With our top ten Lamb of God songs list, we are looking at the work of a band who are one of the greatest metal acts of the twenty-first century. Originally called Burn the Priest, they are considered to be the natural successors to the greats of the thrash genre such as Slayer and Pantera. The band have been around since 1994 and have released ten albums, becoming an influence on a lot of bands coming up in the metal scene today. Despite their very heavy and non-commercial sound, they have been rather commercially successful, having sold over two million albums and receiving a couple of Grammy Nominations.
They released an album under the name Burn the Priest in 1999 which was also the name of the record. They changed their name to Lamb of God to avoid being mistaken as being a Satanic metal band. Their first album released as Lamb of God was New American Gospel in 2000. After the release of this record they started to evolve from being an underground act and became a part of the more mainstream metal scene. When their next album As the Palaces Burn was released in 2003, they were firmly established as a part of the then emerging New Wave of American Metal movement.
Their first real major success came in 2004 with the release of their fourth album Ashes of The Wake. This album got to number twenty-seven on the Billboard 200 and sold over 35,000 copies within the first week of its release. Even bigger success came in the form of Sacrament released in 2006 which got to number eight on the Billboard charts and sold double than that of the previous record, selling over 65,000 copies in its first week.
After supporting Metallica and releasing the DVD Walk With Me In Hell in 2008 their sixth album Wrath was released in 2009. This album received even greater success getting to number two and selling over 68,000 copies. After the release of their seventh album Resolution, the band’s career was put in serious jeopardy when frontman Randy Blythe was arrested at a concert that the band played in Prague due his actions a couple of years earlier when he pushed a fan off stage who hit his head and later died of his injuries. He was later found to be not directly responsible for the fan’s death and he was released from custody later that year.
After this incident the band went on a hiatus due to having lost a lot of money during their inactivity during Blythe’s trial. They regrouped together and released the album VII: Sturm und Drang the title of which does not take their debut album into consideration and is considered to be the “seventh” Lamb Of God album despite actually being the eighth. In 2016, they released an ep titled The Duke.
In 2017, Lamb of God went on another hiatus after being one of the support bands on Slayer’s farewell tour. In 2018 they released a covers album titled Legion: XX under their original name of Burn The Priest.
In 2019 drummer and founding member Christ Adler announced his departure from the band. They replaced him with Art Cruz who had previously played with Prong. In 2020 they released their self-titled tenth album. Here is a list of their ten best songs.
# 10 – Ghost Walking
Kicking off our top ten Lamb Of God songs list is track taken from Resolution released in 2012. Like the band’s previous album, the record was produced by Josh Wilbur. It got to number three on the Billboard 200 and topped the US rock chart. It also received mostly positive reviews. This was the first single to be released from it.
# 9 – Resurrection Man
Up next is a track taken from the band’s most recent self-titled album released in 2020. It is the first Lamb of God album of original material to be released in five years, making it the longest gap between the band’s records. It revived a positive critical response and got to number fifteen on the Billboard 200.
# 8 – Grace
Our next track is taken from Wrath released in 2009. The album got to number two on the Billboard 200. Like most of the band’s albums, the critical reception was positive. In 2009, the album won the award for Best Album at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. It was their first record to be produced by Josh Wilbur.
# 7 – Omerta
The next song on this list is taken from the band’s third album Ashes of the Wake released in 2004. This album remains the band’s best selling record having sold around 400,000 units. It was also well received by critics. A lot of the album’s lyrical content was political in nature, particularly dealing with the US invasion of Iraq.
# 6 – Descending
Ending the first half of this list we have a song taken from Sacrament released in 2006. This album was the top selling metal record of the year and won the Album of the Year Award in Revolver magazine. With this record, Lamb Of God really started to make an impact on the mainstream when they performed another track from this album “Pathetic” on the Conan O’Brien show.
# 5 – Confessional
Kicking off the second half of this list is this track taken from New American Gospel released in 2000. It was the first album to be released under the Lamb Of God name is often considered to be their debut as a result. It received a very good critical reception, with many critics hailing the band as being the next great metal band in the genre’s history. This album and song have a lot more elements of death metal than much of the band’s subsequent material.
# 4 – A God In Devils Country
Next up is a song from As the Places Burn released in 2003. The album was co-produced by the band along with Strapping Young Lad frontman Devin Townsend. It got slightly more commercial recognition than their debut with four singles being released from it of which this was not one of them.
# 3 – Redneck
At number three is what is possibly Lamb Of God’s best known song taken from Sacrament. It is known for its darkly humorous music video where the band are booked to play a littles girl’s birthday party with her parents thinking that they are a Christian band with hilariously disastrous consequences. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for best metal performance in 2007.
# 2 – Laid To Rest
Just off the top spot we have another one of the band’s best known headbangers which is the opening track of Ashes of the Wake. This track is a live favourite with the band’s fans. It has everything that a modern classic metal song needs such as breakdowns and a memorable line for fans to sing along to which cannot be printed here due to profane language.
# 1 – Still Echoes
Topping off our Lamb Of God songs list is this track taken from VII: Sturm und Drang released in 2015. This album was the band’s first to be recorded after Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial and is heavily inspired by it. This was the record’s first single and draws inspiration from the history of Pankrac Prison in the Czech Republic where Blythe was kept in custody.