Lamb Of God

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Says People “Sitting Behind A Computer Screening And Judging People” Goes Against What Metal Stands For


Having recently been won over by Fever 333 during a festival performance and expressing his admiration for them via social media this past May, Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe sat down for a joint interview with Fever 333 frontman Jason Aalon Butler for Kerrang!. Among the topics discussed was the current trend of call-out culture online and how it negatively impacts artistry. Blythe said of that:

“In today’s world, there’s a culture of outrage. If anybody does anything that people don’t agree with, immediately there’s a lynch mob mentality, where people will pile in on someone. But I don’t give a fuck! I grew up before the internet, and I’ve done things that have pissed people off and I’m still here.

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The outrage-of-the-day mentality is not conducive to artistic growth and inhibits people from taking real chances. Do what you’re gonna do, and if you’re real about it, it’s gonna prevail. If I was worried about what other people thought I would have given up way before now.”

“I don’t want to do what you tell me to do. I don’t want to look like you tell me I should look. I don’t want to listen to what you tell me I should like. I don’t believe what you believe. I don’t want to be in the mindless fucking herd or the hive-mind. I want to think for myself. That’s what I found in the underground music scene and that’s why I first got involved, because I was a fucking freak in high school. If you’re sitting behind a computer screening and judging people, that goes against everything this music stands for.”

Butler added:

“That gatekeeper mentality of punk rock, metal and hardcore is one of the most dangerous and degenerative things. It’s the antithesis of what punk and metal are supposed to be about. When you can’t be inclusive with these things, you’re literally going against what we thought the founding pillars were to this music. This gatekeeper mentality is more akin to things that we oppose and stand against, like racism, sexism and ignorance.”