Lamb of God is back!
Lamb of God return from five-year hiatus with 'Checkmate', the first single from their upcoming album.
“‘Checkmate’ brings together all the components of the Lamb of God sound that we’ve been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band,” guitarist Mark Morton said in a statement. “Re-energized and reignited, this is Lamb of God 2020. We’ve never been more excited.”
On the song, Blythe takes aim at the current state of the United States, “Divide and conquer and close them in and bury secrets deep/Make America hate again and bleed the sheep to sleep.”
Lamb of God's upcoming self-titled album will be their eight, and first since the 2015's VII: Sturm und Drang. “Putting only our name on it is a statement,” Blythe said in a release. “This is Lamb of God. Here and now.”
This album is the first one with Art Cruz on the drums who replaced Chris Adler in 2019 writes Rolling Stone. Lamb of God features guests Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta and Testament’s Chuck Billy, while it was produced by Josh Wilbur.
During the hiatus, the band did put out cover album Legion: XX, under the moniker Burn the Priest.