Though the pandemic lockdown’s onset coincided tragically with the release of their massive self-titled album, Lamb of God have made solid use of quarantine. The Richmond groove-thrashers have released a new line of coffee, prepared a concert film, and dropped killer new videos for the deluxe edition of Lamb of God. Furthering the latter point, the band have now released a quarantine video for the track “Routes” featuring Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, and fuck, son, this one slays.
The first thing fans will notice watching the “Routes” video is that this track goes fast. While the band often blur the line between thrash and modern groove, this song is a full-on stampede. The tempo only makes the lockdown approach to the video more enthralling, giving fans a short sharp shock full of quick cuts and split-screens; Mark Morton’s solo in the middle will make the skin on your face peel off in a single sheet. For his part, Billy is amazing, adding his drawn-out battle cries on top of Randy Blythe’s snarled vocals.
“It’s always an honor to be asked to perform with Lamb of God, especially on this song,” says Billy. “It has such a deep meaning for me personally with my native American heritage. I’m happy Randy included me to get the message out about what is going on with Native Americans in the USA.”
Check out “Routes” below:
Lamb of God’s deluxe version of their self-titled album comes out March 26th on Epic Records, and is available for preorder.
“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.”
Words by Chris Krovatin