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A linchpin of the new wave of American heavy metal movement with an uncompromising approach that garnered both respect and sales, Richmond, Virginia's Lamb of God began under a more inauspicious name. Employing a versatile blend of metalcore, thrash, punk, sludge, and groove-laden death metal, the band issued an eponymous full-length outing under the moniker Burn the Priest before changing their name in 1999 to avoid being mistaken for a Satanic metal outfit. Lamb of God would go on to release a string of high-profile studio albums and enjoy tremendous commercial success via gold-selling outings like Ashes of the Wake and Sacrament. Between 2000 and 2019, the group carved out a notable swath of sonic real estate, selling millions of records and landing multiple Grammy nominations, without ever compromising their sound.