Lamb of God’s Blythe shares short film, ‘Prague: The Devil is the Details’

Posted on November 21, 2013

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Randy Blythe of Lamb of God. Screen shot from film.

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God. Screen shot from film.

By Rachael Mattice

Honor is a virtue that is difficult to find in people, but Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe is one of the few who still upholds the ancient value.

Blythe’s latest act of morale is demonstrated in a short film titled “Prague: The Devil Is the Details,” which he shot with a Canon EOS 60D camera in the Czech Republic while awaiting trial on manslaughter charges for the May 2010 death of Daniel Nosek. Nosek attended a Lamb of God concert in Prague and sustained a head injury that resulted in his death.

Over the duration of the event and acts leading up to Blythe’s acquittal, Blythe repeatedly showed respect and love for Prague and the Czech Republic, accepting the consequences of his actions and deep regret for the victim and family. Even after his incarceration, Blythe returned to the Czech Republic to follow up with the closure of the incident and trial.

Blythe shared the video on his Tumblr account, calling it “Randonesia.” He said the black-and-white five-minute film was a distraction to “create art in a time of great personal uncertainty.”

Since the footage was taken during the process of the trial, he states no bias, but inspiration toward the local culture. He concludes the film with a final farewell — “Rest in Peace, Daniel.”

His statement with the video:

“This is a movie I made in Prague during my trial. I filmed the footage with a Canon EOS 60D, edited it with Final Cut Pro X, and wrote the music using Reason. I wanted to release a slightly different version of the film right before my judgement was rendered by the court (the very last shot in this version was not there until after I was pronounced innocent).

My idea was to show my mind set through film and music during the process of my trial, and have a more ambiguous ending heading into my final day in court.

I did not know what was going to happen to me, only that I felt I was doing the right thing by being there. Working in a creative capacity during the trial helped me to remain calm- it is what I know how to do, so I wanted to share it with people. I showed the clip to my lawyer and he advised against releasing it until after the trial was over, thinking the authorities might not understand what I was trying to say with the movie. It is all over now, so here is my poor attempt to try and create art in a time of great personal uncertainty.

Note- the Devil plays an important part in Czech fairy tales, and marionettes are a bit of Czech folk culture I came to love while I was there- the marionette hangs in my study now. The Devil is different in Czech fairy tales though, to my understanding- the puppet is representative of me, the way I viewed myself, the way I was viewed by society at different times- all sorts of things. It is not representative of evil just wanted to clarify that.”

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached at rmattice@jconline.com or on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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