Today, August 15th, is the three year anniversary of my creating posts on this particular blog. As many of you know, I had a blog site called “thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal” but discontinued it officially by creating the much-shorter named “dalsmusicnotes” on August 15th, 2012. As it is also a Saturday this year, I figured that I would continue the ongoing (although I have been slacking, at times) Spotlight series, featuring the newest release from metal giants Lamb of God.
The album’s title, “VII: Sturm Und Drang”, being odd as it is, is actually the “hidden message” that people don’t realize until someone explains it. As I usually have a knack for that, please allow me to indulge; the literal translation for the phrase is “storm and stress”, according to Wikipedia. As such, it also explains the pent-up rage that consumed the already “angry” Randy Blyth, who was incarcerated in a Czech prison (as documented by the lyrics of the third track, “512”, which was his cell number in Pankrac Prison…kicks ass because most of his “clean” vocals are spotlighted).
This album is a nice addition to the collection because, as a long-time fan of the group (Thanks, Mikey LOL), it follows their usual modus operandi of hard and heavy time-signature changes and crunching guitar work. The drum playing on the album is also in line with their style; fast and furious. The band has really progressed and I would have seen them at the Testament/Huntress show from last year but my moshophobia prompted me to leave (don’t hate me…I lost a $500 pair of glasses at an earlier Godsmack concert).
Their seventh album (they’ve been doing this since 1994) is a truly brilliant masterpiece if you really read up on the album on Wikipedia…as it tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the prison and why they were written with such grace. The music that accompanies these stories is phenomenal (if you appreciate the grindcore as much as I do) and, if you’re a fan and haven’t gotten it, you must have it (coming from, as I said, a fan).
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\
Track List: 1) Still Echoes; 2) Erase This; 3) # 512; 4) Embers; 5) Footprints; 6) Overlord; 7) Anthropoid; 8) Engage The Fear Machine; 9) Delusional Pandemic; 10) Torches; 11) Wine and Piss (bonus track); 12) Nightmare Seeker (bonus track).
OVERALL RATING: **** 1/2