I don’t think anyone in the world is unfamiliar with the 2013 events surrounding Randy Blythe. The incarceration in the Czech Republic on charges that obviously wouldn’t stick in any rational court was really only the beginning. Randy spent a significant time in jail and had to shell out a huge sum of money to make bail. This actually ended up bankrupting the band.
What stuck out more than the accusations was the honorable way Blythe handled the adversity thrown at him. From the beginning it was obvious that though this tragic accident was an awful mishap, it could in no way be blamed on the actions of Randy Blythe. Rather than run from the obvious overzealous prosecution, Randy faced the justice system head on with the honor he often speaks of. In the end, Blythe was acquitted and proved himself to be a class act.
This year on July 14th a memoir entitled "Dark Days: My Tribulation And Trials" will be released. This book was entirely written by Blythe with no ghost or co writers, according to a press release revealing the book. The focus will be on the last year of his life, featuring a lot of his trial and prison experience. No surprise there. This is the best opportunity to get a really good look into Blythe’s mind.
Pre-Orders are now available HERE.
In 2010, a nineteen-year-old super-fan rushed the stage during a Lamb of God concert in Prague. To protect himself, singer Randy Blythe pushed the fan away. Unbeknownst to Blythe, the young man hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died from the injury. Blythe was promptly incarcerated on charges carrying a prison term of five to ten years. Thirty-seven days later, he was released on bail to await trial. Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he "could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide."
After a five-day trial, he was acquitted on March 5, 2013.
In Dark Days, Blythe tells the story of his incarceration and the wild life that led up to it. As he explains, "Most substance abuse books end with the author getting sober. My book starts there."