Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has found a way to kill some downtime during his band's upcoming winter trek with Anthrax: According to the singer, he's currently outlining a futuristic novel. "It's set 50 to 100 years in the future," Blythe told Metal Hammer. "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."
Blythe previously penned a memoir titled Dark Days, which focused on his time in a Prague prison while on trial for manslaughter. As a seasoned author, Blythe compared making music to the art of writing. "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," Blythe said, adding that touring wasn't conducive for writing.
While Blythe likely won't get any writing done during the winter trek, he still plans on working out the story's plot and other elements. "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,'" he told Metal Hammer. "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."
Blythe, who has also tried his hand at composing ballet, also described himself as "a decent writer." Lamb of God's tour with Anthrax kicks off January 15th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.