Randy Blythe

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Randy Blythe
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Blythe at Rock im Park 2015
Background information
Birth nameDavid Randall Blythe
Born (1971-02-21) February 21, 1971 (age 47)
OriginFranklin, Virginia, United States
GenresGroove metal, thrash metal, metalcore, hardcore punk, death metal (early)
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1995—present
LabelsEpic, Roadrunner
Associated actsLamb of God, Halo of Locusts, Gojira, Cannibal Corpse, Chthonic, A Life Once Lost, Metal Allegiance, Haste, Deafheaven, Power Trip, Eyehategod, Sourvein, DevilDriver

David Randall "Randy" Blythe (born February 21, 1971), is an American singer, best known as the vocalist and lyricist of American heavy metal band Lamb of God. He has also performed guest vocals for Cannabis Corpse, Overkill, Gojira, EYEHATEGOD and in 2018 his voice appears in the Soulfly song "Dead Behind the Eyes", and he is also the lead singer of side-project band Halo of Locusts. As a teenager, he listened to bands of the hardcore punk scene such as the Sex Pistols, Bad Brains and Black Flag.

In June 2012, Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic and was indicted on manslaughter charges related to the 2010 death of Daniel Nosek, a 19-year-old fan, after a Lamb of God concert. The Czech court found that Blythe had pushed the fan off the stage and was "morally responsible" for the killing, but held that liability for Nosek's death also lay with promoters and security members, and ultimately acquitted Blythe of the criminal charges specifically.[1][2]

After his acquittal, Blythe recorded the album VII: Sturm und Drang with Lamb of God, an album inspired by the manslaughter case and his detention time in the Czech Republic.

Professional career

Blythe joined Lamb of God in 1995, when they were still known as Burn The Priest.[3] Before Lamb of God was successful, he had previously worked as a cook.

Blythe also has a side project band known as Halo of Locusts, who were founded around 2004. A full-length release was planned, but has yet to be released. They contributed to For the Sick, the tribute album for Eyehategod, covering "Dixie Whiskey".[4] In 2005, Blythe worked with the metalcore outfit A Life Once Lost on their album Hunter. He provided additional vocals on the track "Vulture" as well as helped in the vocal processing of the track. He later worked with them again in 2007 on "Iron Gag." He also appeared on the song "Skull and Bones"" by the band Overkill and "Adoration for None" on Gojira's album The Way of All Flesh. He was also featured on Shadows Fall song, King of Nothing, on their 2009 release, Retribution.

Blythe was featured in many of his peers' DVDs, such as Killswitch Engage's (Set This) World Ablaze and Machine Head's Elegies. Blythe was also featured in Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Working Class Rock Star and Melissa Cross's The Zen of Screaming.

He appears as Luke in the movie The Graves (2009), written and directed by Brian Pulido.[5]

On January 5, 2012, Blythe announced that he would be running for President of the United States via a blog entry entitled "I want to be The Big Cheese".[6] His official campaign slogan was "Fuck the dumb shit. Let's get real here." Blythe did not appear on the ballot in any of the fifty states or the District of Columbia.[7][8]

On November 20, 2014, was announced that Blythe is to star in an action movie being made by Taiwanese metal band Chthonic.[9]

On July 14, 2015, Blythe's first book, Dark Days: A Memoir was released by Da Capo Press. During its first week of sales, it made the Publishers Weekly non-fiction National Best Sellers list.

In September 2015, Blythe revealed that during the first ten years of his career with Lamb of God he had also worked as a roofer and a restaurant worker in order to survive.[10]

In February 2016, he joined Deafheaven on stage at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles with their song "Dream House".

In September 2016 he was recruited by Eyehategod as a replacement for lead singer Mike Williams during their US tour.[11][12]

In May 2017 he collaborated with DevilDriver on a Johnny Cash cover of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" from their upcoming country covers album.[13]

Manslaughter charges

At the end of June 2012, Blythe was arrested, charged and remanded in custody by the Czech authorities in connection with an incident that had happened during Lamb of God's previous concert in Prague two years earlier. According to the prosecution, Blythe shoved Daniel Nosek, a 19-year-old fan, off stage, thus inflicting fatal wounds on him. After being released on bail, which was contended by the State Attorney, Blythe denied responsibility for Nosek's death and pledged to return to attend the trial, which began on February 4, 2013.[14]

According to a verdict delivered by the Municipal Court in Prague on March 5, 2013, it was proven that Blythe had thrown Nosek off the stage and Blythe thus has the moral responsibility for his death. Due to the circumstances, however, Blythe was held not criminally liable with most of the blame lying with the promoters and the security members.[1] The State Attorney announced that he will appeal the verdict.[15] The acquittal was upheld by the Prague High Court on June 5, 2013.[2]

Recording history

Randy Blythe at 2004's Ozzfest.

With Burn the Priest

  • Demo Tape (1995, independently released)
  • Split with ZED (1997, Goatboy Records)
  • Split with Agents of Satan (1998, Deaf American Recordings)
  • Sevens and More (1998, mp3.com)
  • Burn the Priest (1999, Legion Records)
  • Legion: XX (2018, Epic / Nuclear Blast)

With Lamb of God

  • New American Gospel (2000, Prosthetic Records)
  • As the Palaces Burn (2003, Prosthetic Records)
  • Ashes of the Wake (2004, Sony / BMG Music)
  • Killadelphia (2005, Sony / BMG Music)
  • Sacrament (2006, Sony / BMG Music)
  • Wrath (2009, Sony / Roadrunner)
  • Resolution (2012, Epic / Roadrunner)
  • VII: Sturm und Drang (2015, Epic / Nuclear Blast)

Guest appearances

  • The Mercury Lift (2003) by Haste − guest vocals on "God Reclaims His Throne"
  • Without Any Remorse (2004) by Bloodshoteye − guest vocals on "F.U.B.A.R"
  • Hunter (2005) by A Life Once Lost − guest vocals on "Vulture"
  • Immortalis (2007) by Overkill − guest vocals on "Skulls and Bones"
  • Iron Gag (2007) by A Life Once Lost − guest vocals on "Pigeonholed"
  • Absentee (2008) by Pitch Black Forecast − guest vocals on "So Low"
  • Lesser Traveled Waters (2008) by Gollum − guest vocals on "Cross-Pollenation"
  • The Way of All Flesh (2008) by Gojira − guest vocals on "Adoration For None"[16]
  • Icons of the Illogical (2009) by The Kris Norris Projekt – lead vocals
  • Retribution (2009) by Shadows Fall − guest vocals on "King of Nothing"
  • Jasta (2011) by Jasta – guest vocals on "Enslaved, Dead Or Depraved"[17]
  • Tour dates with Chthonic in Taiwan as guest vocals[18]
  • Cannabis Corpse (2012) – vocals on the 'Cory Smoot Memorial' show
  • Suicide Silence (2012) – "You Only Live Once" (vocals) at the Ending is the Beginning: Mitch Lucker Memorial Show
  • Teenage Time Killers (2015) – guest vocals on "Hung Out to Dry"
  • Metal Allegiance (2015) – guest vocals on "Gift of pain"
  • Sourvein (2016) Aquatic Occult Guest Vocals on "Ocypuss"
  • Westfield Massacre (2016) - guest vocals on "Underneath the Skin"
  • Deafheaven (2016) - guest vocals (live) on "Dream House" at Hollywood, CA
  • Ironshore (2016) by Oni - guest vocals on "The Only Cure"
  • Bloodlust (2017) by Body Count - guest vocals on "Walk with Me…"
  • Doyle II: As We Die (2017) by Doyle - guest vocals on "Virgin Sacrifice"
  • Souls of the Revolution (2017) by ChthoniC - guest vocals
  • Outlaws 'til the End: Vol. 1 (2018) by DevilDriver – guest vocals on "Whiskey River"
  • Ritual (2018) by Soulfly – guest vocals on "Dead Behind the Eyes"[19]
  • Anesthetic (2019) by Mark Morton – guest vocals on "Truth is Dead" (w/ Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy)
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