D Randall Blythe: Dark Days

Lamb Of God frontman’s prison memoirs reveal more than life in the lock-up.

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When Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested at gunpoint as his band entered Prague in June 2012, accused of killing a fan he pushed off stage at a show in the city two years earlier, it was as much of a surprise to the him as it was to any of his fans.

He was eventually acquitted of manslaughter, but a year of hell and bureaucracy left him with a corking story to tell from the Czech prison he called home for a while.

What elevates it above many banged-up-abroad books is Blythe’s skill as a storyteller. Rather than just narrating what happened to him, he gives an in-depth glimpse into the mind of an alcoholic and the life of a touring rock band, and weaves in fascinating and relevant tales from history, such as the bloody and violent background of Pankrác prison where he was incarcerated, which apparently still houses a guillotine used by the Nazis during World War II.

Smarter and a hell of a lot darker than your average rock memoir.

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Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.