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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe writing futuristic novel

Saturday, January 09, 2016 9:16 AM PT
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Having released his memoir Dark Days last year, Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe has now begun work on a new book, a novel set in the future.

Speaking with Metal Hammer magazine, Blythe said, "It's set 50 to 100 years in the future. I'm wracking my brain right now, because you have to figure out all sorts of little things we don't think about, because of the incredibly rapid advancement of technology."

For Blythe, writing novels is much more challenging than making albums, particularly when his band is touring. "I'm working on an outline for a book, but that's about as much as I can do while I'm on the road," he says. "Writing a book makes writing a record look like going to kindergarten. It's a much more tense, concerted, extended, creative effort — it requires a lot of focus that this environment does not provide."

Thus far, Blythe has no timetable for the book's completion, let alone publication. He has yet to decide upon an ending. He says: "I've been thinking about the plot, and at first I thought, 'Oh the ending's just got to be awful.' But then I thought, 'That's self-indulgent.' I've been thinking about how I can make the end of the book optimistic, and it's hard. And I haven't decided how it's going to end, but more than likely there's got to be an optimistic end. Otherwise, I'll just be fucking depressed. And real life is depressing enough."


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