Virginia’s favorite songs of metal, Lamb of God, return on July 24th with their new LP, VII: Sturm and Drang, via Epic. The album (technically the band’s eighth, though they’re ignoring 1999’s Burn the Priest because of a lineup difference) features a few guests vocals, including an appearance by Deftones’ Chino Moreno on the new single, “Embers”.
Though largely featuring all the demon bellows and pummeling instrumentation you’d expect from Lamb of God, right up to the melodic chorus, things take a shift for the second third of the song. The drums sink down a bit, and the guitars push forward like a wave to life Moreno’s vocals about the crest.
“When the band wrote the music to that one, there were two different endings,” frontman Randy Blythe told Rolling Stone. “In one, it was ‘Lamb of God,’ like, boring, we’ve done it a million times. And then Mark [Morton] wrote this other beautiful, swelling thing, and I heard it when I was still down at the beach writing my book and listening to it. I’m a huge Deftones fan, and I could hear Chino’s vocals on it. One day, during the pre-production I come in and Mark and Josh [Wilbur, producer] are sitting there and they’re like, ‘What do you think about Chino doing vocals?’ I’m like, ‘Yes!’ Chino came and he sang me the melody he had in his mind, sort of nonsense words like how we singers do. So I took some fragments I had and made it fit. He crushed it.”
Take a listen:
Also appearing on VII is Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan, who lends
vocals screams to the track “Torches”. Check out previously released album cuts “Still Echoes”, “Overlord”, “Erase This”, and “512”. See the full tracklist below.
VII: Sturm and Drang Tracklist:
01. Still Echoes
02. Erase This
04. Embers (feat. Chino Moreno)
08. Engage the Fear Machine
09. Delusion Pandemic
10. Torches (feat. Greg Puciato)