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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Their first three European shows were a huge success for As I Lay Dying. The band played three headlining shows in Holland and Germany. They enjoyed great turnouts and unbelievable reactions from the audiences. 200 people in Arnhem, 400 and something in Berlin, and over 500 in Karlsruhe screamed, danced and stagedived to the songs of AILD. “The folks in Berlin experienced some of the most brutal pits the German capital has ever seen”, says an attendant of that particular show!
Right now AILD are supporting Lamb of God on their UK tour before they get back to the States to start the recordings for the long awaited new album!
Lamb of God will be signing copies of their Epic Records debut "Ashes of the Wake," at the following Independent Retail Accounts. Come out and meet the band! All in-stores are from 4:30-5:30pm except Oxford which starts at 3PM. (Please check the store to confirm as schedules may change - thanks!)
The Music Box
13, Market Place,
35, The Headrow,
36, The Hayes,
22a, The Market Arcade,
Guildhall Shopping Centre,
Sunday, November 14, I attended the Lamb of God and Fear Factory concert (with Children of Bodom and Throwdown) at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC. I attempted to take some photos of the show with little success, as they did not have photo passes which allowed me to get behind there barrier that night. The few decent photos I did get that night have been posted in the Photo Gallery. More...
Canadian music magazine Chart Attack has posted an interview with Lamb of God vocalist, Randy Blythe:
If you haven't heard "Ashes Of The Wake," the new album from Virginia metal band Lamb Of God, then you are weak. Undeniably brutal, "Ashes Of The Wake" is the band's first album on a major label. In a scene that prides itself on being, it's up to the metalheads to decide if this newfound attention is a good thing or the not. Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe spoke with ChartAttack recently to say that he doesn't really give a shit what the metal community thinks. To him, music's just music, man. Regardless of what label it's on, if you haven't heard "Ashes Of The Wake" yet, do so because it will kick you in the privates.
Read the full article at Chart Attack.
siN's Metal News had posted this interesting bit:
The 'Wall of Death', made ever so popular by bands like LAMB OF GOD, much like the 'devil horn' gesture developed by DIO that even rappers do nowadays, has hit a new all-time low. For those of you interested in seeing YELLOWCARD's version of the 'Wall of Death', click here (right click / save as).
Being one of my favourite bands, the minute I found out that Children of Bodom was coming to town again, I thought to myself that I definitely had to go see them this time. And not only did I get to see them live, I also got to interview their bass player, Henkka. I was supposed to interview Mark Morton from Lamb of God too. But unfortunately, due to some complications, I was unable to.
The doors to the Commodore Ballroom opened at 7. Throwdown went on stage at 7:45. They weren't bad for an opening band. I was impressed by how much energy they've got and how they got everyone jumping up and down in the circle pit they've created. Rumour has it that there are tires under the floor of the Commodore so that it adds bounce...or something like that. More...
Live pics from the CHILDREN OF BODOM, LAMB OF GOD and FEAR FACTORY show from Oct 15th in Worcester, MA have been posted at Return To The Pit- a website dedicated to the local (New Englang) metal scene. View them here.
Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler has told Vancouver's Straight.com that he and his bandmates have been paying close attention to the presidential debates of the past few weeks. What they've seen isn't going to change their votes, though, mostly because they've already done their bit for democracy. Adler, singer Randy Blythe, guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Morton, and bassist John Campbell, all filled out absentee ballots before they left their home state of Virginia for their current North American tour. Asked who they supported, the articulate and thoughtful Chris politely takes the Fifth.
"That's an interesting question to ask, and I'm not necessarily going to answer it," said the timekeeper, on the line from a Whistler, Massachusetts tour stop. "I'm only opposed to telling you because recently we've been getting a lot of politically themed questions. I guess that's to be expected, because that's what we write about. But our lyrics don't tell people to vote for George Bush, or John Kerry, or Ralph Nader — we're saying to people, 'Think for yourself.' And I'd rather that people do that when they go to the polls."
Read the full article at Straight.com.
NationalNoise magazine is asking you who your favorite artist of 2004 is. The list of artists you can vote for include Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Mastodon, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage. Go here and cast your vote.
Lamb of God have posted this message on their official website:
Lamb of God's Oct. 16 and 17th concert performances at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, PA will be filmed for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due next year. Behind the scenes footage taken throughout the current "Ashes of Wake" tour will also be included.
There is no better time or place - we love our fans in Philadelphia and we are bringing the best show we ever have ever been able to put together - these two nights will be amazing and live forever.
The track listing for Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (out Tuesday October 5, if you're into that sort of thing) has quite a number of metal bands on it.
Frank Sinatra - "That's Life"
The Doors - "Break On Through (To The Other Side)"
Johnny Cash - "Ring of Fire"
Ramones - "Rock â€˜N Roll High School"
Sugarhill Gang - "Rappers Delight"
Metallica - "Whiplash"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Power of Equality"
The Stooges - "1970"
X - "Los Angeles"
Violent Femmes - "Add It Up"
The D.O.C. - "Whirlwind Pyramid"
Jimmy Eat World - "Pain"
Rancid - "Fall Back Down"
The Explosion - "Here I Am"
Melvins - "Sweet Willy Rollbar"
Distillers - "Beat Your Heart Out"
Less Than Jake - "That's Why They Call It A Union"
Faith No More - "Mid Life Crisis"
Ween - "It's Gonna Be A Long Night"
Joy Division - "Warsaw"
Dead Boys - "Sonic Reducer"
Brand Nubian - "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down"
Cut Chemist - "Drums of Fire"
The Germs - "Lexicon Devil"
Disturbed - "Liberate"
The Living End - "End of the World"
Fear - "I Love Livin In The City"
Audio Two - "Top Billin"
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - "Soul Brother #1"
Das Oath - "Awesome R***"
Libretto - "Volume"
Handsome Boy Modeling School - "Holy Calamity"
Zeke - "Long Train Running"
Lamb of God - "Black Label"
3 Inches of Blood - "Deadly Sinners"
The Hiss - "Back On The Radio"
25 Ta Life - "Over the Years"
Nebula - "So It Goes"
Aesop Rock - "No Jumper Cables"
Living Legends - "Night Prowler"
Atmosphere - "Trying To Find A Balance"
Suicide Machines - "High Anxiety"
The Casualties - "Unknown Soldier"
Diverse - "Certified"
Ultramagnetic MC's - "Ego Trippin"
Camaros - "Cheesecake"
Steele Pulse - "Born Fe Rebel"
Ministry - "No W"
Grand Puba - "I Like It"
Operatic - "Interested In Madness"
Mike V & the Rats - "Never Give Up"
Dead End Road - "Sin City"
Melbeatz feat. Kool Savas - "Grind On"
Lamb of God will be signing copies of their new CD, "Ashes of The Wake," at the following Independent Retail Accounts before their tour dates with Fear Factory:
October 8th Pittsburgh, PA Eide's Entertainment 4pm to 6pm
1121 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15222
October 9th Detroit, MI Rock A Billy's 3pm to 5pm
8411 Hall Rd
Utica MI 48317
October 10th Cleveland, OH The Exchange 3pm to 5pm
6271 Pearl Road
Parma Heights OH 44130
They'll also be making these in-store appearances in Canada:
October 26th Scrape Records 6pm to 7pm
17 West Broadway
November 12th HMV Superstore 5pm to 6pm
333 Yonge St.
Come on out, meet the band and get them to sign your new CD! More...
MTV has posted this report on Lamb of God:
One morning in May, Lamb of God guitarist and lyricist Mark Morton awoke in the early afternoon, flipped on the TV and watched a news report that turned his blood to ice. A 26-year-old Philadelphia telecommunications contractor named Nicholas Berg had just been beheaded by Islamic militants in the latest episode of bloodshed in the Middle East.
"Every time you think things are as bad as they could possibly get, there's a dude getting his head sawed off," Morton said, recalling the incident with disgust. "We've got all these rich white dudes in suits playing Risk with 18-year-old American kids who are dying over there, and it feels like Armageddon. It seems like we're bringing on our own demise."More...
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
Lamb Of God will be embarking on a U.K. tour this December. So far the following dates have been announced:
Nov. 29 – Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
Nov. 30 – Manchester, UK @ University
Dec. 01 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2
Dec. 02 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
Dec. 03 - Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria Uni
Dec. 05 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
Dec. 06 – Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2
Dec. 07 - Cardiff, UK @ Ifor Bach
Dec. 08 – Exeter, UK @ Lemon Grove
Dec. 09 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Dec. 10 - London, UK @ Mean Fiddler
Support at the shows will come from Throwdown and As I Lay Dying.
Lamb Of God will be touring in support of their latest album, "Ashes of the Wake", which was released last month through Epic Records. The follow-up to 2003's "As the Palaces Burn" was produced by Machine (White Zombie, (Hed)P.E., Pitchshifter, One Minute Silence) and includes guest appearances by former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland and ex-Testament axeman Alex Skolnick.
Finnish melodic thrash titans Children of Bodom will embark on a national U.S. tour alongside Fear Factory, Lamb of God and Throwdown this October. This will be the quintet’s third U.S. tour in support of their highly acclaimed new album, Hate Crew Deathroll. This trek, their last until the release of their next album, will also see the band performing a stunning 45-minute set for the very first time in the U.S. The track “Needled 24/7” will also be featured on the new MTV2 Headbangers Ball CD Vol. 2 released this week.
Henkka T. Blacksmith (bass) further describes the band’s excitement over the upcoming tour; “So Children of Bodom will return to the U.S. very soon. We have done a lot of shows over there lately, but we decided to do this tour because it’s a very interesting package. We are looking forward to play with all three bands, and it's going to be an extremely heavy tour. It is very cool for us that we can be part of this package, and we hope to see all the COB fans there too. I am really looking forward to it.”
Also, Alexi Laiho (vocals, guitars) is featured on Guitar World’s inaugural CD-ROM insert in November’s issue, currently on newsstands. Fans will be able to watch him run through various tracks step by step and see his technique in vivid detail.
Children of Bodom w/ Fear Factory, Lamb Of God, Throwdown: More...
Canada's Chat Attack scribe Pete Richards has produced this report on Lamb of God:
Metal is big now.
And Lamb Of God are now part of a handful of extreme metal bands to receive major label contracts recently, along with Shadow's Fall, Killswitch Engage and Hatebreed, which is recognition this type of music has never gotten before.
August 31 marked the first major-label release by Virginia blasphemers Lamb Of God with their new album "Ashes of the Wake" (Epic), the quick follow-up to 2003's critically acclaimed record "As the Palaces Burn" (Prosthetic).
"People are ready for angrier music," says LoG vocalist Randy Blythe before a sold-out show at Toronto's Opera House last week. The band had just wrapped up the summer's Ozzfest tour and are now headlining their own tour to promote the new album.
"Nu-metal sucks, so that's why that's dying off," Blythe says. "And I think with the socio-political and economic climate of the States, which of course affects the rest of the world — even Canada — people are ready for angrier music. I think people are ready for something that's real, not, you know, 'I did it all for the Nookie.'"
Lamb Of God are easily the heaviest band to sign with a major lately, and "Ashes of the Wake" is the soundtrack to the war. It's probably the band's most brutal album, combining death and black metal with old school thrash and new school hardcore, making nu-metal sound like music for babies. Fuck Slipknot — the real freaks listen to Lamb Of God.
"We were in Arizona a few shows ago," Blythe recalls. "We're playing and there's this guy with his arm around Mark and he's jumping up and down and Mark is trying to play, looking very pissed off. So I'm like, 'I gotta get this kid off of him before Mark smashes him with his guitar and we get a lawsuit.' So I go charging across the stage and as I get closer to the kid I realized he only has one leg and he's hopping up and down on his foot. Not only that, his colostomy bag is hanging down, flopping all on the stage. So I immediately stepped on the brakes, trying not to tackle him and not to step on the colostomy bag at the same time because it would have been fucking disgusting."
According to sources at Sony Music/Epic Records, Virginia's finest, Lamb of God notched up 1st week sales of over 35,000 albums sold for their major label debut "Ashes of the Wake," landing them a prized spot of #27 on the Billboard Chart.
Here's the Headbanger's Ball playlist with special guests Lamb of God and Mastadon:
Bleeding Through - Love Lost In A Hail Of Gunfire (Premiere)
Fear Factory - Archetype
Mastodon - March Of The Fire Ants
Chimaira - Power Trip
Himsa - A Girl In Glass (Premiere)
Atreyu - Right Side Of The Bed
Mastodon - Iron Tusk (Premiere)
36 Crazyfists - Bloodwork (Premiere)
Minstry - No W
Papa Roach - Getting Away With Murder
Lamb Of God - 11th Hour
Candiria - Blood
Testament - Over The Wall
Killswitch Engage - The End Of Heartache (Premiere)
As I Lay Dying - Forever
Lamb of God - Laid To Rest
Next week's special guests will be Megadeth.
According to Pollstar.com, the confirmed dates for the Fear Factory, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and Throwdown tour are as follows:
10/07/04 Tremont Music Hall @ Charlotte, NC
10/08/04 Station Square @ Pittsburgh, PA Rock Club
10/09/04 Harpo's @ Detroit, MI
10/10/04 Odeon Concert Club @ Cleveland, OH
10/11/04 The NorVa @ Norfolk, VA
10/13/04 Roseland @ New York, NY
10/15/04 The Palladium @ Worcester, MA
10/16/04 The Trocadero / Balcony Bar @ Philadelphia, PA
10/19/04 House Of Blues @ Lake Buena Vista, FL
10/20/04 The Masquerade @ Tampa, FL
10/21/04 The Masquerade @ Atlanta, GA
10/23/04 Granada Theatre @ Lawrence, KS
10/24/04 Ogden Theatre @ Denver, CO
10/26/04 Commodore Ballroom @ Vancouver, BC
10/27/04 Showbox @ Seattle, WA
10/28/04 Roseland Theater @ Portland, OR
10/30/04 House Of Blues @ Anaheim, CA
10/31/04 House Of Blues @ Las Vegas, NV
11/01/04 House Of Blues @ West Hollywood, CA
11/02/04 House Of Blues @ West Hollywood, CA
11/06/04 House Of Blues @ New Orleans, LA
11/08/04 Pop's @ Sauget, IL
11/09/04 House Of Blues @ Chicago, IL
11/10/04 The Rave / Eagles Club @ Milwaukee, WI
11/11/04 Al Rosa Villa @ Columbus, OH
11/14/04 Webster Theatre / Underground @ Hartford, CT