First Reaction: Lamb of God 'VII: Sturm und Drang'
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:00:17
Richmond metal juggernaut returns with its biggest, boldest, and best offering yet out Friday, July 24.
Lamb of God's return with VII: Sturm und Drang [Epic Records] is a flawless fire and brimstone blast. This is heavy music forged in flames of raw emotion and experience in the most unbridled manner. The group—Randy Blythe [vocals], Willie Adler [guitar], Mark Morton [guitar], John Campbell [bass], and Chris Adler [drums]—carve out a rapturously heavy and unsettlingly hypnotic space that's easy to fall into. This is the band's most simultaneously atomic and atmospheric body of work to date. These musicians expanded their patented polyrhythmic thrash-groove attack by breaking down walls and opening up the sonic palette. As a result, the world receives Lamb of God's best work. Following 2012's Resolution, which entered the Billboard Top 200 at #3, the Richmond, VA boys evolved in their evisceration—once again aided by Josh Wilbur production.
The record's opener "Still Echoes" sees Mark and Willie's six-string engine firing on all cylinders, continually surprising and entwining into a downright fascinating musical backdrop. Throughout the entire album, these two continually push each other and the genre with the kind of playing that makes kids want to pick up guitars. Meanwhile, Chris's percussion stands out as totally airtight, while tossing up its own curveballs and turning rhythms on a dime seamlessly. It's bolstered by the galloping charge of John's bludgeoning bass. Randy sounds unhinged in the most wonderful way. Each scream pierces with raw power as he carries the words, "I won't by head" sear and singe intimately. This is just the first song mind you, but it's a hell of way to start.
Watch the Lyric Video for "Still Echoes" from Lamb of God: