Label: Epic Records Release date: 19.06.2020
The newly-acclaimed Slayer of the NWOAHM scene by their peers, groove metal veterans Lamb of God is back with their self-titled album after a 5 year unintentional break since “VII Sturm and Drang”. This is their 8th full length album to date.
For 2 decades, the band has carved their name on the metal scene both in the US and the world and with this new album they’re catching the world’s zeitgeist. They’re doing it through a language that the metalheads understand though. It’s definitely a sophisticated type of rage. It’s sometimes quite between the lines and symbolic, you need to be alert and conscious to catch the messages in their lyrics and artwork they’re conveying.
Anyway, enough with the abstract depictions. This is the first record without their founding drummer Chris Adler. The new official drummer Art Cruz is, of course doing such a good job. That’s why Lamb of God is still one of the best and most relevant American heavy metal bands of all time in my opinion.
The album kicks off with the bomb Memento Mori that just might be one of LOG‘s best songs ever recorded to date. The music video of it has great imagery, it is also worth checking out on YouTube. Randy Blythe and his four horseman of apocalypse are literally warning and trying to wake us up into the reality of the times. My favorites besides Memento Mori, have been respectively Gears, New Colossal Hate and finally Bloodshot Eyes with that Ghost Walking feels. LOG is a band that you won’t be frustrated with because they ended up ‘experimenting’ with their style and ‘spicing up’ the whole genre. It nevertheless doesn’t mean that this self titled record of theirs isn’t fresh sounding. They are talented and creative musicians and you see it especially with the closing tune On The Hook that they’re definitely more than the baby of Pantera and Slayer.
Definitely check this new Lamb Of God record out if you’d like to see where the New Wave of American Heavy Metal is.
John Campbell – bass
Randy Blythe – vocals
Mark Morton – lead guitar
Willie Adler – rhythm guitar
Art Cruz – drums
- Memento Mori
- Reality Bath
- New Colossal Hate
- Resurrection Man
- Poison Dream (featuring Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed)
- Routes (featuring Chuck Billy of Testament)
- Bloodshot Eyes
- On the Hook
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