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Virginia, United States (2000 – present)

Lamb of God is an American groove metal band, originally formed under the name Burn the Priest.

The roots of Lamb of God were planted in the year 1990, when Mark Morton, Chris Adler and John Campbell were friends at Virginia Commonwealth University. The trio began playing at Adler’s house in Richmond weathering chilly conditions. “There was no heat in the house,” recalls Campbell. “We would hang around the kerosene heaters, get really drunk and write metal songs. Fumes and Black Label beer were definitely what fueled our early days.”

After graduation, Morton moved to Chicago to pursue a master’s degree, but the band continued. A new guitarist, Abe Spear, replaced Morton as the band retired its instrumental sound and added Randy Blythe on vocals.

The quartet, known then as Burn the Priest, became a fixture in the tightly-knit Richmond music scene. To compete with the high-level of musicianship displayed by their contemporaries, the band adopted a rigid practice schedule. “To this day, we practice five days a week out of necessity,” says Campbell. “The bands in Richmond can flat outplay you and if you don’t practice, they will blow you off the stage. Bands like Breadwinner and Sliang Laos - two local math-metal bands - could play insanely complicated music note perfect. They inspired us to raise the bar musically and taught us the work ethic we needed to be a success.”

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