Drummer Chris Adler of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD says that he is “really impressed” with the material the band has written so far for the follow-up to 2012’s “Resolution”.
During an interview with SiriusXM‘s Jose Mangin on a recent edition of Liquid Metal‘s “666-LIVE” call-in show, Adler stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for LAMB OF GOD‘s next CD: “It’s great. I guess the thing that I was overwhelmed with was the idea of us taking the year off of 2014 and then have us come together basically around now and start putting things together. But, as usual, everybody is a little antsy and wanting to jam, and it wasn’t, like, oh, hey, Willie [Adler, guitar] has an idea and Mark [Morton, guitar] has this kinda cool solo thing he wants to add on top of it. Both of these guys came in with about fifty different song ideas. So what’s been great is just going through all these ideas, which are all really good, and being able to say, ‘Okay, we have this much material. Let’s pick the top 10 or top 15 or 20, and just keep working on that. Then they get upset, because number 42 had their favorite part. So, okay, grab that favorite part from 42 and let’s make song 6 way better. So it’s been that kind of a process as we go along.”
He continued: “I’ve noticed the guys are really writing the kind of stuff that I find myself kind of… I don’t know… I don’t wanna say ‘singing along,’ because there’s no vocals on them yet, but the melodies of the ideas really stick with me, which is one of the things that, if I were to ever complain about more of the recent stuff that I’ve been buying music-wise… It’s great while I’m listening to it, I’m impressed, it’s over my head, it blows me away, but when I’m done with it, I couldn’t tell you how it goes.”
Adler added: “Our goal is, you know, that the guys that’ll write the songs that stick with you are the guys that are gonna stick around. So I’m really impressed with what these guys have been doing on a songwriting level — stepping it up and writing stuff that kinda sticks with you.”
Chris also spoke about LAMB OF GOD‘s plans for 2015 in terms of touring and whether there are any plans for the band to debut some of its new music live.
“We’ve got a couple big things lined up already, both commitments that we had kinda made before we got into the writing and recording schedule,” Adler said. “So we’re heading to Australia in just a little bit in February for Soundwave festival, which we’re excited to get back on stage. Then, I guess, we’re doing a couple festivals in June where we may — I’m not sure; we haven’t had that band meeting — but we may be playing some new material on those things. But those things are kind of a 45-minute greatest-hits show, so nobody really wants to hear anything new — they want to kill each other to ‘Now You’ve Got Something To Die For’ and ‘Black Label’ — so we’ll figure it out when we get there. But definitely the plan is by the end of the year is to have a new album out and do a very full extensive U.S. run.”
During a May 2010 LAMB OF GOD show in the Czech Republic, 19-year-old concertgoer Daniel Nosek sustained a head injury that allegedly led to the fan’s death. LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe was charged with manslaughter in the case, but was eventually acquitted.
“Resolution” sold around 52,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Wrath”, opened with around 68,000 units back in March 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This figure was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by 2006’s “Sacrament”, which shifted around 63,000 units to debut at No. 8. It also represented almost double the amount of records sold by its predecessor, “Ashes Of The Wake”, which premiered with 35,000 copies in September 2004.