MOVIE REVIEW: Lamb Of God - As The Palaces Burn / by David "Capt. Fury" Garlow

The Only Way Out Is Through The Fire As we all know, Randy Blythe, lead […]
March 3, 2014

The Only Way Out Is Through The Fire

As we all know, Randy Blythe, lead singer of LAMB OF GOD had been charged and then acquitted of manslaughter in Prague. He spent five weeks in a Czech prison. The charge came as a surprise to everyone, especially Blythe and the band. The charge stemmed from a 2010 concert when the singer pushed 19 year-old Daniel Nosek off stage. Nosek suffered from a head injury and later died in a hospital. The band had no idea about the death and his arrest as he arrived at the airport in Prague in 2012 was a complete shock.

Now comes a masterpiece of a film entitled "As The Paces Burn" which was being filmed prior to the above events as a documentary with a positive spin that followed the groups trek around the globe. It was a highlight of the fans, the band being retrospective on where they came from, the partying they used to do and Blythe's out of control alcoholism that threatened to implode the band at any moment.

During filming, Blythe was still awaiting trial and did not know what fate had in store for him. "Honestly what I'd like to happen is be found not guilty," Blythe says, but adds, "This kid's family, they need some honesty. They need to know what happened ! [I want to]look them in the eye, and tell them."

In March of last year, Blythe was acquitted of all charges, following a trial that featured expert testimony that brought into question the logistics of Nosek's fall, and creating reasonable doubt if he was actually pushed by Blythe. "I am a free man," Blythe posted on Instagram, "Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace".

The film begins along a river where Blythe once lived, homeless. It features interviews with all members as the documentary is created and they talk about how, after all these years, they are still uncertain as they are not one of the bands flying around the globe on private jets with a logo on the back, the drummer drives a Prius which he loads up while spending time with his daughter. In fact, all of the members make a point to discuss how turning 40 and having families is separate from the band and also harder to leave them for the long tours.

There is a lot of nice personal build up and then, the band lands in Prague and we now get a feeling on just how confused and shocked they all were once they landed. The authorities were everywhere and the band thought "Wow, we must be flying with a criminal" and then they were separated from everyone else and brought into a different room where officers produced the paperwork accusing him of being a killer. You can see the disbelief on their faces to this day as they talk about it. We then see manager Larry Mazer on the phone in his office as he and everyone else tries to make sense of it all. His anger at how there was "radio silence" by everyone for two years and how no one ever reached out to the band about the incident is truthfully unexplainable. He also talks about how Randy had changed his life and was a new person and his go-to guy for press since he quit drinking and partying.

The film then goes to scenes from the actual show and footage shot by fans and they try and decipher who and when the alleged incident took place. Finally they see a fan trying to get onstage and security pulls him back. The deceased (allegedly) hit his head on a metal barricade and was seen on the floor and is getting berated by one of the security guards. This is what makes it all seem scary to them as they talk about, and show, just how physical the fans can be at these shows with body surfers, mosh pits, and how the band does not ever look to see anyone hurt. It is all very surreal as you get drawn into the entire matter from an insider's perspective. The band is always very honestly asserting just how bad they feel about any kid getting hurt.

Blythe was allowed to go home to the US after those five weeks and the band had a show with SLIPKNOT set up. Corey Taylor discusses the incident and how glad he was that he was coming home and doing the show. Blythe does a very personal interview with Metal Hammer where he discusses what he had gone through, and while he admits his situation and experience was horrible to that point, he worries more about the trauma of the family of Daniel Nosek.

If you ever thought that none of this mattered or that Metal performers (and fans) were heartless people, you now know just how wrong that perception is; Metal is a community that accepts everyone period. It is our outlet to scream at injustices in the world and for everyone to feel and know that they are not alone in this world. Tragedy is something that makes us all pause and mourn as we, as a community, wish no harm on any person and feel sorrow for the family of this sad story.

"As The Palaces Burn" is a masterful inside look at a truly tragic situation that took the world, the fans, and especially the band by complete surprise. It is documentary, it is true life drama, it is a story that you simply have to go experience.

Randy Blythe - Vocals
Mark Morton - Guitar
Will Adler - Guitar
John Campbell - Bass
Chris Adler ' Drums


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