LAMB ✡ OF ✡ GOD (I dunno, the stars just looked cool.. now shut-up already) Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia, formed in 1994. The band was originally known as Burn the Priest, but changed their name shortly after the release of their self-titled debut album in 1998. Lamb of God consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler and is a member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.

Randy Blythe | Lamb of God

Since its formation, Lamb of God has released six studio albums, one live album, and three DVDs. The band's cumulative sales equal almost two million in the United States. In 2007 the band received a Grammy nomination for their 2006 album Sacrament. Lamb of God has toured with the Ozzfest twice and appeared on Slayer's The Unholy Alliance Tour in 2006. They have also played at many other major festivals around the world including Download Festival and Sonisphere Festival in the UK, Soundwave Festival and Gigantour.

Lamb of God | Sonisphere 2009 Knebworth

Formation and Burn the Priest (1994–1999)

In 1990, guitarist Mark Morton, drummer Chris Adler and bassist John Campbell started a band named Burn the Priest. The band members knew each other from the college they were all attending, Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. Morton left the band soon after its inception to receive his master's degree. Adler and Campbell replaced Morton with Abe Spear. For the next five years, the band practiced in Adler's house and around Virginia. In 1995, the band released its self-titled first demo. After the demo, Burn the Priest recorded two split albums with Agents of Satan and ZED respectively. After the band's first three demos, Burn the Priest added vocalist Randy Blythe to its line up.

John Campbell | Lamb of God

In 1997, Morton returned to the band. Two years later, the band released its first full-length self-titled album, Burn the Priest, through Legion Records. Mikey Bronsnan of Legion Records saved up $2,500 for the recording and then broke them in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania through DIY shows. The album was produced by Today Is the Day guitarist and vocalist Steve Austin. Spear left the band, leaving an open position for a guitarist. Adler's brother, Willie Adler, became the band's second guitarist a year later, and a deal with Prosthetic Records was signed. After being banned from playing in certain places (some venue owners believing the band possessed an "evil" name), Burn the Priest changed their name to Lamb of God**

Willie Adler | Lamb of God

*images taken from "Sonisphere 2009 in Images" **text taken from wikipedia (I'm not that smart)

Rock Star, I think so...

I wrote recently that Martina McBride, or at least her entourage, were quite ...what's the word ...petty? Some musicians are great to photograph, some really worry how they look and want to protect their image and some just flat out won't let you near them because they've got bigger jowls than a Christmas turkey... (names, anyone - huge band, come on... Jenny was a friend?) anyway, yes... Last night I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Alice Russell.. The venue was KOKO (My current fave) in Camden and let me tell you - what a performance... Anyway, that's not the point - my point is that I shot for the whole set, encore, the lot... I went through three cards - two 4gb cards and a 16gb (half full) and I had an absolute blast doing it! - I was considerate to the fans, though, that had paid to stand behind me. I moved, I weaved, I ducked!.. I was a musical Mike "the ear biter" Tyson... You know, I'd love to show you a photo or two from that gig, but as I'm penning this whilst at work (The clock has since gone 6, oh reading boss man) and some lowlife scum dog has swiped my CF reader - I have ALL the photos, but they're enclosed in plastic and metal with a SanDisk Extreme IV label. So, instead, I thought I'd pop you up a photo of a real rocker - Formed in Melbourne so long ago, Bjorn Again - This photo was taken in England at Sonisphere 2009... This is one song before they performed ENTER SANDMAN - It was a cracking version, too.


On that note, I'm off home to get me some Alice Russell image goodness and, at that point, share it with you oh faithful tripe reader...

And if the stereo guy is reading (hi!) I am going to be listening to Alice in chains again, through my 7 channel amplified, but I'll turn five of them off - ok - just for you!... (Comment and tell me more about your course)