Lamb of God Album Review – VII: Sturm Und Drang

US metal titans Lamb Of God are about to release their seventh full length album ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’ on 24th July. It has been three years since their previous record ‘Resolution’ which is a pretty normal cycle these days. However, considering the band’s journey in the last three years it is surprising and good to see that the spirit of the band has not been broken. I actually didn’t want to write anything about Randy Blythe’s trial in the Czech Republic. Everything has been said about that already. Randy has been very open with his comments. Listening to the album and especially the lyrics I found it important to mention it at least because the events set the atmosphere for the record. The album is darker than everything Lamb Of God have released before.

The album starts with ‘Still Echoes’ and ‘Erase This’, two songs that come across as heavy as you would expect it from Lamb Of God. The third song ‘512’ then already shows that Lamb Of God do not only sit on their laurels and play it safe with ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’. Slowly some more melodies creep into the songs. The band also experiments with clean vocals more than ever before. The song ‘Overlord’ is probably the most adventurous the band has ever written and published. The almost bluesy intro switches over to a clean-vocal passage before the band continuously increases the intensity without going into an all-out Lamb Of God sound. Still the song manages to be heavy.

Adding to the variety of the album are the two guest appearances from Deftones’ Chino Moreno (on ‘Embers’) and Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan (on the monumental album closer ‘Torches’). All ten songs are based on the traditional Lamb Of God sound but also include other, new nuances. The band does this skilfully without forgetting their roots.

VII: Sturm Und Drang is an outstanding album. Lamb Of God’s seventh full length album includes all the trademarks that their hordes of fans around the globe expect from a LOG album. However, it is also an album that leads Lamb Of God out of their comfort zone. More melodic  guitar lines and clean vocals than ever in combination with extremely heavy and sick riffing set in a dark lyrical atmosphere make this record an album that will find its way into many top 10 album of the year lists.

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