Lamb of God are releasing new EP The Duke on November 18. The record’s title track is inspired by a fan’s battle with leukaemia. The band are also providing memorabilia for a charity campaign with all proceeds going to benefit the Leukaemia and Lymphoma society. With that in mind let’s have a listen to the EP.
Title track The Duke is musically, exactly what you would expect from Lamb of God with a great riff. The track is named after a friend and fan Wayne Ford who sadly passed away. Vocalist Randy Blythe says; “A little while ago I became friends with a fan named Wayne Ford – he was terminal – leukaemia. I talked with him often, even video chatted him into the studio. He was very calm about his impending death, and we discussed it very openly. I learned a lot from him. This song is for him.” Listening to the lyrics, you can see the influence. There is also an intense riff and a lot of clean vocals. Culling is the last new track on the EP and normal Lamb of God service is resumed in terms of growls and riffs.
The remaining three tracks on the EP are live versions of their old tracks, Still Echoes comes from Rock Am Ring festival, while 512 and Engage the Fear Machine both come from Bonnaroo. All three tracks make you want to see the band live and it’s like having a mini gig in your bedroom.