Lamb of God Guitarist Mark Morton Says That Hip-Hop Very Much Influenced The Band’s New Album Omens

Mark Morton: Lamb of God Facebook / Jay-Z: Mikamote, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia
Published on:

As of last Friday, the new Lamb of God album Omens came out. We have really been enjoying it, and it seems like many folks like it as well!

Via a recent conversation with Metal Hammer, Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton spoke to some of the influences that shaped Omens. Morton starts off by sharing, “I’ve been listening to a fair amount of jazz, Miles Davis stuff. I also listen to a lot of Americana – Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams and a lot of that stuff. I’m all over the map really, but I think we all are.”

Along with these jazz and Americana influences, Mark also says that Omens was very much influenced by hip-hop. Here is exactly what Morton said about hip-hop and Omens:

“There’s a prevalent hip hop influence in what we do, I think – groove metal is all about that cadence and bounce. Musically and lyrically, anyway – we’re certainly not rappy or anything, but these heavy grooves make their way into the music.”

That makes sense to us! We love to hear that the band pulled from such a great variety of musical styles to create such an impressive work! We recently ranked all of the Lamb of God albums from worst to best. You can check out that full ranking via this link here. Where do you think we ended up ranking Omens?

In other Lamb of God related news, the band is currently on the last leg of their epic tour! You can find all their remaining tour dates below. Also, have you seen the footage pertaining to the major fight Mark and Randy got into years ago?

Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders, Fit For An Autopsy
Oct 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
Oct 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Oct 16 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
Oct 18 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
Oct 19 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
Oct 20 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory