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Lamb Of God - Fucking Brutal Ass Whooping American Metal
How’s the tour going so far?
It’s going really well man! The shows are all sold out so it’s good.
 
And before you came here you’ve been to the UK right?
Yeah, we did six dates in the UK and finished in London, Astoria. That was a really big show, really crazy! And after that we came over to Amsterdam yesterday.
 
This is the last tour on the Ashes Of The Wake touring cycle; do you feel that is
closes a chapter for the band?
Well, actually I think every time you finish up a touring cycle you’re like: “Ok, we’re done with this one!”. But yeah, we’re playing a lot of songs for the Ashes Of The Wake album on this tour and it definitely feels like closing down a certain chapter. But that’s always something you keep when you’re in a band. You write something together and finish up things together so you always deal with closing a chapter.
 
And it’s something extra to close a chapter with a DVD right?
Yeah! That’s pretty cool indeed! I mean, the DVD went gold in the States and it recently released over here.
 
Yeah, about “Killadelphia”, it got released here with a bad transfer, and suddenly it got a "new" release date with a good transfer. What is the story behind this?
Really? Well, I actually didn’t even know that. But I hope they fixed it ‘cause I hate buying a faulty product you know.

The lyrics on Ashes Of The Wake are mostly about the current situation in Iraq.
Will that same situation be another theme for the next record?
Ehm…well, Mark and I both wrote the lyrics and the situation in Iraq and the whole Middle East actually are definitely a source of inspiration for the lyrics. And we do have a political touch in our lyrics but we don’t constantly say: “Ok, we’re gonna write a political record now.” We just write about what pisses us off. And back then, the situation in Iraq was something that pissed us off.
 
As for the new material, I’ve written like two or three sets of lyrics so far and there is a little bit of political stuff in it, but not that much.  don’t know what Mark has written so far actually.
 
Ok, and when are you going to record the new album?
We’re going into the studio in March. Late March.
 
What can we expect musically on the next record?
Ehm…well like every band, we want to progress on each record. Why write the same record over and over again right? And the coming album seems to be a little more textured and a little more layered to me. Sonically there’s more layers you know. It’s still brutal, it’s still heavy but it’s just something bigger now.
As for my voice, every record I try to expand my skills so maybe I’ll do that on the next album as well. I mean, every musician tries to expand his skills on his instrument. My voice is my instrument and therefore I’m trying to improve that as well.
 
So, back to the DVD now, it’s pretty strange to see you guys fighting on it.
Yeah but you’re constantly on the road with each other you know. You’re being together so long and then these things happen. You spend so much time on one bus with nine other guys and after a while you just feel like you need some privacy as well.
 
Yeah but I mean, it’s cool that something like that actually made it to the DVD because most bands don’t want to put that ‘bad’ side of them on their DVD.
Yeah that’s right but we think this is just an honest view on the band. You just get to see what it’s like to be in our band at certain times.

The segment on the DVD where the band explained some tricky riffs and drumming was
great; would you be interested in doing a sort of lesson-dvd?
Well, since I’m not the guitarist or drummer of our band that question isn’t really meant for me I guess but I’m sure that those guys would be interested. (*whispers: Chris would you do that? Chris: NO!) Hahaha! Well you’ve heard it! Chris said no.
 
Chris Adler (drummer) is working on a side project called Machinations Of Dementia,
what can we expect of that?
Chris from the background: I just quit! I didn’t have enough time for that band because of the writing and touring with Lamb Of God so, don’t expect much from me in that band.
 
Any other side projects in the works?
Well, it’s all fucking crazy man! Me and Mark are in a couple of other small bands. Mark plays in a country music band, I’m playing in a kind of sludge band. But obviously Lamb Of God is our priority. We just concentrate on that right now.
 
Are there things you would love to do with a certain artist?
Yeah! I always like to work with other artist you know. It’s a totally new dynamic when you step into a different band. They kinda have their own vibe and you have yours. But I can’t really think of anyone in particular I’d like to work with right now.
 
Maybe something like Killswitch Engage’s ‘The End of Heartache’?
Oh no! Haha! Howard I love you man but I can’t do something like that.
 
Today it is has been exactly one year that Dimebag Darrell got killed. What do you
remember of that day?
Yeah, that was a really bad day. We were in Brighton Beach in England. And Marks girlfriend called us and said: “Dime’s dead. You need to call the boys in Shadows Fall.” That’s because they had been on tour with Damageplan you know. So I called everyone I could actually just to get to know what exactly happened because we heard all kinds of crazy stories about everyone being dead and stuff. But yeah, it was definitely a bad day.
 
Some of the press has considered Lamb Of God to be this generations "Pantera", what is your comment on that?
It’s flattering. ‘Cause Pantera is a favorite of all of us. But we’re just Lamb Of God you know. We’re trying not to pay too much attention to what the press says. That only distracts you of doing what you should be doing. But all in all, it’s flattering.
 
Any chance of a Pantera cover tonight?
Well, we haven’t talked about that at all so I don’t think so. But we’re certainly gonna have a drink to Dime! 

So, what can we expect on stage tonight?
Fucking brutal ass whooping American metal dude!!! That’s what we’re gonna bring ya!
 
Have you been watching the other two bands (DevilDriver and The Agony Scene) as well?
Yeah! It’s a great tour so far and they’re both doing really good. DevilDriver is doing really really well. The Agony Scene is over here for the first time but they’re being received very well. But DevilDriver is actually a bad band to play after. They’re playing like 7 to 9 songs and they’re kicking ass every night. And then we’re telling Dez and the other guys: “You’ve got to be half of like what you’re doing now because you guys are making us work to hard!”
 
Ok, thanks for your time!
Thank you for the interview man!
 
[Interview by: Carn / Buzzin Hornet / BoEk]