Even before he was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was an interesting guy. Following him via social media, the band’s documentaries, and of course, the band’s music, it all added up to him being a complex guy that was as talented with words and imagery outside of his band as we was in it. Then the arrest, for a fan that died in Prague following a stage incident at a Lamb of God show, happened, and changed everything. While that resulted in a dramatic film, As the Palaces Burn, a book was also announced.
Dark Days: My Tribulation And Trials, which had previously been set for a June 2014 release date via Da Capo Press, will now be out on July 14th. And while the documentary, which hadn’t initially been about his trial, got significantly more interesting in covering the trial, Blythe’s memoir will go much farther. Cameras obviously weren’t allowed in the prison, but Blythe said that he’d done a lot of writing while incarcerated for over a month. It’ll be fascinating to read about. Here’s the book’s synopsis:
In 2010, a nineteen-year-old super-fan rushed the stage during a Lamb of God concert in Prague. To protect himself, singer Randy Blythe pushed the fan away. Unbeknownst to Blythe, the young man hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died from the injury. Blythe was promptly incarcerated on charges carrying a prison term of five to ten years. Thirty-seven days later, he was released on bail to await trial. Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he “could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide.”
After a five-day trial, he was acquitted on March 5, 2013.
In Dark Days, Blythe tells the story of his incarceration and the wild life that led up to it. As he explains, “Most substance abuse books end with the author getting sober. My book starts there.”
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