Now that Lamb of God are getting close to wrapping up the promotion cycle behind their seventh full-length Resolution, vocalist Randy Blythe has revealed that he'll be taking a break from the long-running Virginia thrash titans.
Blythe announced his plans for downtime this past weekend over Instagram, noting that it comes in the wake of "a very eventful, at times VERY STRESSFUL, album cycle." This no doubt encompasses recording and touring behind the LP, but also his well-documented manslaughter trial in Prague. Following the lengthy court battle, he was acquitted last March.
"It's been about three years since we started on this one in our practice space — I need a break," he wrote on Saturday (January 25), ahead of a show in Johannesburg, South Africa. "Tomorrow is a 19 hour flight back to the USA, & then another one home to [Richmond, VA] & except for two festival shows in 2014, I will not be thinking about lamb of god, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new lamb of god material — NONE OF THAT STUFF AT ALL for a good long while. Time to do other things for a bit, & let my brain regroup, & be a somewhat normal human being."
The rest of Lamb of God have yet to weigh in on Blythe's announcement, but this is seemingly just a natural break for the band, not a hiatus.
In the meantime, Blythe will still be busy promoting his upcoming memoir Dark Days: My Tribulations and Trials, which tells his side of the story behind the controversial manslaughter in case in which he was accused of pushing Lamb of God fan Daniel Nosek into a fatal stage dive at a Czech Republic concert in 2010. The book drops June 24 through Da Capo Press.
Also, there's a chance Blythe may issue the "wacked out music" he was recording with Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick during the two group's last North American tour.