As you know, Brother Craig and went to Toronto on May 29th to see the \m/ SLAYER!! \m/ farewell show, and lamb of god was the penultimate act on that 5-band bill. I was supremely impressed by their intensity, energy, and prowess. The crowd was right into it, singing along. What a gig!
I knew only a bit about the story of lead singer/screamer Randy Blythe*, his 2012 arrest and trial on manslaughter charges in Prague following an incident there in 2010. So I got this book – what a story!
He was incarcerated in, from the sounds of it, a completely deplorable prison, and though his time there was short in comparison to many, he writes about the details of it so well that it’s like you’re in there with him. His treatment by the prosecuting attorney (including a doubled bail!), his subsequent trial, the whole thing… just an incredible story.
What really struck me most is the man’s integrity. Despite his fear and worry, he did not back down, or really let his conditions get him down. His morals stood tall, and he did the right thing. He even returned to Prague for the trial after posting bail and returning to America, even though many told him not to go. He saw it out to the end, and I respect that fully.
This is one of the best, most interesting rock books I’ve read, bar none. It’s strong, harrowing, and intelligently written, and he keeps it real.
Yes, you need to read this (if you haven’t already)!
* From this book, I learned that his last name is pronounced Bly, (the ‘the’ ending is silent).