With Lamb of God being announced as direct support for Slayer on the European leg of their 2018 farewell tour, vocalist Randy Blythe is understandably pinching himself at the prospect of helping see out a band which he's been a fan of since his teenage years.
In a recent interview with Loudwire, Randy sat down to talk about how Slayer helped expand his tastes from hardcore punk, undoubtedly influencing the Lamb of God sound we hear today.
“It’s really an honor. We didn’t know this was going to be their final tour until the day they announced it … They’re legends; I’ve been a fan of theirs since high school. They’re one of those bands that cut across all different areas of the underground.”
Randy recalls the kid who kept raving about Slayer, eventually getting the future metal vocalist to give the thrashers a shot. “[I thought], ‘They’re gonna suck, I don’t like heavy metal.’ The first [‘Angel of Death’] vocal, ‘Ahhhhhhh!’ I was like, ‘Okay, that’s whacky. He’s been huffing helium or whatever,’ but the rest of it is just so aggressive and edgy and weird historical commentary.”
Speaking of his bond with the Slayer guys, Blythe explains, “When we first started touring with them, there was more of a kinship over Jagermeister, I think, with Kerry King (laughs). Then I stopped drinking, but I still keep up with Kerry. I went to his house a few months ago with Dez Fefara and had some lovely cheese.” (Transcription via Loudwire)
Check out the full interview below:
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