LAMB OF GOD (1988–PRESENT). Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), Chris Adler (drums).
Often referred to as the cutting edge of the New Wave of American metal, Lamb of God play a tightly crafted, riff-based style of metal. Originating as Burn the Priest, they changed their name to Lamb of God after realizing the booking limitations of their previous name in and around their native Richmond, Virginia. Founding members guitarist Mark Morton, drummer Chris Adler, and bassist John Campbell were joined by vocalist Randy Blythe and guitarist Abe Spear shortly before the release of Burn the Priest’s debut on Legion records in 1998. Spear was then replaced by Chris Adler’s brother Will in time for the first release by the newly dubbed Lamb of God, New American Gospel on Prosthetic Records in 2000. The band toured relentlessly behind the album, building up their fan base.
The band’s touring began to pay off when As the Palaces Burn was released in 2003 and garnered the band a great deal of critical praise from Rolling Stone to metal mags Metal Hammer and Revolver. The band also signed a new deal with major Epic records, who released their fourth album, Ashes of the Wake, in 2004. This album reached number 27 on the Billboard album charts, cementing the band’s reputation as one of the leading acts on the U.S. metal scene. In 2006 the band released Sacrament, which debuted at number 8 and earned them a Grammy nomination for the song “Redneck.”
Discography: New American Gospel (Metal Blade, 2000); As the Palaces Burn (Prosthetic, 2003); Ashes of the Wake (Epic, 2004); Killadelphia [live] (Epic, 2005); Burn the Priest (Epic, 2005); Sacrament (Epic, 2006); Wrath (Epic/Roadrunner, 2009).