Heavy Metal supporters in South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans Lamb Of God was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the bands tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year. In fulfilling an old promise, Lamb Of God are finally on the road and catching up on a major back log of shows across the globe.Â The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the bands cram-packed touring schedule for early 2014.
“With only two dates available, we’ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,” said Dawid Fourie of RAM Touring, “and we’re expecting that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centres.”
Lamb Of God, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris’s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today. Chris Adler, endorsed internationally by Mapex Drums, is lauded by drummers the world over for his unique style of playing, and his often used ‘heel-toe’ technique. Guitarist Mark Morton has also made a significant impact on the global guitar-playing fraternity, as celebrated by Jackson Guitars with his ‘Dominion’ signature model being highly sought after.
The band has released six studio albums to date, with their 2006 album Sacrament receiving a Grammy nomination, and selling a cumulative two million copies in the USA alone. Lamb Of God is considered to be the spearhead of what heavy metal fans call “The New Wave of American Heavy metal”. What has also won this band great public acclaim are their DVD’s containing many hours of footage on the stage and off of it, but more importantly documenting normal days in the life of a hard working band on tour.
Lamb Of God will melt faces on Friday 24 January in Cape Town, and Saturday 25 January in Johannesburg. Tickets via www.computicket.co.za, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide. General standing is available at R450 and, for Golden Circle, R550.