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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 bassist John Campbell, vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, and drummer Art Cruz. 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 January 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. Drummer Chris Adler later confirmed this in an interview, stating that legal fees incurred from Randy's trial made a serious dent in the band's finances and they were taking an extended break. The break seems to be over as of April 2015, as the band has been posting pictures of their studio gear and talking about an eighth album on Instagram (which was released in July of 2015).
As of July 2019, Chris Adler is officially out of the band; Art Cruz (Prong, Winds of Plague) has officially joined as their new drummer and will be tracking their upcoming full-length.
- John Campbell - bass (1990-present)
- Randy Blythe - vocals (1995-present)
- Mark Morton - lead guitar (1990-1994, 1997-present)
- Willie Adler - rhythm guitar (1999-present)
- Art Cruz - drums (2019-present)
- Burn the Priest (1999) (As Burn the Priest)
- New American Gospel (2000)
- As the Palaces Burn (2003)
- Ashes of the Wake (2004)
- Sacrament (2006)
- Wrath (2009)
- Resolution (2012)
- VII: Sturm und Drang (2015)
- Legion: XX (2018) (cover album as Burn the Priest)
Laid To Tropes:
- 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."
- Animated Music Video: The video for "Ghost Walking".
- Ascended Extra: Art Cruz had been touring with the band for over a year as a fill-in before he was hired on full-time as their new drummer.
- Audience Participation Song: NOW! YOU'VE GOT! SOMETHING!!! TO DIE FOR!!!!
- "Blacken the Cursed Sun" can be one of these, thanks to the chanted "HELL NO!" part close to the end.
- Call-Back: "Ghost Walking."
- Desolation never looked so divine
- "Desolation" Is the title of the previous track on the album.
- Career-Ending Injury: Chris Adler's motorcycle accident in 2017 wound up being this, as he sustained severe lower back injuries that, despite his best efforts, wound up being an insurmountable hurdle, as they resulted in a sharp decline in his playing ability (fans who saw them during his final days in the band noticed that he was extremely sloppy and regularly made mistakes that he simply would not have made during his better days).
- Christian Rock/Not Christian Rock: Subverted because they're not a Christian rock band despite the name. Also, see "Gannon Banned". The video for "Redneck" screws with this when a mother asks the band to play a child's birthday party. Guess what happens...
- 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.
- The new album VII: Sturm und Drang might take this a step further with more grisly lyrics inspired by Randy's 2012 imprisonment in the Czech Republic.
- Death Metal: Some of their early albums qualifies as death metal, if The Other Wiki is to be believed.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Burn the Priest sounds almost nothing like what the band has put out nowadays because of the heavier, deathgrind-influenced sound complete with Indecipherable Lyrics.
- New American Gospel has this problem too even though it's their actual second album but first as Lamb Of God.
- Expy: The video for "Redneck" is similar to Meshuggah's video for "New Millennium Cyanide Christ," which featured the band sitting around on their bus air-instrumenting(even the drummer!) and Jens Kidman screaming into a pen instead of a microphone. LoG openly worships Meshuggah, but they took it Up to Eleven in their version by being booked to play a little girl's birthday party and having strippers and beer on the bus.
- Groove Metal: Starting around New American Gospel; their sound slowly became a mix of this, metalcore, and Melodic Death Metal.
- Humans Are Bastards: Just read Randy's section of the special thanks in the lyric book for Sacrament.
- 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.
- In Memoriam: The Duke EP is dedicated to a fan that had passed away from leukemia, complete with a charity event surrounding its release.
- 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
devotedinsane, 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: Started out as a particularly death metal-tinged variant of this and downplayed it with each album. Elements of it still show up, but they definitely haven't been a full-fledged example of it for a while.
- Metal Scream: The general vocal style is a mid-pitched 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, and his brief stint as a live fill-in for Cannabis Corpse demonstrated that he's also capable of full-fledged type 2s. Type 1 also appear from time to time.
- 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. Also, "Overlord" is almost entirely clean sung in the first half. The Duke has Randy sing with clean vocals almost the entire way through.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Solid to hard 8 most of the time, with a few of their heavier songs going up to a 9 - especially on Ashes of the Wake. Burn the Priest and New American Gospel are mostly a 10 with a few soft 11 moments.
- New Sound Album: As the Palaces Burn was less metalcore and more on the Groove Metal side of their music.
- 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.
- Non-Appearing Title: As stated above, the song "Ashes of the Wake" does not mention the title.
- Other examples of this trope are "Redneck," "Contractor," "11th Hour," "Vigil," the entirety of New American Gospel and somehow, "Choke Sermon"
- One-Woman Wail: Surprisingly used with "King Me" off of Resolution, during the slow parts of the song before going louder towards the end going along with Randy's intense screams of rage.
- Power Ballad: "Overlord" from VII: Sturm und Drang is a notable example of this trope.
- Protest Song: A few of the tracks off Ashes of the Wake, particularly the title track (which has the distinction of being the only protest instrumental ever).
- Rated M for Manly
- Religion Rant Song: Occasionally. "Choke Sermon", for example, is a pretty obvious Type 3.
- Self-Titled Album: Technically "Burn the Priest".
- Shrinking Violet: According to the band and crew, Mark is known for being often quiet and introverted.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Randy, especially during interviews and live performances.
- Something Completely Different: The Duke EP saw them stray from their Groove Metal/Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal hybrid sound to Alternative Metal on the title track, complete with 85% clean singing. The rest of the tracks are of their usual affair, however.
- Spiritual Successor: Some consider them the Modern Day Pantera.
- Spoken Word in Music: When there's no growling/screaming/whatever.
- "Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man..."
- "I saw the world through the lens of a pinhole camera..."
- Take That: "Redneck" towards Randy.Mark: I love Randy like a brother, but that doesn't mean we don't have our problems. So if I have to be the one to say something, then I will... And if that means someone's going to have to sing a lyric about themselves, then they're gonna sing a lyric about themselves.
- "Again We Rise" was a vicious one towards Southern white trash who continually proclaim that the South will rise again and celebrate the Confederacy while being blissfully ignorant of the likelihood that, should such a thing actually come to pass, they would be the disposable cannon fodder.
- 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 is only 44.
- Randy himself looks to be in his early fifties at times. He's only 46.