Review #93: Lamb of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang

Artist – Lamb of God
Album – VII: Sturm Und Drang (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/3pQ2XxhYioiwNeKw89GdVV

Lamb of God are a heavy metal band from Virginia, USA. the band consists of Randy Blythe – vocals, Mark Morton – guitar, Willie Adler – guitar, John Campbell – bass and Chris Adler – drums. Lamb of God have become a significant band on the festival circuit every year, regularly playing Download, Sonisphere, Soundwave and Mayhem festival. Just recently lead singer Randy Blythe went through an incredible ordeal, of which an audience member at one of the bands gigs died from falling off stage. This incident led to Randy spending time in jail and going through a lengthy/costly legal battle, which has contributed to the topics of their new album ‘V11: Sturm Und Drang’.

Knowing the topic of Lamb of God’s new album and the circumstances behind it there seems to be more weight and gravitas to each song and the lyrical content, knowing that they are based off a real situation and not simply made up feelings for the sake of writing a song. Each song is still as fierce and head-pounding as their previous work, displaying heavy/distorted riffs that are often more memorable than that of other metal artists, with shredding guitar solos which dynamically shift the song and sound uniquely like Lamb of God . The drums aren’t simply their to display speed but to work with the bass and create groove. Finally Randy’s vocals are as aggressive as ever, obviously portraying through his growls and lyrics that anger and sadness he felt during the past year. Personal favourites of mine have to be the opening track ‘Still Echoes’, it just feels like a strong opener, and the track ‘Embers’, including some Dream Theatre style clean vocals throughout.

VII: Sturm Und Drang is another powerful album by Lamb of God, one filled with meaning, as well as well constructed and technically proficient songs. Certainly worth a listen by any fan of the band or fan of metal.

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