Diversifying Metal With Lamb of God

Photo by Travis Shinn

Photo by Travis Shinn

With seven albums under their belt and too many tours to count, Richmond, Virginia, band Lamb of God continues to be a driving force of the American metal scene, bringing the mosh all over the world. Their current tour—in support of their VII: Sturm und Drang LP, released last July—features a solid supporting bill in Anthrax, Deafheaven and Powertrip, and it hits Brooklyn Bowl on February 11. We spoke with Lamb of God bassist John Campbell about playing live, vegetarian diets and making sure metal doesn’t become boring.

I first heard of you guys through videos promoting vegetarianism. Do you guys still practice this lifestyle?

Chris Adler and I are still vegetarian. I used to work at a vegetarian restaurant in Richmond called Ipanema even before I was a vegetarian, and I enjoyed the food they served. Richmond has a great collection of restaurants with vegetarian options. If you’re in Richmond, you must go to Kuba Kuba and try the Huevos California from Chef Manny Mendez, or I will beat your ass.

How have the Sturm und Drang songs been received at the shows?

The tour’s been great, we’ve been selling out the venues so far. The new songs have been received well.

This tour is an interesting display of what heavy music has to offer, from Deafheaven’s ethereal, shoegaze sound to Power Trip’s hardcore style. Was there a deliberate effort to diversify the lineup?

It was definitely a conscious decision to bring different bands on tour this time around. Its a better idea to bring bands that can provide a different type of metal to the shows, and not have it just be a bunch of pulsating death metal bands.

Are there any artists you have been listening to recently?

I’ve recently fallen back into Check Your Head by the Beastie Boys. And Black Mountain from Canada has an album coming out on April 1 that I hope is not an April Fool’s joke.

What can we expect from the Brooklyn Bowl show? I hear that a Stormtroopers of Death song is being played, but that could just be a rumor.

You can expect five dudes just nailing everything. It is the second-to-last show of the tour, and we’ve pretty much been there now. We played the SOD song one time, but it’s been chaotic with the snowstorms and canceling shows. It would be great if we get another chance.

Lamb of God with Anthrax, Deafheaven and Power Trip

7 p.m. Feb. 11, Brooklyn Bowl, $35-$60, 702-862-2695; BrooklynBowl.com.

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