Lamb Of God - Premiere New Single, Chuck Billy Guests

The June 19th sees the arrival of Lamb Of God's self-titled full-length offering. After releasing three songs in last three months, the five-piece now premiere another one, called "Routes". Testament's vocalist Chuck Billy appears in the song as a special guest.

"Routes" was lyrically inspired by vocalist D. Randall Blythe's time alongside native peoples at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota during the No DAPL movement. This protest, which began with just a few Native women and children camping at the site in protest of the pipeline being built so near to their water supply on unceded treaty land, quickly grew to an encampment of thousands and received global attention.

Says Blythe: "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."

Although Blythe conveys his story through the song's vivid lyrics, he called in his friend Chuck Billy, who is of Pomo Indian heritage, to lend a deeper authenticity to his narrative.

"My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country," says Blythe. "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."

Adds Chuck Billy: "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 complimenting 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."

Band profile: Lamb Of God
Posted: 29.05.2020 by Abattoir


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29.05.2020 - 23:22
I like this song much better than the first ones we heard. Those were boring but this I can get behind! \m/
30.05.2020 - 08:39
So predictable band, predictable song and predictable feature singer on this song ! I just can't stand this band !
30.05.2020 - 15:52
Troy Killjoy
All of that inspiration and this is what they came up with. They were never a beacon of innovation but this track just comes across as generic filler.
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30.05.2020 - 19:56
The Witchfinder
Holy hell the previous song was so much better than this. This is as pale as the skin of the people who first oppressed the natives.
01.06.2020 - 10:23
Do people still listen to this band?
01.06.2020 - 15:26
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Atrocious Virgin
Written by DreadfulYgg on 01.06.2020 at 10:23

Do people still listen to this band?

Yeah, why not?
02.06.2020 - 02:52
I don't know why but everytime I read about a new released single with Chuck Billy doing vocals as special guest I expect utter mediocrity. Hopefully this isn't the case here.

Edit: It's utter mediocrity.
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