“And so another album cycle comes to an end. This has been a very eventful, at times VERY STRESSFUL, album cycle, & it’s been about three years since we started on this one in our practice space- I need a break. Tomorrow is a 19 hour flight back to the USA, & then another one home to RVA, & except for two festival shows in 2014, I will not be thinking about lamb of god, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new lamb of god material- NONE OF THAT STUFF- AT ALL- for a good long while. Time to do other things for a bit, & let my brain regroup, & be a somewhat normal human being.
This has been a pretty wild ride though, & to end it in AFRICA of all places still amazes the crap outta me. So thanks Johannesburg for an awesome end to the Resolution tour cycle, & to all you other bands, hear this: the game has been stepped up, & the ante has risen. You are not a REAL G until you come to South Africa & your fans throw one of THESE to you on stage- a warthog skull. Takes the cake for the strangest thing throw at me on stage ever, & I’ve had some weird shit thrown at me- I named him Jeff. Jeff, the South African warthog. Top that, y’all. Don’t front like your ballin’ if you ain’t rockin’ that wart hog shizzy.
I figured I’d finish up the cycle with a nice self-portrait. Me & Jeff are outty. Peace, & one love.” – Randall Blythe
Was he just messing with our heads? Or did have a sudden change of heart? On January 26th of 2014, at the conclusion of the Resolution tour, the Lamb of God vocalist released a statement, leading us to believe that we wouldn’t see the band for quite some time, if ever again. For him to “not be thinking about lamb of god, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new lamb of god material–for a good long while”, it’s hard to believe that the latter is true. Then again, their last album release, Resolution, was on the January 23rd of 2012.
Their first released studio track, “Still Echoes” off of their upcoming studio album, Lamb of God VII: Sturm Und Drang (Which is rumored to be released on July 23rd of 2015) can be found on their website accompanied with a lyric video and tour dates.