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Lamb Of God Premiere New Track “Routes”, Testament’s Chuck Billy Guests (Updated)


Update: May 29th, 2020 09:03 AM:

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has since revealed that this new track “Routes” is inspired by his time spent at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota back in 2016 during the No DAPL movement. Blythe previously documented his time spent in that protest here. Speaking of that time now, he offered:

“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part.

I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”

He continued:

“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country. So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section – Chuck calls and I respond.

This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”

Billy added:

“It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked byLamb Of God to do some guest vocals on this song. The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy‘s storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.”

Original Story:

The June 19th arrival of Lamb Of God‘s self-titled tenth studio album is still a few weeks out, but the wait for more new music from it isn’t. The group have just released a new single from that effort by the name of “Routes“. Bay Area thrash legend Chuck Billy lends his voice to this new track.

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