Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe: The metal community owes punk a great debt

Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe
Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe (Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic - Getty)

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe has given an exclusive interview with the brand new edition of Metal Hammer magazine.

The band are the cover stars of the June issue, which is on sale now and it sees the vocalist dive into several topics throughout the eight-page interview, including their upcoming studio album, politics, new drummer Art Cruz and Blythe's punk background.

Blythe says: “The metal community right now as it exists owes the punk rock world a great debt – all the fun stuff, all the touring routes, everything goes back to the DIY efforts of Black Flag and all those bands in the early days. 

“I resisted saying we were a metal band for years, because when we came up, we were more grind influenced, with ties to the punk scene. We were playing warehouses and squats, particularly in West Philadelphia, with a bunch of punk rock bands. That’s the world I come from.”

Blythe also says it drives him up the wall when he hears some fans saying politics has no place in music.

He says: “When people are like, ‘Don’t discuss politics, stick to playing guitar,’ it’s like, ‘You fucking idiot – do you know nothing about the history of music?’

“Not just punk and metal, but music in general. Read some Black Sabbath lyrics, you fucking morons!”

Lamb Of God will release their self-titled new album on June 19, with the band previously sharing the tracks CheckmateMemento Mori and New Colossal Hate from the follow-up to 2015’s VII: Sturm Und Drang.

This month’s Metal Hammer magazine also features the 50 Greatest Metal Bands Ever, Ronnie James Dio, Korn, Ice-T and much more.

You can get the brand new issue of Metal Hammer safely delivered direct to your door and don’t forget: You can also grab a digital pay monthly subscription to Metal Hammer for just £2.38 per month.

Lamb Of God: Lamb Of God

Lamb Of God: Lamb Of God
Lamb Of God will release their brand new album – the follow-up to 2015’s VII: Sturm und Drang – in June. The record will feature the lead singles Checkmate, Memento Mori and New Colossal Hate.

Lamb of God: Lamb Of God
1. Memento Mori
2. Checkmate
3. Gears
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (with Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (with Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eye
10. On The Hook

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