For the past year and a half, metal band Lamb of God has toured in support of its album "Sacrament."
The band, made up of singer Randy Blythe, bassist John Campbell, drummer Chris Adler and guitarists Mark Morton and Wil Adler, has toured with Slayer and Megadeth and has headlined its own tours over the past 18 months.
Morton said touring with Killswitch Engage is the last "yahoo" before Lamb of God takes some time off to regroup for its next studio album.
"We'll be on tour these next three weeks and home in time for the holidays," Morton said by phone from the tour's first stop in Lowell, Mass. "Then we'll put our heads in the sand for two months and regroup to write and record the new album."
In 1997, when LOG formed out of the ashes of a band called Burn the Priest, the only thing band members wanted to do was play music. "We never thought we'd be as popular as we are today. I mean, with the kind of music we played, we thought we'd be playing small clubs for select audiences all our lives."
After three studio CDs and two live albums, the band released "Sacrament," which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
Fans have always been important to LOG. In addition to meeting them after shows, band members have allowed fans to reproduce and remix the rerelease of "Sacrament" through a program that isolates the audio tracks on line, at www.lamb-of-god.tv "It was Chris' idea. And it's been interesting to see people talking about what they would do on the album. So we decided to let them have at it."
One of the opening bands for the LOG/Killswitch Engage show is DevilDriver, fronted by former Coal Chamber vocalist Dez Fafara (who left his previous and Coal Chamber in 2002). "We've been really lucky on this tour," Fafara said by phone from Detroit. "The bands have been treating us very nicely."
DevilDriver is supporting its third album, "The Last Kind Words," which was released in June. For Fafara, recording this album was much easier than working on the other two. "The first (self-titled) album was basically an introduction to the band. The second ('The Fury of Our Maker's Hand') was an experimental album, which was great for the musicians. This new album is about the band moving to another level.
"We had everything ready to go when we went into the studio, although I did have a couple of song lyrics to finish up. But we did the album in 3 1/2 weeks."
The quickness had to do with producer Jason Suecof, who has worked with Trivium, Chimaira and If Hope Dies. "Jason wanted to get my vocals down in one or two takes. If it took longer than that, he'd move on to guitars. He is the kind of producer who wants it in the moment, to keep it fresh."There are other producers who worked for six hours on one vocal part so it fits their liking. But Jason wanted what we wanted. And that was cool for me."
If you go ...
What: Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, DevilDriver, Soilwork
Where: Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
How much: $31
Phone: 467-8499 or 800-888-8499Web: www.smithstix.com