Last week, Richmond metal heavyweights Lamb Of God made their return with Checkmate – taken from their upcoming self-titled album.
It's the first new music we've heard from Lamb Of God since their 2015 album VII: Sturm Und Drang, and sees frontman Randy Blythe share his rather negative views on the American political system.
The song was chosen by guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler to be the lead single, giving us a taste of what's to come from LOG's first proper full-length in five years (if you ignore their 2018 covers album Legion: XX).
"It’s the most on the nose politically, but this whole record is political," Randy Blythe tells Kerrang!.
"There’s not a single song [on the album] about an individual. “When we had [George W. Bush] during the (2004 album) Ashes Of The Wake era, he was a whole lot easier to write specifics about because we had the war in Iraq, the mythical weapons of mass destruction, but right now, the political world everywhere looks like Peewee Herman’s playhouse.
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"They are two sides of the same coin," he continues. "Civility and discourse is at an all time low, and that’s because people view political parties now not for their policies, but they support these different parties like sports teams. The lyrics reflect that. The system is a fucking fraud.”