Photo Credit: Travis Shinn
The groove metal sensations have gone and done it again, Lamb of God have released 'Routes' today, the fourth single taken from their new, self titled record.
Featuring the vocals of Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, the track was lyrically inspired by front man Randy Blythe's time spent protesting during the No DAPL movement. An event that started with just a few native women and children camping near the site of a pipeline construction being built near their water supply and unceded treaty land - it quickly grew to garner national attention.
The Lamb Of God vocalist said: "I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protesters 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.”
“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country,” Continues 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.”
Chuck Billy also added his feelings on not just the movement, but his participation in the track, too. "It was a great honour 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 complimenting 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.
You can check out 'Routes' below:
Lamb Of God's self titled record is out June 19th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the record here