Lamb of God
11120 W. Kellogg
Wichita, KS, 67209
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Lamb of God
For all its depth, diversity and cross-pollinated ambition, modern metal needs its figureheads, its heroes and its leaders. Lamb of God have been blazing mercilessly away at the forefront of heavy music for the last 15 years, upholding metalǯs intrinsic values of honesty, intensity and creativity while also daring to push boundaries and think outside the heavy box. Exploding into view with 2000ǯs seminal debut New American Gospel, the Virginian quintet inadvertently kick-started the so-called New Wave Of American Metal at the dawn of the 21st century; and have notched up a succession of huge commercial hit albums and remorselessly toured the globe ever since. The combination of vocalist Randy Blytheǯs excoriating growls and roars, guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Mortonǯs precision attack and the bowel-shattering rumble of rhythm section John Campbell (bass) and Chris Adler (drums) has both refined and redefined thenotion of aggressive metal in the modern era. From the raw savagery of 2003ǯs As The Palaces Burn and its immaculate follow-up Ashes Of The Wake in 2004 to the widescreen pomp and melodic intricacy of Sacrament in 2006, the bandǯs rise to glory was steady and unstoppable. By the time they released their #2 US Billboard-charting album Wrath in 2009, Lamb of God were simply one of the biggest metal bands on the planet, with a vast army of fans worldwide and a formidable reputation for delivering the goods on stage, with countless headlining tours and festival appearances contributing to their status as standard bearers for heavy music. 2012ǯs Resolution album marked a startling evolution in the bandǯs sound, displaying laudable levels of experimental fervor and sonic breadth. It built upon the successes of previous years by smashing into the US Billboard charts at #3 and looked to usher in a new era of acclaim and achievement. Of course, what happened next is well documented. Vocalist Randy Blytheǯs trials and tribulations in the Czech Republic - wherein he stood accused of causing intentional bodily harm to a fan at an LOG show in Prague in 2010 and faced alengthy prison sentence - momentarily threatened both his freedom and the future of his band. Eventually acquitted on all charges, Randy has spoken at length on his experiences and while it would be inaccurate to state that the new Lamb of God album –VII: Sturm Und Drang – represents the story of those dark days, it undoubtedly had a huge impact on the lyrical direction that he took thistime round. DzThereǯs no way around it, my trip to the gated community in Europe was the starting point for writing this record,dz he states. DzI wrote the opening track, Still Echoes, almost in its entirety. Youǯre familiar with the Misfits song London Dungeon, which is about when they got arrested? Well, Iǯm a huge Misfits fan so I thought I might as well write my own London Dungeon, except for itǯs not in London. I also wrote parts of the song 512 while I was there, so I had those two things. But writing in there was an act of preservation for my morale, I suppose. Being creative, whenever Iǯm going through something rough and I donǯt have anything else to turn to, I pick up the pen...dz
With such a dramatic entry point for the writing process for Lamb of Godǯs seventh album, this was never going to be an upbeat affair. Inspired by those initial lyrical ideas, Randy Blythe and guitarist Mark Morton have conjured a collection of dark and menacing but ultimately inspirational lyrics for VII: Sturm Und Drang, an album that deals with extreme real life circumstances and mankindǯs ability to weather the most brutal storms in the ongoing quest for peace and happiness. DzItǯs a record about how people handle extreme situations,dz says Randy. DzThe literal translation is ǮStorm And Stressǯ– it sums up everything on the record, it really does, perfectly. Obviously it started with me being in prison, but this isnǯt my prison album. The song 512 is asking ǮHow am I handling this?ǯ Anyone whoǯs been locked up will probably understand what Iǯm trying to say. Itǯs about the brutal psychic shift you undergo when you become incarcerated, because itǯs not a normal situation at all. People in prison think and act 100% differently frompeople on the outside. Itǯs a different world.dzReflecting this overall theme, VII: Sturm Und Drang features several songs that arose from Randyǯs fascination with digging deeper into the horrors of history, the strength of humanity and our never-ending battle against oppressive, dishonest regimes. Closing track Torches was inspired by the story of Jan Palach, a Czech man that set himself alight in Wenceslas Square in protest against the Soviet Unionǯs invasion of Czechoslovakia. The furious Engage The Fear Machine deals with the manipulation of mass media to control the masses, using scare tactics and outright lies to spread fear and paranoia, as with the recent worldwide Ebola scare and its exploitation by unscrupulous broadcasters. Meanwhile, the hair-raising brutality of Anthropoid was inspired by theassassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the ǮButcher Of Pragueǯ and architect of the Nazisǯ final solution, in 1942. His assassins were Dzratted outdz and found themselves holed up in a local church crypt, with 800 Nazi stormtroopers out for their blood. DzThey held the Nazis off for eight hours,dz Randy explains. DzThese guys fought Ǯem until they ran out of bullets and then they killed themselves so they wouldnǯt be taken prisoner. So you can go into that crypt in Prague, and I did, and you can see where these guys were trying to dig through the wall into the sewer. Itǯs extremely heavy. These were superior men. Thatǯs about as high level as you can get, in terms of character and doing the right thing. Situations donǯt get much more extreme than that.dzTo match the jarring intensity of the lyrics, the music on Lamb of Godǯs seventh album had to be both powerful and emotionally shrewd. In keeping with their previous works, VII: Sturm und Drang contains all the cherished LOG trademarks, but as with its predecessor Resolution, this is not a record that sits comfortably within a cozy formula. Instead, from the flailing muscularity of Erase This to the startling melodic vocals and surging crescendos of Overlord, from the skull-rattling grooves of Still Echoes to Embersǯ heart-rending mixture of fragility and grandeur, this is both a consolidation of the values that Lamb of God have long upheld /and/ a bold leap into fresh territory that once again heralds the
expansion of this bandǯs unique vision. With guest appearances from Deftonesǯfrontman Chino Moreno (on Embers) and Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan (on monumental album closer Torches), VII: Sturm und Drang is a cohesive, focused and emotionally devastating piece of work. DzThe last few years were definitely a unique period for us and one that doesnǯt compare to anything weǯve gone through before,dz states Mark Morton. DzBut for me, the writing process hasnǯt changed. I just play the guitar and when something cool comes up and itǯs relevant and appropriate to Lamb of God, Iǯll document it and get it catalogued for future use. The difference this time was that me and Willie (Adler, LOG guitarist) collaborated a lot more than ever before. It grew from bits and pieces that me and Willie both brought in and we melded them into songs, with great results.dzDzWe set out to try and make a 10-song record,dz Randy notes. DzThe concept of the album is getting lost nowadays, and one reason I think is that every fucking record is 18 songs long now. Albums used to really just be moments in time and they defined where the band was at that moment. Now I think thereǯs a lot of overwriting... this concept of more is better, and I think thatǯs nonsense. So we decided on ten songs, thatǯs it. Josh really encouraged Mark and Willie, those two write the tunes, instead of bringing in complete compositions on their own – and weǯve done that a lot in the past on records – and he got them to work together more. That happened quite a bit with this album and I think it made it much more cohesive and a stronger record as a result.dzHaving lived through times that would have stopped most bands in their tracks, Lamb of God are back in 2015 with a renewed sense of purpose and a fresh perspective. They will embark on a full European Festival tour in the Summer of 2015, and then the Summerǯs Last Stand Tour across North America, as direct support for Slipknot, and also featuring Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless In White. Lamb of God are ready to roll. "Itǯll be cool to get out and tour the world and play this new stuff for the fansdz, says Randy. "As always, Iǯll try to see things I havenǯt seen before, get out and do some photography and writing as well." DzIǯm really lucky to still be doing this with these guys and tour around the world,dzMark concludes. DzThatǯs an honor and itǯs one I donǯt take for granted. Itǯs great to be part of something thatǯs as cool as Lamb Of God.
Decapitated is a technical death metal band from Poland. They formed in 1996 in Krosno in southern Poland, when all the members were still attending music school.
They released their first demo Cemeterial Gardens in 1997 and their second demo, The Eye of Horus in 1998. After these releases, the band was considered as genuine contenders of the underground metal community, and eventually signed with Wicked World/Earache Records for the release of the debut album, Winds of Creation.
With Vitek (1984-2007) and Vogg (being aged 23) they are one of the youngest bands in the genre to have had success. Martin and Vogg conjointly hold gigs with the Polish experimental symphonic/technical black metal band Lux Occulta.
Decapitated released their first demo entitled Cemeterial Gardens in 1997 and released their debut album, called Winds of Creation, three years later. Nihility was the follow-up of Winds of Creation.
Their 2004 album, The Negation, along with their latest effort Organic Hallucinosis both have a fuller, more classical death metal tone. In summer 2005, the band's vocalist Sauron quit the band. According to Sauron, the reason was due to "health complications". Sauron's replacement was Covan, a previous member of Atrophia Red Sun. The group is currently signed to Earache Records.
Organic Hallucinosis was released on the 13th of February 2006. Martin rejoined Decapitated after the army wanted him for conscription in Poland and nearly faced going to court despite the rumours of problems concerning the label, which were proven to be untrue.
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