Where To Start With... Lamb Of God
It’s been a trying two years for Virginia metallers Lamb Of God. For almost 20 years they’ve been one of metal’s most consistent bands, never wavering from their hard edged Southern fried metal, the riffs are just as powerful as the day they started and the music just as brutal. They tour relentlessly and always deliver in their live show, but, in the middle of 2012, all that threatened to come to an end.
After landing in the Czech Republic, Blythe was arrested by local authorities and charged with committing intentional bodily harm after an incident in which a 19 year old fan climbed up onto the stage with him at a show back in 2010. Eventually acquitted after weeks in prison and a number of trials, Blythe returned to Lamb Of God, finished touring and then vowed to take a long break.
As it turned out the break wasn’t such a long one, the band were back working by the end of 2014 and now have new album VII: Sturm und Drang, which is released today (July 24th).
The album is Lamb Of God’s seventh full-length effort (eighth if you count the album they made when they were still called Burn The Priest) so, if you’re new to the band, there’s a lot to catch up on. Here are five of their finest moments to get you started (by the way, they don’t do ballads…)
2000’s New American Gospel is the band’s first as Lamb Of God and one that owes much to thrash titans like Slayer and Anthrax, none more so than this. It’s a thrash anthem that could be have been prised from Reign In Blood. It’s still incredible though.
This is pure power. It’s the opening salvo on their defining 2003 album As The Palaces Burn and it stills absolutely rips.
‘Laid To Rest’
The opener on 2004’s fearsome Ashes Of The Wake, this is a defiant battlecry and an absolute killer in every Lamb Of God gig.
The ultimate Lamb Of God anthem. Powered by a riff that sounds like it’s been drenched in cheap bourbon and a supremely catchy refrain, it’s a visceral triumph and still the absolute highlight of any Lamb Of God show. There’s a very funny video to accompany it too…
Don’t be fooled by the folky acoustic intro, this is another tune made for headbanging. A big swaggering riff and Blythe shredding his throat, this is vintage Lamb Of God.
Lamb Of God’s new album VII: Sturm und Drang is out now in hmv stores and available to purchase here.