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Watch the artful 4-minute footage from the Lamb of God frontman here.

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While you might know everything that went on with Randy's trial in the Czech Republic, between the coverage and Randy's accounts, now you can really see what Randy saw. It's astonishing. The film, which Blythe posted on his Tumblr page, is described by the man himself as this: This is a movie I made in …

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Art from agony: Blythe made movie during trial

Randy Blythe has released a short movie which he made during his manslaughter ordeal in the Czech Republic. View Prague: The Devil Is The Detail here.

After spending five weeks in a Czech prison last year, he was found not guilty of causing the death of fan Daniel Nosek at a Lamb Of God show in 2010. The legal fight cost over $500,000 and bankrupted the band.

Blythe says of the movie: “I wanted to release a slightly different version right before my judgement was rendered by the court – the very last shot in this version was not there until after I was pronounced innocent.

“My idea was to show my mindset through film and music during the process of my trial, and have a more ambiguous ending heading into my final day in court.

“I showed the clip to my lawyer and he advised against releasing it until after the trial was over, thinking the authorities might not understand what I was trying to say with the movie.

“It is all over now, so here is my poor attempt to try and create art in a time of great personal uncertainty.”

Lamb Of God delivered a slightly underwhelming set at Bloodstock earlier this month– but they’ll be back to set things right during a nine-date UK tour in January.

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The Lamb of God frontman will write a memoir of his experience being jailed and tried for manslaughter in Prague.

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Randy was found not guilty in his manslaughter trial earlier this year

The Czech Republic High Court have upheld the verdict that found Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Not Guilty of manslaughter, meaning that the case has finally come to a close.

The verdict was passed on March 5 after Randy was charged following the death of a fan in Prague after a Lamb of God gig in 2010.

Randy posted an extremely poignant blog concerning his feelings on the court case a few weeks back, with LOG set to return to the UK for the first time since his arrest when they headline the Saturday night of Bloodstock in August.

 

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The Lamb of God frontman writes a gripping open letter to the metal community urging them to learn from the events that put him in a Prague prison last year.

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Randy was found not guilty in his manslaughter trial earlier this year

Randy Blythe has posted another extremely poignant, thought-provoking and particularly moving blog that expressed some of the conflicting emotions he felt upon hearing that he was found not guilty of the manslaughter of Lamb of God fan Daniel Nosek.

He also underlines the dignity and lack of malice that underpinned the attitude and actions of Daniel’s family throughout the trial and reinstates his call for compassion directed at the people that have been most affected by Daniel’s death. It’s an amazing read, some of which is below:

“When I returned to Prague for trial, answering the charge of killing a young man named Daniel Nosek who was a fan of my band, one of the biggest hurdles I and my legal team faced was attempting to explain the atmosphere of a heavy metal show, trying to get across to three Czech judges how smashing into other people and flying through the air over a crowd in the hopes of being caught was a normal thing. From the perspective of folks who are not a part of our scene, these seem to be the actions of insane people.

“Why would anyone do such a thing? You could be severely injured.”

“Over and over throughout my trial, the witnesses and myself were asked if we knew what “stage diving” and “moshing” were, then asked to explain these things. Slowly, through a translator and with the help of videos we put together, we tried our best to show that the aggressive nature of our music and other bands like mine was not an expression of malice. My character was questioned again and again, several witnesses saying ludicrous things like how my quick onstage movements, my deep voice, my profuse sweating, and how I dumped water over my head (astoundingly, I do it because I’m sweaty and hot) was clearly evidence of the fact that I was drunk, on some sort of drugs, and yes, even evil. I was sober as a judge that night, thank God, and I know I never intended anyone harm, otherwise I would not have been able to fight for my freedom. I would have had to tell the judges “I do not know what happened. Maybe I did try to hurt this man. I just do not know. I cannot remember- I was drunk.” As a sober, responsible adult, my conscious would not have allowed otherwise.

Randy in court earlier this year

“Sober or not, convincing these judges that our show and others like it aren’t some sort violently nihilistic orgy of hate and self-destruction took a little doing. Explaining via a state supplied translator what you and I take for granted as people having fun at a show was one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced. It was like trying to tell a person who has been blind from birth what the color purple looks like. People outside of our scene cannot be expected to understand the way we act at shows without a lengthy explanation, and even then they may just think you are crazy. But in the end I was exonerated, and I am a free man as of this moment.

“The family of Daniel Nosek never attacked me in the press. They never wished me ill, either publicly or privately. They did not smear my name in front of any judge, prosecutor, or police officer, did not stare at me malevolently in the court room. For this I am eternally grateful to them. I certainly would understand if they had, and would have made no attempt to dissuade them from holding a low opinion of me, for all they knew about me was what the Czech press had initially published- a picture of me as a barbaric murderous American with evil intent. I know what it feels like to hold my dead child in my arms. The emotions one goes through are absolutely indescribable. If I had had a finger to point at someone for taking my daughter from me, I probably would have, especially if there had been the sort of media circus that surrounded my arrest.

Randy’s trial attracted the attention of the world’s media

“Daniel’s family did not point any fingers at me. They just wanted to know the truth of what had happened to their son, so they came to court and listened as I did my best to provide them with what I knew. Before the verdict was delivered, the uncle of Daniel (who was the family’s representative in court) told the judge that no amount of money was going to bring their boy back, and after hearing the evidence, withdrew the family’s motion against me for damages. He also wanted me to know that Daniel had died on his father’s birthday, and that Daniel’s mother had been unable to function at her job since Daniel’s death.

“That was it. They didn’t want anything from me in that courtroom except for me to understand how this had affected them. There was no malice, just the real, honest, pain that I was already regrettably so familiar with. It was one of the most amazing displays of strength and dignity I have ever witnessed.”

Read the blog in full over on Randy’s tumblr

Lamb Of God play Bloodstock in August

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LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe was found not guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday (March 5) by a panel of Czech judges in the concert death of one of the Richmond, Virginia-based metal band’s fans.

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Randy is not guilty

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has posted a new blog via his Instagram account. The blog is his second update since being acquitted on charges of manslaughter earlier this week.

“I am leaving Prague now- I hope not to return for a long while. This has nothing to do with this city, the people who live here, or the Czech Republic itself at all. This is a wonderful place, & many people have been kind to me. Not a single soul here has been rude or mean to me at all, nor done me any harm- in fact it is quite the opposite. I have grown to love this city, for it is a marvelous, magical town. I encourage everyone to come visit here, to see this lovely country. But for me it is a place of great sadness. While I am relieved that my innocence was proven & apparently I shall not be going to prison, I am in no way shape or form a happy man right now. The small inconveniences I have been through since my arrest are not noteworthy. People go through much worse daily & still keep a smile on their faces, but currently my smiles are far & few between. A young man is still dead, & his family still suffers. Please remember that fact. This family did no wrong, & have shown me great kindness- with silence, with actions, & finally with words- they spoke on my behalf to the court, & we had a private talk afterwards. All I will say about that is that they were very kind to me & displayed the utmost strength & class, & wished me a good life.

“They just want to get on with their lives the best they can. I wish them only the best, & will keep them in my thoughts & prayers. Please do the same- think good thoughts of them & healing thoughts for them. Trust me, they are good people, & I mean that from the bottom of my heart. They did NOTHING wrong. This picture is from Kutna Hora, at the Sedlec Ossuary. I was there yesterday- like Prague, it is an amazing place. About this city, Kafka wrote: “Prague doesn’t let go…This old crone has claws. One has to yield, or else.” I have found this to be true. I am yielding, I am leaving a part of myself here, I think. Some bit of me will always roam these streets at night, & that is only fitting. Now I will go home & try to see what good I can make come out the destruction that occurred here- it is the only correct thing to do. Rest in peace, Daniel Nosek.”

Lamb Of God play Bloodstock in August

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Randy is not guilty

Mere hours after Randy Blythe was cleared of manslaughter charges in Prague yesterday, reports surfaced stating that prosecutors in the case planned to appeal the decision.

If this is true, there will now be a seven day window for an official appeal to be launched in writing.

“I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me,” said Randy in a statement via Instagram yesterday. “I am a free man. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support- Randy”
Randy’s acquittal followed months of media coverage and controversial circumstances, with the singer initially being denied bail and with the trial itself being postponed a month. As always, we’ll have any updates right here.

 

 

 

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