Lamb Of God Biography
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The roots of Lamb of God were planted in 1990 when Mark Morton, Chris Adler and John Campbell were floor mates at Virginia Commonwealth University. The trio began playing at Adler's house in Richmond weathering chilly conditions. "There was no heat at the house," recalls Campbell. "We would freeze our asses off, get really drunk and hang around the kerosene heaters trying to write metal songs. Kerosene fumes and Black Label beer were definitely what fueled our early days."
After graduation, Morton moved to Chicago to pursue a master's degree, but the band continued. A new guitarist, Abe Spear, replaced Morton as the band retired its instrumental sound and added Blythe on vocals.
The quartet, known then as Burn the Priest, became a fixture in the tightly-knit Richmond music scene. To compete with the high-level of musicianship displayed by their contemporaries, the band adopted a rigid practice schedule. "To this day, we practice five days a week out of necessity," says Campbell. "The bands in Richmond can flat outplay you and if you don't practice, they will blow you off the stage. Bands like Breadwinner and Sliang Laos - two local math-metal bands - could play insanely complicated music note perfect. They inspired us to raise the bar musically and taught us the work ethic we needed to be a success."
The band was playing around Virginia when Morton moved back from Chicago and re-joined the group. Soon after, Burn the Priest released a self-titled full length album on Legion Records. Abe left soon after, which opened a spot for guitarist, and brother to Chris - Willie Adler.
A year after the second Adler joined, Burn the Priest changed its name to Lamb of God and signed a record deal with Prosthetic Records. The band's independent-debut, New American Gospel, was released in 2000. "This album was all about creating a rhythmic and pummeling musical landscape with riff after riff," explains Morton. Drummer Adler notes: ÒThis is a classic record. We had all the elements come together to make one of the heaviest, yet contagious records of our career. It was difficult to contain us - we didn't even understand at the time what we had created."
Two years of extensive touring to support the album raised Lamb of God's profile before the band released the critically acclaimed, As The Palaces Burn (2003). ATPB won record of the year honors in such notable magazines as Revolver and Metal Hammer while garnering mainstream press in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly.
The band hit the road again and began headlining tours across the globe. In the fall of 2003 Lamb of God was a co-headliner on the first ever MTV's Headbanger's Ball Tour which elevated Lamb of God beyond the underground. The band then released Terror and Hubris, a DVD featuring early live performances, videos for "Ruin" and "Black Label" and behind-the-scenes footage highlighting the work ethic, humility and sense of humor of one of the most respected and influential bands around today. The DVD proved to be a commercial success as it entered the Billboard Music DVD Charts at #32.
Gradually, Lamb of God's persistence paid off. Their 2003 disc, As The Palaces Burn earned them a new level of respect and admiration, but it was 2004's virulent major label debut (Epic Records) Ashes of the Wake that turned the band into true contenders for the metal throne. By mid 2006, the record had sold over 275,000 copies. Revolver magazine voted it the album of the year, a Guitar World readers poll deemed it best metal album and awarded the band "most valuable players," "best shredders" and "best riffs." The video for "Now You've Got Something to Die For" earned "best video" from both Headbanger's Ball and Revolver. And a DVD chronicling the tour and life on the road with the band, Killadelphia, has gone gold. Lamb of God supported Ashes with more relentless touring, now playing mostly arenas and festivals, starting with a headlining run on Second Stage at Ozzfest 2004, and ending by headlining the North American Sounds of The Undergroud Festival in 2005.
The political angst that fueled the lyrics on As The Palaces Burn continues unabated on Ashes of the Wake. However, Blythe admits that his plans to write songs about personal responsibility quickly changed. "Mark and I write most of the lyrics together, and at the start of this album we agreed that we wanted to concentrate on internal instead of external politics," he explains. "But as we got into it, considering the condition of the world today, we felt obligated as responsible artists to give accurate social commentary, and that meant writing a few indictments against the powers that be."
Mixing a call to arms with a sneering disdain balances Ashes of the Wake. "In the end, I think the album is stronger because we show the relation between internal and external politics instead of just focusing on one or the other," Blythe says. "These songs are a reality check for everyone because they rail against a wrong-headed government and against the apathetic people that ignore the government and allow it to exist."
After Ashes of the Wake, they had been praised as one of the leaders of the new American metal movement, and while they were flattered to be considered part of something so influential, this time they wanted to stand alone. "I believe it's important for us to create a legacy for this band, and I don't want that legacy to be in association with anyone else," Adler says. "In our minds, we're a cut above and we feel like we put out a whole lot more."
Towards the end of 2005, the band stopped all touring and came home to Richmond, VA, to begin writing the next chapter. An intense 8 month writing process followed. "We pretty much killed ourselves working on it five to six days a week for six to eight hours a day," says drummer Chris Adler. "It was important to push ourselves into uncomfortable territory as players. A lot of times one of us would say, 'I'm not sure if I can play that.' The typical response was, 'Well, you've got a year to figure it out.' We pushed ourselves to step it up and threw out a lot of decent material because we were insisting on only the best." One reason Lamb of God pushed so hard is because they wanted to create something that couldn't be classified, categorized or marginalized.
August 22, 2006 brought Sacrament, a stunning example of how diverse, articulate and pummeling metal can be. It's a record that emphasizes just how far the band members have come as players, writers and people and stands as a true testament of triumph over adversity. With Sacrament, Lamb of God has stoked the flames by stripping the flesh to the bone and examining the carnage. The songs are bleak and dark, yet key ingredients of a ride that's as breathless, exhilarating and terrifying as an overdose.
Guitarist and co-lyricist Mark Morton notes the band chose the name Sacrament based on a specific lyrical reference as well as a more general symbolic perspective. "We like it because it employs the idea of the traditional religious Sacrament, which is something you do as ritual to get to a different level of your faith," he says. "Also, I thought it was symbolic in terms of us putting out another record and getting to the next stage of our musical development." "This is definitely a personal record and it's the darkest thing we've ever done," adds Blythe. "It stems from a lot of depression and a fucked up worldview. In the last couple years I've been going through a lot of weird, bad shit."
The biggest difference between Sacrament and Ashes of the Wake is the lyrical content. In the past, Lamb of God has lyrically been motivated by the hypocrisy, greed and turmoil of politics and politicians. This time the band turned within to reveal an even greater source of despair and frustration.
Songs like 'Pathetic' and 'Descending' for instance are about the whirlpool of addiction and alcoholism, 'Walk With Me In Hell' addresses the destruction of codependency and 'Blacken the Cursed Sun' confronts suicidal depression.
"The lyrics were so intense for me, when I was recording, it was like breathing pain instead of breathing air," Blythe says. "So, when it was done, I couldn't listen to the record for another two months. It just took so much out of me to get all this stuff out, I didn't want to touch it right away."
In addition to being unbelievably heavy, Sacrament is a sincere expression of the turmoil that has tumbled through the last few years of the band's existence. In an era of stagnant, contrived metal, Lamb of God is a harrowing rush of honesty, a declaration that no matter what anyone else is playing, Lamb of God will always follow their own hearts.
"This band was started because no one out there was making the music that we wanted to hear," singer Randy Blythe says. "So, we decided to make that music, and from that point it has just been a continuation of that philosophy. We had never changed anything we do to appeal to anyone, appease anyone or seek any sort of approval from anyone other than ourselves."
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The band that keeps giving | Reviewer: Canadian Metalhead | 5/11/13
I fucking love this band. They are the best band ever. period. Sorry had to do that. Seriously the best part about them is how they keep growing and perfecting their craft. Randy has reached a levels of vocals that few metal singers can touch. Mark and Willie are locked in. Campbell cannot be fazed by the insane beats. Adler is THE metal drummer. The sound and energy of their live shows is incredible. Seeing them in one month. I'm going to lose it in Quebec. So sick.
lay this to rest | Reviewer: matt | 8/19/12
dude i got mad respect for LOG,shit if it wasnt for their pounding riffs and gutteral vocals i would've never even practice the styles of randy blythe or the guitarists so 20 fists in the air for lamb of god and all you metal heads out there
lamb Of God | Reviewer: Taylor Agerton | 6/13/12
This band has had the biggest influence on my life as a musician and on a more personal level.I have struggled with personal problems my whole life and L.O.G have given my a way to better deal with and understand myself. I am currently attending audio engineering school and if it wasn't for L.O.G i would have never decieded to go. Thank you so much guy's for all the inspiration and never making me feel alone or isolated in a world that does not understand me. Also ,I believe God was listening to contractor when he made me. Hell Ya L.O.G !!!!
resolution: | Reviewer: corffenide | 5/27/12
The resolution is just one another awesome works of the L.O.G. the high octaves riff and breakdown with the high head is just a fucken hail to the metal genre..
L.O.G ::chillingly hot
Confessnal | Reviewer: Raman | 5/3/12
The day wen the gods of metal remains in earth as a single,they will be lamb of god.Salute for u guys for keeping the music of metal alive.1ce come to visit nepal a simple country bt huge log's fans.you guys will be in ma heart ever n ever till d end of ma lyf........and especially the drumer n vocalist great salute to u too.love u 4ever
EPIC BAND | Reviewer: Jinchot | 2/2/12
Awesome band, love these guys, especially the epic drummer Chris Adler, I actually made a drum compilation of all the best beats & fills I could find in their albums! if you like the drumming in LOG you should definitely check it out this video! www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyrKe1y0Qes
GREATEST BAND EVER | Reviewer: steve | 5/24/11
i'm in tears as i type this, listening to Walk With Me In Hell. What a mindblowing band! No band can ever come even remotely close to how awesome LOG is.. Its not just their music. just everything else about the band too. all 5 members of the band are so damn down to earth. they are one of the biggset metal bands on this planet today but they dont have a bit of ego that killed many bands in the past. LOVE YOU, LAMB OF GOD. i'm your devotee and worshipper all my fuckin life!
Sacrament | Reviewer: Redneck | 1/5/11
I fuckin' love this band! They're the best band ever, period! I probably like the song "Redneck" most, and I looove to play it on guitar:) I jizz in my pants everytime i hear that song:p Keep up the good work, Lamb of God!
a band like no other | Reviewer: ben | 9/14/10
Lamb of God has to be the most unique metal band out there. No one else makes the kind of music they make. They're endlessly heavy and intense, they have an awesome groove, and Randy Blythe is the comsomate harsh vocalist. Just for the record I like Disturbed too, but Lamb is fucking revolutionary. Wait a couple of years and there will be a bunch of new heavy metal bands playing Lamb's style of music and citing them as an influence. This band is a bigger deal than they get credit for, but I'm optimistic that by the time all is said and done that they will be credited as the revolutionary force that they are.
EndOfDays | Reviewer: AmonRa | 4/20/10
Its so fuckn nice that Lamb Of God visited here in Manila... To me they are the Gods of Metal and I know will become a legend in the Metal genre... Nothing in this earth can compare to their art!!! Relavant! Significant! And Head Banging! Do visit us back here in Manila!!!
lamb of god u guys r truely the gods of metal | Reviewer: piyush plabon das | 3/19/10
broooooother... u guys r awsme!!!!!!!!!......u guys have taken metal 2 a whole new level!! plz guys cme down to india...esp the northeast...loadza metal fans in d northeast...devotes of the gods!!!!....u guys simply rock..or shud i say metal!!!plz plan a tour........
love 4m northeast india
1st concert | Reviewer: LOG owns | 10/1/09
I saw lamb of god as my first concert in april. they were fuckin bad ass bith me and my dad went in the pits got a little shaken n had the best night of my life i highly reccomend seeing them if they come near. LAMB OF GOD for lyfe. \m/
LOG man. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/16/09
Dude, this has to be my most favorite band. I love to smoke a bowl and chill out and listen to this shit. Randy get's pretty deep with his lyrics. And everysong has a legit meaning. Unlike any of these new fags emo shit. =/
log for life | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/17/09
if i dont see these guys before they stop touring ima shoot myself in the dome piece while i listen to w.w.m.i.h. these fuckers need to come see how metal montana is! slipknot will be here august 25, so why isnt log considering it? word is spreading about this giant yet unpopulated state
fuck all you haters | Reviewer: LOG4LIFE | 5/3/09
lamb of god is the best band ever made. their drummer is one of my top ten favorites. and fuck you whoever you are who said disturbed is better. their vocalist sounds like he permanantly has a cock shoved down their throat. i have respect for all you guys who sent these positive reviews. for those of you who didnt: you guys like cock up your ass!!!
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