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Here’s the New Lamb of God Single, “Checkmate”!!!

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As expected, today Lamb of God have released “Checkmate,” the first single from their new, self-titled album. You can check(mate) the song out via the below video; the lyrics are at the bottom of this post.

Lamb of God will be released May 8 on Epic Records. It will be the band’s first album in five years, and their first to feature new drummer Art Cruz (ex-Winds of Plague). In a press release, the group calls Lamb of God “A true collaboration between all members of the band” and “an amalgam of each individual’s writing style, perfectly blended to create a singular style.” You can pre-order the album here.

Says guitarist Mark Morton of the album:

“‘Checkmate’ brings together all the components of the Lamb of God sound that we’ve been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band. Re-energized and reignited, this is Lamb of God 2020. We’ve never been more excited.”

Adds frontman Randy Blythe:

“Putting only our name on it is a statement. This is Lamb of God. Here and now.”

To celebrate the release of “Checkmate” and the announcement of the new album, Lamb of God will play a special free show at the House of Vans in Chicago on Friday, February 14. Fan cans RSVP beginning at noon CST today at this link. The event will include a photography exhibit featuring photos by Blythe that will be included in the new Lamb of God album artwork. Harm’s Way will open the show.

Lamb of God will embark upon a tour of Europe with Kreator and Power Trip starting in March. They’ll also be appearing at the Welcome to Rockville festival in Daytona, FL on May 9. All of the band’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

3/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Arenan [tickets]
3/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Black Box [tickets]
3/30 – Oulu, FI @ Club Teatria [tickets]
3/31 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall Black Box [tickets]
4/2 – Kraków, PO @ Tauron Arena [tickets]
4/3 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle [tickets]
4/4 – Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle [tickets]
4/5 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof [tickets]
4/7 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall [tickets]
4/8 – Munich, DE @ Zenith [tickets]
4/9 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena [tickets]
4/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle [tickets]
4/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz [tickets]
4/15 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Riviera [tickets]
4/17 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix [tickets]
4/18 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Saarlandhalle [tickets]
4/19 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique [tickets]
4/21 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol [tickets]
4/22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy [tickets]
4/23 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow [tickets]
4/24 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham [tickets]
4/25 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton [tickets]
5/9 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville [tickets]

“Checkmate” Lyrics

Watch the gears grind off their teeth
The screeching halt machine digging heels in disbelief
Two reactional identities, opposing policies
A bait and switch routine.

Double takes and double speak
Still scripting the facade
Asphyxiate and choke the truth
All hail the money God

Repeat, echo, refrain
It’s all the same, so deafening
Repeat, echo, refrain
A consequence, we asked for this
Repeat, echo, refrain
No, never again
The American scream.

A coup de tat on full display, a liar’s sick charade
A traitor’s grand parade
Narcissistic masquerades for those without a say
Systematic disarray.

Divide and conquer and close them in
and bury secrets deep
Make America hate again
and bleed the sheep to sleep.

Repeat, echo, refrain
It’s all the same, so deafening
Repeat, echo, refrain
A consequence, we asked for this
Repeat, echo, refrain
No, never again
The American scream.

You try to pick the lesser of
But evil doesn’t come in twos
Bellicose and balkanized
A sinking ship of fools
So kiss the hangman as you drop
The rotting corpse of decency
Just another casualty of the American scream.

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