For as long as I can remember, I have loved metal.
I used to have a recording of Metallica's rare "No Life 'Til Leathur" before the band's album "Kill 'Em All" came out in 1993. I saw Slayer in a little concert hall called the Cotillion in Wichita, Kan., in 1985, nearly a year before its album "Rein in Blood" was released. I even got a broken drumstick from drummer Dave Lombardo that night.
My room was plastered with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Testament and Metallica posters.
I would save my greens for all types of metal concerts Dio, early Motley Crue, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Ozzy Osbourne really any band that had loud, screaming guitars, heavy bass lines and blistering drum solos.
Yes, I was what people call a metalhead. In fact, I still am!
Now, before I go on, let me remind you all that this is my opinion.
With that said, I can say with all honestly that I haven't loved any metal band as much as I have loved Lamb of God.
Love it or hate it, the band, based in Richmond, Va., rocks my soul.
Not only does it combine ultra-difficult chord progressions, soul-purging vocals and impossibly syncopated drum lines, the band lead singer Randy Blythe, drummer Chris Adler, bassist John Campbell and guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Campbell (Chris' brother) is still as passionate about its music as it was when it formed in the late 1990s, from the ashes of another band, Burn the Priest.
Well, my love-affair (or is it obsession?) with the band jumped up a few notches with its new DVD "Walk With Me in Hell," which was released a few weeks ago.
In fact, I can safely say that I'm not alone in my fandom. The DVD debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Video Music chart. It sold more than 13,000 copies in its first week.
And there's a reason it did so well.
The first disc of the two-DVD set documents the band's brutal 2006-07 tour in support of its major-label masterpiece "Sacrament." It follows the band as it emerges from hot-stuffy clubs to Ozzfest and England's Download Festival, where there it played in front of 72,000 people. It also features six live tunes "Redneck," "Again We Rise," "Walk With Me in Hell," "Now You've Got Something to Die For," "Blacken the Cursed Sun" and "Pathetic" all culled from live shows during the tour.
The second disc features "The Making of 'Sacrament,"' which was packaged in special-edition copies of the CD, but it also includes the full set performance of the band's Download Festival gig. Furthermore, the disc includes the video for the single "Redneck" and a mini-documentary of the making of the "Redneck" video.
The interviews are personable and, of course, salted with rock-band profanity. But it shows LOG as a bunch of punks in a metal band dealing with their career choice.
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