In a brand new interview with Exclaim.ca, LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe admitted that he was not big on guitar solos, and that includes those performed by his bandmates Mark Morton and Willie Adler.
“No offense to my dudes, or any other guitar players out there, but when I hear solos, I really don’t pay attention to them,” he said. “I honestly don’t. There are only a few solos that I’m like, ‘That is freaking awesome!’ Most of the time, it sounds like jerking off to me. I’m a riff kind of dude. I come from the punk rock school. I don’t care about noodling.”
Blythe also spoke about the relatively short length of LAMB OF GOD’s seventh album, “VII: Sturm Und Drang”, which is slim and trim at ten songs — not nearly as long as many other recent high-profile metal albums.
“I wanted to release a ten-song record,” said Blythe. “Everybody wants bonus tracks now, and we all wanted a ten-song record. You look at [METALLICA‘s] ‘Master Of Puppets’ or [SLAYER‘s] ‘Reign In Blood’, and they’re short. ‘Reign In Blood’ is 30 minutes, and it’s just a pummelling, masterpiece. For an album that you’re going to have any sort of longer songs, I think constant sonic barrage, just constant ass-beating, it gets old on the listener. You need some dynamics, some ebbs and flows.”
“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.
As previously reported, LAMB OF GOD will be the musical guests on the Thursday, August 27 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The band will perform several songs on the show’s outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd.