Lamb of God Premiere ‘Memento Mori’ Video, Urging Us All to Take a Breath from All the Madness


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Lamb of God will release a new, self-titled album on May 8 — the first record from the “groove metal” masters since 2015.

The band’s music and creative vision are typically led by the creative vision and lyrics of vocalist J. Randall Blythe, and that is very much the case with a new song premiered on Tuesday. “Memento Mori” kicks off the album with authority, ominous whispered vocals from Blythe giving way to a blast of energy and riffs from the band two minutes in:

As Blythe explained in a statement accompanying the video premiere, the song stemmed from a narrative treatment he wrote a few months back — one that touches on topical concerns, as well as our unrelenting adherence to screens and the news cycle:

“There is a vast amount of indisputably real and depressingly negative occurrences happening across the globe,” Blythe explains. “Currently, at the forefront of everyone’s mind is the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very real concern, and proper precautions need to be taken by EVERYONE in order to protect those most at risk – the elderly, infirm, and immunocompromised. It is indeed a scary time, but in this hyper-connected age with its 24/7 never-ending news cycle of atrocity, outrage and lurid click-bait headlines (not to mention ill-informed lunatics running amok and spreading misinformation and panic on social media), it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that life is still carrying on, and good things do in fact still happen.”

“Months before the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, 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. 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. 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 that reality – if all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere you look. The actual monsters we used in the video are Sinisteria, a local Richmond, Virginia haunted house/dark performance troupe I met on the street at our annual Krampus Nacht parade. Richmond has a strong tradition of loud music and weird costumed monsters working hand in hand to make salient points (we are the birthplace of GWAR, after all), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Music has always been there for me, raising my spirits during hard times, and it is my hope that this song’s positive message will do the same for fans of our music right now and beyond. The release date for the tune was set a good while ago, but the timing seems eerily prescient to me now. So enjoy the song and video, and then remember to step away from the screens for a bit – real life is waiting for you. We only get one shot, so don’t waste this day. Everyone be well, keep a cool head, take care of yourselves, and take care of EACH OTHER.”

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#MementoMori // Link in Bio There is a vast amount of indisputably real & depressingly negative occurrences happening across the globe. Currently, at the forefront of everyone’s mind is the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very real concern, & proper precautions need to be taken by EVERYONE to protect those most at risk- the elderly, infirm, & immuno compromised. It’s a scary time, but in this hyper-connected age with its 24/7 never-ending news cycle of atrocity, outrage & lurid click-bait headlines (not mention ill-informed lunatics running amuck spreading misinformation & panic on social media), it’s all too easy to lose sight of the fact that life is still carrying on, & good things do in fact still happen. Months ago, 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, & television screens. While these devices are useful tools, & it’s important to stay informed, it’s equally important to remain engaged w/the real, physical world we live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality. I wrote the narrative music video a few months ago to illustrate how warped & myopic our mental states can become when we fail to remain engaged with that reality- if all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere. The actual monsters we used are Sinisteria, a Richmond, VA haunted house/dark performance troupe I met at our annual Krampus Nacht parade. RVA has a strong tradition of loud music & weird costumed monsters working together to make salient points (we are the birthplace of GWAR, after all), & I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Music has always been there for me, raising my spirits during hard times- it’s my hope that this song’s positive message will do the same for our fans right now & beyond. The release date was set a good while ago, but the timing seems eerily prescient to me now. So enjoy the song & video, then remember: step away from the screens for a bit- real life is waiting for you. We only get one shot, so don’t waste this day. Take care of yourselves & EACH OTHER. Love & PMA- Randy

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“Memento Mori” is the second song premiered from the Lamb of God record thus far, following “Checkmate”:

This will be the first Lamb of God album since 2015’s VII: Sturm und Drang, and the first with drummer Art Cruz, who assumed the mantle previously held by Chris Adler.

As it stands now, Lamb of God will head out on a co-headlining tour with Megadeth this summer, though the developing coronavirus pandemic may throw a wrench in those plans as it has much of the world lately — but as it stands now, the dates are:

Co-headlining w/Megadeth and special guests Trivium and In Flames:

Summer 2020
6/12 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
6/20 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Lake Amphitheater
6/26 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 – Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
7/1 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
7/2 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
7/5 – Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Music Center
7/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
7/8 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
7/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
7/12 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
7/16 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
7/26 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
7/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 – Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion

Fall 2020
10/2 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena
10/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
10/14 – Springfield, MO @ JQH Arena
10/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/21 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
10/23 – Huntington, WV @ Mountain Heath Arena
10/24 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron
10/28 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
10/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Armory
10/31 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
11/2 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
11/3 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
11/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
11/11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center

 


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