Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton is collaborating with many fellow artists to release “Anesthetic,” a solo album, on March 1 via WPP Records/Spinefarm Records. Produced by Josh Wilbur, the album will feature such greats as Lamb Of God’s own Randy Blythe, Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz, and the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park fame.
When it comes to producing metal, Wilbur is one of the best in the business. He has worked on many notable albums, including Gojira’s “L’Enfant Sauvage”, The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “Dissociation,” Tenacious D’s “Rize Of The Fenix,” Parkway Drive’s “Reverence,” and Sum 41’s “Does This Look Infected?”
Originally, the idea for this album started as a project amongst Morton, Wilbur, and Jake Oni, vocalist of Oni and founder of WPP Records. Quickly, however, it started picking up. Ultimately, Mark is still at the center of this project; Josh Wilbur is recording, mixing, producing and co-writing, and Jake Oni is performing and co-writing.
The first single, “The Truth Is Dead,” starts off sounding like classic rock, with heavy riffs kicking in soon after. This song features Blythe and White-Gluz, and is the album’s closer.
The second single, “Cross Off,” features Bennington on vocals. Wilbur, Oni and Morton first approached him after the composition of the song was complete, and he loved what he heard. When he came into the studio, he brought along his own ideas and lyrics. That, and his unique vocal style, made the song what it is today.
If those singles are any indication, then this album is sure to be one of the most explosive releases of the year. You can find these two singles on Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming platforms.