Watch: LAMB OF GOD “Vigil” music video premiere – A True Gem!

The song, ‘Vigil’ is one of LoG’s most iconic tracks and was featured on the album As The Palaces Burn which was recently released digitally remastered to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.  The remastering has done wonders for this song, and it rocks every bit as much as it did when the album was released. Here’s to some nostalgic headbanging. You can check the video out below:

About the Album:
As the Palaces Burn is the third studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God, released under Prosthetic Records in 2003. As the Palaces Burn received considerably more airplay than their previous effort, with three singles. The album was produced by Lamb of God and Devin Townsend. The album has sold around 250,000 copies in the United States. The band are releasing a 10th anniversary edition of the album this on November 2013, with remixed and remastered tracks, including bonus demo tracks.

Their second album, “As the Palaces Burn”, is a brutal barrage that pulls no punches and pummels the listener’s ear drums. With its impenetrable wall of sound, killer double bass drumming, fiery guitar work and an occasional guitar solo, this album should be any and every metalhead’s dream.

The band didn’t make this album on a major record label, so there isn’t a big production job. Thus, singer Randy Blythe’s voice and Chris Adler’s drums are more raw than on their next release, “Ashes of the Wake.” It’s up for debate whether that’s a good thing or not, but there’s no denying that Blythe’s yell/growl goes great with the background music.

Due to the production, Blythe’s vocals take a back seat to the guitars and drums. Drummer Chris Adler is at the root of Lamb of God’s attack. He makes the beat a big, relentless wave which gets shoved down the listener’s throat. But he sometimes creates breakdowns that change the beat (to a usually slower and heavier one). Sometimes, when listening to this album, I could have sworn Adler wasn’t beating his drums, but beating the outside of my headphones. Adler’s persistent double bass drumming (which is usually a death metal blast beat or machine gun attack) and Blythe’s Cookie Monster vocals make Lamb of God stand out from other “New Wave of Metal” bands.

“Ruin” is a good representation of Lamb of God: super aggressive, hard hitting and raw. It has a “ba boom boom” beat with pounding drums and Blythe shrieks like he’s being stabbed. There’s a breakdown in the middle of the song (following the guitar solo), making a bobbing beat with bobbing guitars. It ends with another mini solo and a small explosion sound.

“Purified” features guest guitar work by ex-Megadeth axeman Chris Poland. The solo he lays down here is good, but I would have definitely liked it more if it were longer.

“11th Hour” is the lead single and a personal favorite. The whole song is catchy, but I like it when Blythe bellows over just the double bass (no other instruments). Also, this song has GREAT give-and-take between the guitars and drums. After this part, it turns to Pantera-style riffing.

“Boot Scraper” begins with cascading (almost machine gun) riffs and drums, but my favorite part of this song is pounding double bass solo. Adler must have had bricks attached to his feet when he was playing this part.

“A Devil in God’s Country” is almost mind boggling (with rapid, back-and-forth guitar and drum work).

“Blood Junkie” begins with an almost inaudible spoken word, but the vocals gain volume as the song progresses. This track is a highlight because it has (1,2,3,) 4 beat changes and heavy breakdowns. Part of this song has bobbing riffs.

“As the Palaces Burn”  is a contagious album,  there should be nothing to deter you from checking this album out if you love metal or thrash or the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” scene. Or, if you are just tired of hearing such bands as Nickelback or other wimpy modern rock bands that control the radio’s airwaves, Lamb of God should be your dream come true.

Track listing:

All songs written and composed by Lamb of God.

No. Title Length
1. “Ruin” 3:55
2. “As the Palaces Burn” 2:24
3. “Purified” 3:11
4. “11th Hour” 3:44
5. “For Your Malice” 3:43
6. “Boot Scraper” 4:34
7. “A Devil in God’s Country” 3:16
8. “In Defense of Our Good Name” 4:13
9. “Blood Junkie” 4:23
10. “Vigil” 4:42
Total length:
38:06
10th Anniversary bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. “Ruin” (demo)
12. “As the Palaces Burn” (demo)
13. “Blood Junkie” (demo)

Personnel:

Lamb of God
Additional musicians
Personnel
  • Devin Townsend – production, engineering
  • Shaun Thingvold – mixing
  • Louie Teran – mastering
  • Carla Lewis, Dan Kearley, Dennis Solomon, Grant Rutledge, Scott Cooke – assistant engineers
  • Petar Sardelich – engineer for Chris Poland
  • K3N – artwork
  • Adam Wentworth – picture disc artwork redesign

Here is a look at the documentary that comes with the 10th anniversary edition of As The Palaces Burn, featuring interviews with the band, and producer Devin Townsend and other people involved in the process.  Pre-order the album here.

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Lamb of God Premiere Video Trailer for “As the Palaces Burn” Reissue

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Metal masters Lamb of God are getting ready to reissue their second album, As the Palaces Burn, on November 11 via Razor & Tie. The album was remixed by longtime producer Josh Wilbur, and the reissue features three unreleased demos and a 70-minute documentary telling the story behind the album via interviews with band members and original album producer Devin Townsend. The CD package features updated artwork by longtime Lamb of God designer Ken Adams and a new booklet essay by former Revolver Editor in Chief Tom Beaujour.

In anticipation of the release, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere a video trailer for the documentary that is a part of the reissue. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

For more on Lamb of God check out their website and Facebook page. To order the As the Palaces Burn reissue, go to Lamb of God’s http://lambofgod.merchnow.com/ site.

Lamb Of God – As The Palaces Burn 10th Anniversary DVD Trailer

As Lamb of God winds down the touring cycle for their sixth studio album Resolution, they have announced the release of a remixed and remastered version of their second album, As the Palaces Burn, on November 11th via Prosthetic/Razor & Tie. You can check out a remixed track of “Purified” below.

The album remixed by longtime producer Josh Wilbur features three unreleased demos and a 70-minute story behind the album documentary featuring interviews with all five band members, including original album producer Devin Townsend. The CD package features updated artwork by longtime Lamb of God designer Ken Adams and a new booklet essay by former Revolver Editor in Chief Tom Beajour.

The album will be released during the final North American leg of the Resolution tour cycle featuring Killswitch Engage, Testament, and Huntress. The band will then bring the Resolution cycle to an end with an UK/Europe tour in January featuring Decapitated and Huntress. The final shows will be in South Africa on January 24 and 25. This will be the band’s first visit to that continent.

The Resolution cycle was the most eventful of the band’s long career. Starting in January 2012 with a #3 debut on Billboard, touring began on January 25 of that year and ends exactly two years later. In that period, the band was faced with a career threatening crisis with the arrest and incarceration of vocalist Randy Blythe. After a trial that ended in acquittal, the prosecution appealed and the initial verdict was upheld.

Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe will be releasing a memoir centered on his life and trail in the Czech Republic.

In the book, which is due out in the spring of 2014, Blythe will cover his much publicized arrest, incarceration, trial, and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic last year.

In a press release, Blythe said, “While I’ve dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told. I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it.”

To preorder As The Palaces Burn, go to lambofgod.merchnow.com.

Lamb Of God – Purified (2013 Remixed & Remastered Version)

PERFORMER ALERTS – LAMB OF GOD UPCOMING CONCERTS U.S. & EUROPE

Lamb of God - Upcoming concerts

Lamb of God – Upcoming concerts

Lamb of God Tickets and Concert Dates

New York/Tri-State Area (3)

  Oct
25
Fri
Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
07:00 PM
Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage
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  Oct
26
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Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT
07:00 PM
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  Nov
22
Fri
Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
06:00 PM
Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage
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United States Of America (1 – 7 of 14)

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Myth Maplewood, MN
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  Oct
28
Mon
Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus, OH
06:00 PM
Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage
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29
Tue
The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
06:00 PM
Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage
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1
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The Midland by AMC Kansas City, MO
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2
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Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, TX
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5
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Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage
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  Nov
8
Fri
Hollywood Palladium Hollywood, CA
06:00 PM
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United States Of America (8 – 14 of 14)

  Nov
9
Sat
Fox Theater – Oakland Oakland, CA
07:00 PM
Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage
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18
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Myth Maplewood, MN
07:00 PM
Lamb Of God And Killswitch Engage
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20
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Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI
06:00 PM
Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage
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23
Sat
House of Blues Boston Boston, MA
04:30 PM
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24
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The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
07:00 PM
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25
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STAGE AE Pittsburgh, PA
06:00 PM
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26
Tue
The Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD
07:00 PM
Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage
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Dates Scheduled in Other Countries (2)

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24
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Métropolis Montreal, QC
07:00 PM
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15
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BIG FOUR BUILDING Calgary, AB
06:00 PM
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EUROPE

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Aug 15 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg 8pm

Aug 16 Dinkelsbuehl, Germany Summer Breeze 8pm

Aug 17 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop 8pm

Aug 18 Paris, France Le Bataclan 8pm

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Cleared by Czech Appeals Court

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God at court in Prague, Czech Republic. MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God at court in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Not-guilty verdict upheld in manslaughter case against rocker 

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been cleared once more of causing a fan’s death. According to Billboard, an appeals court in the Czech Republic has upheld a not-guilty verdict for Blythe, who in March was acquitted on a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of a fan at a concert in 2010.

The singer had been blamed for pushing the fan, Daniel Nosek, 19, from the stage during a performance in Prague. Nosek hit his head on the concrete floor and died two weeks later from injuries he sustained in the fall.

Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe has spoken out on his acquittal of manslaughter in Prague.  As he explains in an open letter on Instagram, Blythe is not looking to return to the Czech city for a long time but still holds love for it.

“This is a wonderful place and 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,” he writes. “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.”

A state prosecutor had appealed the not-guilty verdict, which Prague’s High Court upheld earlier this week. Blythe is currently on tour with Lamb of God and will be playing tonight in the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin.

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Found NOT GUILTY

Randy Blythe is INNOCENT!

American musician Randy Blythe was found NOT GUILTY!

Randy Blythe found innocent of manslaughter

by RVANews staff

Update #28 — March 5, 2013; 8:32 AM

Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was today acquitted of manslaughter by three judges in Prague. The charges relate to the death of fan following a 2010 Lamb of God show in the Czech Capital after that fan was allegedly pushed off the stage by Blythe (see below)

Judges deferred requests by the victim’s family for compensatory damages to civil court.

In the last day of the trial, biomechanics expert George Straus testified on behalf of the defense that victim Daniel Nosek couldn’t rotate his body 180 degrees and land on his head after being pushed from the stage, as the prosecution contends. Straus also testified that Nosek couldn’t have been pushed over the first row of spectators, but would have to actively jump over them on his own accord.

But in closing arguments, prosecutors reaffirmed their stance that Blythe was responsible for Nosek’s death and asked that judges sentence Blythe to five years in prison.

Nosek’s family is also seeking 10 million Czech korunas (roughly $500,000) in compensatory damages from Blythe.

Before the verdict, Blythe addressed the court.

“I still believe that I have acted reasonably to protect” myself, the band, and the audience, Blythe said. “If I am guilty, I will take it like a man. If I am released, [Lamb of God] will take such precautions” to ensure similar events never happen at concerts.

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Update #27 — March 5, 2013; 7:36 AM

The Gauntlet is reporting that Randy Blythe has been found not guilty. The band’s official twitter account also tweeted that their lead singer is now free:

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Randy Blythe of Lamb of God attends a trial at the Prague City Court in Prague

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God attends a trial at the Prague City Court in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo:isifa/VLP/Milan Holakovsky/Getty Images

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God attends a trial at the Prague City Court in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo:Milan Holakovsky/Getty Images

Via Rolling Stone

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial resumed on Monday in Prague, where the singer stands accused of violently pushing Daniel Nosek, a teenage fan, offstage in 2010, resulting in his death. Experts testified that the singer may exhibit aggressive and asocial tendencies under stress but he does not suffer from a personality disorder, citing the results of psychological testing conducted while he was remanded in custody for five weeks last summer.

“Every one of us could in their lifetimes get into a situation in which we act without mercy, but this is not a personality trait of his,” criminal psychiatrist Alena Gayova, appointed by the defense, said of Blythe, adding that the singer tested within “normal” ranges on various stress tests even while held in a Prague jail. The presiding judge, Tomas Kubovec, said a verdict will likely be handed down tomorrow.

This evaluation of Blythe’s character somewhat contradicted an earlier assessment by a court-appointed criminal psychologist, Tereza Soukoupova, who co-authored a report on the Blythe’s mental health using “new methods” and characterized him as exhibiting histrionic and asocial (albeit not deep-rooted) tendencies.

Addressing the court only once on Monday — and the psychologist directly — Blythe said, with apparent disbelief at the assessment of his character, “When I was in jail, I was given three tests. One was with some blocks, one was looking at some pictures in a magazine as you told stories. . . and the other a Rorschach test, which is a very old test.”

The prosecution had, in previous court sessions, called witnesses who spoke of Blythe’s allegedly aggressive handling of another fan who, like Nosek, had bypassed security and taken to the stage, three times by Blythe’s count. The singer has acknowledged pinning down that man, Milan Poradek — and published photos have captured that incident — but he denies having pushed Nosek, whom defense attorneys have suggested may have instead stage-dived. On Monday, one witness who was allegedly with Nosek that night — a tall, lanky high-school girl with dyed blue hair and dressed all in black — told the court she clearly remembered seeing Blythe shove Nosek off the stage that night.

“He climbed onto the stage, and when he tried to stand up, Blythe shoved him,” said the student, Anna Rozsivalova, demonstrating how the Lamb of God frontman allegedly used both hands to vigorously push the Czech boy by the shoulders, whom she said then fell backwards into the crowd. She described the atmosphere that night at the Abaton club, housed within an old factory, as “crazy.” In February, another friend of Nosek’s reportedly described Blythe as “physically aggressive” and said he was “100 percent sure” that the singer pushed him from behind with both hands.

Nosek, 19, initially appeared unharmed, his friends and other concertgoers have previously testified, but later that night — though reportedly sober — he complained of a headache and vomited, and was rushed to hospital. The Czech teen underwent emergency surgery to reduce swelling on his brain but lapsed into a coma and died a few weeks later.

The defense has pointed to numerous similar inconsistencies within testimonies — the concert took place three years before the trial, and many witnesses during the trial have struggled to recall details. Blythe’s attorneys have also cast blame on lax security at the club for allowing the repeat incidents to occur, and bandmates and others have testified to Blythe as being well-read and mild-mannered, with any aggression displayed on stage as being all part of the show.

On Tuesday, an expert on biomechanics, called by the defense, is due to explain how Nosek may have fallen to his death. If found guilty of manslaughter, Blythe faces up to 10 years in prison; he could also be found guilty of the lesser charge of negligence, which carries a suspended sentence. Nosek’s family is also demanding the equivalent of over $500,000 in damages.

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Q&A: Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe on Imprisonment and Freedom

Q&A: Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe on Imprisonment and Freedom

‘If I’m called to return to Prague, I will’

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God. Rex / Rex USA

By Rolling Stone
August 10, 2012

When Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe arrived at the Prague Ruzyně Airport on June 27th, what should have been an exciting time – the group was to play the Czech Republic for the first time in two years the next night – quickly took a nightmarish turn. Blythe was immediately arrested by Czech police due to a 2010 concert incident that resulted in a fan’s death.

From June 27th through August 2nd, Blythe was held in Pankrác Prison. Although his initial bail was met, he was not immediately set free, leading to questions being asked beyond just Lamb of God fans about the U.S. government’s efforts (or lack thereof) to aid American citizens arrested abroad. Now back home in Virginia, Blythe discussed his recent experiences, and also the thought of having to return to the Czech Republic to stand trial.

Did you have any memories of the incident at that show in 2010?
There were a lot of people on stage. There’s a lot of questions as to what happened with this young man – that’s all still to come out in trial.

What do you remember about the day you were arrested?
I walked off the plane, and coming up the middle of the ramp there was a woman with some sort of badge around her neck, and she was taking people’s passports. We gave her our passports, and they directed us to the right while other people were going to the left. I walked in, and there were four or five large men with masks, machine guns, knives – the full-on SWAT team. They looked like they were there to apprehend a terrorist. And three large plainclothes officers. I remember looking at my bass player, and I started singing some Kool & the Gang to him – “There’s a party going on right here.” My bass player looked and me, and was [like], “Nooo, this is not a party right here. This is not good.”

This woman comes up and says, “Mr. Blythe,” and she handed me this piece of paper, stating that I was to be charged with manslaughter due to an incident that had occurred at the concert two years earlier. I quickly looked through my carry-on bag to grab my cell phone, a notebook, and a couple of extra packs of cigarettes – but I could only find one – and then they took me away.

Did the Czech government try and contact you prior to the arrest?
The Czech authority sent a letter to the Justice Department, and our government told them basically where they can get off. They said, “No, we won’t cooperate.” I don’t know if the American government thought there was not enough basis for them to pursue an investigation. Regardless, what I’m a little bit steamed about is the fact that they didn’t have the courtesy to contact me – in any way, shape or form – and say, “Hey, you’re wanted for manslaughter in a foreign country.”

Do you feel the U.S. government should have gotten involved in getting you released?
That’s a sticky question, because the Czech legal system is different, and from what I understand, I was given due process. I was not imprisoned in America. That was the first thing that I had to realize and keep in mind – “We’re playing by different rules here.” I certainly would have appreciated a little bit more concern on my part. I saw one person from the [U.S.] Embassy. One. And they didn’t really do much for me. They were just like, “Are they torturing you?” “No.” “OK, goodbye.” I didn’t hear anything from them.

What was a typical day like in Pankrác Prison?
Except for Saturday or Sunday, when you get to sleep in until 7, I’d wake up at 6 o’clock, make my bed, brush my teeth, drop and do some push-ups, meditate some and then talk with my cell mates until breakfast arrived. Ate some breakfast, which is just bread and some sort of meat spread or cheese. One time they had this cheese from Moravia, and it smelled like the bottom of a dumpster in an alleyway on a hot August day.

I’d divide my day into serious reading and writing, and relaxing reading. After breakfast I would start serious reading. At 10:30, they would bring us hot water for instant coffee, then read until lunch. Lunch is the big meal of the day in the Czech prison – it was always soup accompanied by stew. Not exactly the finest of cuisines, but it will keep you alive.

I’d work out with my cellmates after lunch – push-ups, knee bends, and we lifted our metal stools as dumbbells. Probably around 1 o’clock, we’d go outside to walk in the yard, and I would talk to whoever was there that spoke a smattering of English. We’d come back, and for about an hour, I would teach my roommates English – I had two Mongolian cellmates. It’s really hard to be in prison and not be able to talk to anyone.

Then we’d have more hot water for coffee, and then I’d write. I wrote from about 2:30 until dinner – letters, poetry, lyrics for songs. I wrote a song for my friend Hank Williams III – I’ve been wanting to write a song for him for years, and what better place to do it than prison? I started the outline of a novel set in Pankrác, and a journal, because I’m sure there’s going to be some sort of book out of this experience.

Then dinner would come, and that was a single bowl of some sort of stew. I got really sick of stew by the end of it. Then after dinner, I would write some more. Lights were out at 9, so by 8 o’clock, I tried to stop writing and reading serious stuff and let the brain take a break and read something light. At 9 o’clock, lights out.

I’d lay in my bed, and people around me in the cells would start yelling across the yard. There was a couple of Vietnamese guys who loved to yell, and some Ukranian guys. And they would yell back and forth for about an hour. When I was arrested, luckily I had some earplugs, so I shoved them in every night. Then I’d blow my wife a kiss goodnight into the air and listen to the Ukranians and the Vietnamese yell.

I understand it was touch-and-go when you finally got released.
I remember sitting at the gate and really sweating it pretty hard, until the plane was in the air. I left the country entirely legally – I had my passport – but I was kind of fleeing the country at the same time. Because if the prosecutor had found out that I was out and had time, he could have requested my incarceration on some different grounds. I just sat at the terminal and was texting my friend, London May, from Samhain, and was just like, “Keep your fingers crossed – I’m leaving!” And [then] I was in the air.

Some of heavy metal’s top names supported you.
It’s pretty humbling for me to see this level of support. I knew my good friends in the music industry would stand by me, but a bunch of legends really spoke up for me. Ozzy and Sharon wrote a letter to the judge. It’s really overwhelming, because to think someone like Ozzy Osbourne, who was in Black Sabbath, which is kind of the reason why I have a job today, even knows that I exist – much less say something on my behalf – is extremely humbling.

Any idea when the trial is supposed to begin?
That’s still being set up. We’ve heard tentatively sometime in December.

Is there a chance it can be settled out of court?
There is a chance of that. It’s not definite. The Czech legal system works differently. From what I understand, the police have charged me, but the prosecuting attorney hasn’t yet. There’s different stages to being charged, just like there’s different stages of bail. From what I understand, it could get settled out of court, but I doubt it will, especially with the kind of intensity that the prosecuting attorney pursued my continual incarceration with. If I’m called to return to Prague, I will.

Do you have any trepidation about going back to the Czech Republic and standing trial?
They want to give me five to 10 years, so naturally, there’s some trepidation. But the way I feel about possibly going to prison for five to 10 years really has nothing to do with the fact of the matter that it’s the right thing for me to do. It’s the right thing for me to do and stand trial if called – if only from the ethical viewpoint that this young man’s family is sitting there with a lot of questions still.

ROLLING STONE