On Friday (June 19th), Lamb of God finally released their highly anticipated new, self-titled full-length, which had been delayed due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The album is the metal veterans' first without founding drummer Chris Adler and their first with his full-time replacement Art Cruz, who officially took his spot last summer. Lamb of God is also the group's most politically charged LP in years, a fitting statement for our divisive times of unrest and protests.
Of course, like every other touring band, LOG have been sidelined from the road and are therefore unable to play shows in support of their new album. What they can do, however, is jam together remotely via the magic of the internet for a quarantine live session. The band did just that (with singer Randy Blythe recording his part literally in a closet), premiering the video today (June 22nd). It features three songs: two new ones, "Checkmate" and "New Colossal Hate" (its live debut), and an oldie, "Laid to rest." Watch above.
Back in February, LOG played their only show of 2020 so far, a few concert at the House of Vans in Chicago, where they were played "Checkmate" for the first time and were joined by hometown heroes and Revolver favorites Harm's Way. We recently caught up with Randy Blythe to get his recollections of the event for our "The Last Show" series, which serves to raise awareness and money for road crew relief. Previous guests have included Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Pantera's Philip Anselmo, Anthrax's Charlie Benante and Halestorm's Lzzy Hale. Watch the interview with Blythe below,