After weathering the potentially career-ending arrest of singer Randy Blythe on manslaughter charges in 2012, Lamb of God reclaim their rightful place at the forefront of extreme metal with VII: Sturm und Drang.
Basically, it made me want to be a metal guitar player. Before I heard the record, I was a 13-year-old skater listening to a lot of punk: Black Flag, Bad Religion, JFA, Sucidal Tendencies, G.B.H. and Sex Pistols. It was in that context that I got a guitar and started making noise, punk rock style.
American heavy metal giants Lamb Of God have been through a lot during the past couple of months, and it's been well documented. Thankfully, things have been sorted for the time being, and the band is gearing up for an extensive U.S. headline tour with support from In Flames, Hatebreed and Sylosis, starting October 30 in Phoenix, Arizona, followed by a Halloween-night show in Los Angeles and set to go well into December.
Lamb of God’s first blatant attempt at expanding their sound—and the receptiveness of their audience—was heard on 2009’s Wrath. On that record, they moved away from the multitracked guitars and modern production of the massively popular Sacrament and returned to a purer live guitar sound.
Guitarist and philanthropist Mark Morton has donated a custom-designed and autographed Jackson guitar from his personal collection, along with the strings and Lamb of God guitar picks he used to record four of the songs from the band’s album Wrath, to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation to be auctioned off.