Song Review: Lamb of God "Still Echoes"
Thu, 21 May 2015 15:52:06
Richmond, Virginia metal kings return with one of their heaviest salvos ever.
Somehow, Lamb of God got even heavier and more hypnotic with "Still Echoes," the first sliver of VII: Sturm und Drang [Epic Records], their new album out this summer. The group—Randy Blythe [vocals], Willie Adler [guitar], Mark Morton [guitar], John Campbell [bass], and Chris Adler [drums]—delivers a screeching mission statement with this new song. It reflects the scorched earth brutality of their classic 2000 offering New American Gospel, while tapping into the expanse of 2009's opus Wrath. In essence, it's literally everything metal fans have been clamoring for. Rarely does a band evolve in this direction, getting more brutal. Then again, Lamb of God are as rare as it gets, and their progression continually reiterates that.
"Still Echoes" merges the polyrhythmic slam of one of metal's greatest guitar duos ever, Willie and Mark, with Chris's immediately recognizable air raid stomp. John holds down an earth-shaking low end. At the eye of the storm, Randy's inimitable scream sounds as unbridled, unique, and undeniable as ever. It resounds with a guttural catharsis that's on par with heavy music's greatest moments of emotional expulsion. You feel it in your gut, and you feel it in your soul. That intensity "Still Echoes" from the band.
The track points to VII: Sturm und Drang, being the group's best and most incendiary album yet. It's the arsenal of everything they do blasting relentlessly. Things need to be deconstructed to be resurrected again sometimes. Heavy music is in need of that kind of deconstruction and reinvention. This is a moment for metal. It's a moment for Lamb of God. It's the moment everything gets burned down and reinvented again. They'll be standing over the ashes victorious as VII: Sturm und Drang encroaches everything in its path.
Of course, make sure to catch them live this summer too on the Summer's Last Stand tour with Slipknot and Bullet For My Valentine. That's part of this whole process of changing everything.
Listen to "Still Echoes" by Lamb of God:
'VII: Sturm und Drang' from Lamb of God is due out this summer on Epic Records.