After multiple teaser videos and the release of the song's lyrics to their fan club, Lamb of God have finally unleashed "Checkmate," the Virginia metal torchbearers' first new song in four years and their first ever to feature the band's new drummer Art Cruz, who replaced LOG co-founder Chris Adler as a full-time member last year. The gnarly, politically charged ripper will appear on the group's highly anticipated self-titled album, which is due out May 8th via Epic Records.
"'Checkmate' brings together all the components of the Lamb of God sound that we've been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band," guitarist Mark Morton said of the single. "Re-energized and reignited, this is Lamb of God 2020. We've never been more excited."
Commenting on the fact that the band's coming album is self-titled, vocalist Randy Blythe echoed Morton's enthusiasm. "Putting only our name on it is a statement," Blythe says. "This is Lamb of God. Here and now."
In celebration of the release of "Checkmate" and the announcement of the new album, Lamb of God will play a special show at Chicago's House of Vans on February 14th. The event is free and fans can RSVP starting at 12 noon CST today (February 6th) at houseofvans.com. Hometown heroes Harm's Way are set to open the show, which will also feature an exhibit of photography by Blythe that will be included in the new LOG album artwork.
Lamb of God is available for pre-order now. See the cover art and track listing, as well as the band's upcoming live dates, below.
Lamb of God track listing:
1. Memento Mori
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook
Lamb of God tour dates:
2/14- Chicago, IL @ House of Vans *Headline show
European tour with Kreator and Power Trip:
3/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Arenan
3/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Black Box
3/30 – Oulu, FI @ Club Teatria
3/31 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall Black Box
4/2 – Kraków, PO @ Tauron Arena
4/3 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
4/4 – Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle
4/5 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
4/7 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
4/8 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
4/9 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
4/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle
4/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
4/15 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Riviera
4/17 – Paris, FR @ L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
4/18 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Saarlandhalle
4/19 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
4/21 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol
4/22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
4/23 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
4/24 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
4/25 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
5/9 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville *U.S. Festival