Lamb Of God Frontman: We Sound Like A Slayer Rip-Off

Vocalist Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God was asked about the persistent comparisons between his band and metal heavyweights Pantera.

Lamb Of God Frontman: We Sound Like A Slayer Rip-Off
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According to Blabbermouth.net, during a brand new interview with Canada's Exclaim.ca, vocalist Randy Blythe of Richmond, Virginia metallers Lamb Of God was asked about the persistent comparisons between his band and metal heavyweights Pantera. "Phil [Anselmo] is a great vocalist and Pantera were a great band, but they're Pantera and we're us," Blythe replied. "Phil wasn't a huge influence on me; when I started singing I was listening to a bunch of really, really brutal death metal and really crazy grindcore, that's what got me into metal and then I had to go back and find Pantera and a couple of the bigger bands. I was more into the underground shit first. "The thing is, Phil is not the only dude in the world who has ever screamed and so what?" He continued, "It's interesting to me. I think we get a lot of Pantera comparisons for a lot of different reasons; because we're from the South, because we both have some groove and a lot of Southern rock influences that come through. Pantera were certainly an influence on us as a band, particularly on the guitar players, but some things just sort of happen naturally, it's just the way it is. I always thought we sound more like a Slayer rip-off than a Pantera rip-off." In a 2010 interview, former Pantera singer Philip Anselmo was asked if he had any feelings about some of the modern metal bands such as Mastodon, Lamb Of God and Avenged Sevenfold. "I've got respect for Mastodon; I think they play very well for what they do," he replied. "I think the drummer is very, very entertaining to watch; he's a f--kin' excellent drummer. Super-cool guys to hang out with; a lot of fun. I think that music is a wide open world. Of course I know what you're fishin' for. I think Pantera left a big imprint on them. It's flattering and sometimes if I walk into a room and I hear somethin' playing real, real low that sounds real f--kin' familiar, nine times out of ten it's one of them bands you're mentioning. But that's fine. The biggest argument could be this and I get this: Pantera doesn't exist anymore. The records exist but we're not creating music anymore so there's a void there. And I guess these bands are filling a void. So you've got to take that into account as well." When asked if he thought that any of these contemporary bands will have the impact and staying power that Pantera had, Anselmo said, "Pantera revolutionized the sound and the approach to heavy metal. It's been regurgitated. Once you up the production on a product and not just the playing but the actual production, then it's going to up the ante. Period. Bands are going to want that sound and Dimebag had a monster f--kin' guitar sound; it was all a matter of getting it on tape right. He always had that great sound."

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    Kenjamin91
    Can definitely hear the Pantera influence whether it's intentional or not. Randy's clean vocals on King Me sound near identical to Phil's. And there's a few riffs scattered around the new album that have a very Dimebag sounding squeal. I always thought Redneck kinda sounded like Pantera too. I don't see much of a comparison to Slayer.
    MegaGreg
    I don't know guys. I think the difference between you and Slayer is that you have a lead guitarist that can actually play without whammy bar dives and mash any random note on the high e string during your solos.
    Minivirus2
    Ha, misleading title is misleading. Also, when they're quoting Phil, correct me if I'm wrong, but I still don't know if he's referring LoG or Mastodon when he's talking about a drummer he likes. He mentions Mastodon, the sentence ends and then he's taking about their drummer. Kinda pointless to have this huge quote about Phil's adoration for Brann in a LoG article.
    MacgruberMullet
    drewcadaver wrote: Lamb of God are a tonne better than Slayer and Pantera. Pantera are good, but waaaaay overrated.
    How are Pantera overrated in any way? They're the ****in kings of metal for a reason!
    iommi600
    I really can't see so much similarity. Obviously they're influenced by Slayer, but they're far from sounding like a rip-off. I actually think these guys have a sound of their own and don't give a flying f*ck about elitist metalheads say about them.
    mastodude13
    They sound similar because of the groove and Randy does act like anselmo on stage as far as the way he talks. But Lamb of God is a very original sounding band, especially their older stuff. I like pantera and theyre super influencial, but Lamb of God are a much better band in my opinion. Their riffs and lyrics make pantera look like rednecks.
    samhell
    mastodude13 wrote: They sound similar because of the groove and Randy does act like anselmo on stage as far as the way he talks. But Lamb of God is a very original sounding band, especially their older stuff. I like pantera and theyre super influencial, but Lamb of God are a much better band in my opinion. Their riffs and lyrics make pantera look like rednecks.
    Whats wrong with rednecks?
    drewcadaver
    Lamb of God are a tonne better than Slayer and Pantera. Pantera are good, but waaaaay overrated.
    chrisvasco23
    I don't know guys. I think the difference between you and Slayer is that you have a lead guitarist that can actually play without whammy bar dives and mash any random note on the high e string during your solos.
    agreed. love slayer though
    MegaGreg
    chrisvasco23 wrote: I don't know guys. I think the difference between you and Slayer is that you have a lead guitarist that can actually play without whammy bar dives and mash any random note on the high e string during your solos. agreed. love slayer though
    Yeah I love both bands, but I think Kerry is better as a rhythm guitarist than a lead guitarist.
    slaveskinJACKET
    Pantera, I can see -- I've made that accusation a time or two, myself. They're like a poor, retarded man's Pantera. Slayer, I don't really see at all -- he kind of scream-raps like Tom Araya sometimes, but I think that's about where the comparisons end. Either way, they make horrible music that no one should ever be subjected to.
    Wrath of Pamela
    Megadeth > Iron Maiden > Tool > Lamb of God > Metallica > Pantera > Cradle of Filth > Slayer > Mastodon > Meshuggah > Job for a Cowboy > Ke$ha > Black Veil Brides. End of story, Blythe does not sound like Phil, he is better.
    deadlyminista
    As the Palaces Burn reminds me of Slayer it has that vibe. All these bands fit in the same mold. I think its great because it gives me options to listen to different bands in the same genre. At least if they break up I got the next band to jam with. Plus Randy is tripping out right now man this dude is one frustrated guy at times.
    littlebyrno
    Apparently the authorofthis UG article likes totype his articles withhis words mashedtogether likethis.
    Carling_1994
    Being a fan of Lamb Of God and Pantera....must say i cant pick which bands better? i enjoy listening to both, cant say i have really listened to Slayer properly.....not really a fan
    samhell
    The only Pantera sounding band I know of is Throwdown. And I don't mean that in a bad way, I consider them one of my favorite bands.
    killektrika
    MacgruberMullet wrote: drewcadaver wrote: Lamb of God are a tonne better than Slayer and Pantera. Pantera are good, but waaaaay overrated. How are Pantera overrated in any way? They're the ****in kings of metal for a reason!
    Mr Macgruber, i appreciate your music taste, but its a shame you had to type out a response to such bs. Next time, don't.