Enlarge Lamb of God at Resurrection Fest 2019. Photo credit: Javier Bragado.

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe “Hated Making Every Single Record” He’s Ever Made


Some musicians just want to write and record from the comfort of their homes and studios and detest life out on the road: the distance from friends and family, the daily grind, the endlessly long drives. Others live for the adrenaline of the live crowds, the audience feedback, the energy of being up on stage night after night, and to them, everything else is a means to an end.

Count Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe in the latter camp: in a new chat with Metal Injection, Blythe says he hates the recording process, but treats it as a “necessary evil” to get out on the road where he thrives [transcribed by Ultimate Guitar]:

Do you have [recording] down to like an exact science, or is there a challenge every time?

“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.”

You can watch the full interview below. Lamb of God’s self-titled album comes out on May 8; pre-order here, and listen to its two singles released so far, “Memento Mori” and “Checkmate.”

The band’s co-headlining tour with Megadeth, also featuring Trivium and In Flames, is allegedly still on. Dates:

6/12 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live [tickets]
6/13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion [tickets]
6/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater [tickets]
6/16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater [tickets]
6/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater [tickets]
6/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion [tickets]
6/20 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center [tickets]
6/21 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion [tickets]
6/23 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Heath Amphitheater at Lakeview [tickets]
6/24 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Lake Amphitheater [tickets]
6/28 – Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park [tickets]
6/29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage [tickets]
7/1 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater [tickets]
7/2 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre [tickets]
7/3 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Music Center [tickets]
7/5 – Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Music Center [tickets]
7/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion [tickets]
7/8 – Cleveland, OH @Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica [tickets]
7/10 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL [tickets]
7/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO [tickets]
7/12 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium [tickets]
7/14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP [tickets]
7/16 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]
7/17 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion [tickets]
7/18 – Irving, TX @The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory+ [tickets]
7/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater [tickets]
7/21- Phoenix, AZ @ Isleta Amphitheater [tickets]
7/23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre [tickets]
7/25 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre [tickets]
7/26 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center [tickets]
7/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre [tickets]
7/30 – Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre [tickets]
8/1 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion [tickets]

10/2 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre [tickets]
10/6 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre [tickets]
10/7 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena [tickets]
10/9 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena [tickets]
10/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center [tickets]
10/14 – Springfield, MO @ JOH Arena [tickets]
10/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center [tickets]
10/21 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center [tickets]
10/23 – Huntington, WV @ Mountain Heath Arena [tickets]
10/24 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center [tickets]
10/27 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron [tickets]
10/28 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell [tickets]
10/30 – St, Paul, MN @ Armory [tickets]
10/3 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center [tickets]
11/2 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena [tickets]
11/3 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center [tickets]
11/5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center [tickets]
11/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center [tickets]
11/10 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena [tickets]
11/11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena [tickets]
11/13 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center [tickets]

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