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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Lamb of God has issued the following announcement about seeking photos of U.S. military members for an upcoming tour video:
"Lamb of God is looking to honor the brave men and women of our United States military by incorporating soldier’s names and faces into a video presentation during their upcoming U.S. tour.
"If you are in the military, or have a husband, wife, brother, sister, friend or family member who has served or is actively serving, and wish to be included in this video tribute, please take a moment to send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Please keep the photos under 2MB and include the soldier’s name, military branch, and a brief description of where the soldier is serving or has served. The band is asking for photos of soldiers killed in action, those actively serving, and those who have completed their service to our country.
"This presentation will be directed by Lamb of God lead guitarist Mark Morton and longtime Lamb of God videographer Doug Spangenberg, and will be seen by tens of thousands of people over the course of Lamb of God's upcoming U.S. tour. Please send your photos and information in as soon as possible if you would like for you or your loved one to be included in this tribute."
The band's upcoming tour date are: More...
Bram Teitelman of MetalInsider.net recently caught up with Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler. During their chat, Adler talk about what singer Randy Blythe’s arrest was like from the band’s point of view, writing new material, and if they’ll be changing any security efforts moving forward. Read the entire interview at this location or check out excerpts below.
Lamb of God will also be hitting the road for a U.S. tour at the end of October, with details available here.
Metal Insider: What was Randy’s arrest like from your perspective?
We’d been playing all these big festivals in Europe. We were about five weeks into the tour with just one day off a week. Every day we’d wake up and fly or wake up and drive for ten hours and set up and play. That’s what we’re used to, but it’s a little harder in Europe because it’s not our own backyard, so we were all pretty burnt out. We had maybe a week left before we went home and were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We’d played the Hove festival in Norway the night before, and there were three flights to get to Prague. We’d left at 7 or 8 in the morning and got in around 7 or 8 at night. Of the seven days we were playing, this was going to be our one night off, so it wasn’t like we were getting off the plane and going right to the show. As soon as we walked off the plane, there were these two plainclothes officers pulling people aside. Initially, I didn’t notice it was only our band and crew, because there’s always random checks for passports or immigration. It was kind of odd because once the plane had stopped at the gate and the seat belt sign went off, it was almost an hour before they let people off the plane. I guess now it was the authorities trying to figure out how to handle the situation and not scare the shit out of people on the plane.
So we’re getting off the plane along with everyone else, and they’re pulling us aside one at a time. At first I didn’t think anything of it, and then they pulled me aside and I still didn’t think anything of it. Then I notice that it’s not random and it’s just the band and the crew. I still wasn’t thinking anything of it – since we all check in together, maybe somebody forgot something that they shouldn’t have put in their bag on an airplane and they’re going to want to talk to us all about it. Then once they had us all corralled together, the 12 of us, they opened a door behind us to another room, and I assumed it was just to begin the process of telling us what the deal was or what the fine was for carrying liquor or a joint in a bag or something.
So we walk in this room and there’s ten guys that look like they’re ready for the apocalypse. Scary, scary dudes with black ski masks on, huge machine guns, full body armor, guns strapped to thighs, calves and chests, and mace out. This is where it gets very scary, and we realized it was something far more than what someone had in their bag. The plainclothes officer explained to us in broken English that they were investigating a homicide. Even when they said that, of course it became much more serious than someone pissing in public, but still, we’d been flying around the world for the last 5 ½ weeks, maybe something happened at one of these festivals and they’re talking to all of the bands, or someone we know might be in trouble – we never thought they were investigating us. Then they hand us all a piece of paper that explains in broken English about the situation that happened in 2010. They said they needed us all for interrogation, but they’re taking Randy with us now. That’s when it hit us. No one had heard anything about this, it was very very scary to be involved in, and we realized with the SWAT team standing around us that there was nothing we could do about it.More...
Read the full article at Metal Insider.
This weekend (September 21st and 22nd) tickets for 36 of the 38 shows on the fall Lamb of God tour will go on sale. The Atlanta show and the Kansas City show will go on sale the following weekend (September 28th and 29th). This is Lamb of God's first tour since front man Randy Blythe was released from the Czech Republic after being accused of manslaughter stemming from the death of a fan in 2010.
As previously announced, the tour starts October 30th in Phoenix, Arizona and runs to December 16th in Seattle, Washington. In Flames and Sylosis are on all of the dates with Hatebreed and Hellyeah splitting the tour.
In conjunction with ESP guitars, Lamb of God will be giving away a signed guitar in every market. The giveaway will be in conjunction with local media partners. For the Columbus show on December 2nd, Cannibal Corpse will replace Hellyeah. A new show has been added November 15th in Glens Falls, New York at the Civic Center. Also, the Los Angeles show on October 31st will be at the Palladium. Details are as follows: More...
After a successful reunion with singer Randy Blythe at the two Knotfest shows in mid-August, Lamb of God is pleased to announce a 38-date fall U.S tour starting October 30th in Phoenix, Arizona.
Joining Lamb of God as direct support for the entire tour is In Flames. Hatebreed will be joining the package from October 30th until November 19th at which point Hellyeah will replace Hatebreed for the remainder of the shows. British band Sylosis will open all dates.
Due to Randy Blythe’s continuing legal situation, the band will not be able to perform in Canada on this tour but look forward to doing an entire Canadian run in the near future.
The tour will be the first U.S tour in support of the band’s CD, "Resolution," which debuted at #3 upon its release in January, and will be the last tour dates of 2012. Tickets for the tour will begin to go on sale the weekend of September 21st. Dates are as follows: More...
While Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe is back home in America after five weeks in prison in the Czech Republic, his legal problems are far from over. Manslaughter charges are still hanging over Blythe and at some point over the next few months he will have to return to Prague and stand trial.
Faced with continuing massive legal bills, Lamb of God has decided to create an eBay auction of equipment and memorabilia to raise money for Randy’s legal bills. All equipment was either used on tour or in the recording studio or in a video. The auction features items provided by all five members of Lamb of God.
In addition, a number of musicians have offered equipment to be used in the auction. Guitars have been donated by Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel as well as Slash and Five Finger Death Punch. Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael have each contributed a bass and the members of Five Finger Death Punch also have contributed a signed skateboard. The various auctions can all be found at this location.
Justice Now, the site set up for donations, will remain open for those wishing to donate to Randy’s defense fund. The band appreciates all of the support Randy has received since his arrest on June 28th and is thankful for all of the donations that have been made in these tough economic times. As stated before, without the fans, there is no Lamb of God.
Footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user Livebands2010, of Randy Blythe from Lamb of God joining Prong for a cover of the Misfits track "London Dungeon." The video, available below, was recorded at the Knotfest in Somerset, Wisconsin. As Randy Blythe puts it, "this song is about being in prison in a foreign country."
Blythe was recently released from the Czech Republic after being held for over a month due to charges of manslaughter. The charges stem from a 2010 incident when a 19 year old fan was allegedly pushed off the stage and subsequently died several weeks later. At this point it is not yet clear if Randy will have to stand trail and when that trial might be held.
The inaugural Mayhem Festival Cruise that was to take place this December has been canceled. The cruise was to set sail on Friday, December 7th, 2012 from the Port of Miami, FL and travel to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, December 10th.
Bands confirmed for the cruise included Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, and Kingdom of Sorrow, Gojira, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Otherwise, Girl on Fire, Anti Mortem, and Gypsyhawk. Mayhem veterans JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid of Slipknot) were also to perform full DJ sets each night.
Here's the official statement from the organizers:
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the Mayhem Festival Cruise. If you purchased a cruise package, you will be automatically refunded to the credit card you used to purchase. If you used a prepaid card or gift card to purchase the cruise, please contact Rose Tours for your refund (215-663-8800). If you used a credit or debit card, you will see the credit within the next 2 to 3 weeks.
We are also offering anyone who purchased a cruise ticket a lifetime complimentary pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Summer Tour. You will still receive your cruise refund in addition to the lifetime pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. This pass is valid on any tour date beginning in 2013. Details on getting these lifetime passes will be announced shortly.
We apologize for the cancellation.
We'll report on the details of the cancellation when they become known.
Of course, Barge To Hell sets sail the week prior to the planned Mayhem Festival Cruise and also goes to the Bahamas.
Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, who spent over a month in a Prague prison while awaiting bail over charges of manslaughter, has now finally issued the following official statement:
"Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.
"1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said 'We are glad you are home, Randy.' You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.
"2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else - make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis. More...
As was announced yesterday, after five weeks in a prison in Prague in the Czech Republic, Randy Blythe from Lamb of God has been released on bail and is returning to the United States.
Although Lamb of God has cancelled the band's previously scheduled summer co-headline tour with Dethklok, the group has agreed to play the Knotfest shows on August 17th in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18th in Somerset, Wisconsin.
Lamb of God is currently targeting October 26th as the start date for a U.S tour. Dates and cities will be released as soon as possible. Randy will be making a public statement discussing his time in Prague and thanking fans worldwide for their support in the next week.
To hear what Randy has had to say so far post-incarceration, check out his first video interview after being released.
The Lamb Of God frontman emphasizes how he wants to return to tackle his next court appearance and see this whole matter through. Randy Blythe is reportedly currently enroute to the United States.
According to a spokesperson from the Czech Republic prison system, Randy Blythe, lead singer of the American heavy metal outfit Lamb of God was finally released from jail yesterday, after being held on a manslaughter charge.
"The decision was reached yesterday at the end of a 16-hour closed session. The only condition of release was the approximately 8 million Czech Koruna bail," Prague court spokeswoman Martina Lhotáková said.
He is expected to return home to the United States, but will have to return to the Czech Republic to face trial.
"That’s what he wants to do," Blythe’s Czech attorney Martin Radvan told Radio Prague, "As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear. There are posters with his picture all around the world, and if he wants to continue performing, he will have to return. And he wants to return because he believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with."
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested in June on charges of manslaughter stemming from a "tragic incident" in Prague at a Lamb of God performance on May 24, 2010, which led to a death.
More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.
Terror is currently touring the world in support of latest release, "Keepers Of The Faith," hitting North America this month with Bane, Naysayer, and Rotting Out before heading over to Europe, then Ireland and the UK this fall-- but the group's impending stop in the Czech Republic has now been cancelled. In regards to this cancellation, Terrror comments:
"Terror is going to cancel their show in the Czech Republic this month. We feel obligated to stand up for Randy Blythe. This situation seems to be taken too lightly. Randy comes from punk and hardcore roots, just like Terror. He still supports underground music and has always supported Terror -- even singing on stage alongside us when we play Richmond. This hits really close to home for us having members of the band and our crew from the hometown of Lamb of God.
"We love our Czech fans very much and have amazing shows there, but we need to 'stick tight' to our friend Randy, which is why we have chosen to cancel the show. As a band that could easily be in this same position at any given show, we don't think we can play there and act like this is OK - it isn't.
"This is bigger than a hashtag or a clever t-shirt-- we as a community need to take action and speak up. Free Randy Blythe." More...
Roadrunner Records has posted a video clip online of band members saying farewell to the U.K. staff, which can be viewed below. The label also commented:
"When we were at Download Festival this year we decided to get a few of our bands in front of the camera to bid our Roadrunner UK colleagues a fond farewell. There are some lovely messages of support from the bands and there's even a message from Download promoter, Andy Copping. Check out the clip below.
"Just to reiterate, Roadrunner UK is still open and operating, we just don't have the full team that we used to have. We really appreciate all of your awesome support and your partience with us getting this Download footage online later than we had hoped." More...
Lamb of God announced that upcoming co-headline tour with Dethklok and Gojira, scheduled to begin August 1st, in Seattle has been cancelled. The cause is the uncertainty surrounding the release of frontman Randy Blythe, who is still in the Czech Republic following his arrest on manslaughter charges for his alleged involvement with a fans death in 2010. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.
The band's issued a statement: "Lamb of God wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no Lamb of God."
Adult Swim also commented: "In light of circumstances beyond our control, the upcoming Dethklok and Lamb of God with Gojira summer tour has been canceled. Refunds will be available to customers who already purchased tickets through their point of purchase. We thank Dethklok fans for their continued support and look forward to releasing information about the band's upcoming third album and a planned fall tour in the coming weeks."
New details have now come to light in the ongoing saga of Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe being held in the Czech Republic. Blythe had previously posted bail but remained in custody due to a complaint filed by the prosecutor in the case.
Praha.idnes.cz is now reporting that the prosecutor’s complaint to block Blythe’s bail has been dismissed, however his bail has now been doubled to $400,000. It is unclear if the additional bail has been paid or if Blythe will be released.
Blythe is being held on manslaughter charges in connection with a Lamb of God show in 2010 when a 19 year old fan was allegedly pushed off the stage and subsequently died several weeks later. The band has remained fairly quiet on the issue in the three weeks Blythe has been detained, so far only issuing the following statement: More...
Read the full article at Idnes.cz.
A group of Lamb Of God fans will be staging a protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday, July 22nd regarding the imprisonment of Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic. The organizer of the mass rally, Tommy Streat, hopes that the mass protest will turn into a big party if the jailed rocker is released after his Prague court date on July 19th. Go to his Facebook page for more information.
He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Hopefully, we'll be welcoming him home. But if not, we'll be sending the message that (we) will support him." The petition posted on Whitehouse.gov has been gaining momentum. It has already surpassed the 16,000 signature mark of the 25,000 signatures it needs by August 3rd to be brought before President Obama. More...
According to an article in The Gauntlet, Randy Blythe will have another bail hearing on Thursday, July 19th. The municipal court's three judge panel won't be convening until that date, so Randy will have his third shot at having his bail upheld. Even if the bail is upheld, the prosecutor can still have another court to rule on top of the municipal ruling. Blythe has been held for fifteen days in detention without an official charge being filed by the prosecutor's office, and has his U.S. attorney and two Czech lawyers assisting him with his case.
Czech courts deny bail when one is charged with murder (as opposed to manslaughter), terrorism and rape. They also will not grant bail when there is a danger of recidivism, tainting witnesses or fleeing the country. The video footage in question does not show Randy lifting a finger to the decedent (Daniel), and shows a security guard hired by the venue throwing him headfirst upon his third time jumping on stage and him staggering thereafter with a large gash on his head.
Read the full series of articles over at The Gauntlet.
As was previously announced, Lamb of God's Randy Blythe is currently being held in Prague for charges of manslaughter due to an incident at a live show two years ago. The band has now made its first official statement on the issue:
"First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It’s noted and very much appreciated.
"We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily. Within an hour things can do endless 180’s. It’s maddening to try and make heads or tails.
"We’re taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark.
"We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother who is still detained in Czech jail.
"In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident. Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible.
"The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent. We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend."
To help donate to Randy's legal fund, head over to this location. You can also check out an interview about the situation with Lamb of God's manager over here. Further details will be announced as they come to light.
Czech online newspaper Blesk.cz recently conducted an interview with Lamb Of God manager Larry Mazer, the following of which appeared in its newspaper today. This is the transcript of the interview, which we translated into English as best as we could. Read the full article here. This is what Larry Mazer has to say about the unknown plight of his client, Randy Blythe, as he continues his best to get him through this difficult time.
Blesk.cz: What is the current situation, when will Randy Blythe will be released?
Larry Mazer: I have no idea. The deposit was made on Tuesday morning. We tried to make it Monday, but it took longer than expected. Randy should have been released immediately.
His lawyer assured us on Saturday he'd be released soon. 'You bring the money, you get released.' I know in the US it would have happened.
Blesk.cz: How long will Randy be in jail?
Larry: They told me that it may take up to 20 days. The investigator may request more time for an investigation of the case.
Blesk.cz: What are the reactions of the other bandmembers to this?
Larry: Everyone is shocked. It's absurd. Is it a bad joke. Randy sits in prison and he didn't do anything. He's innocent.
Blesk.cz: Did you know about the Czech fan dying after the concert two years ago?
Larry: We hadn't been here for an entire two years. My data is unavailable, but I hadn't heard from the family. We didn't know a promoter. No answer.
Blesk.cz: When did you first learn about it?
Larry: Not until last Wednesday. The organizer of the concert at Klub Abaton told us that the Czech police contacted them three months after the boy died. I don't get it, no one responded. The boy was in a coma and then died, and no-one said anything.
Blesk.cz: Czech police said they contacted the American side ... More...
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe, who was arrested at the Prague, Czech Republic airport last week and charged with manslaughter stemming from an onstage incident with a fan at a show in 2010 after which the fan died of a head injury, posted 4 million Czech Karuna bail (approximately $200,000) today. However, he won't be able to return home yet; considered a flight risk, Blythe will have to remain in the Czech Republic pending further court action.
According to a report by Blesk.cz, Blythe must remain in the Pankrác Prison in Prague for at least the next ten days. According to Judge Petr Fassati of Prague 8 district court, "There may well be certain conditions placed upon [Blythe's] release, such as staying in the Czech Republic, or the availability of a specific address. If the conditions are violated, it could lead to an international arrest warrant being issued." If convicted he faces up to ten years in jail.
The rest of the band flew back home to Virginia yesterday, and upon their arrival guitarist Mark Morton posted the following message on Twitter: "Finally HOME! 4/5 of us anyway. I can't wait to give Randy a big bear hug and kiss his pointy, stubbly face! Thanx for all the support y'all! Flooded with questions about Randy. I truly understand and appreciate [your] concern. But it would be irresponsible for me to comment on any of it. Again….thank y'all SOOOO much for your love and support during these difficult times. It means the world to us."
Read the full article here.