Lamb of God is a metal band that was formed in 1994 in Virginia. The band consists of five members, Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (guitar), Chris Adler (drums). The concept of a groove metal band had been a matter of concern for Chris Adler, Mark Morton and Campbell who were in the same University, at Virginia Commonwealth University. These three musicians started to jam together and wanted to do something. They practiced and lot and got Adler's house in Richmond weathering chilly conditions. The university time was over and Mark Morton had to leave them to pursue higher education and moved to Chicago. But, the other members continued to work together. Abe Spear, a new guitar player, soon joined the band.
The band was active in music composition and practice in Virginia. Fortunately, Morton joined the band. But the initial name of the band was Burn the Priest, not Lamb of God. Burn the Priest recorded its first album on Legion Records and the new member Abe Spear left the band. Later on Willie Adler joined the band who is Chris’ brother.
The band altered its name to Lamb of God and signed with Prosthetic Records. “New American Gospel”, was released by this band in 2000. The band did not try to imitate anything from typical metal bands. It tried to produce more progressive songs. “As The Palaces Burn”, a great album of the band, was produced in 2003.
The band started touring many places and gained fame within a very short time. Lamb of God participated in a number of famous events and tours like Mayhem Festival 2010, Gigantour, Metallica’s Tour, Ozzfest, Soundwave Festival and Sonisphere Festival.
Both of the band’s previous name as well as the existing name are closure to some religious appeals. The band had to face many controversial issues with their lyrists as they attack religious contexts in the songs. The band is quite antireligious and anti-biblical to some extent. But the band has exposed many truths though its complex lyrics.