Art Cruz isn't just the drummer of Lamb of God, he's also a fan — especially of the Virginian metal stalwarts' vocalist Randy Blythe. Cruz, who first joined LOG in 2018 as a fill-in for Chris Adler, and then as Adler's full-time replacement the following year, was a recent guest on the Talk Toomey Podcast, and he sung the praises of the group's dreadlocked, drum-rising-leaping singer.
"He's the greatest frontman in heavy-metal history in my opinion," the drummer enthused, as transcribed by The PRP. "Not just on a vocal level, it's more of [as] a performer. Metal bands need a performer, somebody like that, that can really take it and lead you through this adventure ..."
He continued, "I think between Randy and people like Jamey Jasta and obviously Phil Anselmo — these are elite frontmen in my opinion. That's just in my generation, too. I mean you can go very [far] back even more and start going deep into the older stuffs from the classic metal days and stuff like that.
"But I don't feel like ... There [are] a lot more performers happening now I think. From the hardcore scene and that New Wave of American metal that came through, it was just like your frontman was kind of everything."
Lamb of God's new album, Omens, is due out October 7th via Epic Records.