Gene Stout of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently conducted an interview with LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On the Unholy Alliance heavy-metal tour, which is scheduled to play Seattle today (Friday, July 14) at Qwest Field:
"In the context of the SMASHING PUMPKINS-Bush world that we were living in when the band started in the '90s, the idea that a group like ours could pull our tour bus and our tractor-trailer into Seattle and play to these huge crowds at Qwest Field was unimaginable."
On LAMB OF GOD's upcoming album, "Sacrament":
"This record is very much a departure for us, particularly in the context of the last two records. ... It's a little more introspective, and I think it deals more with addiction, depression and self-doubt. It's a very dark record, but it's much more personal. . . Obviously we're still very much a thrash-metal or speed-metal band or whatever the kids are calling it this week. It's not like we set out to write a dance record or a pop record. But we tried to find ways to take on more ambitious objectives without sacrificing the heaviness of the band. That was a pretty monumental task for us. How do you break new ground and how do you develop as a band without letting go of the ideals that have driven us from the start?"
On once again working with Machine, who produced "Ashes of the Wake":
"He's not your typical metal producer. In fact, he's not a metal producer at all. He has a way of hearing things out of the fish bowl, as we call it. He can really give you an objective opinion on something musically without the burden of having to adhere to all these metal conventions. He really had a fresh set of ears for us."
On the album's first single, "Redneck":
"That song was called 'Redneck' before it had any lyrics at all. We tend to write the music first, and that song had a little of that Southern swagger to it. It was just a real party song. It had a real rowdy feel to it. It's a rare occasion when a working title becomes a real title."