In a new post on his newly launched official blog, Randonesia, vocalist Randy Blythe of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD writes about “sequencing” his band’s new album — the process of putting all the songs in the proper order before they can be made into the final album CD or LP.
“So after months of writing, demoing, rewriting, re-demoing, pre-production (a fancy term we musicians like to throw around for, yes, that’s right, writing and demoing — makes us feel professional), then finally actually RECORDING these fucking things that seep into our brains, interrupt our sleep, screw up our home life, cause us to have emotional breakdowns and start arguments with anyone who wants to disagree with us at that moment, these FUCKING THINGS CALLED SONGS — it’s time to put them in an order and turn them into an ‘album.’ And if you’re in a band like mine, that means arguing over which extra songs will go to exclusive releases with Best Buy, iTunes, and the ever-popular Japanese bonus track (apparently most Japanese labels want an extra track or they won’t put out a gaijin record), and which songs will go into the circular file, perhaps to be drug out of the digital dustbin later, touched up, and given to someone who wants yet another ‘exclusive’ track for their iPhone app or deodorant commercial or whatever.
“This process is known as ‘sequencing’ the record — i.e. deciding what order the songs go in. I suppose it must be akin to a writer doing his final reread, revision and fat trimming right before he turns his manuscript into his publisher. It’s not a lot of fun, but some stuff has got to go.
“Sequencing a record involves (at least in the case of my band, LAMB OF GOD) getting five very different, cantankerous, and aging dudes to kill their darlings for the better of the whole — THE ALBUM. We kill our darlings throughout the writing and recording process — a riff here, a lyric there, a drum fill here — in order to serve the song better. Sometimes it gets heated. Harsh words are said. Egos are bruised. Guitars are slammed around, beers are pounded, cigarettes are furiously smoked, yachts are sunk (OK, so we don’t have yachts, but you get the point). Sometimes it’s rough. Sometimes everyone magically agrees. Either way, at the end of many days we wind up with a bunch of tunes we are all proud of.”
Read the rest of the blog post at Randonesia.
Blythe previously described the band’s new album — which is due in early 2012 via Epic Records — as “WAAAAY better than [2009’s] ‘Wrath’ overall.”
LAMB OF GOD‘s new CD is once again being helmed by producer Josh Wilbur who previously worked on “Wrath”.
“Wrath” landed at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart back in February 2009 with first-week sales of over 67,000 copies.
LAMB OF GOD performed at the sixth edition of D-TOX Rockfest on June 17 in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. This marked the group’s first and only 2011 appearance.