Five years after their last critically acclaimed studio album VII: Sturm Und Drang, Lamb of God posted a short clip teasing a new album to be released in 2020. The short video shows footage of the band’s members in the studio and ends with the band’s logo and the writing 2020, supposedly indicating an upcoming album.
This will be the first album the band releases after former drummer and band founder Chris Adler’s parting. Adler’s position is filled by Art Cruz who replaced him on tours occasionally over the years. Former bands of Cruz are Prong and Winds of Plague.
Adler did not join the band’s 2018 tour due to physical and occupational therapy he was undergoing following a motorcycle accident in 2017. Last July, Adler has officially left the band. However, he denied rumors that health problems were the reason for it and cited creative differences as the real reason.
Since their 2015 album, the band released an EP, The Duke, and a covers album, Legion: XX under their original name Burn the Priest. This album contained covers for bands as Ministry, Melvins, and Bad Brains.