Lamb of God Relive Manslaughter Trial in ‘As the Palaces Burn’ Trailer
Documentary on Virginia metal unit will debut later this year
Lamb of God have shared a trailer for an upcoming film that documents the recent manslaughter trial of lead singer Randy Blythe. As Empire Online points out, the feature — titled As the Palaces Burn, which is also the name of the metal band’s soon-to-be-reissued third album — was originally coneived as a project that would focus on the Richmond, Virginia crew’s international success and multicultural fanbase. But once the story of 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek’s death engulfed the group, director Don Argott was forced to shift his focus mid-filming. That change of direction can be felt in the above three-minute teaser, as it opens with testimonials from Lamb of God fans from around the world before pivoting to Blythe’s arrest in 2012.
Blythe was eventually acquitted of manslaughter charges, a verdict that an appeals court in Prague upheld in June of this year. The 42-year-old singer faced serious prison time in connection with Nosek’s death; the Czech teen sustained head injuries while attending a 2010 Lamb of God show in Prague and died shortly thereafter. Since he’s been cleared by the courts, Blythe has released a short film about his experience of being on trial abroad and confirmed that he’s writing a memoir (perhaps partially to offset the immense costs of legal defense).
As the Palaces Burn will make its debut next month at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. The showcase runs from November 20 through December 1. Theatrical and home releases of the doc will follow next year. The 10th anniversary reissue of 2003’s As the Palaces Burn LP will also arrive some time in November, bringing three previously unreleased demo tracks with it (via Exclaim).