LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe has dismissed suggestions that his band is the natural successor to the thrash metal throne previously occupied by SLAYER.
Ever since SLAYER completed its final tour last November, there has talk about which younger act is best equipped to follow in the legendary Californian act's footsteps, with LAMB OF GOD mentioned by some as the most likely candidate.
Asked in a new interview with Metal Injection how he feels about LAMB OF GOD being linked to SLAYER in that way, Blythe said (see video below): "I've heard that from other people. We were the main support for every leg of their final tour except for the last one. I mean, we did, like, four legs or something — we went everywhere. And it's, like, [people have said] 'They're passing the torch. They're handing you the crown.' And it's, like, there was no secret ceremony where we all sat down and [SLAYER guitarist] Kerry King was, like, 'I give you the place of SLAYER. Here's the SLAYER throne. Here's the keys to all our unholy wonders in our secret SLAYER vault.' There was none of that.
"I'm not really worried about taking SLAYER's place, because we never will take SLAYER's place," he continued. "No one will ever take SLAYER's place. SLAYER was an entity unto themselves — they helped create this style of music that we descend from. They're forefathers of ours — but so is BLACK SABBATH, so is Elvis [Presley], so is Robert Johnson, and all the way back to the blues. And I haven't taken Robert Johnson's place. I'm not worried about taking SLAYER's place."
LAMB OF GOD's self-titled album will be released on May 8 via Epic Records. The follow-up to "VII: Sturm Und Drang" marks LAMB OF GOD's first recordings with Art Cruz, who joined the band last July as the replacement for the group's founding drummer, Chris Adler.
"Lamb Of God" was recorded with longtime producer Josh Wilbur (KORN, MEGADETH, GOJIRA, TRIVIUM) and includes special guest appearances by Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT).
LAMB OF GOD is scheduled to join forces with MEGADETH for a North American tour this summer and fall.