LAMB OF GOD’s first new album in five years met with universal acclaim – not only among major rock journalists, but with all strata of metal fans around the world.
Released June 19 via Epic Records, reaction to Lamb Of God has been overwhelmingly positive. But critics, media and the industry aside, perhaps the most telling statistic is the year-end US Metal Radio chart, where the new album dominated at #1 by a massive margin (over 2,000 more spins than the album at #2). Lamb Of God spent nine weeks in the #1 spot and never left the top 10 since debuting on the chart in February. Metal Radio is the lifeblood of the US metal world, largely staffed by college students and regional tastemakers, playing the music that they know their local metal fans want to hear.
LAMB OF GOD’s self- titled album reached the coveted #1 spot on Consequence of Sound’s Top 30 Metal + Hard Rock Albums of 2020, stating, “Along with bringing in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, LAMB OF GOD have been one of music’s most important acts over the past 20 years. From their phenomenal instrumentation to the potency of their sociopolitical lyricism, LAMB OF GOD remain titans of the genre, continuing to craft remarkable works of thrilling and captivating adrenaline… also proves to be a profound work of heavy metal… perhaps the most important metal album of 2020. It’s not only the album of LAMB OF GOD’s career, but the heavy album of the year.”
Additional critical acclaim:
“LAMB OF GOD deliver the album of their career with self-titled effort…This album isn’t just an awesome release from LAMB OF GOD, but a perfect record to unite metalheads as one.” – Consequence of Sound
“There is a world-weary pessimism that permeates right to the bones of LAMB OF GOD’s breathtaking eight LP.” – Kerrang!
“The band has been vocal about the good place it’s in right now, and it shows in these songs.” – Metal Injection
“LAMB OF GOD know, after all, that their true essence is a brutish machismo and that they are a vehicle for total catharsis.” – Rolling Stone
“This is a record that’s the most authentic version of the band LAMB OF GOD want to be.” – NME
Lamb Of God continued to endure through the following six months, now taking its seat at the top of year-end lists around the world, including Revolver, Metal Hammer, Music Choice, YouTube Music and Spotify’s Kickass Metal Presents… Best Metal Songs of 2020 playlist.
Loudwire praised the album in its 70 Best Rock + Metal Albums of 2020, while also singling out the track “Memento Mori” as one of The 66 Best Metal Songs of 2020.
“The Virginian metal stalwarts’ self-titled album – their first release with Adler’s full-time replacement Art Cruz – boasts all the neck-snapping technical riffage and burly roars we’ve come to love,”
Revolver wrote, placing the album in the 25 Best Albums of 2020.
At iTunes, LAMB OF GOD has landed at number one on the Overall, Rock and Metal iTunes album chart upon release.
Bassist John Campbell was recognized as Best Bassist in 2020 by Music Radar and rewarded with a two-page spread in Bass Player. Guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler were also recognized by Music Radar for their prowess, being rated number two on the magazine’s Best Metal Guitarist(s) list.
With a planned co-headline tour with Megadeth sidelined due to the pandemic, LAMB OF GOD offered up two of the most successful and highly-praised virtual concerts in rock and metal – one with the quintet showcasing Lamb of God in its entirety and the other presenting the groundbreaking release Ashes of the Wake in full. Additionally, LAMB OF GOD kept busy by creating unique products that tied into the band’s latest release. In April, Scottish craft brewer BrewDog and LAMB OF GOD announced the release of the world’s first non-alcoholic collaboration beer, Ghost Walker. The summer saw the announcement of the Memento Mori and Overlord coffees in conjunction with Nightflyer Roastworks.
LAMB OF GOD eagerly awaits their return to the road to support Lamb of God. Their North American co-headline tour with Megadeth and support from Trivium and In Flames has been rescheduled to begin in July 2021 and their headline tour in the UK and co-headline tour with Kreator in Europe will take place in November and December 2021. Tickets for both tours are on-sale at lamb-of-god.com/tour.
LAMB OF GOD is:
D. Randall Blythe – Vocals
Mark Morton – Guitar
Willie Adler – Guitar
John Campbell – Bass
Art Cruz – Drums
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