Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band based out of Richmond, Virgina. They originally formed under the name Burn The Priest in 1994, but changed their name to Lamb of God in 1999, from the sounds of it. Rumors sparked up about the name change coming about due to being banned from venues, but all the bans came after the name change, according to the internet. An interview with drummer, Chris Adler from November 2000 said it was more of an all around change that they were just ready to make. Seeing all the success they have had since then, clearly, they made the right choice.
We mean -how many bands do you know that can say they've been nominated for a Grammy Award in five different years? One of them actually is for this year! They are nominated for the Best Metal Performance, just as they were in previous years and the world will find out who wins on February 12, 2016.
Among that prestigious nomination, they also have sold almost two million albums in just the US alone, several of which have topped charts world wide, and won several Metal Hammer Golden God Awards over the years.
The band currently consists of the band's front man, Randy Blythe, bassist, John Campbell, lead guitarist, Mark Morton, drummer, Chris Adler, and rhythm guitarist, Willie Adler. The band is best known for hits like "Laid To Rest", "Redneck", "Still Echoes", and many more. They have seven albums out now for your listening pleasure. The latest one came out on July 24, 2015, and is called VII: Sturm und Drang, which means Storm and Stress in German. This album was the comeback after a breif hiatus that happened after their release of Resolution in 2012. Singer Randy Blythe was tried in a Czech Republic court in March 2013 for a tragedy that happened at a Lamb of God show in 2010. A 19 year old fan, sustained head injuries, which lead to a coma and then death from one of their shows, and apparently police decided to blame the band. The Czech police had asked US authories for cooperation, but they did not comply at all. So, when the band returned to the Czech Republic in 2012, they decided to arrest Randy and charge him for causing this kid's death.
While Randy was held in custody for five weeks, he was not held criminally liable and it was acquitted in June, finally. Due to all of this though, the band was quite inactive for a brief while. Randy had stated that people should not expect a prison record, and that he was just going to write about things that effected him deeply. This did include being in prison in a foregin country, as well as being charged by manslaughter. We won't get into the album too much, you can either look into it yourself, or wait for us to do a review. The review is coming very soon.
While that may have been quite the set back of Lamb Of God, they are back in action now! You can catch Lamb Of God on tour with Anthrax, Deafheaven and Powertrip starting January 15! The tour goes through February 12, and the band will get a couple months off before they begin playing all the big festivals around the US. Lamb Of God will be playing all of the following festivals, in this order. Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville,Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Northern Invasion, and Rock'n Derby this April and May. For more information, such as festival lineups and ticket prices, please head on over to the respective festival websites or Lamb of God's official website!
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