Lamb of God have unleashed “Routes,” another single ahead of their self-titled album’s release later this month.
“Routes” offers a scathing take on the treatment of indigenous communities in North America, and was inspired by vocalist David Randall Blythe’s time spent with people from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The song features Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, whose father is of the Pomo peoples of Northern California.
“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country,” Blythe said in a statement. “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.”
Lamb of God’s latest single follows the run of tracks released from their eponymous LP that started with “Checkmate,” “Memento Mori” and “New Colossal Hate.” Prior to that, the band’s last original full-length release came in the form of 2015’s VII: Sturm und Drang.
Lamb of God will be released on June 19 via Epic Records and Nuclear Blast. Listen to “Routes” here: