LAMB OF GOD bassist John Campbell recently spoke with Levi Seth Buckley of Sticks For Stones. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Sticks For Stones: ‘Overlord’ was the first song we’ve heard Randy sing clean vocals, did the song surprise you? And were you worried fans wouldn’t accept a “less” heavy song?
John: “Yes, that was a surprise for me because the vocals tend to be the last thing that gets put on the music. I remember Josh Wilbur when he was about to play ‘Overlord’ for me, he sat me down and said “I’m going to tell you something, Randy sings on this one” and I was like “wait, he does what?” Then he hit play and it was incredibly badass, I wouldn’t have expected it. Then to get to the second part of your question, was I worried? Or were we worried about what fans would think about the track? No, worried is completely the wrong word. When that song got released it was exciting to see all the reactions. The people that were bummed were the funniest reactions for that song. I read that a guy said “the first three minutes of that song made him want to take a fillet knife and cut the Lamb of God tattoo off of his arm”. That’s entertaining to me though, that’s hilarious. That’s great that we had that big of an effect on that guy twice, he was ready to commit himself for life with a tattoo and that one three minutes of music that we crafted totally bummed him out that hard. Believe me, we’re older gentlemen who are confident and are probably somewhat self-absorbed, it doesn’t matter what anyone’s got to say about us. We know we are good looking and badass motherfuckers.”
On Chris Adler playing with MEGADETH, he said:
“When it came up… we’ve all known each other for a long time and it occurred to me that in some weird way Chris has been working his was his entire life to play drums in MEGADETH. That band has motivated him, inspired him from the beginning to play heavy metal, to play bass guitar and drums and when that opportunity came up it made perfect sense. I was like “you absolutely should do this, it would be ridiculous not to”. For him to be able to do this is a really cool thing. I couldn’t imagine standing in the way of Chris being able to do that. Even, if it meant the end of LAMB OF GOD, that’s just what it is. He knows how to play drums and he’s an amazing drummer, so why not?”
You can read entire interview at this location.