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Whether Lamb of God are coming to the smallest clubs or the most massive festivals, these iconic American metalheads deliver one of the tightest and most transcendent concerts in the industry. Their latest tour will take them to Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Minglewood Hall in Memphis, House of Blues in Boston, Magic City Music Hall in New York, Rock'n Derby in Schaghticoke, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Echo Beach in Toronto, and more! Get your tickets today.
Lamb of God initially went by the obviously ominous name Burn the Priest. They hail from Richmond, Virginia, and they opted to alter their moniker soon after they released their eponymous first album in 1998. Consisting of Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Will Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums), the freshly re-titled Lamb of God debuted in 2002 with New American Gospel, a highly acclaimed LP. The band then completed an extended tour run and, until 2002, spent most of their time spreading the gospel of American metal in intimate clubs and massive metal fests alike.
Devin Townsend, leader of Strapping Young Lad, was recruited to produce their next album, which was recorded in whatever spare time the band had in between tours. Lamb of God's second release was titled As the Palaces Burn, and it arrived in the summer of 2003. Soon afterwards, 2004's Machine-produced Ashes of the Wake followed up. This third full-length was comprised of the best-crafted songs the band had performed to date. It was a success both on the charts and among the critics, and it led to a whole year of successful tour dates for the band. (Their 1998 album Burn the Priest was re-released by Epic that year, as well.) A DVD titled Killadelphia was released the following year, and it documented an especially fiery string of gigs in Philadelphia. The audio accompaniment of the concert video arrived later that year. In 2006, Lamb of God released Sacrament, and 2009 saw the release of Wrath.
In 2010, Hourglass: The Anthology was released via Epic. It was a three-CD juggernaut of a retrospective that consisted of independent efforts, major-label releases, and rarities. The album was issued in two editions: it could be bought either as a box set or three single discs. Lamb of God spent the remainder of the year on tour, and they re-entered the studio in 2011 with Josh Wilbur behind the boards. Resolution was the result. This album was released in 2012 and it topped the metal chart. Also in 2012, Blythe was taken into custody in the Czech Republic because of an incident in Prague in 2010 – a young concert-goer had made his way onstage and hurt his head because Blythe had pushed him. The boy was 19, and he had passed away due to complications stemming from the accident. Blythe was incarcerated for more than a month before it was decided that he wasn't criminally liable. He eventually wrote an autobiography that emphasized his charges, courtroom experiences, and eventual acquittal, titled Dark Days. After a multi-year hiatus resulting from financial and mental hardship stemming from Blythe's run-in with the law, Lamb of God finally reappeared in 2013 with their hotly anticipated eighth full-length album, VII: Sturm und Drang.
Lamb of God has released three Top Five albums to date: 2009's Wrath, 2012's Resolution, and 2015's VII: Sturm und Drang.
Wrath is the successor to Lamb of God's especially punishing 2006 album, Sacrament. Like their 2004 album Ashes of the Wake, Wrath finds the metal band expounding on political issues. Although Sacrament clearly belonged in the metalcore genre, their 2009 album throws up a brutal firestorm of thrashing San Francisco sounds. "The Passing" offers a melody-driven, instrumental intro that is full of promise in its fusion of Agalloch's artistic songcraft and Metallica's Black Album sonics. Overall, Wrath cloaks itself in a deep chasm of unpretentious lyrics, relentless drumming, and atonal riffs. It eschews the clichés of metallic outrage while stirring up a powerful storm of butchery.
For their seventh album, 2012's Resolution, the Virginian metal band again underscore their mastery of metal. They strike the perfect balance of tireless concentration and whirlwind riffing, and that seems to be all that is necessary to create a first-class album. Where the band – who are one of the last true blacksmiths of the waning groove metal genre – really stand out is in their simple style. They distance themselves from the tricks of the contemporary studio, instead favoring a raw approach that refuses to polish off any rough edges. With sporadic snare drum rings and ultra-crunchy guitar work, Resolution's feel is organic in a way that elevates the Lamb of God veterans above the too-shiny tones of some newer acts. The album doesn't sound like old-school heavy metal, but it is crafted in the same way, with the guitar coming through an amplifier instead of a modeling module, and live (not programmed) drumming.
2015's VII: Sturm und Drang is Lamb of God's seventh studio full-length (eighth, if counting their 1999 Burn the Priest release). It was released after a three-year upheaval for the legendary groove metal act that saw lead singer Blythe charged, incarcerated, and finally acquitted in the case of a fan's death at a Czech Republic concert. The monetary stresses almost destroyed the group, who took a break starting in 2014. Obviously, a year can make quite a difference. Arriving around the same time as Blythe's autobiography, Dark Day, the well-titled Sturm und Drang continues in the vein of their 2012 album, Resolution. Leading single and opening track "Still Echoes" arrives in a storm of snaky riffs and feedback as it offers an eerie lesson from Prague's history about the notorious Pankrac Prison in which Blythe was jailed. The theme of serving time dominates the set's 10 tracks, whose highlights include "Ease This", "512", and "Overlord".
Burn the Priest re-named themselves Lamb of God to signal their new, Randy Blythe-fronted lineup and to ensure that they wouldn't be mistaken as a satanic act.
Prepare yourself for a fresh, well-crafted, and top-quality heavy metal show. Lamb of God deliver a seasoned and relentless performance that will set your body abuzz. Whether you are destroying yourself in the mosh pit or chilling by the bar, the Lamb of God show is an unmissable event for heavy metal fans new and veteran. Don't miss out on your chance to see this legendary groove metal act in the flesh!
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