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Interviews   

Randy Blythe : Lamb Of God lives the moment


For the release of Lamb Of God’s new album next January, we had a discussion with Randy Blythe, the frontman of the band. An interview that shows an unaffected, spontaneous character definitely rooted in the present. The message in these records is obvious, and an album is nothing but a picture of the current time. So according to him, it’s too early to claim that the shy evolutions heard on the very efficient Resolution, introduced by a sludge track and closed by a song with an orchestra (we talked about this experience for a while, then moved on to his opinion on classical music), are the start of a more defined change. We doubt it, though. The orchestra’s only here thanks to a suggestion from the producer, and this really good sludge intro seems to be the result of an of-the-moment impulse that’ll stay without any follow-up.

The interview has been made the day after the official announcement of Gojira’s signature with Roadrunner Records; Randy being quite close to the band, we also asked him about these news.

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Interviews   

Eyal’s stuck between metal and classical music, but he’s doing okay


You know what’s annoying? All those metalheads trying to find « excuses » to the existence of heavy metal, and to the fact that they enjoy it. More precisely, those who, through a somewhat naïve, simplistic and kind of dumb logic, try to establish a link between metal and classical music. For them, it’s a way to make a statement about metal being a noble form of music or – even worse – to give metal a purpose. But why? Does one need to justify oneself? Is that not the strength of our music: to be an independent genre, that doesn’t need to rely on anything else to justify its merits?

Eyal Levi, Dååth’s talented guitarist, tries to answer these questions. Indeed, Eyal has always lived surrounded by classical music thanks to his father, famous conductor Yoel Levi, whom distinguished himself leading Atlanta’s symphonic orchestra and Stockholm’s or Israel’s philharmonic orchestra; let alone his collaboration with Yngwie Malmsteen. Given all that, one would obviously tend to believe Eyal when he claims to know about classical music. If you just listen to his band Dååth, or the instrumental project he formed with his colleague Emil Werstler, you’ll have to notice his musical expertise.

But here’s the thing: Eyal’s passion is metal. The heavy one, violent, compact and dirty, the one that makes you want to scream and slam your head against the walls. Moreover, Dååth just released their self-titled album, which just might be their most accomplished album yet: it has more experimenting than the last one, The Concealers, and is more controlled than the first albums.

So here’s what the extremely interesting Eyal has to say about that.



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