Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton recently sat down alongside vocalist Randy Blythe to discuss the making of their upcoming album, ‘Resolution.’
Speaking with Metalshrine, Morton said that they went about recording the album, just as they would have any other. “It´s based on a live tape. We write and rehearse as we´re writing and everybody´s standing in the room together, and we´re all playing the song and we´re recording ourselves playing it, so when the drums are tracked, he´s [Chris Adler] basically redoing a real live tape that we got. It´s all done to click and stuff like that and even when we´re doing it live, so it all can be cleaned up. He´s basically recreating his drum parts to a live tape, and then we go in and replace our parts, but yeah, it´s done separate.”
‘Resolution’ will feature 14-brand new songs, though the guitarist revealed that they weren’t the only tracks to come out of the ‘Resolution’ sessions. “We recorded 16 and we put 14 on the record. One goes to Japan and one´s for iTunes. Best Buy gets an exclusive too and they´re getting a bunch of live stuff, so they´re getting a whole live album.”
Since the birth of iTunes, more and more artists, including Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, are opting to release just one or two songs at a time, as opposed to full-length albums. Many in the industry are predicting that before long, albums will become a thing of the past.
So will this be the last Lamb of God full-length record? It certainly doesn’t appear so. “Nothing against Tommy Lee, but I like albums, man! I don´t just wanna make two songs! If I make two songs, I´m gonna make eight or ten more so I´ve got an album. We were talking about this in another interview earlier, ‘Resolution’ isn´t the best song first and the worst song last. For lack of a better word, it´s a journey! You follow it all the way through, and it takes you different places and brings you back. It´s what a good album does… as an artist, if you wanna call it that, I don´t wanna write one song! I wanna develop thoughts and themes. There´s a craft to this, damn it!”
Morton also discussed why the band decided to change their name from Burn the Priest to Lamb of God, “Lamb of God thing is only Biblical in the sense that historically, heavy metal uses religious imagery and I just think it´s a nod to that. It´s a cool name for a heavy metal band. The change was a little more motivated by the fact that ‘Burn the priest’ was a name that I came up with when I was a 22 year old kid and making screaming, grinding music and it was perfect. But when we became a serious band and really stated putting ourselves out there and started taking it more seriously, it was harder for us to process that and it was certainly harder for me to process that. I just didn´t feel comfortable with it and there were some tension about if for a while, because we had gotten a little ways with it. We´d already put a record out and stuff and we bit the bullet and decided that it was now or never and we changed it to Lamb of God.”
Lamb of God ‘Resolution’ hits stores on January 24, next year.
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5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
14. King Me