Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe: “I Would Love To Play In The Czech Republic Again”

In 2012, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with manslaughter after a fan died from head injuries he sustained at one of the band’s shows. Blythe was ultimately acquitted, but he said he would never return to the country out of respect for the victim’s family. However, during a recent Reddit AMA, the frontman said he would be willing to play another show in the Czech Republic if it was okay with the man’s family

Blythe said the following:

“I would love to play in the Czech Republic again — I have nothing against the Czech people, and I was not mistreated there. Eventually I think we might play there again, but it will 100 percent have to be with the cooperation of the family of the young man who died, and I would want to give the money from the show to a charity they choose.

If we played there, it would be a huge news story, and I do not wish to cause the young man’s family anymore pain — they did no wrong, and were not cruel to me at all; in fact they showed me great kindness. But they have suffered enough, so it is out of respect to them we have not returned. I hope the Czech fans understand.”

Rock/Metal Musicians React To The Murder Of George Floyd

As the U.S. continues to be rocked by the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, MN, a number of musicians have taken to social media to speak up about the tragedy and the ongoing riots related to it. You can find some posts from various artists below:

Ice-T (Body Count):

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“We’re Hurting” 5.29.2020 Richmond, VA. LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR: as a peace loving man who has seen & very regrettably been involved in violence myself in the past, I CANNOT CONDONE VIOLENCE- it only hurts us in the long run. BUT… I can UNDERSTAND it. Last night, I went out to document a protest in Richmond, VA, walking for a couple of hours with the people, shooting photos & trying to capture this moment in history- this is what I do as a photographer, in times good & bad. It was peaceful for the most part while I was there, but very shortly after I left, it kicked off & the rioting/violence started. There were a few cop cars & a city bus put to the torch, windows smashed (including small businesses, a few of which were black-owned- how does this help? It DOESN’T), & lots of spray paint. Tear gas/flash bangs were deployed. There were reports of gunshots (from the crowd, not the cops), but thank God no one died last night. And although I have had my problems with police before, I cannot just hate all cops- I know some good ones who do their best to serve & protect. But I also have NEVER had to worry that a cop might kill me because of the color of my skin. The violence you are seeing is the result of years & years of bottled up pain & fear, the only voice left when peaceful means don’t seem to be working. I texted a musician friend in LA last night who is a black man- I asked him how he & his family were. “We're okay. We're hurting. We're angry. But we’re okay.” The two words that stood out the most to me: WE’RE HURTING. When people hurt bad enough, for long enough, they lash out. So instead of just being another voice screaming “Racism is bad!” I want to ask you ALL: please think about a time you were hurt & scared- how did you react? I know that I myself have reacted VERY BADLY before when I was hurt & scared. All I really wanted was for someone to HEAR ME, to LISTEN, to CARE, to try to UNDERSTAND ME, to RECOGNIZE MY PAIN. There are A LOT of people who are very hurt & scared right now, & they have had ENOUGH. Things have to CHANGE, or the violence will continue. I will be staying in tonight- if you are going out, please- be peaceful. My heart hurts… 😞

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage):

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Gathering my thoughts, my anger, my frustration and my warrior sense about what’s been going on in this country. It’s bigger than recent events it runs DEEP in our history! My heart is heavy, my soul is burdened but my determination to help and try to understand the big picture of the division we all are pushed into daily is strong. Yet another life taken and paraded on social media and the repercussions unfold. Is anger enough? What more can be done aside from post about it, write songs about it, live in fierce opposition to the persistent divide created because of it. I humbly ask what can be done? It’s not just the murder of George Floyd it’s the countless others that have died in a similar manner and many thousands that have died and never received media coverage. Our so called creed in this country a country that clams “liberty and justice for ALL” is under fire. How do you not react in anger in disgust and frustration?! I am “just a musician” and not a “political figure” but we are taking about HUMAN LIFE being taken. How do we NOT speak out against this wrong! It’s not about politics and I’m sick to my stomach seeing any one argue that point in any way! STOP using Black folks being murdered as an agenda to push politics!!! No, not all police are awful and murderous. In fact I know officers that are good people with the desire to actually serve and protect! So if you are one of those Good Cops use your voice now to show solidarity with citizens who are the victims of abuses of power! Just like me a white male is showing my solidarity to a people who have deep history and deep roots in the building and creating of the foundations and culture of this country. We need more unity and coming together to speak out and fight against WRONG! There is NO defending what continues to happen NONE. When heavily armed white skinned people can parade around in front of officers unharmed and unchecked and unarmed black folks are executed for the camera it sends a MESSAGE! Put aside ANY stupid political speculation about what is happening and lead with your mind. This should serve to UNITE us for the common good of us all NOT DIVIDE!

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Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

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The fact that it took this long, and people had to resort to protesting and rioting in order to get some semblance of justice… is disgusting. It is the year 2020. We have to change as a human race. We need new leadership that will encourage and inspire unity and equality instead of division and violence. We as individuals need to practice kindness and love, not selfishness and hate. We are all living on this globe together. Treat others as you’d want to be treated and help where you can instead of hurt. And if you get your panties in a twist over the notion of LOVING ONE ANOTHER…then YOU are part of the problem. Let’s draw a hard line NOW! Out with the old dinosaur mentalities, and let’s start brand new, with new eyes to view the world as John Lennon imagined it. “Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one”

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Korn:

Green Day:

Black Veil Brides:

We Came As Romans:

Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Fever 333:

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Power Trip:

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DON’T. MESS. WITH. THE. HORNET’S. NEST.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvwkAvA2tO/

Circa Survive:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Alexis Mincolla (3TEETH):

Venom Prison:

UPDATE: Here’s some more posts:

Senses Fail:

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

Jay Weinberg (Slipknot):

Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

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I was already upset watching #ahmausarbery being shot. Then watching the #georgefloyd video both gutted and enraged me to the point that it’s all I can think about. If you were unaffected by the video of the life leaving George’s face, there’s something wrong with you. After forty odd years of my life, I think things have actually gotten worse. If you don’t know, I am biracial. Growing up I experienced a great deal of racism. I watched my dad being racially profiled. Just two years ago I was racially profiled while on tour when two aggressive cops came to my hotel room because a front desk clerk told them a strange looking black woman with purple dreads seemed suspicious and must be a hooker. I don’t need sympathy for this…my point is that If someone that looks like me can be racially profiled so easily, imagine what black people go through on a daily basis and try to understand why there’s so much anger. It’s every dirty look, every “nigger” mumbled in their direction, every false accusation, every unwarranted pull over, all these videos of our brothers and sisters being murdered in cold blood building up to a boiling point. I heard someone say that these riots and protests are a public mourning. It gives me a little hope seeing so many different kinds of people mourning and protesting TOGETHER. THAT’S beautiful. The Looting on the other hand, makes me sick to my stomach. If you’re participating in that, you are an opportunist. A man died for that Louis Vuitton bag and those Nike shoes you just stole. You don’t give a shit about George. And maybe those big businesses can recover…but some small businesses that barely survived coronavirus definitely won’t survive being vandalized and looted now. Man, free stuff is cool but you know what’s cooler? Using this horrible incident to make an actual difference in your community. @miiabenante and I have been talking about this all week, and she asked me why these pissed off people can’t go to school to be lawyers or officers and make difference and I thought that was a pretty great idea 🙂 be safe. Love you all.

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Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy):

Ash Costello (New Years Day):

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Arejay Hale (Halestorm):

In This Moment:

Rise Against:

Palaye Royale:

Lamb Of God Premiere New Song “Routes” Feat. Testament’s Chuck Billy

Lamb Of God have premiered a new song titled “Routes.” This track features Chuck Billy (Testament) and it will appear on the band’s new self-titled album, which is set to be released on June 19.

“Routes” was inspired by Randy Blythe’s time with the Native Americans at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota during the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. The frontman said the following about that:

“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part. I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”

He also said the following about recruiting Billy, who is of Pomo Native American heritage:

“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country. So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section — Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”

Billy added:

“It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by Lamb Of God to do some guest vocals on this song. The #NoDAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy’s storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.”

Watch First Trailer For “Paradise City” TV Series

A trailer for the first season of “Paradise City” has been released online. The show, which is a spin-off of the 2017 film “American Satan,” features: Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria), BooBoo Stewart, Bella Thorne, the late Cameron Boyce, Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens), Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), Juliet Simms, Sid Wilson (Slipknot), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.), Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), Jose Mangin, and more. Here’s an official synopsis:

“The lives of a rock star with ties to the occult and a young rookie kid who idolizes him collide through their broken homes built by the music business.”

Watch Anthrax, Lamb Of God, & Nuclear Assault Members Cover Discharge Tracks

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), and Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault) have shared footage of themselves performing Discharge’s “Doomsday” and “The Final Blood Bath” in quarantine. You can watch that below:

Benante commented:

“The influence of @discharge.official on modern aggressive metal cannot be overstated- their speed & abrasive sound made them true sonic pioneers, helping lead to the creation of the thrash and speed metal genres. The four of us are huge fans, and wanted to pay homage to the ones who paved the way for what we do today.”

The Hear nothing see nothing say nothing Record was constantly played, my mix tapes would Have so many of their songs on it. The bass tone on those records was so Amazing, it was frightening @wainwright.roy a Big Influence on SOD. I remember @scottianthrax and I taking #jameshetfield to see #brokenbones at @cbgbofficial back in the day and being Blown away. I hope you enjoy this quarantine Jam I put together. I 💜 Discharge-thanks to @drandallblythe #danlilker and @pieromedone”

Randy Blythe On New Lamb Of God Album: “This Whole Record Is Political”

During a new interview with Kerrang!, Randy Blythe talked a bit about Lamb Of God’s new self-titled album (out May 8). According to the frontman, the “whole record is political.”

Blythe said the following while discussing the band’s latest single “Checkmate“:

“It’s the most on the nose politically, but this whole record is political. There’s not a single song [on the album] about an individual. When we had [George W. Bush] during the (2004 album) ‘Ashes Of The Wake‘ era, he was a whole lot easier to write specifics about because we had the war in Iraq, the mythical weapons of mass destruction, but right now, the political world everywhere looks like Peewee Herman’s playhouse.”

He also added:

“They are two sides of the same coin. Civility and discourse is at an all time low, and that’s because people view political parties now not for their policies, but they support these different parties like sports teams. The lyrics reflect that. The system is a fucking fraud.”

Saudade Premiere New Song “Lions” Feat. Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) & Lee “Scratch” Perry

Saudade (Team Sleep, Bad Brains, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Lions” via Revolver. This track features Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) and Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Blythe said the following about the song:

“For me, it’s a super big honor to have Scratch on the track, to be on a track with him because that’s something that, coming from my world and being in this heavy-metal band on tour with Slayer, if someone had told me, “You’re going to be on a track with Lee Scratch Perry,” I would have said, “Get the fuck outta here!”

If you read interviews with me and people ask me, “What metal are you listening to?” I’m like, “I’m not!” I’m listening to a lot of Seventies dub reggae, you know? You’ll see that again and again and again in interviews, and of course Scratch is such a huge component of that. And in music in general, like, people outside the sort of reggae world don’t understand the range of his influence he pioneered in his Black Ark studio.

I’m a huge fan. Anything that is dubbed out, like, weird, tripped-out stuff, that’s all coming from him working with analog equipment in the Sixties and Seventies. He’s a genius. I have a biography of him called People Funny Boy my wife got me that’s one of my favorite books.

If you understand what he did and him being the first guy to do this kind of stuff, really at the forefront of it, and you start looking for that influence in all forms of music, it’s there. A lot of people don’t even know that. So, for me, having him on the track, getting to be with someone who has really, truly influenced music in general, not just like our genre or reggae or whatever, but music in general — it’s a big deal.”

He also added:

“…I wrote all the lyrics, and if you read the lyrics on face value — I’ll send them to you — it’s a bit abstract at times. I use a lot of really heavy poetic imagery, but then it reads almost like a psychosexual, Natural Born Killers kind of vibe. I sing from a male voice about being with my love, and I want her to “draw her knife,” and I say, “death from above,” then the chorus is “We kill with a kiss.”

So, it kind of comes off as this whole Natural Born Killers, kind of psychotic thing. But what the song is about is an invasive species of fish called Lionfish. They’re from Asia and they have been introduced into our ecosystem here in the Caribbean and on the East Coast. They first showed up in ’85, I think, down in Florida. These are one of the most aggressively dangerous, invasive species in all of the marine world. They’re venomous — they’ll fuck you up — and they kill everything. They don’t have any natural predators here on the East Coast.

They think that Lionfish are here as a result of some bored aquarium hobbyist who let them loose in our waters because they’ve done genetic research, and the first ones they found matched stuff that came from the Philippines where most of the aquarium hobbyists came from. So, they think some aquarium people had these lionfish in their tanks, [and] instead of killing them, they just let them loose.

It’s a really big problem down in our ecosystem on the East Coast, particularly down in Florida and the Caribbean. I was in the Caribbean on a photo gig, and I was doing a lot of snorkeling and spear-fishing on the coral reef for these lionfish when I wasn’t working because one adult lionfish can reduce the juvenile fish population of a coral reef by 79 percent — all the fish. They’re killing everything.

So my wife came down to Cayman and I said, “Honey, we’re going lionfish hunting.” I had a homemade spear and took her out with me in the water hunting these lionfish. It’s pretty scary because if one stings you — they move slow, but they move aggressively so if you miss, one might rush you — but if one stings you … you should look it up. It locks you up. It’s not like a bee sting, it’s like if you got stung on your throat, your throat would swell up and you’d die in the water.

This song is about me and my wife going in the water and trying to eradicate some of this lionfish population. That’s the only way to keep them under control now, because they don’t have any fear. It was a neat image to me. It’s an environmental song, but it’s also kind of this crazy, Natural Born Killers story.”

You can read more from Blythe and Saudade leader Chuck Doom (Team Sleep, etc.) HERE.

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe To Guest On New Saudade Song With Lee “Scratch” Perry

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe previously recorded vocals for a new Saudade (Team Sleep, Bad Brains, etc.) track and now it has been revealed that Lee “Scratch” Perry will be guesting on the song as well. The collective confirmed the news on Instagram:

[via The PRP]

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe To Join Pigface For Their Full Tour

Pigface, the industrial project led by Martin Atkins, have been out on their first tour in 14 years and they have recruited a number of guests for the trek including Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, who has now decided to stay with the group for the full tour. You can see footage of him in action below:

Pigface’s current incarnation includes the following:

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Says Metallica’s James Hetfield “Literally Helped Save [His] Life” In His Battle With Alcoholism

As previously reported, Metallica’s James Hetfield recently re-entered a treatment program to get help with addiction issues. A number of people have since offered the frontman their support, including Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe, who said Hetfield previously “helped save [his] life” in his battle with alcoholism.

Blythe said the following:

“I got sober while we were on tour with Metallica almost 9 years ago. The first day of that run, one of my crew guys came to me and said “Hey, Hetfield’s looking for you”- we had been touring with them in the States & Europe for over a year and I was just RAGING, especially in Europe, but inside I was MISERABLE.

He knew I had been trying to quit drinking, it wasn’t working for me anymore, & it all came to an end in Australia. A HUGE FACTOR in my willingness & ability to get sober while on fucking heavy metal tour was the fact that I had James & some of his crew who were also sober to talk to- I didn’t have to do it alone.

James & crew babied me through my first month of sobriety out there on the road- it was a heavy trip. I couldn’t have done it without them. When I saw the news about James today, I hurt so bad inside for him, because he was there for me when I was in such bad shape- I know how dark it can get.

But it was also a very strong reminder for me of what I am, & what waits for me if I fuck up & forget I am alcoholic. If you’re an alcoholic, NO ONE IS IMMUNE, no matter how long you have been sober. James is in the right place right now, though, & as he has gone there of his own volition, it sounds like to me he wants sobriety back- and that is the key to it all, you have to want it.

So my thoughts & prayers are with him- I love that dude. He literally helped SAVE MY LIFE.”

Blythe’s comments were made in response to Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta’s recent Instagram post, in which he said that Hetfield inspired him to get sober.