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Lamb of God’s “Still Echoes” is About Randy Blythe’s Time in Prison

  • Axl Rosenberg

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The only lyric from Lamb of God’s new single, “Still Echoes,” that I can understand is at the beginning of the chorus, when Randy Blythe screams, “A thousand years of failure/ a thousand years they bled.” So if you’d asked me what the song was about, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Still, I think most of us assumed that, in some way or another, LoG would address Blythe’s time in a Czech prison on their new album, Sturm und Drang.

So, not entirely surprising news — in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Blythe says that although “People shouldn’t expect a prison record,” they should expect a prison single: “[‘Still Echoes’] is a history of [Prague’s] Pankrác Prison,” the vocalist reveals, as well as “a history of the repression the Czech people have undergone.” (Pankrác, of course, is where Blythe did his time while he was incarcerated.)

The article elaborates:

“[Blythe] recites the first lyric from ‘Still Echoes’: ‘A thousand heads cut clean across their necks, right down the hall from me.’ And while, at face value, the words might read like generic gory metal imagery, Blythe asserts that their inspiration was very real. ‘There was a guillotine right down the hall from me, from when the Nazis had the prison. From 1943 to 1945 they executed almost 2,000 people by the guillotine, because it was cheaper than shooting and quicker than hanging.’”

You can read the entire piece hereSturm und Drang will be out in July. Pre-order it here.

[via The PRP]

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