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Lamb Of God Puts Light Touch On Heavy Album

Of the Oakland Press

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With an album title like “Wrath,” it should be no surprise that Lamb of God’s latest album is exceptionally heavy — and hits harder than its last release, 2006’s “Sacrament.”

“There was definitely a vision,” says guitarist Mark Morton, who co-founded the Richmond, Va., band in 1990 as an instrumental group called Burn the Priest. “One of our primary agendas is to not do the same thing twice. ‘Sacrament’ was very kind of produced and epic-sounding and layered, very studio-oriented.

“It was definitely the right move for that batch of songs, but ‘Wrath’ was almost kind of a response to that. We wanted to strip things away and show the band in a more natural setting — less smoke and mirrors, more pulp and life, leave the mistakes in, keep it...raw.”

Ironically, however, “Wrath” stars with one of the softest pieces of music Morton, 36, and Lamb of God have recorded — “The Passing,” a short instrumental he plays on acoustic guitar. It’s a bit out of character, Morton acknowledges, but he wasn’t worried it would send fans screaming away from the album.

“I thought it was a cool piece of music, just very interesting,” he says. “I didn’t initially envision it being the intro to an album or anything. But once the guys heard it and saw it coming together, everyone kind of felt like it would be a good way to start the record.

“I was kind of lukewarm on it, to be honest. I wasn’t against it; it’s just not what I pictured. Now that it sits where it sits, I think it is a really cool intro, and I’m glad we did it.”

The No Fear Energy Music Tour with Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom, God Forbid and Municipal Waste plays at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 6) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets $34.50 in advance, $38 day of show, with a 4-Pack available for $104. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

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