Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Picks Favorite Slipknot Song | Revolver

Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Picks Favorite Slipknot Song

"It is an utterly defiant, emotional 'fuck you' banger of a tune"
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Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, 2010
photograph by Martin Philbey/Redferns

Richmond, Virginia, metal stalwarts Lamb of God share an extremely long history with like-minded extremists Slipknot, and after decades of touring with them and becoming friends with the band's members, LOG vocalist Randy Blythe has some strong opinions about Iowa's infamous masked men and their hard-hitting music. Below, he picks his favorite Slipknot song, explains why the Vol. 3 cut "encapsulates what our scene is about" and shares memories of Paul Gray.

"Pulse of the Maggots"

It is an utterly defiant, emotional "fuck you" banger of a tune. To me, it encapsulates what our scene is about — we are part of society's dispossessed, yet we take care of each other in our own way. And we aren't going anywhere. Plus, any song that uses the word "bucolic" is all right by me.

The song has always gotten me hyped and made me feel better when I am down. But besides that, it reminds me of Paul [Gray]. The day after he died, I was on our bus in Poland and that song came on my iPod. I was sitting there writing and I started crying. Then I started listening intently to the bass lines in the tune, and he came alive in my head again. All the crazy times we had, and his goofy-ass laugh. What a great bro! I miss him. Right before Slipknot played their first shows after Paul's death, I was texting with Joey [Jordison] and I just wrote, "Say it again, say it again, WE WON'T DIE!" He got all stoked on it. That's the way I remember Paul — as a great piece of what we all do and love, and that will never die. "Say it again!"