Hear Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Roar on New Saudade Song “Lions”

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Long rumored but finally coming to fruition, the Saudade musical collection features Deftones’ Chino Moreno and his Cross’ bandmate Chuck Doom, as well as Dr. Know (Bad Brains), Gil Sharone (Marilyn Manson, Dillinger Escape Plan), Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags) and many others. Over the last few months, the group has begun releasing music, including a dark, ethereal duet between Moreno and Chelsea Wolfe, a collaboration with rap-punk duo Ho99o9, and a moody instrumental titled “Crisis.” Today, the collective has offered up its latest single, “Lions,” which features Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe and dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry, as well as core members Doom, Know, Jayson, John Medeski (Medeski, Martin, & Wood) and David Torn (David Bowie, k.d. lang, Madonna). The song was recorded at Applehead Recording Studio in Woodstock, New York, in April 2019 — Blythe posted enthusiastically about the process on Instagram at the time. Hear “Lions” and read the Lamb of God singer’s comments on the recording process and the results below.


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Just spent an amazing three days in Woodstock, NY working & chilling at @appleheadrecord studio– very honored to have been asked to contribute to @saudademusiccollective, an insanely talented musical coalition comprised of a bunch of very serious, extremely high-level players. Saudade is the brainchild of my buddy, the mad scientist Chuck Doom (aka @tholyghost)- the collective recently put out a beautiful track called “Shadows & Light” featuring my pals @cchelseawwolfe & @chinowmoreno on vocals, so peep that. The track I just laid vocals for features guitar by the man beside me in this photo, the legendary @DrKnowBadBrains (of Bad Brains), bass & other sounds from Chuck Doom AKA @tholyghost (Crosses/Team Sleep), mellotron/keys from @JohnMedeski (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), drums by Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags), & just plain guitar insanity from @davidmtorn (he’s worked with way too many people to list- let’s just say he’s on several David Bowie albums.) It’s NUTS- I mean, there’s even steel pan drums on the song that belonged to Jaco Pastorius (Doom is a jazz guy & was good friends with Jaco.) Can’t wait to hear a final mix of this and for it to be put out, because the rough I have sounds massive. I mean, just to be on a track with Doc & Mackie is freaking INSANE to me- my inner teenager is losing his mind right now. Plus, I got to do some different stuff than what I normally do with my band, which is always the best feeling- if you’re a really an artist, you do your best to not get yourself painted into a creative corner. That leads to creative stagnation, & stagnation= death. Screw that. Also did some writing for another tune I’ll track later- Applehead Studio is just an amazing place to be be creative (they have freaking goats & a potbellied pig running around- always a bonus.) What a great three days- I just feel grateful & very lucky to be working with musicians of this caliber (shout-out to @cshields12 for getting the ball rolling.) Stay tuned…

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