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Interview:
Lamb of God members have different views of the Grammys
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Randall Blythe likes Lamb of God's eight studio albums.

He just doesn't like making them.

"I hate making records," the heavy metal group's frontman says by phone from his home in Richmond, Va. That puts him at odds with some of his bandmates, but Blythe says that's OK.

A couple guys in my band, they really enjoy the studio, but I despite it," says Blythe, 44, whose 2012 arrest and brief incarceration on manslaughter charges in the Cezh Republic, on which he was later acquitted, inspired some of the songs on LoG's 2015 release "VII: Sturm und Drang." "It's a necessary evil. But for me it's like how some people are car people; they enjoy working on cars and making cars and tinkering with them and driving around in them. And there's some of us who just get into cars and use them to get where we're going.

"That's how I feel about making music. I'm a touring kind of guy; that's what I enjoy. So I'm gonna get in there, get in the studio and get it done. I don't want to be there any longer than necessary. I don't enjoy the driving; I just want to get there, if you know what I mean."

The combination of sensibilities has worked well for Blythe and company. The quintet's last four albums have debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. The group has also been nominated for five Grammy awards, with "512" from "Sturm und Drang" up for Best Metal Performance on Feb. 15.

Guitarist Mark Morton plans to attend the Grammy ceremony, undeterred by LoG's previous four losses. "It's still super-exciting," he explains. "In my mind the genesis of this band was just this little basement kind of punk rock, grind-metal band, so for us to even be in that conversation is great. Just to be acknowledged at the level is more than enough for me."

Blythe, not surprisingly, has different feelings.

"I don't care about the Grammys at all," he says. "I know people who get ballots and have their secretaries vote. It's not like a jury of your peers is voting on you -- and even if it was, it still wouldn't matter to me. It's like sports; some people really follow football teams and all that stuff and love it, and some are surfers and skateboarders who just don't care. I enjoy surfing -- and I don't care who's the best surfer."

LoG plans to take some time off after its current tour -- which is allowing drummer Chris Adler to do double-duty with Megadeth -- although it has festival dates booked in May. Meanwhile, Blythe is looking forward to "other stuff," including a possible film adaptation of his 2015 book "Dark Days...A Memoir." "There's been talk of an option," Blythe confirms. "There's certain requirements that would have to be met. It would have to be treated with a lot of respect. I didn't write a sensational book, so It would have to stay true to that."

Meanwhile, he has the itch to write another book, most likely a novel.

"I don't want to write another non-fiction book for a long time," Blythe says. "It's a huge pain in the butt. I would rather have free reign, you know? If something bad happens to someone in my book, I want it to be an imaginary person, not myself or someone I know."

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Deafheaven, Power Trip

Thursday, Jan. 28. Door open at 6 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $36-$65.

Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.


Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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