Vocalist Randy Blythe of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD says that he "loves reading the bashings" of his band's music on BLABBERMOUTH.NET because it helps him "sleep extra-soundly knowing we done good once again."
A new LAMB OF GOD track, "Ghost Walking", was made available for streaming earlier today and has received a mixed array of responses, with some fans praising the band for"sticking" to a tried-and-tested formula and others slamming the group for releasing a track that shows "zero evolution" since LAMB OF GOD's last album, 2009's "Wrath".
In a series of postings on his Twitter profile earlier today, Blythe spoke about the criticism his band has received on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, saying, "So I'm about to go on Blabbermouth (which I normally avoid religiously) to check out the comments on 'Ghost Walking'. I need a good laugh.
"I'm grinning ear to ear right now after reading Blabbermouth. They HATE IT, so I'll sleep extra-soundly knowing we done good once again.
"I normally don't read Blabbermouth because when somebody I know dies (unfortunately, this has happened a few times recently), or even when somebody tries to do something GOOD (charity, etc.), some fucking tool on there starts talking shit 'Oh, too bad they didn't die sooner' or 'Fucking asshole should raise $ to buy a gun and shoot himself.' These are real things I have read about people I know. So I try to avoid that site like the plague. But a new track or LAMB OF GOD record comes out? I LOVE READING THE BASHINGS. It's unbelievably amusing to me.
"It is just so fucking funny to me, picturing these dudes hunched over their computers, tapping bravely away on their keyboards. I just love the imagery, for some reason. Plus I love raising critical bile, and if Blabbermouth is good for anything, it's a bunch of self-appointed music experts spewing forth a bunch of hateful bullshit! So now I've gotten my fill til the record comes out.
"Let the bashing begin!"
He continued, "Anyway, the Blabbermouth thing to me is really amusing as it pertains to ME AND MY BAND I THRIVE on hatred. But it does bum me out when they say nasty shit about my friends or just humans trying to do something [with] their lives in general. Makes me wanna dish out knuckle sandwiches."
Blythe's remarks were followed by supportive tweets from several other musicians and associated music-industry figures, including Sebastian Bach (former SKID ROW lead singer), Jeremy Wagner (former BROKEN HOPE guitarist and author of "The Armageddon Chord" novel) and Rita Haney (longtime girlfriend of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott).
Rita Haney (to Randy): "I know what ya mean. Dime and myself have taken quite a bashing there, too."
Randy (in response to Rita): "I know! It's unfucking real what people will say behind the safety of a computer. People speak ill of the dead, for fuck's sake."
Jeremy Wagner (to Randy): "The [Blabbermouth] douchebags who comment [with] 'virtual courage' are wasted loads. The shit I've read about my dead friends on there is pathetic."
Randy (in response to Jeremy): "Yes, it's fucking sickening, isn't it? [By the way], the term 'Broken Hope' is a lyric in 'Ghost Walking', and not by accident ;) SHOUT OUTS!"
Sebastian Bach (to Randy): "I dont give a fuck what is said about me, because I signed up [for] this shit. But when they go after the [ones] I love, I WANT TO KILL."
Randy (in response to Sebastian): "EXACTLY, bro. I know what I signed up for too, so I could care less what they say about ME but fuck with my people? Grrrr..."
"Ghost Walking" comes off LMAB OF GOD's new album, "Resolution", which will be released in North America on January 24, 2012 via Epic Records (one day earlier internationally through Roadrunner Records). The CD was recorded at various studios in Virginia and New York with producer Josh Wilbur, who worked on the band's last effort, 2009's "Wrath".
"Resolution" will feature 14 songs and will come in a digipack with artwork by longtime art director Ken Adams.
The "Resolution" cover artwork can be seen below.
"Resolution" track listing:
01. Straight For The Sun
03. Ghost Walking
05. The Undertow
06. The Number Six
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
14. King Me
The "Ghost Walking" video will begin airing tomorrow (Tuesday, December 6) on VEVO and all other video outlets.
During its 2012 world tour, LAMB OF GOD, in connection with Epic Records and 914 Films, will shoot a feature film documenting fans and their personal stories of how they use the band's music to cope with their everyday lives.
"Wrath" sold around 68,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 2 (behind TAYLOR SWIFT's "Fearless") on The Billboard 200 chart.
LAMB OF GOD performed at the sixth edition of D-TOX Rockfest on June 17 in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. This marked the group's first and only 2011 appearance.