Lamb Of God Frontman Rants On Heavy Metal Subgenres

Randy Blythe

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe recently took to the Internet to bitch and complain about the lack of innovation in metal these day, as well as all the various, countless subgenres that exist within metal.

“Who would you say is a band that’s very influential in today’s decade?,” Blythe asks. “Who is a pioneer?”

He followed it up with the following: “In today’s decade? Nick Cave is still interesting to me. I dunno man — most music is garbage today. I’m waiting for innovation. Everything in modern culture is so derivative and referential. People’s HUMOR consists of one liners from other TV and people lives. Music is worse. The big thing now being ‘mash ups.’ Except for humor purposes (once again, ENTIRELY derivative), THEY SUCK.

“Write a NEW song — I am trying my best to figure out a new way to think (only for MYSELF — I don’t want to change anyone but myself) about music, art, etc.,” Blythe rails. “I’m REALLY tired of the same old shit being constantly rehashed, etc. It’s particularly hard music — there are only so many notes, etc. So while I don’t expect to invent some revolutionary new art form or music or writing, I WILL NOT succumb to the lackadaisical road most take.”

Blythe says that road’s the one where people “Don’t try, stay safe, and don’t put your neck on the line doing something that might make you look uncool.”

In response to that, Blythe says, “FUCK THAT SHIT & FUCK regurgitating someone else’s music, writing, art, or stupid reality TV punchline. THIS IS YOUR FUCKING LIFE. WAKE UP & LIVE IT.”

Dude was then asked by a fan if he was familiar with Djent.

“THE STUPIDEST name yet for ANOTHER ‘genre’ of metal. If you call yerself ‘djent’ — cap yerself NOW…THERE IS NO SUCH FUCKING THING AS ‘DJENT.’ ITS NOT A GENRE. I’m sorry, it’s STUPID AS FUCK. Metal [is] already WAY over classified…all this BULLSHIT: ‘Deathcore’ and ‘Djentcore’ and fucking ‘Cantplayinreallifebutcanonacomputer-core.’ It’s just a NAME. People can call themselves WHATEVER THEY WANT — it’s fucking heavy metal. This sub-classifying shit is a pathetic attempt to say that you are re-inventing the wheel. YOU ARE NOT. IT’S FUCKING HEAVY METAL. Get over it.”

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