We Spoke to Lamb of God's Chris Adler Before the Band's Future Was Up in the Air
This year the Virginia metal titans released their seventh studio album, Resolution, to great reviews. The band announced that it was shooting a documentary as they supported the album on the road, and promised more than the typical follow-the-band-around-and-see-what-happens kind of DVD. Lamb of God are documenting their fans and personal accounts of how these fans utilize the band's music to help them cope with every day life, and tragedy. Fans filled out a form on the band's website, submitting a video and a written letter in order ot be considered.
But the release of the documentary is up in the air, like Lamb of God's current tour, which is scheduled to make a stop in Phoenix on Thursday, September 13, at Comerica Theatre, is up in the air after the arrest of frontman Randy Blythe in Prague.
Almost two weeks ago, Blythe was detained at the Prague airport before a show that evening. He's still stuck in prison and was denied bail. It's hard to say what is really going down, but this much is certain: he's under investigation for the death of a fan at a show two years ago, which could carry a prison term of 5-10 years if convicted.
Video of said show is circulating, but only thing that is apparent is that this fan repeatedly jumped on stage and was pushed off by bouncers and the singer (see it at The Gauntlet.)
But the Czech Republic system is very different from than America's, so we can only hope that this situation gets figured out sooner rather than later, not only for Blythe himself, but his family, and the hoards of Lamb of God fans expecting them on tour this fall with Dethklok.
Regardless of the controversy, those fans have got involved, and a fund was set up for off set Blythe's mounting legal fees (which has resulted in serious backlash from the media).
The band issued the following statement regarding Blythe's situation, but has not canceled its up coming tour:
First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It's noted and very much appreciated.
We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily.
Within an hour things can do endless 180's. It's maddening to try and make heads or tails.
We're taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark.
We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother who is still detained in Czech jail.
In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident.
Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible.
The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent.
We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend.
We spoke with drummer Chris Adler before the news broke -- so fans that want to stick to positive thoughts about the band who helped strengthen the tradition of great Southern metal, keep reading. This interview focuses on the thrashing, hardcore power grooves, and drum-heavy production, the kind of Lamb of God content that isn't up in the air.