Lamb Of God has become something else, but they still hold true to their sound. Their masterpiece VII: Sturm und Drang is the album that brings light to what Lamb Of God is capable of creating. Translating to English as “Storm and Stress” and named after the movement that questioned Rationalism with focus on feeling and human individualism, this embodiment of the 18th century movement fits this album. Insanity is something discussed but not fully understood, yet Lamb Of God captures this perfectly with VII: Sturm und Drang. With ascending their boundaries but still staying singular, Lamb Of God proves they will always remain unpredictable.
Lamb Of God has changed dramatically with this album, but the opening song Still Echoes sounds the most like old Lamb Of God. The same jumpy drum technique only Chris Adler could master introduces the aggression and catchy riffing sets the melody. The song moves in all sorts of twists and turns: a melodic chorus, which leads into that aggressive hook, and toward the end of the song it becomes a riff-happy monster. We sure did miss old Lamb Of God.
Erase This is the perfect example of the transition that Lamb Of God has done. Their sound opens up extremely bleak, and the vigorous feel mixed with melodic undertones will make the listener question if this is even the same band who also wrote Laid to Rest. This is one of the many songs that make it clear Lamb Of God has completely reinvented who they are as a band.
The song 512 alone will transport you to another world. The vigorous riffing from Erase This comes back into this song. Rather than fast-picking, the chords are open so there’s more room for singular interpretation. And with vocalist Randy Blythe singing “my hands are painted red!” in the chorus, you get the first-person view of the mindset that you aren’t the person you thought you were. This song is by far one of the most brutal songs off the album, but not in a violent way. So brutal it enters your mind and makes you question who you are.
Embers is the kind of song that gradually becomes intense. It starts off slow, and once the intro is over the Lamb Of God ensemble combines to form a medley of velocity. Then when Randy‘s vocals come in it turns into entirely something else. Randy’s vocals sound higher pitched than normal. The musicianship keeps the speed, but becomes more complex. Toward the end of the song, you also hear Chino Moreno’s clean singing; he’s talented as a singer but his voice also has that dark tone which fits in perfectly with this song.
Overlord is the song that shocked everyone; is this really Lamb Of God? It sounds like a really good doom band, and there are not a whole lot of them! The first part of the song is filled with Randy’s haunting clean singing and some of the best guitar parts Lamb Of God has ever exhibited. And then at the end of the song, you get hit with the most brutal thing Lamb Of God has ever written. This is the song where fans listened to it and thought one thing: this isn’t Ashes Of The Wake, As The Palaces Burn, Wrath, or even New American Gospel. Lamb Of God will never be those albums, because Lamb Of God isn’t that band anymore.
While the last song, Torches, remains brutal it’s not heavy or even fast. It’s slow, but the feel of the album is the most excruciating thing on the album. Randy combines clean singing with talking parts, which coerces the listener to insanity. When his growls come in, it’s the most violent they have ever been. While a more intense part comes in the song, it still contains itself; it’s more tasteful rather than a whole jubilee of crazy. Overall what this song proves is that Lamb Of God will remain perpetual.
If there’s one fact Lamb Of God proves to their fans is that they will never cease. They will always find new ways to reinvent their sound, and even what we think of to be metal. Lamb Of God is a band you can’t accurately identify, and they prove that with VII: Sturm und Drang. So if you can’t give a definition to Lamb Of God, then embrace the chaos of their sound.
1 Still Echoes
2 Erase This
8 Engage the Fear Machine
9 Delusion Pandemic
Genre: New Wave Of American Heavy Metal
Label: Epic Records (United States) Nuclear Blast Records (International)
Playing Time: 47 Minutes
Randy Blythe – vocals
Mark Morton – guitar
Will Adler – guitar
John Campbell – bass
Chris Adler – drums