Lamb Of God have revealed a fourth single called 'Routes' from their upcoming self-titled record which is due out on June 19. This heavy new track features Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, who throws in his legendary howls to bring the song to a boil.
'Routes' begins with a thrashy, up-tempo verse before dropping into heavy half-time riffs during the last half. Have a listen below:
'Routes' was inspired by Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe's involvement with a protest at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, as he took a stand with many others against the instalment of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, which posed a threat to the native Sioux Tribe's local water supply:
"I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part.
I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it."
Blythe goes on to explain that Chuck Billy's Native American heritage played a crucial role in choosing him to feature on the track:
"My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country. So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice.
At the end, there is a call and response section - Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.
Billy said of the opportunity:
"It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by Lamb of God to do some guest vocals on this song. The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy's storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it."
Lamb Of God's self-titled album is the first to feature drummer Art Cruz, who replaced longtime member/founder Chris Adler after he departed in 2019.
Lamb Of God - Self-Titled Tracklisting:
1 - 'Memento Mori'
2 - 'Checkmate'
3 - 'Gears'
4 - 'Reality Bath'
5 - 'New Colossal Hate'
6 - 'Resurrection Man'
7 - 'Poison Dream (featuring Jamey Jasta)'
8 - 'Routes (featuring Chuck Billy)'
9 - 'Bloodshot Eyes'
10 - 'On the Hook'