Singer Randy Blythe has been through hell and back with his chronicled manslaughter case that took place in Prague. One had to figure that this type of traumatic experience would pour over into calculated aggression in Lamb Of God’s music, and now we get to find out with the release of “Still Echoes”, the first song from VII: Sturm und Drang.
The track starts off with a classic LOG buildup of guitars from Mark Morton and Will Adler. From that, the combination of Chris Adler’s blast beat and fills mixed with Blythe’s elongated growl gives the track a insane punch.
Blythe researched the Pankrác Prison in Prague where he was incarcerated awaiting trial for the case (he was ultimately acquitted) in 2013. The lyrics draw a parallel to his struggles and the dark, troubled history of the jail. “A thousand heads cut clean across their necks/Right down the hall from me”. Not only did Blythe stay in a cell that was right across from where prisoners met their death by guillotine as the the lyrics detail, but the prison was also home to many atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. Musically, the composition is tailor made for a Lamb Of God fan, as you can definitely tell right from the breakdown to the slight guitar solo at the end of the song.
“Still Echoes” is more of a reintroduction and recollection of previous musical stylings that the band has touched on in previous releases. However, you can tell that there is a darker touch this time around concerning Blythe that is reminiscent of LOG’s fifth album, Sacrament. There is a lot of vitriol and anger to be had and metal fans may enjoy the sound and fury.
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