Last year, Richmond metal upstarts Lamb of God dropped their self-titled album, which unfortunately reached the world in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis. But now, the band are releasing a deluxe edition of the record, and have put out a new song, “Ghost Shaped People,” to coincide with the news.
Usually, bonus tracks on deluxe editions are questionable, and one can hear why they perhaps didn’t make it onto the original version of the album. But “Ghost Shaped People” absolutely kills, opening with the steamroller double bass and chocolatey agro-thrash riffs that made us fall in love with Lamb of God in the first place (that bridge gallop is FIRE, son). That doesn’t mean it’s pure throwback material — the chorus brings plenty of that longing which new LoG does so well, and Randy Blythe does some interesting gang vocals throughout — but it definitely touches on those things that first elevated the band to international acclaim.
“This album, and in particular, this deluxe edition is something I’m incredibly proud of,” says guitarist and coffee fanatic Willie Adler. “Throughout the process of writing, recording, and the subsequent filming of the live stream, I knew we were creating much more than a collection of songs. Much more than a simple streamed performance. This was focused energy. Energy that, to me, is very tangible. And now, more than ever, in an era where human interaction is so limited, art…..be it music, visual, or otherwise, is a human connection point. And we need as much of that as possible! I hope everyone enjoys this deluxe edition as much as we enjoyed creating it. Thank you.”
Kick open the door to the weekend with “Ghost Shaped People” below:
Lamb of God’s deluxe version of their self-titled album comes out March 26th on Epic Records, and is available for preorder.
Words by Chris Krovatin