US heavy metal band formed in 1990 by Virginia Commonwealth University students Mark Morton (guitar), Chris Adler (drums) and John Campbell (30 September 1972, USA; bass). After various comings and goings owing to educational commitments, second guitarist Abe Spear and vocalist Randy Blythe completed the bands first stable line-up. Going under the confrontational title of Burn The Priest, the quintet spent several years playing live and recording demos that reflected a solid grounding in thrash and death metal. They finally completed their self-titled album, released on the Legion Records label in 1998, but the rough and ready collection of death and thrash metal on offer attracted little interest.
Chris Adlers brother Willie Adler (b. 1976) replaced Spears the following year, which prompted a change of moniker and a new recording contract with Prosthetic Records. Their Lamb Of God debut, 1999s New American Gospel, was a...
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