour as soon as it is possible. You deserve it." More...
Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, has already released several huge jaw-dropping bands and film events for this year’s lineup.
The event features the Official 40th Anniversary Reunion of the surviving cast members of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, including “Leatherface” himself, Gunnar Hansen; a TXCM 2 reunion with the cast including Bill “Chop-Top” Moseley; and a U.S. exclusive combined headline performance by the legendary Glenn Danzig of immortal classics from both Danzig and Samhain.
Now, they’ve returned for their biggest announcement yet, the return of Philip Anselmo’s legendary band, Superjoint. More...
Lamb of God is the latest band to be featured in Rocksmith 2014's downloadable content. Learn to play three metal hits from the band: “Laid To Rest,” “Ghost Walking,” and “Walk With Me In Hell” are available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.
“Laid To Rest” – Drop D – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Ghost Walking” – Eb Drop Db – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Walk With Me In Hell” – Drop D – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for more Pit Stories!
This week we head into one of the most infamous, bone crunching, bruise-inducing pit activities: the dreaded wall of death.
Atlanta prog metal band Halcyon Way shared this story with us about a wall of death during a Lamb of God set:
One of my all time favorite bands is Lamb of God, and if you know Lamb of God at all then you know that they are known for doing a wall of death at the end of their show. So I was attending their show in Atlanta at the Tabernacle, and the time came for them to play "Black Label" which everyone knows is when the wall happens. So people started lining up, my best friend and I decided that we were gonna do it! So Randy Blythe started counting, when he hit 4, both sides of the room flew towards each other.
In the confusion I lost sight of my best friend and just began fending for my life it seemed! I saw some people on the ground, but saw that they were being helped up and didn't think much of it. It wasn't until I saw videos on Youtube later on that I realized that the side of the wall we were on had completely collapsed under the pressure from the other side and that we were mere feet away from being right in the middle of it, with no idea that it was even happening! It was definitely a blast though and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Halcyon Way's forthcoming album "Conquer" is due to drop on August 19th in North America via Nightmare Records and August 23rd in Europe via Massacre Records.
Housecore Horror Film Festival has announced its first round of bands for 2014 set for October 23-26 in Austin, Texas. The second annual horror-and-metal festival will include Satyricon, Eyehategod, Macabre, Cattle Decapitation, Unearth, Warbeast, Portal, Wizards of Gore (surviving Rigor Mortis members), Ringworm, KEN Mode, SubRosa and many others. Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe will host the event. More...
Project Rogue is a new crowd funding project featuring existing Rogue Records America artists teaming up with 16 cross-genre metal titans to create a new studio and video project.
You can find the perks for donating and make your own contribution to the project at this location. All the Project Rogue artists will collaborate together, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Raymond Herrera - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Shavo Odadjian - System Of A Down
Chris Adler - Lamb Of God
Rob Barrett - Cannibal Corpse
John Boecklin - Devildriver
Paul Masvidal - Death/Cynic
David Davidson - Revocation
Sean Reinert - Death/Cynic
Jon Howard - Threat Signal/Arkaea
Mitch Harris - Napalm Death
Jed Simon - Scar The Martyr/Strapping Young Lad
Frank Watkins - Obituary/Gorgoroth
Wayne Static - Static X
Christian Olde Wolbers - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Pat Lachman - Damageplan
Logan Mader - Machine Head/Soulfly
JD Schmidt - Nociceptor
Robert Luciani - Means End
Vincent Zylstra - Synthetic Breed
Andrew Zink - Akeldama
Connor Reibling - Akeldama
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe recently posted a photo of himself with Gwar frontman Dave Brockie in reaction to the news that his death was the result of a heroin overdose, along with a plea to friends and fans about drug abuse:
Here's me with Dave Brockie & Brad Roberts of GWAR in 2006. Brad & I are still here, but Dave is gone- accidental heroin overdose, as many of you heard today. Not that it really matters, because dead is dead, but I don't think Brockie was a stone cold junkie when he died- he couldn't have done all that he did if he was strung out. He partied hard at periods, but I think he was more of a drug dabbler. But there's a lesson here- dabbling with drugs kills people dead every day, just like being fully addicted does.
I am so fucking sick of my friends dying from alcohol & drugs. Really, really, tired of it- some of them die slow in the throes of addiction, & some of them die after just doing something stupid one night after a party. Some if them fuck around and fuck around and fuck around..."I'll get sober one day..." For most of them, that day comes for sure- when we put them in a casket. It's better to be alive when you get sober.
In this photo I was still drinking- I am a FULL BLOWN ALCOHOLIC. When I drink, I do crazy, really ill stuff. But I am a sober man today. I LIVE FREE. I might die surfing in the ocean tomorrow, but I will go out doing what I love, not choking on my own vomit. Besides that, I can just try & help others, so I'm writing this to YOU- YES, YOU- you, the one who can't stop drinking & getting fired & pissing off your wife, you the one who steals pills from you friend's medicine cabinet, you the one who is in a dark hole & wants to die & the only thing that fixes it for a little while is a drink or a drug- WAKE UP. GET HELP. STOP. PLEASE, I'M FUCKING BEGGING YOU. YOU CAN DO IT. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET SOME HELP. If I can do it, ANYONE CAN, because I was a TOTAL WRECK for YEARS. Just get some help, goddamn it. And if you haven't started, don't. JUST DONT. There is NOTHING cool about being an alcoholic, a drug addict, or dead. Trust me. For the love of God, just don't start. Please.
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After a successful worldwide theatrical showing that had the film playing in over 400 theaters, Lamb Of God announces today that the feature documentary, "As The Palaces Burn," will be available on Video On Demand starting June 3rd.
You can pre-order a digital rental or purchase at this location. In addition, the film’s theatrical distributor Specticast has teamed with Gravitas Ventures to place the film on multiple cable, satellite, and telco Video On Demand platforms also commencing on June 3rd.
These platforms include Cox Cable, Charter On Demand, Verizon Fios, Dish Network, Mediacom, Blue Ridge Communications, Suddenlink, Wave Broadband, Rogers on Demand, Shaw, Cogeco Cable, and East Link TV. More...
This week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, dedicated co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) start by tackling two debut releases from two fascinating Canadian bands.
First up is Ottawa, Ontario's The Kindred, formerly known as Today I Caught The Plague. Kevin explores his mixed feelings about this act's eclectic take on progressive metal, first by recounting a bracing live experience, then by dissecting the new release "Life In Lucidity."
Then Mike shares his thoughts and feelings on Montreal, Quebec's Hollow, a band he describes as an all-around "celebration of extreme metal" that subverts certain trends and defies others. The group's debut album "Mordrake" is due out this May, 2014.
Finally, your hosts wrap things up with an impassioned and informative overview of "As The Palaces Burn," the new documentary film chronicling the adventures of Virginia powerhouse Lamb Of God - including frontman Randy Blythe's dramatic 2012 legal showdown.
Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
Metal Injection cameras were at the Trocadero Theater on February 16th, 2014 to document the world premiere of the new Lamb of God documentary, "As the Palaces Burn."
Watch exclusive interviews with the director of the film, Don Argott, Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler, fans and footage of frontman Randy Blythe's comments from the stage. The video is available in the player below, courtesy of MetalInjection.net. More...
In anticipation of the February 27th worldwide release of the feature film, “As The Palaces Burn”, Randy Blythe and Chris Adler will appear on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” on February 22nd, airing at 11 PM.
This will be the first Lamb Of God visit to “That Metal Show.” The host of the show, Eddie Trunk, conducts the 30 minute Q&A that will follow all showings of “As The Palaces Burn” in theaters and venues.
In addition, Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal (channel 40) will present a weeklong special on the film, February 21st through 28th. The special will feature newly recorded interviews by Jose Mangin with Blythe, Adler, and film director Don Argott.
Lamb of God's Randy Blythe has checked in with the following update about taking a break from the band:
"And so another album cycle comes to an end. This has been a very eventful, at times VERY STRESSFUL, album cycle, & it's been about three years since we started on this one in our practice space. I need a break.
"Tomorrow is a 19 hour flight back to the USA, & then another one home to RVA, & except for two festival shows in 2014, I will not be thinking about Lamb of God, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new lamb of god material - NONE OF THAT STUFF AT ALL - for a good long while.
"Time to do other things for a bit, & let my brain regroup, & be a somewhat normal human being. This has been a pretty wild ride though, & to end it in AFRICA of all places still amazes the crap outta me. So thanks Johannesburg for an awesome end to the Resolution tour cycle, & to all you other bands, hear this: the game has been stepped up, & the ante has risen. You are not a REAL G until you come to South Africa & your fans throw one of THESE to you on stage - a warthog skull.
"Takes the cake for the strangest thing throw at me on stage ever, & I've had some weird shit thrown at me - I named him Jeff. Jeff, the South African warthog. Top that, y'all. Don't front like your ballin' if you ain't rockin' that wart hog shizzy. I figured I'd finish up the cycle with a nice self-portrait. Me & Jeff are outty. Peace, & one love." More...
Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theatre will host the worldwide premiere of the Lamb Of God feature documentary film “As The Palaces Burn” on February 16th.
Capacity for this event will be limited to 800 people. Included in that capacity will be 50 VIP packages which will include a meet and greet with the band prior to the showing of the film.
The Trocadero Theatre was the site of the band’s platinum DVD, “Killadelphia,” which made this a natural choice for the movie premiere. A teaser trailer for film can be seen at this location.
Besides being shown theatrically worldwide in 350 theaters, 13 U.S club venues have been chosen for exclusive screenings of the film. Tickets for all venues go on sale this weekend, except in Toronto which go on sale today. The cities and venues are:
New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
Washington, DC - Howard Theatre
Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
Toronto, ON - Opera House
San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Chicago, IL - Ginger Man Tavern
Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Seattle, WA – The Showbox
For information on the location of all theaters as well as dates of screenings and show times, head over here.
Following the 90 minute film, a 30 minute Q & A with the band and director Don Argott hosted by That Metal Show’s Ed Trunk, which was filmed at the band’s last 2013 concert appearance in Maryland, will be shown.
Lamb Of God is pleased to announce that the band has entered in to a worldwide distribution deal with Specticast (Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, Paul McCartney Rock Show) for the Don Argott-directed feature film “As The Palaces Burn.”
Filming for the feature began in 2012 and concluded in March of 2013. “As The Palaces Burn,” not to be confused with the making-of documentary packaged with the recent re-release of the 2003 Lamb of God album of the same name, was conceived to be a documentary focused on the power of music and its impact on cultures around the world, along with its ability to bring together people of all nationalities regardless of religious or political differences.
After a worldwide casting call, filming took place in Colombia, Venezuela, Israel, India, and the United States. As filming reached its conclusion, the documentary was forced to take a major turn when the band’s lead singer, Randy Blythe, was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with the murder of a fan in June 2012.
Granted unique access to Blythe’s continuing saga, Argott’s filming covered Blythe’s 38 day imprisonment in Prague, his release and the band’s return to live performances, and finally Blythe’s trial for murder in Prague in February 2013.
“As The Palaces Burn” will debut worldwide on February 27th. Following the film, a 30 minute Q&A with the entire band and director Don Argott will be shown. The Q&A was conducted by VH1 Classics Eddie Trunk and filmed at the final show of the band’s North American tour in support of their most recent release, Resolution. More...