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Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Reveals New Album Was Also Influenced By Stress & Czech Culture


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Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has opened up about the bands new album “VII: Sturm Und Drang” in a chat with Billboard.com. Describing it as the “most cohesive record we’ve done in a long time,” Blythe also revealed that a lot of the lyrical content is about how his time incarcerated in the Czech Republic impacted his life. The already debutedStill Echoes” has since been revealed to have been inspired by the history of Pankrac Prison, where he was held.

Another unspecified cut will focus on the changes one undergoes while facing imprisonment. In addition to that, the track “Torches” is about Czech student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire to protest Soviet occupation back in 1969. Blythe also said the impact of the stress the band has endured during his manslaughter trial (and subsequent acquittal) influenced the lyrical content: “I didn’t set out to write this record about my perception of how people handle stress and difficulties … but as I was writing, it kind of started coming to me.”

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He explained that guitarist Mark Morton was also in the same frame of mind, offering: “I don’t explain his lyrics. But he kind of fell right in line with that. t’s been a stressful fucking time for my band, the last few years, and it’s come out. Hard times make for good metal, I suppose.”

As for the cloak and dagger routine surrounding the recording of their new album, where the band fooled much of the press into believing they had only been writing it, Blythe added:

“People are like, ‘When are you guys going to stop screwing around and make a new record?’ They’re constantly hitting me on Instagram: ‘You should be doing this’ and ‘You should be doing that.’ We just kept it quiet. We have been doing this and that. That record was done in January.”

VII: Sturm Und Drang” is due out in July on Epic/Nuclear Blast.

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