LAMB OF GOD

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Lamb of God is an American groove metal band, originally formed under the name Burn the Priest.

The roots of Lamb of God were planted in the year 1990, when Mark Morton, Chris Adler and John Campbell were bros at Virginia Commonwealth University. The trio began playing at Adler's house in Richmond weathering chilly conditions. "There was no heat in the house," recalls Campbell. "We would hang around the kerosene heaters, get really drunk and write metal songs. 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 Randy 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
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LAMB OF GOD albums / top albums

LAMB OF GOD New American Gospel album cover 3.42 | 16 ratings
New American Gospel
Groove Metal 2000
LAMB OF GOD As the Palaces Burn album cover 3.53 | 22 ratings
As the Palaces Burn
Groove Metal 2003
LAMB OF GOD Ashes of the Wake album cover 4.01 | 32 ratings
Ashes of the Wake
Groove Metal 2004
LAMB OF GOD Sacrament album cover 4.11 | 26 ratings
Sacrament
Groove Metal 2006
LAMB OF GOD Wrath album cover 3.82 | 24 ratings
Wrath
Groove Metal 2009
LAMB OF GOD Resolution album cover 4.11 | 19 ratings
Resolution
Groove Metal 2012
LAMB OF GOD VII: Sturm und Drang album cover 3.78 | 11 ratings
VII: Sturm und Drang
Groove Metal 2015
LAMB OF GOD Lamb Of God album cover 3.41 | 8 ratings
Lamb Of God
Groove Metal 2020

LAMB OF GOD EPs & splits

LAMB OF GOD Pure American Metal album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Pure American Metal
Groove Metal 2004
LAMB OF GOD The Duke album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Duke
Groove Metal 2016
LAMB OF GOD 666 - World Divided / Checkmate album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
666 - World Divided / Checkmate
Groove Metal 2020

LAMB OF GOD live albums

LAMB OF GOD Killadelphia album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Killadelphia
Groove Metal 2005

LAMB OF GOD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

LAMB OF GOD Walk With Me in Hell (Sampler) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walk With Me in Hell (Sampler)
Groove Metal 2008

LAMB OF GOD re-issues & compilations

LAMB OF GOD Hourglass: Volume 1 - The Underground Years album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hourglass: Volume 1 - The Underground Years
Groove Metal 2010
LAMB OF GOD Hourglass: Volume 2 - The Epic Years album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Hourglass: Volume 2 - The Epic Years
Groove Metal 2010
LAMB OF GOD Hourglass Volume 3 - The CD Anthology album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Hourglass Volume 3 - The CD Anthology
Groove Metal 2010
LAMB OF GOD Hourglass: The Super Deluxe Set album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Hourglass: The Super Deluxe Set
Groove Metal 2010
LAMB OF GOD Hourglass: The Ultimate Anthology album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Hourglass: The Ultimate Anthology
Groove Metal 2010

LAMB OF GOD singles (14)

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Black Label
Groove Metal 2001
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11th Hour
Groove Metal 2003
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Ruin
Groove Metal 2003
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As the Palaces Burn
Groove Metal 2004
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Laid to Rest
Groove Metal 2004
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Now You've Got Something to Die For
Groove Metal 2005
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Walk with Me in Hell
Groove Metal 2006
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1.50 | 1 ratings
Redneck
Groove Metal 2006
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Contractor
Groove Metal 2008
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In Your Words
Groove Metal 2009
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Set to Fail
Groove Metal 2009
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Decibel Flexi Series - Hit the Wall
Groove Metal 2011
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Ghost Walking
Groove Metal 2011
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Hit the Wall
Groove Metal 2011

LAMB OF GOD movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.50 | 1 ratings
Terror and Hubris
Groove Metal 2003
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5.00 | 3 ratings
Killadelphia
Groove Metal 2005
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The Unholy Alliance
Groove Metal 2007
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Walk With Me In Hell
Groove Metal 2008

LAMB OF GOD Reviews

LAMB OF GOD Lamb Of God

Album · 2020 · Groove Metal
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Kev Rowland
It is unusual for a band that has been around as Lamb of God to release a self-titled album, but it is possible this is for a few different reasons. The last release by the band was not actually the previous Lamb of God release but an album of covers they released as Burn The Priest, which was the original name of the band when they were first formed and under which they released their debut album. More importantly, this is the first ever release which does not feature drummer Chris Adler, who alongside bassist John Campbell were the only founders of Burn The Priest still involved. Adler had taken some time away from Lamb of God to perform and record with Megadeth (winning a Grammy for his work on ‘Dystopia’) and is now working with neither. There are various reasons floating around the web as to why he left, but for whatever reason he is no longer involved, and his place has been taken by Art Cruz (Winds of Plague, Cruz).

It may have been five years since the last LoG release, but in many ways, this is a direct continuation and sonically there is not much difference in the drum styles. The band feel happier with the album itself due to a change in approach in that they undertook pre-production then toured with Slayer before coming back to the songs which allowed them to hear them in a different light. Hard-hitting groove metal is the order of the way, with Randy Blythe bringing his best punk attack to it over the top. His vocal approach does provide cut through, as the band provide a solid backdrop for him to spit his venom against. As with the last album this is also highly melodic, although the nuances do not appear to be as prevalent, which may be due to having a new drummer as opposed to having one who has been in the band for quarter of a century. This is solid as opposed to exceptional, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the next one. I just hope we don’t have to wait another five years as I do not think it is possible for these guys to release a bad album, and I am intrigued to see where they go from here.

LAMB OF GOD VII: Sturm und Drang

Album · 2015 · Groove Metal
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Kev Rowland
This 2015 release was a comeback album for Lamb of God, as in 2012 singer Randy Blythe was arrested by Czech police for his actions which resulted in the death of a fan after Blythe had pushed him off stage at a 2020 concert. The large legal fees incurred, plus the inactivity during court cases, meant that Lamb of God were in a precarious legal position and they actually announced a hiatus in 2014. Then in April 2015 they started teasing fans, and the album was released in July. As the title suggests, this was the seventh album as Lamb of God, although everyone apart from rhythm guitarist Willie Adler had actually played on the debut album when they were billed as Burn The Priest. The sextet were back with something to prove, to show that even after all the trials and tribulations they were still in the game, as important to the metal movement as they had ever been.

With Lamb of God one always has certain expectations: the music will be brain numbingly heavy, there will be a groove running within it, the guitars will be running off all over the place with complex runs and riffs, the rhythm section will be locked down, and Blythe will be providing rich frenetic vocals owing as much to punk as they do to aggressive metal. Those expectations are definitely met on this album, with “Still Embers” kicking things off with just one guitar and then the rest of the band kick in and they are all there, right in your face and kicking hard. The nuances and heaviness are there as always, combined with real musicality and hooks, with the result is something which at one level is designed to make your ears bleed but is also highly melodic with hooks that get inside your brain.

LAMB OF GOD Lamb Of God

Album · 2020 · Groove Metal
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L:AMB OF GOD has been cranking out the quality groove metal since its inception as Burn The Priest in 1994 with a series of high octane albums ever since however this Virginia band led by the screaming maniac Randy Blythe but hasn’t exactly been the most prolific in its output with only nine releases ( eight under the LAMB OF GOD moniker ) in the 26 years of its existence. Five years after “VII: Sturm und Drang” comes the band’s followup simply titled LAMB OF GOD. It baffles me as to why bands choose to use eponymous titles this late in their career especially if they haven’t reinvented their sound and taken it to new unthinkable worlds.

One thing is pretty much a given for LAMB OF GOD and that is that what you expect in terms of fast paced groove metal with rampaging riffs, half speed bass and drums and Blythe’s gut busting vocal utterances, will always be delivered in abundance. While the band has done a fairly decent job of adding new sounds to their albums and integrating them well into their classic groove metal stomps that dominated “As The Palaces Burn,” LAMB OF GOD seems to have hit a brick wall in the creative department as this eponymous release that came out in the era of Covid-19 is pretty much business as usual without any real developments or deviations from the band’s already established sound.

With ten tracks that add up to almost 45 minutes and a bonus track on the limited digipak boxset as well as the Japanese edition, LAMB OF GOD seems to be resting on its laurels and in the year 2020 with its usual predicative blend of groove metal, thrash furor and metalcore breakdowns. LAMB OF GOD has always maintained a consistency of quality and bad tunes is certainly not the issue at hand with this self-titled release but rather a ho hum been there done that before with one track after another sounding cut out of the same cookie cutter songwriting process and a bad case of playing it safe which obviously paid off since the album debuted at number 15 on the Billboard album charts and sold 30 thousand units in its first week of release. Some metalheads prefer safe and predictable over innovation and progression. Personally i’m not one of those.

This album debuts newbie drummer Art Cruz who replaces long time drummer Chris Adler but his drumming style has been tailor made to fit the band’s established sound and he offers absolutely no signs of individuality. There are a couple guest vocal appearances. “Poison Dream” features Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and “Routes” allows Testament singer Chuck Billy to let loose. Noticeable absent from this self-titled release are any extras that add different layers of atmospheres or subplots in the musical motifs. This is a back to basics groove metal type of album and while that’s not a bad thing per se, it’s certainly not anything that’s taking metal into any new territories. As a LAMB OF GOD fan i’m always a sucker for those chunky groove metal hooks in tandem with Blythe’s unique style of vocal grunts that are teased out into melodic screams.

For those who love diversity in songwriting this may not be the album for you. The tracks all bleed together with only a few such as “Resurrection Man” offering some sort of unique atmospheric counterpoint otherwise it’s a chugging fest in the vein of early LAMB OF GOD bombast. This is a decent album that won’t disappoint those with low expectations as LAMB OF GOD ticks off all the elements that make them LAMB OF GOD however for my tastes i find this to be a very generic album in relation to the interesting albums such as “Sacrament,” “Wrath,” “Resolution” and “VII: Sturm und Drang.” In the end this is an album that will end up in my collection as a fan but will remain one of the least revisited except all inclusive marathon sessions. I expected more after a five year break but c’est la vie.

LAMB OF GOD VII: Sturm und Drang

Album · 2015 · Groove Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Lamb Of God were in an interesting and dark place prior to making 2015’s VII: Sturm & Drang album; there’s been a book and a documentary released about the time and countless better writers than the likes of me have summarized it online. It permeates the album quite a lot, the atmosphere, the title, and even some of the lyrics (‘512’ and ‘Still Echoes’ for example). Its not so much a concept album about what happened to Randy or anything as formal as that, but that era certainly cast a noticeable shadow over this, their seventh full-length record as Lamb Of God.

Musically, the album takes a split approach between covering new ground and keeping it familiar. It isn’t different enough for example from their previous two albums that you could say it’s a break from the norm, but there are certainly moments on it you haven’t heard before. The band are no strangers to slow thoughtful intros or bigger scale album closers, but even at that this album contains more melody, slow parts and subtlety than some of their previous work. It also isn’t the first time they’ve had guest stars, (just ask Chris Poland, Steve Austin and Devin Townsend), but Deftones’ Chino Morino and Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato both appear on this record and deliver nifty performances than breath fresh new life into proceedings (and luckily on two of the already best tracks of the record). As you can see, its new ground but simultaneously very familiar.

‘Overlord’ is an interesting one, because it isn’t the kind of final epic closer like ‘King Me’ or ‘Reclamation’ from previous records where you’d expect more pronounced dynamics and a few less-heavy vocals. It’s a mid-album track with a lot of melody from Blythe and no orchestration or drama to justify it to the die-hard “I Only Like Brutal Music” section of the crowd. I could see a portion of the fanbase call it a bit of a sell-out… well, apart from the thrashy fast paced end of the song that is just about the best part of the whole record that is.

The bulk of the album, the ‘normal’ Lamb Of God songs, are all exactly what you want from the band. You get aggressive, angry 3-4 minute songs with Thrash and Groove roots, modern sensibilities, and a technical but not showy approach, all topped off with furious barking. Its good. It Lamb Of God doing what they do. If you want more of that, get this album, don’t worry that its turned into something you don’t want, or that its become a cheesy guest-spot fest with every man and his dog clogging up the runtime making it feel disjointed or not like a proper album.

The interesting backstory, the excellent guest-spots and the few innovations do make this an album that you can tell future fans to check out when they get into the band and wonder what to look at first, and the album is a good album in and of itself… but one thing I would say is that just purely in terms of songwriting, there was nothing that jumped out at me on first listen and made me feel “well that’s going straight into a greatest hits playlist right now,” nor anything that made me say “I can’t wait to see them play THAT ONE live” and nothing that made me want to listen to it six times in a row. There was no super special song like the first time I heard ‘Contractor’ or ‘To The End’ or ‘Ruin’ where I just got blown away. Its all very good, don’t get me wrong, but even after a long while of getting into the album and letting it sit with me, I haven’t got a new favourite Lamb Of God song contender. The band are maintaining their high standard, but they aren’t necessarily improving or blowing minds this time (and to be fair it is an impossible task for a band who’ve did it so many times already).

In summary; this is a good Lamb Of God album, arguably not their very best ever, but rock solid and certainly a worthy addition to your collection that gives you what you want stylistically but with enough unique selling points to not make you feel like you’ve heard it all before.

LAMB OF GOD VII: Sturm und Drang

Album · 2015 · Groove Metal
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UMUR
"VII: Sturm und Drang" is the 7th full-length studio album by US metal act Lamb of God. The album was released through Epic/Nuclear Blast Entertainment in July 2015. It´s been three and a half years since the release of "Resolution (2012)", which the band initially spend touring, but later also with other projects and ordeals.

The most talked about probably the arrest and incarceration of lead vocalist David Randall Blythe by Czech police in June 2012 on charges of committing intentional bodily harm during a 2010 concert in Prague where a 19-year-old fan climbed up onto the stage with with the singer, and was subsequently pushed off the stage, hit his head on the venue floor, and later died from his injuries. Blythe spend 38 days in jail before bail was posted, and the band could continue the tour they where on. Blythe returned to the Czech republic to face the charges in 2013, but was eventually deemed by the court to not be responsible for the death of the Czech fan. The whole ordeal was hard on Blythe though, who in a statement in January 2014 said that he was taking an extended break from Lamb of God. Until the band started working on "VII: Sturm und Drang" in late 2014, Blythe spend time working on a book.

The other major side-project was drummer Chris Adler´s work with Megadeth on their 15th full-length studio album. After the departure of Shawn Drover in late 2014, Dave Mustaine asked Adler if he wanted to play the drums on the next Megadeth album, and being a huge Megadeth fan Adler didn´t think twice about the opportunity to play on an album by his musical heroes.

Despite a few unusual and hard years for the members of the band, the music on "VII: Sturm und Drang" sounds unmistakably like Lamb of God. Blythe (successfully) experiments with the occasional (rare) use of clean vocals (especially on "Overlord"), but other than that it´s pretty much business as usual. The distinct groove created by the rhythm section of drummer Chris Adler and bassist John Steven Campbell is there and accounted for, the groove oriented riffs, and occasional more thrash oriented sections are there too, and of course the semi-growling and sometimes core tinged screaming of Randy Blythe. The music is actually a bit hard to tag as it lands somewhere between groove metal, metalcore, and thrash metal.

The material on the 10 track, 48:17 minutes long album is well written, although it´s only some tracks which stand out. I´m not sure I´d call the once that don´t stand out filler material, but they could easily have been more catchy and prospered from that. The day Lamb of God releases an album packed with only standout tracks, is the day they have created a masterpiece. That´s not exactly the case with "VII: Sturm und Drang" even though it´s a great quality release on most other parameters. The musicianship is on a high level, and the sound production is powerful, raw, and suitably organic. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

LAMB OF GOD Movies Reviews

LAMB OF GOD Walk With Me In Hell

Movie · 2008 · Groove Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Walk With Me In Hell is a fantastic DVD for fans of Lamb Of God, full of honest and informative interviews, storming live performances and footage from all around the world.

The DVD features four and a half hours of content; including The main feature, the 117 minute documentary `Walk With Me In Hell ,' as well as six entire live songs from various tours that were featured in the documentary. The Second disc features the fantastic 77 minute `Making of The Sacrament,' documentary,' and an entire 40 minute Set from Download and lastly the music video for Redneck.

The main documentary is brilliant, following the band from just having finished recording their fantastic Sacrament album and embarking on a world tour full of interesting encounters, mishaps and mild adventures. Interviews unravel a tale of ups and downs, of bad luck and of increasing success and really give you an idea of what life is like for a touring metal band. From adjusting to foreign food, being cut of from your family and living in a cramped bus with band and crew members for months on end to photo shoots merch signing sessions and radio interview obligations.

The band are both really candid and entertaining, giving honest impressions of situations and not being afraid to look bad, while also cracking many jokes or playing a few childish pranks that never fail to raise a few laughs. Where some band DVDs may over emphasize the comedy aspects, Walk With Me In Hell is very tasteful and has the balance just right. The whole documentary is full of Lamb of God music, both recorded versions playing over footage of busses or set ups, and snippets of excellently shot concert footage that can last up to a minute or two.

Redneck, Again We Rise, Walk With Me in Hell, Now You've Got Something To Die For, Blacken The Cursed Sun, and Pathetic can be seen in full from these various performances featured in the documentary, a nice way to augment Killadelphia without repeating it.

`Making of The Sacrament,' documentary is of the same very high standard, and features a lot of the decision making processes, actual song writing and much footage of practicing and perfecting songs that would eventually make up the album. The band also talk a lot about their place in the world of metal, their music and how each album differs from the last, very interesting stuff for a fan to watch.

The Download set is a real highlight here, the excellent audio and visual quality and extremely energetic performance by the band make for an amazing show. The track list is: Laid To Rest, Again We Rise, Walk With Me in Hell, Pathetic, Now You've Got Something To Die For, Blacken The Cursed Sun, Redneck, and Black Label.

Overall this DVD is highly recommended to fans of the band, featuring tones of content, really interesting documentaries and very well shot, edited and performed live material focusing heavily on The Sacrament album so as not to just repeat the band's previous two DVDs.

LAMB OF GOD Killadelphia

Movie · 2005 · Groove Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Killadelphia is a fantastic DVD that captures Lamb Of God in 2005 just as they were really breaking into the big time, with a mixture of documentary segments and a sixteen track concert that has a total playtime of almost two hours.

The concert is of very high quality, the band deliver music from New American Gospel in a clear and professional way and give tracks from Ashes of the Wake an energy and rawness that improves them similarly. The band are brilliant performers and know how to command an audiences attention, when to play up to the crowd and also crucially when not to, in order to preserve the spirit of the written songs.

Randy is the type of singer who you may expect might not be able to pull it off live, given the intensity, speed and complexity of what he delivers on record; but in reality his live performances are astounding, if anything better than on record.

Performance is only one quality on which a live concert stands or falls, and thankfully a very strong performance is not the only thing which Killadelphia has to offer, the sound is terrific, with a very clear drum and vocal sound, heavy guitar tones and a good clear mix which gives each instrument a fair chance to shine without sacrificing much in the way of heaviness.

Furthermore, the camera work, direction and editing, in addition to the lighting and stage show are excellent bringing a real excitement to the video without having to resort to cheesy wipes or frequent quick cuts like other concert DVDs sometimes do, but which only ever give the illusion of energy.

On top of all this, the track list is excellent with tracks from each of the band's early albums together and performed to the highest quality. Then as if the concert wasn't interesting enough (and there is an option to play only the concert, plus a CD copy of the concert for added value) you get a really candid and informative set of documentary segments which are of the same tone as those on the band's Walk With Me in Hell DVD, and include the infamous fist fight which fans always seem to love.

Overall, Killadelphia is a brilliant DVD, honestly one of the best metal DVDs on the market and an absolute must buy for Lamb Of God fans.

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Pekka wrote:
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Check out the Thrash Metal subgenre's page, Groove Metal is included there ;)
NorseGangsta wrote:
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Lamb of God is a hard band to put in one genre, but they would fit metalcore better than thrash metal (groove metal would fit them best, however.)

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