LAMB OF GOD Frontman Says He "Hated Making Every Single Record I've Ever Made"
Blythe was very candid and noted that ultimately, he does not enjoy recording new albums.
"I hate making records. I hated making this record, I've hated making every single record I've ever made. I do not enjoy it. I like touring, I like getting on stage raging and seeing everybody going the fuck off, and that communication, that exchange of energy with the audience. The process of making a record is a necessary evil to me with my band because it's just not fun, so it's always a challenge.
"That being said, this was the most relaxed collaborative – I think – thing that we've done, ever. I will never say, 'I had a good time making a record' – because I didn't. I go to bed with a headache every night; physically, it hurts. My throat hurts, my head hurts, my ears are ringing, I hear myself singing the same line over and over and over as I go to sleep, it's like, 'Repeat, shut up, shut up,' so it kind of drives me crazy.
"That's why I can't be at home when I record. I'm not fit to be around my friends, my family, I have to leave and go immerse myself in that world."
Blythe talked about the political nature of the record and who he writes the lyrics for.
"People are like, 'Why aren't more bands writing political records or records that are commentaries? Why is everybody pulling away from that? Why aren't the younger bands in it?' or, 'Why aren't older bands in it?' And I think people are scared because of the toxic nature of the internet and everybody, they're afraid people are gonna say, 'Fuck them!' But guess what? I don't fucking care. Because people are gonna say 'fuck them' regardless, no matter what we do. So, some people won't like it – I don't care, I like it. I don't care at all.
We make music for five people. This may offend some people but once again, I don't care. We make records for the five dudes in Lamb of God. We have to like it, and as long as we like it, then it's a success. Luckily, a lot of people seem to continually like it, and I think the record will do well. I think we'll ruffle some feathers, but that's okay. I'm not in a Top 40 band, I'm not here to make everybody happy."
Metal Injection's Frank Godla also asked Blythe if he thinks the band could follow in Slayer's foot steps and be "the next Slayer," so to speak:
"I've heard that from other people. We were the main support for every leg of their final tour except for the last one. I mean, we did, like, four legs or something — we went everywhere. And it's, like, [people have said] 'They're passing the torch. They're handing you the crown.' And it's, like, there was no secret ceremony where we all sat down and [Slayer guitarist] Kerry King was, like, 'I give you the place of Slayer. Here's the Slayer throne. Here's the keys to all our unholy wonders in our secret Slayer vault.' There was none of that.
"I'm not really worried about taking Slayer's place, because we never will take Slayer's place," he continued. "No one will ever take Slayer's place. Slayer was an entity unto themselves — they helped create this style of music that we descend from. They're forefathers of ours — but so is Black Sabbath, so is Elvis [Presley], so is Robert Johnson, and all the way back to the blues. And I haven't taken Robert Johnson's place. I'm not worried about taking Slayer's place."
Watch the full interview below, where Blythe also goes into detail about what it was like working with new drummer Art Cruz.
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