Watch Lamb Of God's Mark Morton perform the Pearl Jam classic Black

Mark Morton
(Image credit: Rise Records)

Lamb Of God founder Mark Morton has released a cover version of the 1991 Pearl Jam classic Black. The track is taken from Morton's current EP Ether, and features singer Mark Morales, a regular in Morton's live band.

“The early 90s were such an important and vibrant time for rock music in general, and I feel like Black is one of the great songs from that era,” says Morton. “Our approach in covering it was to present a super stripped-down version, sticking the essence of the song. It’s got a very lonely feel to it and Mark Morales delivered an absolutely incredible vocal performance."

As well as Black, Morales sings on another song on the EP, All I Had To Lose. Additional guest vocalists include Lzzy Hale, who sings The Black Crowes' She Talks To AngelsKillswitch Engage/Light the Torch vocalist Howard Jones, who sings Love My Enemy, and Moon Tooth vocalist John Carbone, who appears on The Fight

Ether was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with Lamb of God, GojiraTrivium, Korn and Megadeth. It's available now

“Once again, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazingly talented artists and friends to assemble this collection of tunes, all of which feature a strong acoustic guitar component," says Morton.

He adds: “Inspired by the acoustic sets I had the opportunity to perform last spring and summer in support of Anesthetic, I began writing some new songs to reflect that more mellow vibe." 

Morton will play in The UK with Lamb Of God in April 2020

Mark Morton - Ether

(Image credit: Rise Records)
Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.