25 February 2020

LAMB OF GOD | Mark Morton discusses new single ‘Checkmate’ in first album trailer MMH

Richmond, Virginia based powerhouse LAMB OF GOD recently kicked off pre-orders for their new self-titled album alongside the first single, ‘Checkmate’. In a trailer released today, guitarist Mark Morton discusses the new single and how it all came together. Find out more here:

 

The new album, which is is due out May 8 via Nuclear Blast, is the band’s first release in five years and the first to feature new drummer Art Cruz. Pre-order Lamb Of God on a variety of formats, here: nblast.de/LOG-LambOfGod

Watch ‘Checkmate’ here:

 

A true collaboration between all members of the band, LAMB OF GOD’s eighth studio album is an amalgam of each individual’s contributions, blended to create a singular style. Guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler fuel the album with a mountain of riffs, taking what LAMB OF GOD are known for, and unbelievably, upping the ante to new levels. The rhythm section of John Campbell, looming large as a rhythmic shadow, and drummer Art Cruz, who makes his studio debut with LAMB OF GOD here on this record, underpin the proceedings with passion, sweat and expansive dynamics. Vocalist D. Randall Blythe is as angry, insightful, and informed as ever. Never one to shrink from facing the darker aspects of our nature head-on, Blythe delivers with no punches pulled, and as only he and LAMB OF GOD can in 2020.

In the midst of writing the ten songs that appear on LAMB OF GOD, the group hit pause on the works-in-progress to man the stage as main support SLAYER’s ‘The Final Campaign’. After months of playing their best-known songs nightly, LAMB OF GOD returned to the new tracks and began to work with longtime producer Josh Wilbur (KORN, MEGADETH, GOJIRA, TRIVIUM). Special guests Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT) also make appearances on the album.

Lamb Of God tracklist:

1. Memento Mori
2. Checkmate
3. Gears
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook

LAMB OF GOD will embark on the State Of Unrest tour with KREATOR and POWER TRIP next month. The tour will be taking the band across Europe as follows:

State Of Unrest Tour – Europe 2020
w/ KREATOR, POWER TRIP

27.03.  S          Stockholm – Fryshuset Arenan
28.03.  DK       Copenhagen – Forum Black Box
30.03.  FIN       Oulu – Club Teatria
31.03.  FIN       Helsinki – Black Box Jäähalli
02.04.  PL        Kraków – Tauron Arena
03.04.  D         Berlin – Columbiahalle
04.04.  D         Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
05.04.  D         Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
07.04.  CH       Zurich – Samsung Hall
08.04.  D         Munich – Zenith
09.04.  D         Ludwigsburg – MHPArena
11.04.  D         Hamburg – Sporthalle
14.04.  E          Barcelona – Razzmatazz
15.04.  E          Madrid – La Riviera
17.04.  F          Paris – L’Olympia
18.04.  D         Saarbrücken – Saarlandhalle
19.04.  B          Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
21.04.  UK       Bristol – O2 Academy *SOLD OUT*
22.04.  UK       Manchester – Academy
23.04.  UK       Glasgow – O2 Academy
24.04.  UK       Birmingham – O2 Academy
25.04.  UK       London – O2 Academy Brixton

Tickets are available here: stateofunresttour.com

The Richmond, Virginia, quintet propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with the prophetically titled New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As The Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes Of The Wake, released in 2004, was the first LAMB OF GOLD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, as was 2006’s Sacrament, which also made a Top 10 Billboard 200 chart debut. In 2009, LAMB OF GOD released Wrath, their first with Wilbur as producer, and earned the number one album spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts, with a number two position on the Billboard 200.

Those number one positions were repeated with 2012’s Resolution, which swung effortlessly between thrash, traditional metal, sludgy doom, with flashes of crust punk swagger and bravado. LAMB OF GOD’slast album, VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number three and finished number 2 in the world charts, reaching Top 5 in five countries and six addition Top 15 positions.

In 2020, LAMB OF GOD is re-energized and unrelenting, ready to lay claim to the metal throne.

LAMB OF GOD is:
D. Randall Blythe
| Vocals
Mark Morton | Guitar
Willie Adler | Guitar
John Campbell | Bass
Art Cruz | DrumsLAMB OF GOD online:
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