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Album: Lamb Of God (2020)
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  • This song tackles Randy Blythe's experience at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The Lamb Of God frontman joined the native peoples there to protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline being built near to their water supply on unceded treaty land.

    Said Blythe: "I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protesters there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part. I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it."
  • The song features guest vocals from Testament vocalist Chuck Billy. Randy Blythe explained to UK's TotalRock Radio that because it was a Native American-led protest it was important for him to have a Native voice. "And Chuck Billy happens to be a gigantic Pomo Indian from California, so he was really down to do that."
  • The quarantine video features the band members and Chuck Billy teaming up to perform the song together from their own homes.

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