Lamb of God

O2 Academy, Glasgow, Sun 15 Feb

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Lamb of God

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Lamb of God are part of the new breed of American metal. The sheer level of musicianship involved in these fast, brutal and aggressive songs is something that is often overlooked by the mainstream press. ‘I think there’s a stereotype of the dumbed-down, drop-out,’ explains drummer Chris Adler. ‘But bands like Mastodon, Meshuggah and Slipknot are slowly changing that opinion. We were nominated for a Grammy, so I think things are turning around.’ It’s not surprising when you hear their all-out assault but then tune into the intelligent, often political lyrics. ‘We’re not telling anybody what to think, we’re simply expressing our opinion,’ adds Adler. ‘It’s important for people to wake up and not always follow the herd.’

LoG set themselves very high standards when they headed into the studio for new album Wrath. ‘As a group we’d decided early on that if we weren’t able to evolve or get better as musicians or write songs that we thought were better than songs on the last record that we should stop.’

They’ve supported pretty much every metal act worth mentioning (including the ‘big four’ of thrash: Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax) and for this jaunt they’re co-headlining with Dimmu Borgir with support from Unearth and Five Finger Death Punch on the appropriately titled Defenders of the Faith tour. ‘Dimmu are the world’s premiere black metal band, so I am honoured to be on tour with them. As the singer for Dimmu Borgir [Shagrath] said, “We’re divided under a flag which unites us in metal”.’

Lamb of God, Dimmu Borgir, Five Finger Death Punch and Unearth

'Pure American metal', as they call it, from Richmond, Virginia supported by symphonic metal band from Oslo on this Defenders of the Faith II tour.

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