Lamb of God won’t be letting 2016 go without a new release. To pay tribute to a friend of the band who passed away from cancer, Lamb of God will put out The Duke EP in December.
The Duke will be released in remembrance of Wayne Alan Ford. After being diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, Ford spent years battling the disease before succumbing to it in 2015. Randy Blythe took inspiration from his friendship with Ford to write a song called “The Duke” during the writing sessions for VII: Sturm und Drang. “The Duke” didn’t end up making the cut, but Blythe was happy to plan on giving the song a spotlit release.
The Duke EP also features the fresh cut “Culling” along with live versions of Sturm und Drang tracks. EMP reports The Duke will reportedly become available on Dec. 2. For Randy Blythe’s full story about how Wayne Alan Ford inspired “The Duke,” head over to Lamb of God’s website.