On July 24, 2015, Lamb Of God released their seventh studio album, VII: Sturm und Drang. The name, when translated into English means "Storm And Stress" and is thought to indirectly refer to their frontman, Randy Blythe's struggle with a manslaughter charge after a fan got killed at one of their shows in the Czech Republic in 2010. None of it was his fault, but someone decided to charge them, and this was their first album after the entire debacle finally concluded in 2013.
While this music is not Immortal Music's taste, after looking at the lyrics, we could see the appeal somewhat. Lead single, "Still Echoes" speaks of all the things wrong with the world, and simply says they're not giving in. They're not going to just bow their heads and accept things blindly like some have. That's something we feel we can get behind. Be a leader, not a follower.
Musically, we love it. Its heavy, its awesome, and some of it could definitely pump up a crowd. We envision a lot of mosh pits happening during a Lamb Of God show, which many people would be all over.
Fans of Lamb Of God are loving this album already, and those who have yet to listen to the album, most definitely will. Its not something we're really into, but we do see how others would feel differently than we do.
You can get this album wherever music is sold, and you can also catch Lamb Of God live right now with Anthrax, Deafheaven, and Powertrip! The tour goes through February 12, and then the band will get some time off before all of the US festivals start up. Lamb Of God will be performing at Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, The River's Rockfest, Northern Invasion, Rock N' Derby and Rock On The Range. For further information, such as exact tour dates, or festival lineups, please visit Lamb Of God's official website, or the respective festival websites.
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