In 2010, when American metal giants Lamb Of God (LOG) performed in Bangalore, their early audience, amongst the sea of black T-shirts, comprised little girls in satin frocks, holding on to their parents.
“Yeah we’ve been confused for a gospel band before, but I didn’t know it happened in India,” laughs guitarist Mark Morton, whose first metal outing started with the outfit Burn The Priest, with drummer Chris Adler and bassist John Campbell.
“Honestly, I never thought we would wind up here. My biggest memory of India was how enthusiastic the people were to want the band,” he says.
With his Grammy-nominated quintet LOG recognised as pioneers of the new wave of heavy metal, Morton has been the man who brings soul to metal. Ask him how a bluesman finds his place in a band of downright angry men and he says, “I’ve got used to it. But seriously, I’m very much a metalhead. I respect the genre. As I’ve grown older, I’ve tried to bring different influences into our music. I know at heart we are metal, but I try and work within its confines.”
And their latest album, Resolution, does just that — marking a departure from the band’s previous five successes, yet winning rave reviews from metalheads across the world.
“Like all bands, we strive to do something different with each album. With Resolution, we just tried our hands at everything we wanted to,” he adds.
About their concert in Bangalore this month, he says, “We won’t be able to bring our entire team with us. So it’s pretty stripped down. It’ll just be our basic instruments, us and you.”
And though the guitarist admits to having not heard any desi metal acts, adding “I don’t spend a lot of time listening to metal since I’m around it so much with my band, rather I prefer listening to other genres”, another reason to raise hell in Bangalore is Delhi-based ambient rock band, Skyharbor’s opening act. What’s more, vocalist Daniel Tompkins (ex-Tesseract) will be joining the three-piece band, with whom he has collaborated on Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos.
Says frontman Keshav Dhar, “Chris had heard our music on SoundCloud, so he approached us to open for their gig. Daniel had to come for Weekender last year, but he couldn’t. So this is going to be fantastic as we will be on stage with our full line-up for a change.”
Lamb of God plays at Palace Grounds, Bangalore, on May 26. For tickets, log on to bookmyshow.com