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Formed: 1999
From: Richmond, VA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

Latest Lamb of God News

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.

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Lamb Of God Manager Responds To Indictment

As news has broken of Randy Blythe’s indictment on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic, manager Larry Mazer responds with the following statement:

“After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.

"While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death. The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage. In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance. We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.

"At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance."

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Randy Blythe Formally Indicted For Manslaughter

Czech prosecutors have officially decided to level a formal indictment at Randy Blythe. The embattled Lamb Of God frontman was jailed by Czech authorities last summer, charged with manslaughter in connection with a fan's death at a Prague show in 2010, and held for five weeks.

Blythe was eventually released on $400,000 bail. In a subsequent interview with Metal Hammer, he reflected on the very real possibility of long-term incarceration:

"Ten years with no time off for good behavior. For my particular charge — we're saying manslaughter, but it's assault in the fourth degree with intent, resulting in the death of this young man — the sentence for that is five to 10 years with no time off. So the worst-case scenario is that get out when I'm 51, 52 years old. It's not something I really try to dwell on too much, because it's scary. I don't want to go to prison, I don't want that to happen, but the fact of the matter is it could happen. I will deal with it as it comes, that's all I can do. If you have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, you're pissing on the present. And right now, all! have is the present so I prepare myself the best I can. My band is behind me and my family's behind me and we're gonna do our best to prove my innocence. But worrying about a nebulous uncertain future, or being super-bummed out that l went to prison for 37 days does me no good."

The original Czech report announcing Blythe's indictment can be viewed at Novinky.cz. The court allegedly has three months to set a trial date, unless the case is dismissed or delayed pending further investigation.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Lamb Of God To Headline Bloodstock 2013

American heavy metal outfit, Lamb Of God has been confirmed as the second headliner for next year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, closing the main stage on the second day of the festival. The organisers have also confirmed two more bands for next year in Swedish black metal veterans, Dark Funeral and Finnish heavy metal group, Amorphis, who had this to say about their performance:

"Greetings from Hell-sinki's 5K studio where Amorphis is finishing recording our forthcoming 11th album. Our agent gave us the great news that we are booked for Bloodstock Festival 2013! Bloodstock has become one of the best European metal events, so it's an honour to be part of the festival again. We promise to put on an epic show, so keep the horns up and see you at Bloodstock next summer!"

The festival will take place from August 8th- 11th in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire and will feature the following bands, with many more to be confirmed: More...

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Lamb Of God To Broadcast Live Show

Currently on tour in the United States supporting latest album "Resolution," Lamb of God is pleased to partner with AXS TV for a live broadcast of an upcoming Philadelphia show on November 24th from the Electric Factory.

Traveling with a full multimedia production, the band chose Philadelphia, site of the platinum DVD "Killadelphia," knowing that it would be a wild night of metal. The broadcast will run from 10 PM until 11:15 PM EST. For more information on AXS TV and on the Lamb of God broadcast go to this location or follow @AXSTV on Twitter.

Check out Lamb of God'’s announcement about the live concert event below. The "Resolution" U.S. tour continues until December 16th with In Flames and Sylosis on all dates. Hatebreed will appear until November 19th and then Hellyeah will appear through December 16th. Dates are below. More...

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Lamb Of God Seeking Photos Of U.S. Military

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 logvideocontent@gmail.com.

"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...

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Lamb Of God Drummer Talks Prague Arrest

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.
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Lamb Of God Updates Tour Schedule

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...

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Lamb Of God Announces New U.S. Tour

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...

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Lamb Of God Auctioning Equipment For Legal Fund

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.

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Randy Blythe Performs At Knotfest, Video Available

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.

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Mayhem Festival Cruise Canceled

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.

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Randy Blythe Speaks Out

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...

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Lamb Of God To Play Knotfest, Lining Up U.S. Tour

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.

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Post Jail Interview With Randy Blythe Streaming

Skullsnbones.com has dug up the first post-incarceration interview with Randy Blythe, courtesy of Nova.cz, which has now made its way onto YouTube. Watch the interview below.

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.

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Lamb Of God Frontman Released From Jail

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.

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Terror Cancels Czech Show

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...

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Bands Say Farewell To Roadrunner Records UK

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...

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Lamb Of God Tour With Dethklok Cancelled

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."

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Randy Blythe's Bail Doubled

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.

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Demonstration Planned For Randy Blythe

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...

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