Streaming exclusively for Knotfest premium members, the performance captures a moment in time and a true triumph for one of the the genre’s most important contributors.
During what proved to be some of the earliest months of the pandemic fallout that saw shuddered businesses, a complete halt to live music and disruption of normalcy that has yet to course correct, Virginia metal powerhouse Lamb of God took on the arduous task of releasing a new full length studio record.
Their first in five years, the self-titled release arrived during one of the most turbulent times not just in American history, but during an era that saw upheaval and uncertainty on a global scale. Managing to cut through the chaos, arguably the band’s finest hour was met with both critical and commercial success – further asserting the rank of one of genre’s most important contributors.
Among the most important, though certainly one of the most indicative of metrics was the year-end U.S. Metal Radio chart. The album became a fixture at No. 1, eclipsing their closest contemporary by over 2,000 more spins on final tally. Lamb Of God held the position at the No. 1 spot for nine weeks and never left the top 10 since debuting on the chart in February.
Armed with a career-defining album and an inability to tour in its support, the Virginian metal juggernaut crafted a creative pivot by embracing the livestreaming platform to get back to the business of decimating stages – even if it meant doing so in front of a camera rather than a packed arena.
Lamb of God’s Live In Richmond performance proved to be a triumph. In addition to showcasing the power and potency of such an acclaimed record, the performance itself saw crews back in action, people back at work, and the swell of excitement among fans during a time of uncertainty when music seemed to matter most.
As for the performance itself – nothing tops the live experience coupled with a Lamb of God show, however, the stream served well in capturing the kind of lightning in a bottle that cracks whenever the band takes the stage. Heaved atop of the full performance of the self-titled album, Lamb of God, knowing how to play a crowd even if it was a remote one, tore through an incendiary encore that included “Ruin”, “Contractor”, “512” and the live debut performance of “The Death Of Us” – a track written and recorded during quarantine for the Bill & Ted Face The Music movie and soundtrack.
The performance managed to capture a moment in time while further underscoring the longevity of a band still operating at their peak decades in the game. In fact, the performance was eventually released as a live album the following year, a true testament magic preserved forever on that fateful day in September of 2020. Live In Richmond went well beyond a livestreaming concert and served as a rallying cry. Fans the world over were able to galvanize around their heroes and Lamb of God delivered the kind of showing that proved resilient and worth revisiting.
Lamb of God Live In Richmond is now streaming exclusively for Knotfest Premium members – HERE
The launch fo the livestream arrives ahead of Lamb Of God’s pending fall full length, Omens, along with the accompanying North American tour that will see Lamb of God top a stacked bill that includes appearances from Baroness, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, Animals As Leaders, Suicide Silence and Fit For An Autopsy.
Just last month, the band delivered the first single from the album with the release of “Nevermore” – a pissed off scorcher that underscores just why Lamb of God continues to lead the genre as both veterans and contemporaries.
Omens from Lamb of God is currently available for pre-order – HERE
Tickets for the Lamb of God Omens Tour with Baroness, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, Animals As Leaders, Suicide Silence and Fit For An Autopsy can be purchased – HERE