Song: The Truth Is Dead
Artist: Mark Morton (ft. Randy Blythe, Alissa White-Gluz)
Area: Richmond, USA
Date of Release: 13/12/18
Genre: Groove Metal
For Fans Of: Lamb of God, Arch Enemy, DevilDriver, Chimaira
‘Hold my hand and fill my head, Ring in nose still unopposed. The truth is dead.’
Best known as the lead guitarist for American groove metal outfit Lamb of God, Mark Morton is man who I’m certain requires no introduction for the metal community. Whilst we’re unsure as to whether Lamb of God have anything new up their sleeve for 2019, fans can be left assured that Morton’s profound, unmistakable style will not be at rest this year, and with the announcement of a full-length solo studio album entitled ‘Anesthetic’, there is much to be thrilled for. The album boasts an impressive array of guest musicians; including Lamb of God’s own Randy Blythe, David Ellefson of Megadeth, Ray Luzier of Korn, Myles Kennedy and of course, the late Chester Bennington. ‘Anesthetic’ is set to release on the 1st of March 2019!
Alongside this announcement came the release of a brand-new single called ‘The Truth Is Dead’ featuring Blythe as well as Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz! It’s a track with an interesting progression; Morton starting off with some clean guitar arpeggios alongside White-Gluz providing some sweet melodic vocals with tons of tremolo. The considerable calm before the storm, as in time, the ensemble leaps into that undeniably groovy charm that we all know and love from Lamb of God. Highlights include thunderous, prolifically crafted riffage, flawlessly tight drum work, interesting lyrics and the contrast between pure heaviness and memorable chorus-lines, all of which blend brilliantly into the duality of White-Gluz and Blythe, a juxtaposition of vocals; harsh, clean, male and female.
All in all, ‘The Truth Is Dead’ was easily the smartest choice for the album’s initial single, as Morton’s pounding riffage combined with Blythe’s iconic growling ferocity serves to retain a certain familiarity for existing fans of Lamb of God, sounding as though it could have easily fit within their last record and one of my personal favourites, ‘VII: Sturm und Drang’! The addition of Alissa White-Gluz and the alternation between punchy riffs and blistering screams, ominous subtlety, and catchy melodic hooks all comes together to create a truly interesting and fantastic track that should excite anyone keen on a supplement for new Lamb of God material. Mark Morton really is the god of groove metal, and with such a varied line-up of guests, ‘Anesthetic’ is a record that cannot come any sooner!
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST)? 4/5
Personal Enjoyment: 9/10