Am I really writing a blog??
It’s something I never thought I’d do, and never really had any interest in doing, yet here I am, typing away…
Basically, I just wanted another outlet to share my thoughts on various albums, bands, movies and other topics, plus this might be another good outlet to shamelessly plug my NOISE Pollution Network channel on YouTube (more on that in later entries).
I have decided to kick things off by sharing a review I wrote for what I consider to be the highest contender for album of the year right now. So here we go….
Lamb of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang
It’s been 3 years since Lamb of God released a new album. Their last offering was 2012’s excellent Resolution record, and a lot has gone on behind the scenes since then. All that has gone on is pretty well documented in the As the Palaces Burn documentary, so I won’t go into any of it here. I do recommend the movie highly, though.
The seventh studio album from Lamb of God (eight if you include their debut, recorded under a different name) is exactly what I was expecting from a new LOG release. It is uncompromisingly heavy, both musically and thematically, from the beginning of “Still Echoes”, right through to the final notes of “Torches”, which is absolutely epic in scale, and features a guest appearance by Greg Puciato from Dillinger Escape Plan and Killer Be Killed.
The pressure, conflict, inner turmoil and chaos that the band has experienced over the last few years is evident in the lyrical content. Particularly on tracks like “Erase This” and “Embers”, the latter of which features a hauntingly beautiful guest vocal from Deftones front man Chino Moreno.
“Footprints” and “Anthropoid” are crushing examples of Lamb of God at their best, and will be favourites in the pit, while “Overlord” offers up a nice clean vocal over some sludgy, almost southern style guitar riffs before turning into a huge pit pleaser towards the end. It is the stand out highlight track of the album for me, and fast becoming my favourite LOG track of all time.
“Engage the Fear Machine” and “Delusion Pandemic” are the Lamb of God that we all know and love. It’s all relentless guitar riffs, mechanical precision drumming, thundering bass, and venomous vocals from Randy Blythe. In my opinion though, the band has never shined, and truly showcased their all-round talents, the way that they do on the albums final song, “Torches”. The song is five minutes and seventeen seconds of heavy metal master class, and although all of the material on offer here is great, this song alone is worth the cover price.
It is so good to hear Lamb of God back making great original heavy metal music, especially at a time when so many bands sound the same.
Check out the clip for Overlord here;