There are many great frontmen in the world of heavy metal, like that of Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe. During a recent conversation with Killswitch Engage‘s Jesse Leach and Matt Stocks (as part of the duo’s podcast Stoke the Fire), the topic of frontmen came up. While Randy speaks to the late Dave Brockie of GWAR, he also shares what he feels makes for a standout frontman.
This is what Blythe had to say (the following was transcribed by MetalSucks):
“There are guys in their closet with their YouTube rig or in their garage who can out sing either fucking one of us. There is no doubt about it, man. They have more talent, natural talent, in their little pinky than either of us. But the difference is… I think one of the main requirements to be a frontman, a good frontman — actually, the only requirement, probably; I mean, you’ve gotta have some talent — is a willingness to get up in front of people and make an idiot out of yourself and be really bad for a while until you become good.
“…. [T]hese people with all this natural talent, it doesn’t fucking matter unless you can get in front of people and do it, and you have to do it with a group of people; you have to feel that bond; you have to deliver.”
What do you make of Blythe’s points? Do you think that boldness to get up in front of people and “make an idiot of yourself” is key to such performance?
You can check out the full conversation involving Randy Blythe below. In other news involving the Lamb Of God frontman, band drummer Art Crus recently shared that he feels Blythe is the greatest frontman in metal history. You can find a link to that story below, along with all the upcoming dates that are part of Lamb Of God’s Omens tour.
Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Baroness, Suicide Silence
Sep 16 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
Sep 17 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Sep 18 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sep 21 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Sep 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival *No KSE, No Suicide Silence
Sep 24 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sep 25 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amp at Freedom Hill
Sep 26 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
Sep 30 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Motionless In White, Fit For An Autopsy
Oct 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great SaltAir
Oct 02 – Grand Junction, CO – Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park
Oct 04 – Fresno, CA – Exhibit Hall at Selland Arena
Oct 07 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival *No Fit For An Autopsy
Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Spiritbox, Fit For An Autopsy
Oct 09 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Oct 10 – Kent (Seattle), WA – Accesso ShoWare Center
Oct 11 – Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds
Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders, Fit For An Autopsy
Oct 13 – Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater
Oct 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
Oct 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Oct 16 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
Oct 18 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
Oct 19 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
Oct 20 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory