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Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Releases Official Statement On His Legal Woes

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has released an official statement on his recent imprisonment and his future plans, it can be found below:

“Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.

1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf.

From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said “We are glad you are home, Randy“. You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.

2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates.

People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis.

3. If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution. As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death.

I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man.

I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child. I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace.”

Blythe was held for over a month on suspicions of manslaughter in relation to the death of a 19 year old fan who suffered fatal injuries at a 2010 show the band played in Prague, Czech Republic. The fan was shown to have numerous onstage interactions with both Blythe and the venue’s security.

More Dates Emerge For Red Fang & Black Tusk Fall Tour

More shows for Red Fang and Black Tusk‘s upcoming fall tour together have come to light. As you can see below Lord Dying and Indian Handcrafts are expected to support on select dates of the trek with more details pending.

10/26 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub
10/27 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (feat. Lord Dying)
10/28 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (feat. Lord Dying)
10/30 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/31 Tucson, AZ – Plush Tucson
11/01 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls (feat. Lord Dying)
11/02 Amarillo, TX – 12052 Event Center
11/03-04 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest (no Black Tusk)
11/06 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe (feat. Lord Dying)
11/07 Atlanta, GA – 529
11/08 Raliegh, NC – Kings
11/09 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
11/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (feat. Indian Handcrafts)
11/12 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
11/15 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
11/20 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (feat. Indian Handcrafts)
11/28 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall (no Red Fang)

New The Devin Townsend Project Single “Lucky Animals” Leaks Online

The new Devin Townsend Project single “Lucky Animals” got its radio debut this weekend courtesy of Full Metal Jackie‘s show. In turn, a rip of the song from the broadcast has made its way online below.

A music video for the track is said to be in the works. The new Devin Townsend Project album “Epicloud” is slated to arrive on store shelves on September 18th.

Boy Hits Car Planning Fall U.S. Tour

Boy Hits Car are planning a spate of U.S. shows this fall with Exotic Animal Petting Zoo expected to open at most stops. The following dates have leaked out thus far:

10/17 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
10/19 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
10/20 Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s House Of Rock
10/28 Albany, NY – Bogies
10/30 Fayetteville, NC – The Rock Shop

A trailer for the upcoming “Impericon Festival II” documentary/live feature is ready for viewing below. Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, Your Demise and more are all featured in the clip. The full feature will arrive late this month.

The “Impericon Festival II” took place in Leipzig, Germany this past April and featured the above-mentioned artists along with Miss May I, Caliban, While She Sleeps and more.

Merauder are firming up plans to hit the studio this fall to begin recording a new EP for Rebel Sound Records. In addition to that the band are also plotting a live album from their 2009 “God Is I” tour.

That isn’t the only live-related release in the works for the band though. They are also set to record footage during each stop of their upcoming tour with Murder Death Kill, War Hound and Darasuum for a future documentary release.

Dates for that trek include:

09/22 Bronx, NY – The Space
09/23 Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
09/24 Columbia, SC – One Unit Art Space
09/25 Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
09/26 Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug
09/28 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
09/29 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
10/01 Dallas, TX – La Grange
10/02 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
10/03 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
10/04 Knoxville, TN – Longbranch Saloon
10/05 Huntington, WV – The Bunker
10/06 Rochester, NY – Bugjar