Richmond, VA’s metal titans, Lamb of God have kicked off 2012 with whirlwind of activity surrounding the January 24th release of their seventh studio album Resolution on Epic / Roadrunner Records. With album teasers, music videos, and tour announcements keeping fans foaming at the mouth, Lamb of God’s recent US and Canadian CD release tour found them in front of a sell-out crowd at Philly’s Trocadero Theater last Thursday. This week-long stint featured The Acacia Strain and Too Late The Hero to round out the bill.
Lamb of God are kicking it into overdrive this month with various endeavors throughout the music world. In celebration of Resolution, Sirius XM Liquid Metal Radio kicked off seven straight days of the band in their monster special appropriately titled Lamb of God’s Resolution Week. The special has been running since Jan 23rd and concludes tonight at midnight.
Guitarist Willie Adler was not to be left out of the mix, as he recently teamed up with online guitar community All Axess to launch the official Willie Adler website at www.willieadler.com. All Axess is known for its viewer lessons from professionals, rig rundowns and a consistent blog and news section. In a recent video about the site, Willie Adler said, “I’m going to be updating the site personally on a regular basis from the road, while recording or while I’m at home. I will be giving personal tours of my gear, specs on everything, anything new I might be coming out with, even just the music I’m currently listening to. This is the place for all things Willie.”
Lamb of God is also trying new delivery avenues with the release of Resolution allowing Jammit to distribute the album. Jammit delivers a unique user experience allowing fans to virtually practice and perform in the recording studio with participating artists, utilizing the actual multi-track masters from the original recording sessions. Jammit tracks are available for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals, allowing fans to isolate a specified instrument or vocal track from the rest of the band. The software provides note-for-note transcriptions, instant navigation to any part of the song, adjustable snap-to-grid looping and a slow playback mode (that doesn’t affect the pitch). Fans can even replace the original instrument recording with their own performance.
And to top it all off, Lamb of God have announced tour dates for Europe, Asia, India, Isreal and others that will carry them into the Fall with nothing short of an exhausting schedule. And if that weren’t enough HBO has selected the Lamb of God track ‘King Me’ to be the musical bed for the promos for the upcoming season of True Blood. ‘King Me’ closes Resolution and features the band accompanied by a full orchestra and opera singer Amanda Munton. True Blood enters its 5th season on HBO premiering in June 2012. Sheesh!
On a fun side note- The designer behind Blow The Scene, Larry West happens to be a huge Lamb of God fan. Larry is known for making band tour posters for his own personal enjoyment. When he heard about the Lamb of God‘s meet-and-greet prior to the Troc performance, he decided to bring his newly made poster down and chat with the guys. A good choice was made, as Larry had slept on tickets and was not able to acquire one before the show sold out show. Upon seeing this gnarly graphic that Larry had whipped up, singer Randy Blythe slapped Larry with a show pass. Let’s just say we’ve had to pull Larry down from the ceiling with a broom handle, as this lad has been floating around with sheer joy in his britches ever since.
Thursday’s supporting act, The Acacia Strain are coming off a very successful year in 2011 with ample touring by way of Van’s Warped Tour in support of the 2010 release of their fifth studio album Wormwood on Prosthetic Records. The album reached an impressive #67 on the Billboard Charts and will see the band head to Europe this March. The Acacia Strain were certainly able to convert some new fans during last Thursday’s support role for Lamb of God and brought a healthy gathering of their longtime supports into the mix. Another band to keep an eye on in 2012.
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All pictures by the magnificently talented Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging.
Words by Joshua T. Cohen
Lamb of God – Ghost Walking