Randy Blythe says that the culture of outrage has become so pervasive in today's world that people are quick to condemn others in self-righteous indignation even before they have the facts.
Speaking to Kerrang! magazine, the LAMB OF GOD frontman bemoaned today's call-out culture and how it is negatively impacting artistry.
"In today's world, there's a culture of outrage," Randy said. "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.
"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."
He continued: "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 screen and judging people, that goes against everything this music stands for."
LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton recently confirmed that the band has commenced work on the material for the follow-up to 2015's "VII: Sturm Und Drang" album.
LAMB OF GOD is spending early July making festival appearances in Europe. The band is also scheduled to play at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California and Exit 111 festival in Manchester, Tennessee in October.