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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TimesDispatch.com has posted an article regarding the church-owned Great Western Forum cancelling Lamb of God's appearance with Slipknot and Shadows Fall based on the band's old name, Burn the Priest (read story here). Several excerpts from the article:
It didn't surprise Chris Adler, drummer for Lamb of God, that the band was unceremoniously yanked from an April gig at the Great Western Forum outside Los Angeles because of the band's name and its former moniker, Burn the Priest.
What did surprise Adler was the attention and publicity given to the story since last week. Within a day of the announcement that Richmond-based Lamb of God was banned from playing an April 9 show at the Forum with Slipknot, media outlets as far as England and Germany -- havens for metal bands -- quickly publicized the ordeal, as did most U.S. newspapers.
"I understand that being a privately owned venue, [the Forum owners] have the right to do whatever they want. But as more venues become privately owned, it could get to the point where situations like this arise," Adler said. "Besides, we changed the name of the band [from Burn the Priest] on purpose because it didn't suit us anymore. When we were kind of young and dumb and starting out, it worked for the shock value, but then we grew into mature, professional musicians."
As for that April 9 date, don't worry about Lamb of God moping around a bar in California while the show goes on.
The band will be playing nearby at the Ventura Theater. In a sold-out show.
Read the full article at TimesDispatch.com.
More dates are coming in as Slipknot prepares to hit the road on March 4th to embark on The Subliminal Verses Tour. The arena outing will also feature metal heavy hitters Lamb of God and Shadows Fall as well as a variety of support acts.
Fuse has signed on a sponsor for the tour and you can expect some heavy coverage of the outing on the cable music channel. According to Roadrunner Records, Slipknot will appear on Fuse's Daily Download on March 1st and the channel plans to air a tour special in early April on Uranium. Fuse will document the first three stops of the tour for the special.
Latest tour dates (with Otep):
Apr. 26 Green Bay, WI - Resch Arena
Apr. 27 Springfield, IL - Priarie Capital Convention Center
Apr. 29 Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center
Apr. 30 Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
In other Slipknot news, the band has just confirmed an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on March 1st.
Lamb Of God will be issuing a DualDisc edition of their latest album "Ashes Of The Wake" through Epic on March 22nd. Aside from having the album itself presented in LPCM Stereo on the DVD side of the outing, the following video footage is also set to be included as bonus extras:
01 - "Meet The Band"
02 - "The Blair Shit Project"
03 - "New England Metalfest"
04 - "Laid To Rest"
05 - "Now You've Got Something To Die For"
In addition, the remixed and remastered edition of "Burn The Priest", the groups pre-Lamb Of God moniker effort, will also see a release on the same date.
Machine Head and Lamb Of God are planning to hit the road together for a midwest trek in May, dates and venues will be unveiled shortly. Machine Head expect to follow it up with a headlining tour in support of their forthcoming new live DVD "Through The Ashes Of England", which is currently set for a May 17th release through Roadrunner.
An article about the church banning Lamb of God from their venue was posted on The Mercury News website. Several excerpts from the article:
The church-owned Great Western Forum has cancelled an April 9 concert appearance by Lamb of God because church leaders were offended by the group's previous name, Burn the Priest.
The band was set to appear with Slipknot as part of the Subliminal Verses Tour. In a statement on the band's Web site, drummer Chris Adler called the church's decision "a bit ridiculous."
"If they had taken the time to look into what we do and who we are as a band, I don't think they would have made the same decision," he told The Associated Press.
"They have made it clear that they do not want us because of our name, our show and our crowd," Adler said. "The word from the powers that be is that Lamb of God is not the wholesome family fun that the good people of Los Angeles deserve."
The band intends to perform in Los Angeles and is fielding other offers.
Read the full article at The Mercury News.
According to a posting on MACHINE HEAD's web site, LAMB OF GOD have asked MACHINE HEAD to be a part of their U.S. Midwest tour beginning in May. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. MACHINE HEAD then plan to embark on a headlining stint immediately afterward in support of their upcoming live DVD, "Through the Ashes of England".
As previously reported, "Through the Ashes of England" was filmed at MACHINE HEAD's Dec. 5 headlining performance at the Brixton Academy in London, U.K. The show marked the first time MACHINE HEAD ever used pyrotechnics live. In addition, the band finished off the night playing encores of SEPULTURA, PANTERA and METALLICA tracks.
MACHINE HEAD recently completed their mammoth "World Turns Blue To Gray" European headlining tour with GOD FORBID and CALIBAN
Even more new dates have been rolled out for Slipknot, Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall' "Subliminal Verses Tour", the latest are as follows:
April 22nd Kansas City, MO - City Market (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 23rd Ames, IA - Hilton Coliseum (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 24th St. Paul, MN - X-Cel Energy Center (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 26th Green Bay, WI - Resch Arena (Feat. American Head Charge)
Lamb Of God have now set a March 22nd release date for the forthcoming remastered/re-mixed edition of their "Burn The Priest" effort, originally released in 1998 when the band themselves went by that moniker. In related news, Lamb Of God's label Epic will issue a DualDisc re-release of their latest album "Ashes Of The Wake" on the same date.
The long in the works re-release of Lamb Of God's original "Burn The Priest" debut outing will now hit store shelves through Epic this March. The effort will arrive remixed and remastered by Colin Richardson (Fear Factory, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse) and will feature extensive new liner notes courtesy of Today Is The Day's Steve Austin. If you're yet to have heard this album you can find two tracks from it here. Meanwhile, Lamb Of God's forthcoming DVD outing "Killadelphia" now looks to have been bumped back towards an April release date.
Some West Coast dates for the upcoming Subliminal Verses tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall have been announced, with From Autumn to Ashes set to open:
April 10 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
April 12 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
April 13 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
April 15 - Portland, OR @ Portland Memorial Coliseum
April 16 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
More tour dates: More...
Round two of dates for Slipknot's upcoming Subliminal Verses Tour with Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall have been confirmed. They are as follows (with openers for the shows noted):
With The Bled:
Mar. 25 New Orleans @ UNO Lakefront Arena
Mar. 26 Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
Mar. 28 Oklahoma City, OK @ Fairgrounds Arena
Mar. 29 Valley Center, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
Mar. 31 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Apr. 01 San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
Apr. 02 Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Live
Apr. 04 Albuquerque, TX @ Albuquerque Convention Center
Apr. 05 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
Apr. 06 Glendale, AZ @ Glendale Arena
Apr. 08 San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
Previously announced tour dates: More...
Some of the openers - including Gizmachi, Sworn Enemy, All That Remains, The Bled, and Devildriver - for the forthcoming SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD, SHADOWS FALL arena tour have been announced. They are as follows:
March 4 - Wallingford, CT @ Meadows Music Theatre w/ GIZMACHI
March 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum w/ GIZMACHI
March 6 - Rutherford, NJ @Continental Airlines Arena w/ GIZMACHI
March 8 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena w/ GIZMACHI
March 9 - Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center w/ GIZMACHI
March 11 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena w/ GIZMACHI
March 12 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena w/ SWORN ENEMY
March 13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse w/ SWORN ENEMY
March 15 - Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena w/ SWORN ENEMY
March 16 - Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center w/ ALL THAT REMAINS
March 18 - Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum w/ ALL THAT REMAINS
March 19 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre w/ ALL THAT REMAINS
March 20 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center w/ THE BLED
March 22 - W. Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amp. w/ THE BLED
March 23 - Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome w/ THE BLED
More dates and openers to be announced soon. DEVILDRIVER will be opening all Texas dates.
Devildriver frontman Dez Fafara (ex-Coal Chamber) has answered a number of fan questions about the group's upcoming album and touring activities via the group's official web site.
Q: After you get your CD finished you said you may start touring in February. Now in February Slipknot and Lamb Of God start a tour, would there be any chance you will be touring with them?
Dez Fafara: We have been asked to do five shows with Slipknot (all of Texas) from March 28 to April 5. We confirmed this a week before Christmas, and we are excited to see everybody. We'd like to thank Slipknot and Lamb Of God for having us on, we'll see you soon. From there it could be possible to see Devildriver to start their first headlining tour of the U.S.
Q: Just wondering, is your new album sounding a lot heavier than the first?
Dez Fafara: Less linear, more brutal, and intricately structured, faster, tons of groove and hook. I think working with (producer) Colin Richardson has brought out the best in all of us. The greatest thing about Devildriver and the new album ("The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand") is that both the media and the fans won't be able to paint us in a category. We are truly doing our own thing, and having a great time with it. And you can feel it in the room as it is being created. And now I would like to take the time to be self-indulgent and gloat at the fact that Devildriver has great musicians. The legendary Colin Richardson has been amazing to work with. We would like to thank Monte Conner, from Roadrunner Records, for pointing us in his direction. But to be fucking blunt with you, if you are a Devildriver fan now you will be more than pleased with what you hear in the future.
Read the full article at DevilDriver.
Tickets for the Subliminal Verses Tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall are on sale for the first 14 dates of this tour (see dates below). A limited number of tickets offering you a chance to get on the floor or in the stands before the general public can be bought at slipknot1.musictoday.com.
Mar. 04 Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Theatre
Mar. 05 Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum
Mar. 06 East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
Mar. 08 Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Mar. 09 Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center
Mar. 11 Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
Mar. 12 Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
Mar. 13 Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
Mar. 15 Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena
Mar. 16 Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
Mar. 18 Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
Mar. 19 Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre 3/20 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
Mar. 22 West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Mar. 23 Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome
Lamb Of God are said to now be eyeing a tentative March 08, 2005 release date through Epic for their forthcoming new live DVD effort, which will feature footage culled from their October 16th/17th performances at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The first dates have been announced for the upcoming "The Subliminal Verses Tour" featuring headliners Slipknot alongside Lamb of God and Shadows Fall. They are as follows:
Mar. 04 Meadows Music Theatre - Wallingford, CT
Mar. 05 Wachovia Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA
Mar. 06 Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ
Mar. 08 Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Mar. 09 CSU Convocation Center - Cleveland, OH
Mar. 11 Allstate Arena - Rosemont, IL
Mar. 12 Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI
Mar. 13 Conseco Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 15 Paul E. Tsongas Arena - Lowell, MA
Mar. 16 Patriot Center - Fairfax, VA
Mar. 18 Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA
Mar. 19 HiFi Buys Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
Mar. 20 Pensacola Civic Center - Pensacola, FL
Mar. 22 Sound Advice Amp. - W. Palm Beach, FL
Mar. 23 USF Sun Dome - Tampa, FL
Tickets go on sale January 15, 2005 (with the exception of Cleveland, Pensacola and W. Palm Beach, which go on sale January 14) and there will be a special pre-sale for fans at this location beginning December 28.
Lamb of God performed in concert on Wednesday (December 8) at Lemon Grove in Exeter, England. Check out pictures from WireImage.
This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.
Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...
Slipknot are to headline an arena tour of America, starting on March 4. They'll be supported by Lamb Of God, Shadows Fall and an as-yet undisclosed opening act. More information to follow as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Dates and venues haven't yet been confirmed, but the tour will hit the following cities: More...
MTV.com is currently running a poll for the "Best Metal Videos of 2004." Go here to vote and then tune into MTV2 for the premiere of Headbangers Ball Best of 2004 on Saturday December 25th at 10 p.m. EST to catch the winning videos.