Lamb Of God, not to be confused with the nickname of that really famous guy with the beard, is a five-piece metal band from Richmond, Virginia. They are considered the main band of the "New Wave of American Heavy Metal".The band's current membership consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, drummer Chris Adler, and bassist John Campbell. They formed in 1990 as an instrumental band named Burn the Priest, later adding vocalist Blythe. Their debut album was the self-titled Burn the Priest in 1998, which is now not technically self-titled because... yeah. Shortly afterwards, they changed their name to "Lamb of God" because the band thought the name "Burn the Priest" would lead their fans to do wrong things.In early 2014, Randy Blythe announced that he would be taking a break from music, and that there would be no new material from the band for quite some time.
John Campbell - bass (1990-present)
Chris Adler - drums (1990-present)
Mark Morton - guitar (1990-1994, 1997-present)
Randy Blythe - vocals (1995-present)
Willie Adler - guitar (1999-present)
Burn The Priest (1999) (As Burn The Priest)
New American Gospel (2000)
As the Palaces Burn (2003)
Ashes of the Wake (2004)
Provides Examples Of:
Album Title Drop: A strange case. Ashes of the Wake - the album - has its title track, however the song is mainly an instrumental with some talking bits. No use of the words 'ashes of the wake.' "Hourglass," on the same album, does have the lyrics 'ashes of the wake,' however.
As the Palaces Burn actually plays this straight; the second song on the album shares the same name and contains the line, "We dance as the palaces burn."
Cluster F-Bomb: Some of their songs borderline on this, notably "Laid to Rest," "Redneck," and "Contractor."
Concept Album: Some have claimed Ashes of the Wake is a concept album due to its recurring references to the Second Gulf War.
Darker and Edgier: While past albums had songs that dealt with war, religion and loss of family, among other mature topics, Resolution is seen as their darkest album as not only is the lyrics more depressing and frightning, but the tone and style of the album is considered by some to be on par with Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill", a just as grim and dark album.
New American Gospel has this problem too even though it's their actual second album but first as Lamb Of God.
Every Episode Ending: Every concert finishes with "Black Label," and the infamous Wall of Death in the mosh pit.
Expy: In the video for "Redneck", the band members looked suspiciously similar to the members of another groove metal band: Meshuggah. Randy even resembled Meshuggah frontman Jens Kidman to a great extent.
Indecipherable Lyrics: Quite a fair bit of the time. But especially so with "Black Label". Funnily enough, the song's lyrics are available anywhere you look, but they just don't seem to match if you try to follow them.
Actually averted. "Black Label" has no comprehensible lyrics whatsoever. It was said that at the time of recording, vocalist Randy Blythe was so drunk that he just shouted a bunch of random syllables to the song. They're usually varied with every live performance.
Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The 2010 anthology Hourglass comes in 5 versions: a 3-CD set, a US$100 set with all 6 studio albums on USB drives, a US$120 set with all 6 albums on vinyl, a US$260 set with the vinyl albums, USB drives, the 3-CD set, and an art book. And for the truly devoted insane, there's a US$1000 set with the vinyl albums, USB drives, 3-CD set, the art book, an autographed 8x10 picture, an "Hourglass" sticker, a 4-foot by 6-foot cloth flag...and a Jackson Signature Series Mark Morton guitar.
Loudness War: Pretty much all of their albums fall victim to this with Sacrament and Wrath being the worst offenders, both coming in at an average of DR4.
Metalcore: They have been strongly associated with the genre in the past, and their prominent use of breakdowns should be noted here. However, there are many non-metalcore bands that use breakdowns (Pantera, Slayer, Sepultura, Behemoth), and metalcore itself is not that breakdown-oriented (being a trait that was flanderised when deathcore came along), frequently having guitar solos as well as breakdowns.
Metal Scream: The general vocal style is a type 3, though it's not so much a scream as... well, who the fuck knows. A growl? A shout? What the fuck is it? The fact that Randy can actually put some musical pitch into it doesn't help the discussion. With that said, he does occasionally use actual screams alongside the growl/shout/whatever.
In terms of certain metal screams, "Laid to Rest" has "FAILUUUUUURE!!!" after the bridge which lasts a good 13 seconds and "THEY ALL DIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE!!!" from "Contractor."
Averted completely, finally, Randy having several tracks where he spoke but never sang, with "Insurrection" off Resolution. The song opens with clean vocals before the growl-scream starts.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: As seen in the footage of the Killadelphia DVD, Randy and Mark got into a fight due to Randy being a drunken asshole, and Mark beat the shit out of Randy. They both agreed later on that it was probably better that they just went ahead and punched each other and got it out of their systems rather than walk around bitter at each other.
Updated Re-release: Burn the Priest, New American Gospel, and as of recent, As The Palace Burn, all of which contained remastered tracks.
Wizard Beard: Bassist John Campbell has one of these; while he's not the oldest member of the band (that would be Randy), it's going grey a lot faster than his hair, and he started letting it grow much longer during the Wrath tour.
You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: When they arrive in Europe to start their tour on the "Walk With Me In Hell" DVD, the band finds that their tour bus is the exact same one where Mark and Randy had their No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Willie fears the worst in his narration, but thankfully everything goes well, with Mark and Randy cracking jokes about it:
Mark: My shoulder hurts.
Randy: (laughs) My left eye is swelling shut as we speak.
Younger than They Look: Bassist John Campbell looks to be somewhere in his mid-early 60's because of his distinctive white hair. He's only 41.
Randy himself looks to be in his early fifties at times. He's only 43.