Lamb of God – Still Echoes


Lamb of God (sometimes abbreviated as LoG) is an American groove metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 (as Burn the Priest), the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler. The band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.

Since its formation, Lamb of God has released seven studio albums (including one released under “Burn the Priest”), one live album, one compilation album and three DVDs. The band’s cumulative sales equal almost two million in the United States. In 2010 and 2011 the band received Grammy nominations for songs from their 2009 album Wrath. Lamb of God has toured with the Ozzfest twice and appeared on Slayer‘s The Unholy Alliance Tour in 2006. Other appearances include Download Festival and Sonisphere Festival in the UK, Soundwave Festival, Mayhem Festival 2010 and Gigantour. From 2008 to 2010 they toured as part of Metallica‘s World Magnetic Tour.

Hiatus and VII: Sturm und Drang
Despite statements from bandmembers, that Lamb of God planned to enter the studio in 2014 to begin recording their eighth studio album, hoping to complete it by the end of the same year, Chris Adler said in an interview with The Virginian-Pilot that besides the large amount legal fees the band encountered from Randy Blythe’s trial, the band’s inactivity during the trial meant no new income coming in, which eventually depleted the band’s funds.

On January 26, 2014, Randy Blythe posted a picture and a statement on his Instagram saying he will take a long break from Lamb of God. The band, after this album cycle and apart from several festival appearances, will be on hiatus.

During an interview in September 2014, Randy Blythe revealed that he is planning to release his upcoming book in early 2015, along with a new Lamb of God record, which uses lyrics he had written while he was incarcerated.

The band began teasing a new album, with the placeholder title Lamb of God VII via Instagram and Twitter in late April of 2015. A website, lambofgodvii.com, initially comprising an empty black screen, went online in early May. The “VII” (the roman numeral for the number seven) refers to the album being the band’s seventh, and does not take into account the first of their albums, released with a slightly different line-up as Burn the Priest.

On May 15, 2015, it was announced that the title of the new album will be VII: Sturm und Drang, and will be released in July via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The first song, “Still Echoes” was made available for streaming on LambofGodVII.com, and will be available for digital download on May 18.

 
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