Rock It: Fans stay close to band in crisis

Posted on November 13, 2013

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Rock It: Fans stay close to band in crisis

Lamb of God (Photo Provided)

Lamb of God (Photo Provided)

By Rachael Mattice

“Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant, ‘If I live I will kill you, if I die you are forgiven.’ Such is the rule of honor.”

The words of metal militants Lamb of God’s popular song “Omerta,” which quotes the cultural code of honor, resiliency, leadership, strength and morale, stand true in the heavy music brotherhood.

Since the early 2000s, the band has represented these attributes as creators of some of the best American metal music to decimate the scene. Lamb of God has displayed the code and worked to reveal its talent to a community of metal fans who follow the Virginia band with a loyalty that any group would desire.

That loyalty was shown this year after the arrest of vocalist Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic.

On June 28, Blythe was arrested in Prague on manslaughter charges resulting from a 2010 altercation with a fan who jumped on stage during a performance. After spending more than a month in a Czech prison, Blythe was released on bail and must return to the country for a trial.

The community has shown its support on social media since Blythe’s arrest. The band’s Twitter followers grew from 87,656 Aug. 5 to 108,422 on Monday, more than any comparable metal band.

On Facebook, the band has earned 2,715,680 likes, with the highest number of people — more than 104,000 — talking about the band in July, when Blythe was released.

Lamb of God’s latest U.S. tour, with a stop in Indianapolis tonight, has made the numbers in social media spike after a few months’ lull, and exemplifies the power of the band after a crisis.

Most importantly, a number to note is Lamb of God’s most popular week on Facebook, which began Jan. 22 — when the band’s latest album, “Resolution,” was released.

Ultimately, the music and tour are first and foremost at the eyes of fans, the incidents surrounding Blythe’s incarceration second.

To show your support and join the congregation, look into Lamb of God’s show in Indy at 7 tonight at the Egyptian Room. Snag tickets at LiveNation.com.

Mattice is a producer and music journalist at the Journal & Courier. She can be reached at on Twitter @RachaelM_JC. 

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