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Lamb Of God Introduce Clean Singing On “Overlord”, Speak Of Working With Deftones Frontman


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Lamb Of God have premiered their new track “Overlord” via the new music video available below. The song is a surprising turn for the band, finding frontman Randy Blythe indulging in some clean singing. Blythe said of the track:

“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. 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.”

The song is taken from the groups forthcoming album “VII: Sturm Und Drang“, out July 24th on Epic Records. In a new track by track breakdown of the record posted over at Rollingstone.com, Blythe further stated:

“I figure we’re about eight records deep at this point so if I wanna try my hand at some clean singing, I can. There are a lot of people that are gonna be mad about it, but fuck them.”

Blythe also talked about the two new songs from the album that feature guest cameos, including “Embers” which finds Deftones frontman Chino Moreno lending his voice, and “Torches“, which finds The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Greg Puciato doing the same:

Embers“:

“‘Embers‘ is about a relationship. I wrote all of Chino [Moreno]’s lyrics and they deal with how loss affects interpersonal relationships, like in a family dynamic. If a family member dies, that can really twist things up. I used a sort of ‘oceanic’ vibe in the lyrics. I’m talking about ‘I’ve been staring at her laying still for so long,’ and I’m talking about the ocean at that point. The ocean is a metaphor for life.

When the band wrote the music to that one, there were two different endings. In one, it was ‘Lamb Of God,’ like, boring, we’ve done it a million times. And then Mark wrote this other beautiful, swelling thing, and I heard it when I was still down at the beach writing my book and listening to it. I’m a huge Deftones fan, and I could hear Chino‘s vocals on it. One day, during the preproduction I come in and Mark and Josh [Wilbur, producer] are sitting there and they’re like, ‘What do you think about Chino doing vocals?’ I’m like, ‘Yes!’ Chino came and he sang me the melody he had in his mind, sort of nonsense words like how we singers do. So I took some fragments I had and made it fit. He crushed it. He’s Chino. There’s no one that sounds like him.”

Torches“:

“There was a Czech student named Jan Palach in 1969, around when the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia because the people said, ‘We don’t want to be communist anymore and we are going to become a democratic society,'” The Warsaw Pact forces – Russia basically – said, ‘Oh no, you’re going to stay communist,’ so they invaded. And the Czechs had already had their asses kicked by so many different groups. But right before that, the Nazis just destroyed, brutalized, Czechoslovakia. So there’s this student and he saw how the people were defeated. So he went to Wenceslas Square to the stairs of the National Museum during a busy time of the day and doused himself in fluid and caught himself on fire. And he walked down the steps in protest and then boom, hit the ground and died a few days later. He came a symbol of dissidence for the Czechs up until the rest of the brutal communist area. Learning about that while I was awaiting trial, I had a lot of respect for him, and it also made me think about what kind of mentality does a person have to be to be so upset that you burn yourself alive? That’s got to be an unpleasant way to go. ‘Torches‘ was inspired by visiting Jan Palach’s grave. The other voice on the song is [Dillinger Escape Plan‘s] Greg Puciato. He crushed it.”

For more of that head to Rollingstone.com.

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