New from Lamb of God: Stream the Crushing ‘Routes,’ ft. Chuck Billy of Testament

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We’re approaching the release date of the new album from Lamb of God — and on Friday, the esteemed Virginia “groove-metal” masters premiered a fourth pre-release single from the record.

Titled “Routes,” the song features lyrics inspired by vocalist D. Randall Blythe’s time spent with Native Americans at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota during the No DAPL movement and the protests against the pipeline project.

The track features a guest spot from Chuck Billy of the band Testament, and is a particularly crushingly heavy tune:

Said Blythe of the song:

Says Blythe, “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.”

As well as bringing Billy, he of of Pomo Native American heritage, in to add some authenticity to the lyrics:

“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country,” says Blythe. “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.”

Said Billy of working on the track:

“It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by LAMB 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.”

“Routes” follows a trio of other songs that have been released thus far as a preview of the self-titled album, the first Lamb of God record featuring new drummer Art Cruz.

Here’s the pummeling opening track, “Memento Mori”:

And the equally as explosive “Checkmate”:

And “New Colossal Hate”:

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