Vocalist Randy Blythe of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD spoke to Noisey about the band's plans for 2015, including the progress of the writing sessions for the group's new album, which he describes as "pretty monstrous."
"LAMB OF GOD is playing a bunch of big gigs this year, and sooner or later we'll write an album," he said. "What the guys have been writing sounds pretty monstrous thus far."
He continued: "In the immediate, we're going to Soundwave in Australia in February, which will be warm and awesome. It'll be our third Soundwave. Going to Indonesia after that for a few days, [and] hopefully I'll get some time to surf. We'll be doing some bigger gigs in the summer too. We had to take some time off because the tour cycle took about three years, like writing recording touring, and then I got arrested."
Blythe added: "The whole legal thing took over a year of my life, during which we toured in the States and afterwards we finished up the touring cycle. It was a rough, rough year, so thank god it's behind me. So we got done touring South Africa in January, and I started working on my book, which should come out sometime in 2015. It's being edited now. It's a book called 'Dark Days', which is basically about what happened over in the Czech Republic. My editor sent me back the manuscript, so I have to approve edit that by January. So that should be out sometime in the summer, maybe. [I'm] not sure how long it's gonna take.”
LAMB OF GOD entered into a worldwide distribution deal with Specticast (LED ZEPPELIN's "Celebration Day", Paul McCartney's "Rock Show") for their Don Argott-directed ("Last Days Here", "Art Of The Steal", "School Of Rock") feature film "As The Palaces Burn". Filming for the movie began in 2012 and concluded in March of 2013.
"As The Palaces Burn", which should not be confused with the making-of documentary packaged with the recent re-release of the 2003 LAMB OF GOD album of the same name, was conceived to be a documentary focused on the power of music and its impact on cultures around the world and its ability to bring together people of all nationalities regardless of religious or political differences. After a worldwide casting call, filming took place in Colombia, Venezuela, Israel, India, and the United States. As filming reached its conclusion, the documentary was forced to take a major turn when Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with the murder of a fan in June 2012. Granted unique access to Blythe's saga, Argott's filming covered Blythe's 38-day imprisonment in Prague, his release and the band's return to live performances, and finally Blythe's trial for murder in Prague in February 2013.