Lamb of God at the National 

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For those who don't know, here are a few alternative monikers that Richmond-based metal rockers Lamb of God were rumored to have considered when they decided to change their band name from Burn the Priest back in 1998: Mr. Snuggles and the Happy Time Joy Squad, the Sleeping Puppies, a Bouquet Full of Pansies, and the Rainbow Connection. Needless to say the irony was not lost on anyone. The band ended up settling on a much more direct title for itself. This five-piece has spent the better part of a decade delivering some of the most brutally volatile music in contemporary metal, where creative blood, sweat and tears create a healthy dose of actual blood, sweat and tears for those who attend their performances. On the road supporting the recent release of its latest album, “Wrath,” Lamb of God plays the National with Municipal Waste on Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m. $25-$28. 612-1900 or www.thenationalva.com. — Mike Hilleary

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