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Lamb of God guitarist Willie Adler plays a signature ESP model with signature Seymour Duncan pickups. “They’re high-output,” he says “Kind of a blend between the ’59 and the Duncan Distortion.” Photo by Atlas Icons / Chris Schwegler

John Campbell, Mark Morton, and Willie Adler discuss their first release since the tragedy that nearly destroyed their band.

Before the official announcement of Lamb of God’s surprise release VII: Sturm und Drang, teasers like the cryptic lambofgodvii.com website hinted that a new album was in the pipeline. But that website’s message was ambiguous, since many fans consider Burn the Priest (released when the band still went by that name) to be Lamb of God’s first album, which would make a new release album number eight. The band also teased gear shots on social media, implying that they were cooking up something in the studio. The anticipation became excruciating for fans awaiting the first new Lamb of God material since 2012’s Grammy-nominated Resolution.

That’s a long wait for diehards. But as you may have heard, the band has faced a life-altering experience that almost ended their reign as leaders of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement. Upon arriving in the Czech Republic for a tour, singer Randy Blythe was arrested and carted off by face-masked authorities bearing machine guns. They charged Blythe with manslaughter over an incident that happened two years earlier, when 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek crashed the stage at a Lamb of God gig in Prague. Blythe pushed the aggressive fan offstage. The fall put him in a coma, and he died shortly after.

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