Metal band Lamb of God have shared “Memento Mori,” a new single from their upcoming self-titled LP.
The atmospheric new single wanders through a nightmarish soundscape for nearly two minutes before the band kick into ripping metal sonics.
“I wrote ‘Memento Mori’ as a reminder to myself to not be consumed by the omnipresent electronic harbingers of doom that surround us—cellphones, computers, and television screens,” vocalist David Randall Blythe said in a statement. “While these devices can be useful tools, and it is important to stay informed, it is equally important to remain engaged with the real, physical world we live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality.”
For the music video, Lamb of God recruited Virginian dark performance troupe Sinisteria to represent the everyday monsters that doomsayers see.
“I wrote the narrative music video treatment a few months ago to illustrate how warped and myopic our mental states can become when we fail to remain engaged with [digitally filtered representations of] reality,” Blythe said. “If all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere you look.”
“Memento Mori” follows “Checkmate,” which was the band’s first song in nearly five years. Both tracks will appear on Lamb of God, which is due out May 8. It will be Lamb of God’s first record without founding drummer Chis Adler after his 2019 exit.
Watch the video for “Memento Mori” here: