Ghost Cult had the honor of chatting with Willie Adler of Lamb of God recently, to talk all about the brand new self-titled album, due out on June 19th, 2020. Willie was in high spirits as we broke down the new album together, covering topics from the bands’ approach to the new album, his writing partnership with Mark Morton, how many throwback grooves went into this album, D. Randall Blythe breaking new ground asa singer, the bands’ veteran status in the scene, working with guests such as Chuck Billy of Testament and Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, Willie’s hand in helping create their non-alcoholic “Ghost Walker Beer”, thoughts on 30 years of LoG history, and much more. You can pre-order the album at this link and listen to our chat below. Continue reading
Lamb of God has released a new single “Routes,” the fourth single from their June 19 self-titled Epic Records release, featuring a guest appearance from Testament vocalist Chuck Billy. A visualizer for the track is available now at the link below.. Fans can pre-order Lamb of God, including a new alternate CD cover version signed by all five band members, now at the band’s official webstore.
Modern Bay Area Thrash band Cultural Warfare recently released their new album, Warmageddon on the M-Theory Audio label this September 14th. Produced by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios who has worked with countless greats (Machine Head, Testament, Exodus, Heathen, Skinlab) in the genre, in order to get the absolute brutal best from the band. Urteaga previously worked with the band on their last EP, Future Kill. Check out their inspiring new video ‘Eyes Of The Land’, only at Ghost Cult. Continue reading
In case you’ve been completely oblivious to the news over the past seven months, there is a huge conflict going on in North Dakota. Tribes have gathered at Standing Rock to stop a natural gas pipeline operator from bulldozing sacred sites to construct an 1,172-mile oil pipeline. The tribes also want to protect the Missouri River, which is the primary water source for the Standing Rock Reservation. Their protests have been peaceful, but they’ve been met with tear gas, water cannons, handcuffs and other brutality by law enforcement. It’s a conflict that has gained attention and support from many people throughout the world, including Lamb Of God‘s front man. Continue reading
Nechochwen are classified as Folk Metal, but whereas most music in that genre is inspired by Celtic or Nordic heritage, this band finds its themes in Native American heritage. Heart of Akamon (Bindrune/Eihwaz) is their third record.
‘The Serpent Tradition’, the opening song of this album, immediately showcases the folk and the metal that are combined in this band. The acoustic guitars sound magical, and while the switch from heavy to soft was abrupt, the build back into heavy is very well done. The clean vocals are beautiful, as are the acoustic guitar pieces intermingled with the metal riffs, and there is a lot of variation. However, the end is once again rather abrupt.
The more acoustic-centred songs such as ‘The Impending Winter’, ‘October 6, 1813’, and the guitar section in ‘Traversing the Shades of Death’ are really well crafted and unique, while the metal sections and songs, such as ‘Skyhook’, are good but not truly remarkable.
The musical highlight of this album, however, is the instrumental ‘Kišelamakong’. It is a beautiful composition.
One point that this band could improve upon is cohesion. There is a bit too much of a split between folk and metal, and while ‘The Serpent Tradition’ for instance has sections where they blend together perfectly, this does not happen often or fluently enough on other parts of the album. Additionally, the switches between loud and gentle are at times too abrupt, while being very organic at other points. While each individual section is very good, the changes in speed in the introduction of ‘Škimota’ aren’t great. The addition of the drums helps keep the following variations together.
Finding a balance throughout the songs or even the entire album would make a massive difference. Still, there are a lot of excellent pieces of music and it is certainly an album worth listening to.