LAMB OF GOD's RANDY BLYTHE: All Of Heavy Metal's Aggression Comes From Punk Rock
August 5, 2015
LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe was interviewed for a bonus feature of the third episode of the "No Limits Music Show". During the chat, Blythe revealed that he rarely listens to heavy metal music, explaining: "If you look at the history of heavy metal, and where metal is now, all of the aggression, all of it comes from punk rock — all of it! It didn't come from heavy metal; it came from punk rock. If you look at the evolution of METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER… all these bands. What were they listening to? BLACK FLAG, the MISFITS… all this stuff. You look at their t-shirts — that's where it comes from. The technicality of metal comes from metal."
Despite the fact that he has little interest in listening to metal music, Blythe acknowledged in a recent interview with VH1.com that LAMB OF GOD is "just a metal band." He added: "Much to my chagrin, we're a metal band. I wanted to be in a punk rock band back in the day. I thought I was gonna be the Johnny Rotten of the South. Somehow, I ended up in a freaking metal band. It's what we do. I did music for the ballet, and I'm sure I'll do another band eventually that's not heavy metal, but LAMB OF GOD is just metal. It's just what we do."
Blythe told the Huffington Post about LAMB OF GOD's formation more than twenty years ago: "We've always just been five dudes from Richmond who wanted to be in this band. I wanted to be in BAD BRAINS, some of the dudes wanted to be in MEGADETH, some of the other dudes wanted to be in whatever else, but it formed this sort of thing that we were happy with, and we stuck with that. We do exactly what we want to do."
LAMB OF GOD's seventh full-length album, "VII: Sturm Und Drang", was released on July 24 via Epic in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Entertainment in all territories outside of North America. The CD was once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, California.
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