Watch Lamb of God's Mark Morton and Willie Adler blaze through Checkmate in this exclusive playthrough

In the metal community, Lamb of God are about as revered as they come. Combining super-tight guitar work with shifting drum patterns and guttural vocals, the Virginia-based quintet have been making a seismic dent into the world of heavy metal since 1994 under the moniker of Burn the Priest until 1999.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.