Metalheads, time to show some horns! Virginian metal band Lamb of God has started recording their 6th album with producer Josh Wilbur, who has worked with Californian metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Tentatively due for release in early 2012, this is their follow up to their 2009 album Wrath. Ah… nothing like loud guitars played by bearded, burly men to scare the beejesus outta hipsters in the morning!
Formed in 1994, Lamb of God consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler. To date, the band has released six studio albums, one live album, one compilation album and three DVDs with cumulative sales equaling almost two million copies in the US.
Lamb of God has toured with the Ozzfest twice and appeared on Slayer’s The Unholy Alliance Tour in 2006. Among other major festivals the band has at include Download Festival and Sonisphere in the UK, Soundwave, Gigantour which was headlined by Megadeth as well as Metallica’s World Magnetic Tour.
While you wait for the new album, we’ve compiled Lamb of God’s entire headbanging discography here… so you can re-live all your favourite moments of metal debauchery! And also check out the metallicious album artworks…
Burn The Priest (1999)
The band’s debut album when they were known as Burn The Priest. Released on 13 April ’99 by Legion Record, it is the last release to feature former guitarist Abe Spear. Burn The Priest sounds almost grindcore-ish with an amazing amount ofÂ adrenalineÂ all the way through. We can only guess what Randy Blythe was truly pissed off about when he shrieks and growls almostÂ incomprehensibly. ‘Resurrection #9’ and ‘Buckeye’ are some of the standouts of this album. The band changed its name to Lamb of God after this record.
New American Gospel (2000)
Released by Prosthetic Records, New American Gospel is the first album with Willie Adler on guitar and the first album under the name Lamb of God. This release is a disappointment in terms of production quality, substance and variation among the riff as well as weak vocals. ‘Black Label’ is the best song of the album, but only because it sounded amazing in their live DVD Killadelphia.
As The Palaces Burn (2003)
This release was a 180 degree turn from the band’s previous effort. Riffs and vocals vastly improved while the drums sounded more brutal than it possibly could. The band seemed to have escaped their previous constraints and begun to experiment with their writing with the music becoming consequently darker, more memorable and unique. The album contains some of the band’s best songs to date such as ‘Ruin’Â and ’11th Hour’.
Ashes Of The Wake (2004)
Released a mere five months after As The Palaces Burn, this album is more of a continuation rather than an evolution of the band’s sound. On a positive note, the band can come up with very cool riffs and Randy’s vocals are top notch. Among the standout tracks in the album are ‘Laid To Rest’ and ‘Hourglass’.
Extremely atmospheric, Sacrament is a huge adjustment for Lamb of God, whose past work was primarily a raw sound focusing on the more traditional attributes of metal. WithÂ instrumental technicality and a unique style, Lamb of God broke the unsophisticated trend of American metal by breaking away and being more innovative.Â ‘Walk With Me In Hell’ and ‘Redneck’ are among the great standouts of this album.
With four albums under their belt, many would assume that Lamb of God will fall into temptation of becoming mainstream. Wrath proved them wrong. In fact, it personified the reason why Lamb Of God is the leading band in theÂ New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.Â Randy Blythe’s vocal performance maintained the usual formula, utilizing his unique growls, screams, and shrieks to push the band’s aggressiveness over the edge. However, Randy took it to another level by using semi-clean vocals the chorus on the aggressive yet catchy ‘Set to Fail’, making it a perfect opportunity for fans to sing or scream along at the the band’s shows.
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