Friday, July 24, 2015

CD Review: Lamb Of God --VII--Sturm Urd Drang(Available Now) Adrenaline PR/Epic Records

I am not including any history of this band other than to say this --if you do not know who they are at this moment after all these years then you probably do not know or care to listen to Heavy Metal.
In the same respect there is also the fact that I was going to buy this album as I so badly wanted to hear the rest of it having already released 2 music videos and a MP3 song and have enjoyed all of those.As luck would have it I received the album in my email this morning from Adrenaline PR and could not be happier. This being the day of release of the album.
The consistency in which this band keeps putting out more great music over the years is great and am ever impressed with Randy Blythe's vocals

 Here is some history from their own website.

For all its depth, diversity and cross-pollinated ambition, modern metal needs its figureheads, its heroes and its leaders. Lamb of God have been blazing mercilessly away at the forefront of heavy music for the last 15 years, upholding metal’s intrinsic values of honesty, intensity and creativity while also daring to push boundaries and think outside the heavy box. Exploding into view with 2000’s seminal debut New American Gospel, the Virginian quintet inadvertently kick-started the so-called New Wave Of American Metal at the dawn of the 21st century; and have notched up a succession of huge commercial hit albums and remorselessly toured the globe ever since. The combination of vocalist Randy Blythe’s excoriating growls and roars, guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Morton’s precision attack and the bowel-shattering rumble of rhythm section John Campbell (bass) and Chris Adler (drums) has both refined and redefined the notion of aggressive metal in the modern era.

The video above was the first one released for the debut one for this album and has a young woman being found dead wrapped in plastic and some pretty grim undertones but some very powerful images used and the outcome is necessary as well.

I appreciate and support a band that can stay together as long as they have in any genre of music , also of recent Chris Adler the drummer of the band(back , left in photo) has also joined Megadeth as their drummer and posted about that as well.

From his Facebook wall: May 29

Lots going on around here these days! I've returned from a killer session with Megadeth and am straight back to work with Lamb of God. Today we are working on a music video to accompany the new record and gearing up to leave next week for our European run. Feeling very lucky to have so many amazing opportunities. There are lots of shows coming up and of course, the album release is right around the corner now. I feel very confident in the record - it's sincere and it's mean.
More will be revealed soon but I can tell you that I'm currently working very hard trying to figure out how to be in 2 places at the same time. Anyone that's been paying attention can follow that...

Stay metal! ~Chris

This was the 2nd music video(above) released for the album

There has been some concern of the man leaving the band but like a trooper has been playing 2 sets on some of the current tour --just shows the pro that he is and I admire his skills as a drummer as well. Always have always will-I am inspired by so many style of drumming.

This album is fierce and should not disappoint the most loyal fan, Randy does some more vocal approaches than what we might be used to as the first half of "Overload" is a ballad sounding song but then after that half cranks it right up L.O.G. style.

I really like and appreciate some of the new sounds and shows they are growing musically as well as a band.The musicianship as a band has always impressed me and Randy has one of the better voices in metal.
From the first song "Still Echoes" to all the others on the album this is some great music here --I am excited to be able to review it. I am overly pleased with the results of this album and is one of the better albums this year!

They are supporting Slipknot on tour this summer and are going to be here in August--going to the show, look forward to it will be the first time seeing either band live.With Vancouver and Toronto being the only Canadian dates on the tour -great show I am sure it will be.

July 24 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
July 25 Tampa, FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
July 26 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
July 28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 31 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 1 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 2 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
August 4 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
August 5 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 6 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
August 8 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater
August 11 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
August 12 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
August 14 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
August 15 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
August 16 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
August 19 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
August 21 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
August 24 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
August 26 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
August 28 Las Vegas, NV MGM Resort Festival Lot
August 29 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 30 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
September 2 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheater
September 4 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

September 5 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

I have already played this album about 5 times today since getting it in my email this morning there are just some bands that improve as they age "Embers" is an awesome song as well --riff and vocals man this kicks major ass!

Thank you for reading this

Anthony Nadeau

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