Extreme metal unit Lamb of God has just announced the impending release of their seventh studio album. Coming this July, the disc will be titled VII: Sturm Und Drang, and is available now for pre-order. You can check out two advanced tracks from the album here below.
It is an album that many Lamb of God fans feared might never happen. Singer Randy Blythe was arrested, charged, and imprisoned in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2012 for his part in the death of a 19-year-old fan in 2010. The fan had jumped onstage and either jumped or was pushed back into the crowd, but the crowd failed to catch him and the fan landed headfirst on the concrete floor of the venue. He later died as the result of the injuries he sustained. Blythe spent 38 days in a Czech prison before making bail. He later returned to the country to face trial and was found to be “morally responsible but not criminally negligent” in the incident. The decision was later appealed, but upheld by a Czech high court. For a more in-depth look at the whole incident be sure to check out the riveting documentary film As the Palaces Burn.
After living through that whole ordeal, Randy Blythe had said that he was going to take a long break from Lamb of God. Drummer Chris Adler was tapped to play drums on the upcoming Megadeth album and plans on touring with them as time allows as well. But despite all of this, Lamb of God somehow managed to stealthily record a new album pretty much under the radar and surprised most everyone when they announced VII: Sturm Und Drang late last week by dropping a lyric video for the album’s opening track “Still Echoes.” They then followed just a couple of days later with the release of another scorching track entitled “512.”
The Prague incident obviously inspired both songs’ lyrics. “Still Echoes” speaks of the prison where Blythe was held and “512” was his cell number. Musically the band seem to be reinvigorated. Where such a harrowing experience might have destroyed lesser bands, it seems to have renewed the fire in the bellies of the LoG guys. These tracks are both monsters!
Check back here for a full review of VII: Sturm Und Drang in July and while you wait crank up these 2 kick-ass new tunes.