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Review by Greg Maki

The hottest ticket in metal this winter undoubtedly is Lamb of God’s first U.S. headlining tour in support of its latest album, VII: Sturm und Drang, released last summer. The Richmond, Virginia-based band has grown steadily through the years to a point where it could fill the venues it’s playing on this tour on its own. But on this run, it chose to repay an old debt, bringing out Anthrax, which, as vocalist Randy Blythe said onstage, took Lamb of God on tour 12 years ago, becoming the first of the “big four” to take a chance on them. It was a near perfect match, and on this frigid January night, fans of both bands packed the sold-out Fillmore to take in some of the very best in American metal today. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Over the course of their first three albums, Virginia’s Lamb of God has established themselves as one of the leaders of the American metal scene. But they are a band I have never been able to embrace, mostly due to the vocals of D. Randall Blythe. Listening to him almost makes my throat hurt. On Sacrament, Lamb of God’s second Epic Records release, Blythe finally has learned to offer some variety in his attack. His familiar croak remains, but just as often he employs a ferocious roar that falls somewhere between Phil Anselmo and Chimaira’s Mark Hunter. Blythe’s improved vocal stylings and the more intricate, textured playing of guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Morton make Sacrament the most accessible Lamb of God album to date. (more…)