Lamb Of God have a new song out “Overlord” (not a Black Label Society cover). The track is startling in that it has the most clean (or only?) vocals we’ve ever heard from the metal leaders. Everyone is saying Alice In Chains but, no…I’d say this is a bit more reminiscent of Testament . Lamb have a big Testament influence and this to me seems more out of the Low or The Ritual-era style playbook. Chuck Billy and now, apparently, Randy manage to sing darker, quieter songs and still have them work amidst the regular thrash chaos. Cheers to Lamb for managing not to become Seven Mary Three or Muddle of Pudd. I’m hoping this isn’t because having a member play on new Megadeth made them want to mellow out (as we all fear the Super Collider pt. 2 potential and await Mustaine to try and redeem himself from that horrible title track). Either way, the vibe on this song is pretty chill, especially the chorus.
Watch the “Overlord” premiere HERE.
From Randy: “For years I’ve wished that I could have a movie camera directly linked to my brain so that some of the ideas I see in my mind’s eye could be translated into film for others to watch. Although that is obviously an impossibility (and probably a good thing- I find many things amusing that might not be so funny to everyone else), the video for “Overlord” is the next best thing for me. I came up with the idea and wrote the treatment for this video myself- to see Jorge (the director) take my concept, add his own touches, and use his technical know-how to translate my “mental script” into a suitably dark visual narrative is just an awesome, awesome experience for me.
I wrote the song about the dangers of self-obsession in our distressingly myopic and increasingly entitled “me-now/now-me” culture; just like the couple in the video, many people can’t seem to look past their own relatively small problems to see the bigger picture: the world is in serious trouble. Having a bad day at work, or a fight with your significant other, or getting a crappy haircut or table service does not in any way shape or form constitute an emergency. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want them to- deal with it. People who only see their own problems eventually wind up alone because no one wants to hear their crap anymore- we all know someone like that, always whining and complaining about some inconsequential setback as if it were the apocalypse. This song is for those people.Oh yeah- if you’re out and about, watching the video on your pocket hate machine (mobile phone), try not to wander into traffic. A little situational awareness goes a long way.”
P.S. Love the “I still buy records” shirt, Randy! Good job, dudes.