The beginnings of the group were in 1990, when Mark Morton (guitar), Chris Adler (drums) and John Campbell (bass) were roomates at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation Morton moved away and the instrumental trio added vocalist Randy Blythe and guitarist Abe Spear. The band was known as Burn The Priest. Morton moved back to Virginia and rejoined the band, who released their self-titled debut in 1998.
A New Beginning:
Spear soon left the band and was replaced by Chris Adler's brother Willie on guitar. Shortly thereafter the group changed their name to Lamb Of God and signed a record deal. Their Lamb Of God debut New American Gospel was released in 2000, which would pave the way for what would be dubbed "The New Wave Of American Heavy Metal."
Critical And Commercial Success:
Lamb Of God toured relentlessly around the world, and their next album, 2003's As The Palaces Burn received great response and was named the album of the year by several heavy metal publications.
Moving To A Major:
After the success of As The Palaces Burn Lamb Of God was signed to a major label, Epic Records. Their 2004 release Ashes Of The Wake was an even bigger success. It sold a lot of copies and received numerous critical accolades and album of the year awards. The band continued their momentum with 2006's Sacrament, which was named one of the top 10 metal CDs of the year by this site and many other publications.
Blythe's Legal Issues:
Current Lamb Of God Band Members:
Randy Blythe - Vocals (Bloodshoteye)
Will Adler - Guitar
Mark Morton - Guitar
John Campbell - Bass
Chris Adler - Drums
Abe Spear - Guitar (1994-1999)