Richmond, Virginia’s Lamb of God are one America’s most popular heavy metal bands of the third millennium, with sold out concert tours, several million albums, and numerous awards bestowed upon their aggressive blend of groove, death, and mainstream metal. First founded in 1994 as Burn the Priest, a moniker under which they released an independent self-titled album five years later, the group adopted the Lamb of God name ahead of signing with Prosthetic Records and releasing the following year’s enthusiasti-cally received ‘New American Gospel’ album. Band members Randy Blythe (vocals), Duane Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass) and Chris Adler (drums) then proceeded to tour for two solid years, greatly developing their fan base before recording 2003’s ‘As the Palaces Burn,’ which won top honors from both ‘Revolver’ and ‘Metal Hammer’ magazines, and led to a major label deal with Epic Records. Lamb of God continued their inexorable career march with the following year’s ‘Ashes of the Wake,’ 2006’s Grammy-nominated ‘Sacrament,’ 2009’s ‘Wrath,’ which amazingly climbed to number two on the Billboard charts, and 2012’s ‘Resolution,’ which paved the way to the band’s most extensive global touring yet. Then, on June 27, 2012, singer Randy Blythe was arrested in Prague on accusations of inflicting bodily harm upon a fan who had died after Lamb of God’s performance in that city, two years earlier. Blythe was eventually cleared of all charges, but the incident cast a pall over the entire band and continues to haunt the musicians (including Blythe, who is working on a book) as they prepare to record Lamb of God’s next studio album, with an expected 2015 release date.
- Selected Discography: ‘New American Gospel’ (2000), ‘As the Palaces Burn’ (2003), ‘Sacrament’ (2006)
- Related Artists: Burn the Priest, Randy Blythe
- Further Reading: 10 Best Lamb of God Songs, Lamb of God Release Debut Album (Anniversary)