LAMB OF GOD Bassist: 'We've Always Played Kind Of Mathy, Weird Metal'

Alan Sculley of the Asbury Park Press recently conducted an interview with LAMB OF GOD bassist John Campbell. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On the band's beginnings:

"We started this in 1994 doing heavy metal when definitely metal was not big-time stuff. We've always played kind of mathy, weird metal, not your typical (style). We thought we could go tour from Richmond (Va.) to Chicago and hit some bases and that would be cool."

On Epic Records' expectations for LAMB OF GOD:

"I think they'll throw a track at radio and see who picks it. I don't think they're terribly aggressive about it because when we even first sat down with them, we were pretty much immediately said, 'You know, this is not a radio band you're signing.'

"I think they just saw the underground scene rearing its head and showing some commercial viability from a business standpoint. Being in the business of selling records for a profit, I guess they figured there was some formula that they could plug us into and work that up."

On the band's new album, "Sacrament":

"It's our absolute best songwriting. There have been some steps up in some departments with some vocals and vocal arrangements. We cover absolutely all of our (stylistic) bases on this record, from doing some songs that kind of make you think about earlier work to doing stuff that makes you think about more recent work to doing a track or two that might be something you never saw or heard before from us, but it definitely fits right into place."

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