Lamb of God debuted the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Routes‘ Friday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled record, which is scheduled for release June 19 through Epic Records.
The video features a variety of images related to the oil industry, such as oil derricks, factories and images of smoke around the Earth. The imagery is tied into the sociopolitical commentary in the song’s lyrics.
Front man Randy Blythe said in a recent interview, the song was crafted following a personal experience that he had in North Dakota.
“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part,” he said. “I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”
Testament front man Chuck Billy, who is of Pomo Native American descent, added his vocal talent to the song.
Billy talked about taking taking part in the song’s creation with his own comments.
“It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by LAMB OF GOD to do some guest vocals on this song,” he said. “The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy’s storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.”
Blythe said the decision to add Billy to the song was intentional.
“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country,” says Blythe. “So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section – Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”
Lamb of God debuted the album’s third single ‘New Colossal Hate‘ last month. That song and this latest offering are just two of the lyrically heavy songs featured in Lamb of God. The record also takes on the issue of school shootings in the song ‘Reality Bath’ and the opioid crisis in the song ‘On the Hook.’
‘Memento Mori‘ and the album’s lead single, ‘Checkmate‘ were released in March and February respectively.
Lamb of God was produced by Josh Wilbur (Soulfly, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Gojira), and features guest appearances from the likes of Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta and Testament front man Chuck Billy. The album’s track listing is noted below.
Pre-orders are open now for Lamb of God. The announcement was made recently that the album’s release date has been pushed back to June 19 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 impact.
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