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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The fury surrounding Slayer's upcoming album and recently announced "The Unholy Alliance Tour - Preaching to the Perverted" has not died down and new information is still being revealed piece by piece.
The four original members of SLAYER Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums - the pioneers and undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal, have entered a Los Angeles-area studio to record what will be their first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss." Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated Slayer sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood," has taken the helm as executive producer of the project.
Working closely with Rubin will be Josh Abraham (Korn, Velvet Revolver, Atreyu) who will produce the album. "We're real happy to have Josh on the team," said Slayer's Jeff Hanneman. "He's a very creative and intuitive guy, he knows music, and he really gets who Slayer is and what we're doing." The as yet untitled album will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records, and is expected out this fall. As previously reported, The new album is expected to feature 11 songs, one of which will carry the title of "Cult".
"Dave's been back with us, playing live, for a couple of years now, and we're all looking forward to recording together again," said the band's Tom Araya. Kerry King added, "There really is no one like Dave he doesn't have to work at what he does, he just walks in, picks up his sticks and goes."
Said Lombardo, "It feels really good being back with the same guys I started out with. The chemistry is definitely there, that's the exciting part of it, to capture that chemistry again. And that's what is happening."
Jeff, Tom and Kerry have been writing songs for this new album since they wrapped their last North American tour in September 2004. "This is probably the most prepared we've been to record an album since the 80s," King added. "We've been writing and cutting demos for months." While these may change, working titles for some of the songs that will be recorded include "Catalyst," "Cult," "Supremist," and "Consfearacy." "I like to write songs that have different meanings for different people," said King, "where everyone can say, ŒI know what he means,' but still get their own sense of what the song is about."
Finally, on 6.6.06 (a date already snatched up by for numerous death metal releases, most notably Deicide's) in San Diego, CA, Slayer will kick off a seven-week summer trek, "The Unholy Alliance Tour Preaching to the Perverted," that boasts what has got to be the genre's coolest line-up of the summer Lamb of God, Mastodon and Children of Bodom (who will rotate the second and third slots), and Thine Eyes Bleed who will open the shows. Not only is the line-up terrific, but ticket prices will reportedly not exceed $39.00, giving fans a great value for their dollar.
According to Slayer's long-time manager Rick Sales, "We want to make 'The Unholy Alliance' tour an annual global event, so we decided to be smart about the design from the beginning. We chose to book most of the tour's shows at indoor venues, as that allows the bands and the fans amenities like air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, as well as the very best stage lighting, production, and sound and less expensive concession prices. The few shows that will be played outside will be played at night in permanent facilities with our lighting, production, and so on. Everyone wins."
With more dates and details to be added, the confirmed dates so far for "The Unholy Alliance Tour Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows:
June 6 - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
June 7 - The Orleans, Las Vegas, NV
June 12 - Pop's Outside, St. Louis, MO
June 13 - Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
June 15 - Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ
June 16 - Continental Airlines Arena, E. Rutherford, NJ
June 17 - Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
June 23 - Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
June 25 - Reliant Arena, Houston, TX
June 29 - Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
July 6 - Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
July 7 - Eagles Auditorium, Milwaukee, WI
July 14 - Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle, WA
July 16 - Salem Armory, Salem, OR
July 19 - HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
July 21 - Mesa Amphitheatre, Mesa, AZ
July 22 - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler has commented on the band's upcoming U.S. "Uholy Alliance Tour" with SLAYER, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED.
LAMB OF GOD are currently at home in Richmond, Virginia recording their sophomore Epic CD with producer Machine (CLUTCH, KING CRIMSON) for an August release.
Commented Adler: "Since we took the time off to write our new record, several well known tour opportunities and offers did hit the table — many discussions occurred late last year, but at the time we were uncomfortable committing to the projected lineups. It's a tough line to walk weighing opportunity vs. what you consider the intention and integrity of the project. You have to know yourself and respect your audience or you will lose step very quickly. We are heavy metal band — we're not interested in trying to sell a record to everyone. We write 'ugly' music for 'ugly' people and we have no intentions of lightening things up for more appeal. If you know of us and don't like us now, you never will and we aren't missing you.
"When discussions began with SLAYER about a U.S. run together, we knew this needed to happen. We've done shows together in the U.K. and let me tell you, it is one of the most intense and brutal nights of music I have ever witnessed both on and off the stage. This will not be a normal heavy metal tour, this is roaming devastation. As a lifelong fan of heavy music, this is the show that I would want to see — this is the show that the fans deserve — this is the show that will raise the bar and this is the show that will not be forgotten."
LAMB OF GOD may introduce new material from their forthcoming album on the "Unholy Alliance Tour"
It was too good to be true. Contrary to previous speculation, SLAYER will be hitting the road with LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and THINE EYES BLEED for the Unholy Alliance Tour. The following is from an MTV.com article:
"Dubbed the Unholy Alliance Tour, the trek will make stops in most major cities, although the actual routing of the run is still being fleshed out. Either way King's anxious to hit the road again.
"It's been 18 months since we've toured in the States," he explained. "People are going to be chomping at the bit to see us again. Our initial thought [with Unholy Alliance] was to go up against Ozzfest, because I think that tour's getting a little bit tired and I think people are tired of going out and getting sunburned for hours every summer. Every place we play is going to be indoors, with a good-sized lineup. We're certainly not going to try to make Ozzfest go away. We're just trying to offer an alternative."
According to Rick Sales, SLAYER's manager of 18 years, the idea's to make the Unholy Alliance Tour an annual event "with the best bands out there." During the fall of 2004, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MASTODON and HATEBREED toured Europe under the Unholy Alliance tag. Sales also wants to take the tour global and said following its U.S. run, the Alliance will return to Europe, followed by stints in Japan and Australia — although, he noted the lineups would be different on each leg.
"I think we're in a different spot than Ozzfest," Sales continued. "This is more extreme and it's not involving any sort of 'radio bands.' It's a no-compromise lineup, the best of the breed. We think this is a great live event and that the tour will become bigger than the lineup. I think Ozzfest has proven that."
SLAYER, who Sales said declined an Ozzfest 2006 invite, will deliver an hour-plus set to close out each night of the Unholy Alliance; THINE EYES BLEED will open on all dates, followed by BODOM and MASTODON (who'll be rotating slots) and then LAMB OF GOD. King said SLAYER will debut some new material from the stage.
On Tuesday SLAYER entered a Los Angeles studio, where they started recording the 11 songs that'll comprise their yet-untitled album. Rick Rubin (JAY-Z, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) will executive-produce the disc, while Josh Abraham (VELVET REVOLVER, STAIND) will turn the knobs. One of the songs has an official title ("Cult"), but all of them, King promised, will be devastatingly grim.
"There are definitely things you can't write about in SLAYER, and there are definitely things people expect you to write about," he said. "Everybody expects war, Satanism or anti-religious stuff — and this record's chock-full of that."
The LP, which the band hopes to finish in time for a late June release, will be the first to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo in more than 15 years. Their last outing together was 1990's Seasons in the Abyss.
"[Drummer] Paul [Bostaph], who we did God Hates Us All with, kind of had an elbow problem, and now he's with EXODUS," King said. "When Paul left us ... it was brought to our attention that Dave was available. And we figured if anybody should be doing this, it should be him."
Most of the 11 songs SLAYER will record were written more than two years ago, the guitarist said. "We're hoping to do it old-school and record everything in like four weeks," he added. "We're ready. This is probably the most ready we've been since Seasons. We've been spinning our wheels in rehearsals, just waiting for the green light on this thing. Now that we've got it, we're ready to go.
"It's definitely going to be a riff-fest," King continued. "There's riffs all over the place. As much time as we've had to work on it, there better be riffs on it. I think anybody who likes SLAYER, musically, is going to love it."
While Sales said SLAYER's studio LP probably won't be in stores by June 6, he says the band will release a digital download, EP or something else to coincide with the tour launch.
On Saturday, MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" will feature an exclusive interview with bassist Tom Araya regarding the forthcoming album and the Unholy Alliance run."
After headlining the Sounds of the Underground festival in June-August 2005, LAMB OF GOD bunkered down in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia to begin the writing process on the follow-up to the band's 2004's release "Ashes of the Wake".
"We've taken this process very seriously," notes drummer Chris Adler. "We have been spending 5 or 6 days a week and 6-8 hours a day writing. It's a very intense and productive process that has paid off in a very big way."
Following several months of writing, the band took a break in December 2005 to headline a successful European run.
"Initially we didn't want to do it because we thought it would interrupt the writing process and leave us, yet again, with less time than we wanted to write the album," says Adler. "In fact, this was the best thing we could have done. Not only were the shows bigger than we anticipated and extremely refreshing after being locked up in our smoky rehearsal hole — but it gave us an opportunity to step away from the material, let it sink in a bit, and return to attack it with a renewed vision and inspiration. This is something we've never had the luxury of doing and it has made a very positive difference.”
The band has tapped friend and producer of "Ashes of the Wake", Machine, to handle the production duties for the upcoming effort. Pre-production is scheduled to begin in Richmond on March 13.
"Everyone wants to know what the new material is like or have us compare it to something. It's tough to do because when your proud of something you want to say it's better than something else or that it's more of this or that. I don't want to do that — every LAMB OF GOD CD has been a snapshot in time, a puzzle that spelled out who we are as individual musicians and as a band. They each represent a certain amount of experience and ability – and without saying more, we have more of both of those than ever heading into this. We have continued to raise the bar for ourselves in every aspect of what we do, and we are expecting more of ourselves than ever heading into this. We're looking forward to tracking and releasing this intense and very heavy release."
The as-yet-untitled release is tentatively expected to be released though Epic Records in late August 2006. The band has also confirmed touring plans both before and after the release. These will be announced shortly.
MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.
On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.
In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.
DOUBLE DISC TRACK LISTING More...
The UK's 4Q RADIO is showcasing their newest guest correspondant, LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe, in his 4Q RADIO debut. Blythe sits sound with the likes of DEVILDRIVER's Dez, and Mike from THE AGONY SCENE to chat about metal and much more. In other news, 4Q RADIO have also published a Special DJ edition of the show featuring FOZZY's Chris Jericho behind the mic.
For more, or to listen, head to 4Qradio.com.
Prosthetic Records has announced a deluxe reissuing of LAMB OF GOD’s influential and highly-lauded debut album, "New American Gospel" on April 4, 2006.
Remastered and repackaged with four bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes from the band, and the video for the proven classic “Black Label,” alongside a re-imaging facelift from longtime band collaborator Ken Adams, LAMB OF GOD’s now famous debut album finally gets the treatment it deserves in 2006. The music on New American Gospel has quickly become both essential and classic metal material, having already helped to revitalize and re-inspire a once stale American metal scene and assist in usher in this decade’s New Wave of American Heavy Metal and forever leaving its mark on the worldwide metal scene.
This album Scheduled to tour throughout the summer of 2006 in support of a new album, never has there been a better time to unsheathe this long-deserved, updated take on a new American metal classic to the hordes of heavy music fans that have, since the release of New American Gospel half a decade ago, been inspired by the revolutionary and scene-leading band LAMB OF GOD has become today.
LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe has joined Coventry based online station 4Qradio.com as an official US correspondent. His first show, live from Amsterdam, Holland at the Black & White Pub, can now be found online. For more information on Blythe's new gig, and for this week's show, head to 4Qradio.com.
MACHINATIONS OF DEMENTIA, the technical extreme metal project masterminded by guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) and bassist Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE), have announced the departure of drummer Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD), who has had to bow out due to other commitments.
Said Jarzombek: "We are sad to see Chris go but with his heavy work load with LAMB OF GOD it just wasn't gonna work out scheduling-wise. Chris said that for him to do the music justice would take too much time, and he doesn't have it right now. Chris and I hope to work together at a later time.
"So we are officially putting the word out that we are looking for a drummer to complete this lil' three-headed monster. Technical proficency and dedication aside, being able to read music is a major plus as we are writing and recording separately and sending files back and forth via the Internet. As of now we have 15 songs written and 2 more to go final recordings should start getting under way shortly after that."
Interested candidates can contact the band at email@example.com.
LAMB OF GOD's 'Killadelphia' DVD will receive it's long awaited European (PAL) release on November 28, 2005.
The live album 'Killadelphia' will also be available at all European concert appearances throughout December 2005, as well as the first ever European availability of the 'Burn the Priest' CD.
On December 13th LAMB OF GOD are set to release “Killadelphia” - in audio. The disc contains the live concert audio from their "Killadelphia" DVD, which was released earlier this year. With "Killadelphia" DVD sales reaching Gold status after just nine weeks, Epic Records now releases; LAMB OF GOD “Killadelphia” (audio) including close to 10 minutes of never before seen bonus footage, from the concert previously unreleased plus additional audio; this content will be available via Connected technology; where the CD acts a key to unlock the visual content at a secure website. “Killadelphia” (audio) is available in two formats with brand new packaging unique to each format; as a solo CD, or combined with the original DVD in DVD packaging, so, Killadelphia” will be available in every configuration possible to keep fans from double spending. All formats will be stocked in CD and DVD sections at retail outlets.
LAMB OF GOD's “Killadelphia” (audio) highlights every facet of the bands unforgiving live performance recorded from two unforgettable Sold-Out concerts at Philadelphia’s legendary Trocadero. This blistering live documentation features lead singer Randy Blythe’s storming vocals, the buzzsaw guitar slaughter of both Willie Adler and Mark Morton along with the powerhouse rhythm section of Chris Adler (drums) with John Campbell (bass). “Killadelphia” (audio) boasts live versions of tracks from the entire LAMB OF GOD and BURN THE PRIEST catalog, including: Laid To Rest, Hourglass, As The Palaces Burn, Now You’ve Got Something To Die For, 11th Hour, Terror & Hubris, Ruin, Omerta, Pariah, The Faded Line, Bloodletting, The Subtle Art Of Murder & Persuasion, Vigil, What I’ve Become, and the utterly classic Black Label; which inspires crowds worldwide to part seas for the infamous ‘wall of death’.
LAMB OF GOD have scheduled a brief break in their current writing sessions for their upcoming CD in order to head back to Europe for several select concert appearances. The stint will consist of 16 shows only, all in December of 2005. Support for these appearances will be provided by DEVILDRIVER and THE AGONY SCENE.
"This select run will represent the final concerts of the 'Ashes of the Wake' touring cycle," notes drummer Chris Adler. "It's been an insane year for all of us in the the LAMB OF GOD camp and there is not a better way to end it than to visit Europe again then spend the holidays with our families. We've been writing like crazy since returning home from headlining the Sounds of the Underground Tour and things are coming together very well. I'm not sure if we will be playing any of the new material in Europe, but I won't rule it out. Thanks to everyone who has come out to see us or in any way supported us — we are fortunate to have you on our side and we're looking forward to these upcoming concerts as well as delivering an amazing album in 2006."
Byzantine (Prosthetic Records), Halo of Locusts (featuring D. Randall Blythe of LAMB OF GOD), and The Dream is Dead (Escape Artists Records) are teaming up this fall for the "Under The Underground Tour" This tour will be a 3 week run through the Midwest, South, and Northeast and will kick off October 13. Chris Ojeda (Byzantine) states "We are truly ecstatic about hitting the road with Halo of Locusts and The Dream is Dead. D. Randall Blythe and Lamb of God gave us our start three years ago and now to be able to tour with his other band Halo of Locusts is amazing. We have truly came full circle and cannot wait to take this 3 ring circus into your town and destroy it." Judd Prather (Halo of Locusts) states "We are excited to be on this tour and look forward to traveling with our good friends in Byzantine. We’re going to bring the fucking ruckus and I know they will do the same. Its going to be good times."
As previously reported, Byzantine were expected to take part in the International Extreme Music Tour, which they were later dropped from under questionable circumstances.
LAMB OF GOD bassist John Campbell and drummer Chris Adler recently sat down with peta2 for an exclusive video interview in which the two vegetarians share their hardcore opinions on all things animal rights. Chris discusses why he decided to give up eating all animals: "We were on tour and saw a chicken truck go by with these chickens that were just bleeding … it was disgusting." John hopes that KFC CEO David Novak's money makes him comfortable in hell, and says, "Some of the most disgusting things you'll see is when corporations feed people, because they're bottom-line-minded." Both urge viewers to "think for yourself, think about what you eat, and try a little compassion." Watch the interview at Peta2.com.
Lamb Of God's "Killadelphia" DVD release has gone Gold, officially selling 50,000 copies since its release earlier this year. Regarding the milestone, LOG vocalist Randy Blythe stated, "I woulda never thought ten years ago that our antics would be seen by so many people. I hope the DVD is made out of real gold so I can hock it and buy a new lawn mower."
Meanwhile, drummer Chris Adler added:
"In today's age of gimmicks, lies and faux reality trying to make celebrities out of everyone with a few dollars, it was important for us to not stage or hype up a damn thing - to simply show LAMB OF GOD on the road; the good times, the bad times and one hell of a show- and for that stripped down, no-holds-barred approach to be received this well certainly flatters us, but also continues to make a dent in the industry full of fakes and talentless image. It's nice to know that we didn't have to be anything other than ourselves to achieve such success with this DVD, but the real praise should go to our friends and fans who picked up Killadelphia and in doing so have sent a message to the powers that be that we are sick of the over hyped, fake "real world" being shoved down our throats - we are all ready for the honest, genuine bands and music to take center stage once again. As a band we are extremely humbled by this achievement - it's rare that a band like ourselves receives this honor. Again, we pass along the thanks and praise to those of you who picked up Killadelphia. This is an accomplishment that we share with all of you. Thank you, congratulations and cheers!"
Lamb Of God are making plans for their next album, word on that can be found over at www.lamb-of-god.com.
Lamb of God will "bunker down and begin the writing process" for their next record this Autumn, having returned from a successful tour promoting their current album "Ashes of the Wake."
The new record has had no title or release date set, but drummer Chris Adler states that there are "already some killer ideas being thrown around".
He also takes the opportunity to thank "our friends and fans that have made this past year such an amazing time for us...stay metal!"
The photos for the Sounds of the Underground tour in Vancouver have been posted in the photo gallery.
On July 26, I got the chance to attend the Sounds of the Underground tour when they stopped in Vancouver, BC. The show was originally scheduled for the Pacific Coliseum but was moved to the PNE Forum, which is a lot smaller. My guess was that the ticket sales didn’t do very well. More...
The Sounds of the Underground Tour show in Vancouver on July 26 has been moved from the Pacific Coliseum to the PNE Forum. All tickets for the Pacific Coliseum will be honored at the door and are now general admission.