Lamb of God are back with their first new studio album in five years, a self-titled effort filled with poignant tracks that focus on a number of sociopolitical issues. The veteran Virginia metallers’ new effort was lauded as the band’s “strongest album to date” in our review of the LP.
Frontman Randy Blythe tackles topics such as mass shootings (“Reality Bath”), immigration (“New Colossal Hate”), the Standing Rock pipeline protest (“Routes”), the Trump administration (“Checkmate”), and more throughout the album.
As Blythe told us in a video interview earlier this year, “The best punk rock and hardcore and metal … has always come out of tumultuous times. Right now seems to be an extremely tumultuous time … and it’s not just Trump, it’s not just America — [world leaders in] many different countries are advocating some pretty abhorrent ideals and backwards ideology. It’s not like all of a sudden Trump came into power, and everything went to shit.”
The album marks the band’s first with new drummer Art Cruz, who officially joined Lamb of God after they parted ways with founding member Chris Adler last year.
Originally, the LP was set to drop on May 8th, but was pushed to June 19th due distribution concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Had it not been for the concert-industry shutdown, Lamb of God would have been on a massive co-headlining tour with Megadeth right now. The first leg was postponed, with no official work yet regarding the second leg, which is scheduled to kick off in October.
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Lamb of God Tracklist:
1. Memento Mori
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook